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Morris Turner - fur trader - loyalist - relative of William Scull
Posted by: Brian Anderson (ID *****8682) Date: August 15, 2011 at 09:17:06
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I am looking for information about my ancestor Morris/Maurice Turner who was born before 1735. He was an early fur trader being employed by John Frazier (1750s), the Ohio Company (1760s), etc. In 1750 he was captured (along with his partner Ralph Kilgore) by natives hired by the French, and was taken from near Ohio to fort Detroit. After much grief and a march to execution, he and Kilgore escaped and reported to the authorities. Morris led a colourful life, acquired more than 1000 acres of land in various counties(much along the Susquehanna), and in the end joined the British at Wioming in the slaughter of settlers (which is probably where he died - or as a result).
I recently came across an interesting piece of genealogical information regarding Morris when I was researching the Supreme Court Records of PA. In a document relating to a piece of property Morris once owned, the court record states that William Scull, the deputy surveyor of PA, was a relative of Morris Turner. In fact it states it twice, and the second time notes that William was a relative of Morris Turner's family. I would love to correspond with anyone who can help with this family!

Some other facts about Morris Turner's family:
1) Morris married Sarah, whom I believe to be Sarah Wyatt b. 1735 to Edward Wyatt and Mary. She was baptised at Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA. The reason I believe she is a Wyatt is: a) Morris and Sarah Turner had a child buried through Christ Church, and a child (Mary) baptised at Christ Church; b) Sarah was herself baptised at Christ Church; and c) Morris and Sarah named their only living son, Edward Wyatt Turner.
2)Morris and his son Edward were part of Butler's Rangers during the revolution - UEL
3)Morris at one time was at Fort Pitt under the command of Col. Bouquet - 1761
4) there are extensive documents regarding Morris' capture by the French (online)
5) Morris (in his farming days) acquired alot of land and had it surveyed by the Scull family


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