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William Scull deputy surveyor connection to Morris/Maurice Turner fur trader
Posted by: Brian Anderson (ID *****8682) Date: November 17, 2011 at 08:53:07
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I am a descendant of Morris Turner b. ca 1730s who was a fur trader in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Morris married Sarah Wyatt b. 1735 (I believe she is daughter of Edward Wyatt and his wife Mary of Philadelphia who also had a daughter Dorothy). Morris was captured by natives working for the French on May 26 1750 (along with partner Ralph Kilgore). Morris and Kilgore escaped after a fairly rough imprisonment in Fort De Troit (Detroit) and reported back to the colonial officials. Morris would be captured and robbed again in 1753. Later Morris purchased various pieces of land scattered throughout Pennsylvania. In one of these transactions along the Susquehanna - Mahoney (Mahoning) - Wilkes Barre-Berks area, Morris had William SCULL the deputy surveyor of PA survey the property. In a dispute later (after Morris' death), the court heard that the survey was biased because William Scull was quote "relation of Turner's family" and "relation of Turner." I would like to find someone who can help me with this obvious connection between William Scull and Morris Turner. Morris Turner would go on to fight as a loyalist in the American Revolution - he was one of Butler's Rangers, and probably died at or shortly after the Wyoming Massacre. Some other names that appear connected to Morris are: Phillip Maus who ended up getting his estate (why? do not know); and Joseph Turner, esq (justice in Philadelphia) witnessed his claim for losses to the Ohio Co.

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