Posted By:Larry
Subject:Maltiah Turner, Revolutionary War Pensioner of NC
Post Date:September 21, 2002 at 21:41:31
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Forum:Onslow County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I seem to have discovered a very slippery new ancestor. The spelling of his name changes constantly in the records, but the most common spelling is Maltiah--Meltiah. I think this was the original spelling, but record keepers misheard the name and spell it variously, Mattiah, Mattias, Matthias, Matter, Maltyre--even Malich or Malachi. He served in the Continental Line from North Carolina and was apparently grievously wounded. He was able to receive an invalid's pension from the state of North Carolina, until his case file was turned over to the federal government. He was living in Chatham County, NC by 1790 and continued to live there through 1800. By 1811, he was living in Randolph County, NC. By 1831, at the time of his death, he resided in Montgomery County, the part that became Stanly County. Two of his daughters seem to have married in Randolph County: Elizabeth to Joshua Routh (1810) and Polly or Mary to Stephen York (1822). York accompanied Turner to Montgomery County by 1830.

The question is, where did Maltiah Turner come from? The given name is not that unusual in New England and I have found a couple of other instances of it along the coast of North Carolina, both in Onslow County: a Meltiah Strange and a Meltiah Arnold. The earliest tracing of Maltiah is when he sold his bounty land warrant interests in Pitt County in 1783 to Col. James Armstrong (of Craven County), commander in the 6th NC Continental Line Regiment. The witness to that alienation was Levi West, a drummer in the 6th Regt, who had enlisted himself from Onslow County. Many other members of the 6th also came from Onslow County. I don't think Turner came from Pitt County. Is it possible he came from Onslow County, himself? A Matthias Davis Turner witnessed the 1764 will of Absalom Hart in Onslow County. A Matthias Turner, along with Benjamin Turner (12 Sep 1764), witnessed a deed from Peter Morton to John Owen for land on Lamot's Creek (a branch of New River)in Onslow. (DB G/2) Could it be that Matthias is Maltiah? The names are constantly changing and I wouldn't be surprised if they were the same person. In 1790 Maltiah is called Mattes in the census of Chatham County. In 1800, he is called Mattias. It is not a big leap to think he is the same person.