I am trying to locate decendants of Benjamin M Turner of Hernando County, Florida in
the 1860's. Benjamin married Rebecca Jane Kersey and had at least two sons, Joel
Adam and Benjamin Jr. I do not know when Benjamin was born but he died in
Hillsborough County, Florida in 1867 while standing next to a tree that was hit by
I am trying to determine the relationship between him and his sons, Benjamin and
Joel to Thomas C Turner. In the 1900 census they are in Pasco County, Florida each
one page from the other. I have tracked the boys back each census to 1870 where
they are living with Rebecca and her second husband, Henry Ryals. Thomas is not
with them in 1870 at which time he would have been 9 years old.
Does anyone know Benjamin Sr.s parents or where they were from in Georgia? I
have collected a great deal of information on these boys and sure would like to see
the connection. The naming patterns of the decendants of these three are very
similar. Thomas C is my great grandfather.
The three oldest sons of Thomas C and Sarah stated on their WWI enlistment/draft
registration cards that they were born Macon, Georgia but I have not been able to find
They all enlisted/registered in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.
Here is a bit of what I have collected on them. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Descendants of Benjamin M Turner
Generation No. 1
1. BENJAMIN M1 TURNER He married REBECCA JANE KERSEY. She was born 1855.
Children of BENJAMIN TURNER and REBECCA KERSEY are:
2. i. JOEL A2 TURNER, b. June 1866, Florida; d. March 26, 1931.
3. ii. BENJAMIN TURNER, b. March 14, 1868, Florida; d. February 17,
After Benjamin died Rebecca married Rev. Henry D Ryals.
Generation No. 2
2. JOEL A TURNER (BENJAMIN M1) was born June 1866 in Florida, and died March
26, 1931. He married (1) ELVIE M. She was born September 1866 in Florida. He
married (2) ELVIA M. She was born September 22, 1866 in Florida, and died August
Children of JOEL TURNER and ELVIE M are:
4. i. BENJAMIN3 TURNER, b. December 11, 1888; d. August 1967.
ii. JOHN WESLEY TURNER, b. October 15, 1893; m. LIZZIE MAE
MORGAN, December 25, 1915, Pasco County, Florida.
iii. JOEL ADAM TURNER, JR, b. July 11, 1895; d. February 18, 1972,
Clearwater, Pinellas, Florida, United States of America.
iv. WALLACE TURNER, b. July 01, 1897.
v. ETHYL TURNER, b. January 1900, Florida; d. Bef. 1910.
3. BENJAMIN TURNER (BENJAMIN M1) was born March 14, 1868 in Florida, and died
February 17, 1929 in Florida. He married SULAR GEIGER. She was born November
1874 in Florida per 1900 census, and died August 17, 1912.
Children of BENJAMIN TURNER and SULAR GEIGER are:
i. MARGIE A TURNER, b. November 1893.
ii. THOMAS JEFFERSON TURNER, b. November 03, 1895.
iii. LILLIE MAY TURNER, b. 1900.
iv. LEWIS M TURNER, b. 1903.
v. VIRGINA TURNER, b. 1904.
Generation No. 3
4. BENJAMIN TURNER (JOEL A2, BENJAMIN M1) was born December 11, 1888, and
died August 1967. He married LAURA. She was born Abt. 1890 in Florida.
Children of BENJAMIN TURNER and LAURA are:
i. SADIE4 TURNER, b. Abt. 1910, Florida.
ii. ELSIE TURNER, b. Abt. 1913.
iii. ROY TURNER, b. Abt. 1921, Florida.
Descendants of Thomas C. Turner
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS C. TURNER was born August 1860 in Georgia, and died Bet. 1900 - 1910.
He married (1) ROBERTA. She was born August 1864 in Georgia. He married (2)
SARAH Abt. 1880.
I am not sure is Roberta and Sarah are the same person. On 1900 Thomas's wife is
listed as Roberta nd the mother of the children. After that the name is Sarah and she
is listed as mother and they live in her husehold after that point. Thomas is not with
them in the 1910 census and Sarah is listed as widow of Thomas C in the Lakeland
City directories. She was born Abt. 1861 in Georgia, and died January 16, 1934 in
Morrell Memorial Hospital, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.
Children of THOMAS TURNER and SARAH are:
i. BARNEY R2 TURNER, b. May 20, 1885; d. March 31, 1920,
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida; m. INEZ I UNKNOWN.
ii. VIRGIL O. TURNER, b. December 1890, Georgia; d. August 21,
1971, Polk County, Florida.
iii. CHARLES Adam TURNER, b. July 1897.
2. iv. JAMES PERRY TURNER, b. May 27, 1892, Macon Georgia; d.
September 11, 1944, V. A. hospital, Pinellas County, Florida.
Generation No. 2
2. JAMES PERRY TURNER (THOMAS C.1) was born May 27, 1892 in Macon Georgia,
and died September 11, 1944 in V. A. hospital, Pinellas County, Florida. He married
MINNIE VESTA WARD SHEROUSE July 30, 1924 in Kissimmee, Osceola County, FL.
She was born August 22, 1902 in Conway, Horry County, South Carolina, and died
August 17, 1970 in Bartow, Florida.
Vesta's first husband was Cecil Leo Sherouse. They married in 1920 in Polk County,
Florida. They hae one child, Cecil Leo Jr who died at age 8.
Children of JAMES TURNER and MINNIE WARD are:
3. i. BONITA ETHLYND3 TURNER, b. November 11, 1932, Perry,
Florida; d. November 19, 1961, Bartow County, Florida.
ii. JAMES PERRY TURNER, JR., b. September 03, 1927; d.
September 03, 1927.
4. iii. GEORGE DANIEL TURNER, b. February 22, 1925, Lakeland, Polk
County, Florida; d. March 22, 1988, Ottumwa, Wapello County, IA.
5. iv. JAMES CLAY TURNER, b. September 23, 1928, Florida; d.
January 13, 1975, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.
Generation No. 3
3. BONITA ETHLYND TURNER (JAMES PERRY2, THOMAS C.1) was born November
11, 1932 in Perry, Florida, and died November 19, 1961 in Bartow County, Florida. She
married (1) CHARLES FRANK HYLANDER .She married (2) FRANK MAnion / Marion
MILES June 24, 1956 in Donalsonville, Seminole County, Georgia. He was born
October 13, 1922 in Florida, and died May 30, 1980 in Lakeland, Florida.
Child of BONITA TURNER and CHARLES HYLANDER is:
i. DONALD THOMAS HYLANDER, b. March 28, 1953.
Child of BONITA TURNER and FRANK MILES is:
iii. LIVING4 female MILES, m. LIVING BAILEY.
4. GEORGE DANIEL TURNER (JAMES PERRY2, THOMAS C.1) was born February 22,
1925 in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, and died March 22, 1988 in Ottumwa, Wapello
County, IA. He married (1) ANNETTTE FEASTER. He married (2) MIRIAM.
Children of GEORGE TURNER and ANNETTTE FEASTER are:
i. KATHY TURNER.
ii. BARBARA TURNER, b. 1950.
iii. CHARLES WesleyTURNER, b. Abt. 1953.
iv. LINDA TURNER, b. Abt. 1955.
5. JAMES CLAY TURNER (JAMES PERRY, THOMAS C.) was born September 23, 1928
in Florida, and died January 13, 1975 in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida. He married
Child of JAMES TURNER and SHIRLEY SEXTON is:
i. GRACE MARIE TURNER.
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