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Re: Adam & Hugh Torrence - NC
Posted by: Tom Fetters (ID *****5614) Date: February 16, 2011 at 06:35:35
In Reply to: Adam & Hugh Torrence - NC by BEN CALLAHAN of 1442

Adam is the son of Hugh Torrence (1701-1784). He had 300 acres in Cumberland Co, PA in 1762 and married in Ireland to Ann Bona Gillespi. They lived in Franklin Co, PA and moved south to Iredell County in NC. She died in 1802 at 66 and her grave is at Center Church Graveyard.

He sold his PA lands and in North Carolina became proprietor of Torrance Tavern about a half mile south of Monroe, NC. (Monroe is very near the SC Line and east of Charlotte. It is where the SAL Railroad split with a line to Atlanta and a line to Charlotte and on to the mountains.)

He was killed at Ramseur's Mills on June 20, 1780 and left no will. AN inventory of his estate is at Iredell County dated March 23, 1803.

When Ann died in 1802, her will names
ADAM (1756-1844)
Barnabas (1761-1840) at Cribes (60 acres)
Peggy (1774-1841)

Adams older sister, Elizabeth Torrence, married Joseph McClintock in 1740 and they lived in Cumberland Co, PA and then moved west to Kentucky.

HUGH is the son of James Torrence (1703-1758). James had 8 children and Hugh was the second. Born in 1732 in Clogher in County Tyrone, he married Martha White in 1760 and owned a 319 acre farm in Cumberland County, MD.

He moved to North Carolina and bought a 667 acre farm on McDowell Creek. He fought at Ramseur's Mill in Lincoln Couty in 1780 under the command of Galbraith Falls who was killed. Three years later, he married Isabella Kerr Falls, the widow who had 8 children.

Hugh had a son James Galbraith who married three times. The first Nancy Davidson is buried at Hopewell Prebyterian Cemetery. The second, Mary Latta, is also at Hopewell Presby. Cem. He then married Margaret Allison and they lived at Cedar Grove Plantation.

You can visit Latta Plantation and Hopewell Cemetery, but can only drive by Cedar Grove. I did arrange to get a private tour of the house five years ago and was impressed. This area is very near Davidson College north of Charlotte about thirty miles.


Hugh (1701-1784) and James (1703-c1758) are brothers. Their children, who you asked about, are first cousins.

Hugh and James are children of Sargeant Hugh Torrence (1663-1775) of Londonderry Co in Ireland if you agree that this person existed as some have expressed doubt.

Frankly, this is not 100% certain as conflicting evidence is also available. James is the person of concern and bears more study.

Tom Torrence Fetters

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