He is info on one Dorney family.....
They begin in Swiss chruch records with the name as Thurny...then they move for a little while into Germany and left from there for America. Daniel Turney arrived Philadelphia 1740, Peter Turney (my line) arrived 1741, Henry Dorney arrived 1743. These were 3 brothers, but the name was spelled about 30 ways - Tunni, Dorne, Tunnis, Turna, etc. The branch which stayed around Macungie PA took the name of Dorney, while most of the rest ended up as Turney.
Dorney Part near Allentown PA - early books say it was land owned by Daniel but a Dorney researcher has proven it was land of Henry.
The decendants of Henry and Daniel - many moved western PA, on to Ohio, Illinois, etc. Peter (b 1710/11) moved into Shenandoah Valley of VA and his line moved into Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, OK, MO, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and on from there.
In the French and Indian War I found a Lt. Turney around the Sandusky Ohio area/Detroit/Canada. I found his pension record filed after War of 1812 and it says he was born in Ireland, and his name had been Tony, but when he joined the British army they wrote his name as Turney and so he stayed. I know ca 1840s a lot of Irish came into Illinois, Tony, Toney, etc....and later many of them were Turney.
It seems De Tourni was the original family in France - several of them went with William The Conqueror to England and became the Turney family there, some of those later to Ireland.
Others from this French family - because they were protestants - scattered throughout Europe, mine ending up 1600s in Switzerland. Mine were there long enough to be German speaking.
Ca 1740s for some reason, the Protestants had to leave Switzerland (think Mennonite, Amish, etc.). My Thuny family were Lutheran.
Since England was protector of the faith - Protestants - they sent ships to Holland to try to help these people. I have been told there was a tent village in London of these German speaking people. The English did not like having them there taking jobs - I have been told at one time most of the bakers in London were German. So....some went to America, others were given land in Ireland which had been taken from the Irish - around Dublin I think. I know there at one time was a Turney pub in Dublin. Anyway, since they were German speaking, some ended up as Turney, others as Dorney just as they did in America.
That is about what I have found about some of the people carrying the Dorney/Turney name.
Mary Turney Miller email@example.com
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