States: North Carolina: Wake
I seem to have a Revolutionary War Soldier (Capt. Robert Raiford's Company, 8th Regt Continental Line) named Maltiah (often mispelled Mattiah or Mathiah or even Matthias) Turner in my family. He was born probably in the early 1760's or late 1750's and died in 1831 in Montgomery County, NC. He was gravely injured in the war and was granted an invalid pension. He seems to have been rather rootless. Just after the War, he was found in Pitt County. In the 1790 and 1800 census records, he appears in Chatham County. In 1811, he is shown to have been living in Randolph County and of course, he died in Montgomery County. Apparently, he lived on his pension and took up little or no land. He sold his reissued bounty land grant, however, to Nathaniel Taylor in Wake County, also in 1811. There were very few Turners in Randolph County, NC in that era. However, a coroner's inquest there shows that a TItus Jennings Turner (also a Revolutionary War veteran) died in Randolph Co. in 1829. Is there a connection between Maltiah Turner and Titus Jennings Turner, who lived in SE Wake County most of his life? Was Titus visiting relatives in Randolph when he died? He had been petitioning the Legislature fruitlessly for a pension (in the mid 1820's) and had suggested that he might be put on the county if he were not granted one. Maybe he went to Randolph County to find relatives who might care for him. (Maltiah's probable daughter Elizabeth was married to Joshua Routh there.) Titus was undoubtedly linked to Augustus B. Turner, Esq. and Jasper M. Turner of Wake County. These last two later moved to Anson Co., NC. Does anyone have any idea where they came from? These men appear to have been born in the 1760's.
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