I am trying to find any information on a Sarah E. Harris who married Thomas Cain Turner. They were living in Georgia until they moved to Florida between 1893-1897.
There is a great deal of heart trouble in this TURNERHARRIS line.
On Sarah''s death certificate it says she was born August 11, 1873 in Griffin, Georgia. She died in Polk County Florida Jan 16, 1934. Her parents were William H Harris and Roberta unknown. She is listed as being the widow of T.C. Turner.
On the son's death certificates where it is known, the father's name is Thomas, Kane or Cain Turner. Sarah is always listed as Sarah E Harris.
The oldest son Barney Turner is listed as being born in Griffin Georgia on his death certificate.
Perry is listed as being born in Macon, Georgia and Virgil O is listed as just Georgia. Charles I have not found.
In the 1900 census they are in Pasco County, Florida. Sarah is listed as Roberta but the children are the same as in later census years.
Thomas C Turner b August 1860 per US census 1900 Abbott Precinct,Pasco County, Florida -Family 265
His is listed in that census as being a Teamster with:
Roberta (wife) b Aug 1864 in Georgia with both parents born in Georgia. Both list 13 years of marriage. Roberta lists as having 5 children with 4 living.
Children listed are:
Bonnie (son)May 1886 Georgia age 14
Virgil (son) b December 1890 Georgia
Perry (son) b May 1893 Florida
Charles (son) July 1897 Florida
From the fact that they both state they have been married 13 years and the oldest son, Bonnie/Barney, is 14, I gather he is a child from a previous marriage or was born to them before their marriage or a relative.
By 1910 census Thomas is not listed with these children and the mother's name is now (and on all later findings) listed as Sarah/Sarah E.
1910 Polk County FL census
1910 Florida POLK LAKELAND Series: T624 Roll: 167 Page: 157
Sarah 49 none (3-4 years younger than the Roberta listed in 1900)
Bonnie 21 Baggageman with Railroad
Virgil 19 Flagman with railroad
Perry 16 Trucking? Now Listed as being born in Georgia instead of Florida.
Charlie 11 none
All born in Ga except Charlie in Fl.
From the sons WW1 enlisted/military papers they all list as being from Macon, Georgia excpet for the youngest, Charles A.
From the 1910 census and the sons WWI military papers I conclude they moved from Georgia between December 1893-May 1897.
In the 1915 Lakeland, Polk County, Florida city directory, Sarah is listed as the widow of Thomas C with Virgil O., James Perry, living with her. Also listed as renting in that address were Berney R. (Idell) as baggageman, Inez I Turner. I am thinking maybe this is Bonnie and not Bernie.
In 1920 Perry is listed in Sumter County, Florida as a hiredman in the household of Dan Wilson. This was after his discharge from the Army.
Age: 22 Year: 1920
Birthplace: Nova Scotia Roll: T625_231
Race: White Page: 1B
State: Florida ED: 185
County: Sumter Image: 696
Township: Center Hill
1930 US census
Age: 34 Year: 1930
Birthplace: Florida Roll: T626_331
Race: White Page: 9B
State: Florida ED: 78
County: Polk Image: 0276
James Perry Turner b. May 27, 1892, d September 11, 1944, in Pinellas County, FL in the VA hospital. He married Minnie Vesta Ward Sherouse on July 30, 1924, in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida. Vesta was the daughter of Jonathan Zeno WARD of Whiteville, NC and Minnie Ethyl Suggs of Horry County, SC.
Vesta was first married to Cecil Leo Sherouse b March 12, 1902 in Dade City, Pasco County, Florida and they had one child Cecil Leo Jr who died at age nine. Cecil Sr. died June 1960 in Hernando County, Fl.
James Perry Turner died in 1944 in the VA hosiptal in Pinellas County, Florida but was buried in Linden, Florida according to the funeral home. At least they say his body was shipped there and there were graveside service held for him in Linden Cemetery. I have not been able to find him in any cemetery there although the people from Linden Cemetery group say there are unmarked graves there as well as some which were covered by a road. He is purported to have been full blooded Creek. From his pictures he does look Native American
Any help on this family is greatly appreciated! James Perry Turner was my Grandfather.
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