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Re: James Turner & Jemima Wells, NC/Ky/Mo.
Posted by: V. Slaughter (ID *****2608) Date: August 08, 2004 at 13:14:10
In Reply to: James Turner & Jemima Wells, NC/Ky/Mo. by Daniel L. Moores of 19161

Here is what I have on James Turner and Jemima Wells

JAMES TURNER AND JEMIMA WELLS OF ROWAN CO., NORTH CAROLINA, MADISON CO., KENTUCKY AND BOONE CO., MISSOURI

James Turner was the eldest son of Thomas Turner and Catharine Smith. His family outline is derived from will, deed, marriage records and other legal documents.

HUSBAND: James Turner (RN=3)
Born: 21 November 1755 in Anson Co., North Carolina (became Rowan) or Virginia
Married: ca 1777/78 probably in Rowan Co., North Carolina
Died: 20 September 1834 in Boone Co., Missouri.
Buried: Turner Cemetery in Boone Co., Missouri SW 1/4 Section 29, Township 48, Range 13 now at Turner Station on MKT Railroad TOMBSTONE RECORDS OF BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI compiled by Mrs. E. E. Evans and Mrs. J. Frank Thompson 1933 page 150
FATHER: Thomas Turner (RN=1)
MOTHER: Catharine Smith (RN=2)

WIFE: Jemima Wells (RN=16)
Born: ca 1750-1760
Died: ca 1830-1840 in Boone Co., Missouri
FATHER:
MOTHER:

       CHILDREN

1 F Keturah (Turcy) Turner (RN=28)
Born: 1 February 1777/78 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
Married: 28 December 1797 to Ebenezer Parks Jr. (RN=50) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 62, Jonathan Parks bondsman, James Turner, father of the bride gave consent, bond date 25 December 1798
Died: 1840?1850 in Estill Co., Kentucky

2 F Catharine (Katherine, Caty) Turner (RN=29)
Born: 22 August 1780 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
Married First: 26 May 1797 to Jonathan Parks (RN=51) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 62, Michael Runyon, bondsman, bond date 19 Mary 1797
Married Second: 14 January 1822 to Jonathan Pace (RN=96) in Estill Co., Kentucky, surety Ebenizer Park, atteste. W. E. McCreery ESTILL COUNTY MARRIAGE PERMISSIVE NOTES 1809-1892 compiled by Ed Puckett page 52 Box 11 of certificates of marriage.
Died: 18 August 1852 in Boone Co., Missouri.
Buried: Union Cemetery located six miles southwest of Columbia on Route K and one half mile north CEMETERY RECORDS OF BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI Volume V compiled by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry page 56

3 M Thomas Turner (RN=1140)
Born: ca 1780-1783 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
Married: 06 March 1806 to Elizabeth Newland (Neulans) (RN=1141) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 84 James Turner bondsman, marriage bond 05 March 1806, marriage return under the name of James Turner to Betsy Newland, Peter Woods, bondsman.
Died: November 1837 in Boone Co., Missouri

4 F Elizabeth Turner (RN=30)
Born: ca 1780?1785 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married: 19 December 1799 to John Connelly (RN=52) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 18 John Turner bondsman, James Turner, father of the bride, gave consent, bond date 17 December 1799.
Died: Before 1840 probably in Boone Co., Missouri

5 F Sarah (Sally) Turner (RN=2134)
Born: ca 1783 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married: 20 August 1801 to Andrew J. Hendricks (Hendrix) (RN=2133) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 39, William Mallone bondsman, James Turner, father of the bride, gave consent, James Hendricks, father of the groom, gave consent, bond date 17 August 1801.
Died: before 23 September 1834

6 M Jesse Turner (RN=1142)
Born: 1790 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married First: 09 February 1810 to Mary A. Brown (RN=1228) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 84, Andrew Hendricks, bondsman, Affy Brown, parent of the bride, gave consent, bond date 05 February 1810.
Married Second: to Mary S. (Unknown) (RN=1766)
Died: ca 1861 in Collins Co., Texas

7 M Enoch Turner (RN=34)
Born: 25 May 1791 in Madison Co.,Kentucky
Married: 20 December 1811 to Susannah B. Toalson (Tolson) (RN=56) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 84, James Turner bondsman, Thomas Tolson, father of the bride, gave consent, bond date 18 December 1811.
Died: 24 July 1840 in Boone Co., Missouri.
Buried: Turner Cemetery in Boone Co., Missouri SW 1/4 Section 29, Township 48, Range 13 now at Turner Station on MKT Railroad TOMBSTONE RECORDS OF BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI compiled by Mrs. E. E. Evans and Mrs. J. Frank Thompson 1933 page 150

8 M James Turner Jr. (RN=35)
Born: 1790/1800 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married: 01 November 1814 to Sarah (Sally) Barnes (RN=57) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 84, Thomas Barnes, bondsman.
Died: September 1833 in Boone Co., Missouri

9 F Jemima Turner (RN=36)
Born: 27 September 1796 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married: 08 March 1811 to Joseph Brown (RN=58) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 11, Andrew Hendricks bondsman, Affy Brown, parent of the groom gave consent, bond date 02 February 1811
Died: 30 October 1851 in Boone Co., Missouri.
Buried: Rocky Fork Primitive Baptist Church in Hinton, Boone, Missouri Tombstone records of Boone County, Missouri compiled and published by Mrs. E. Evans and Mrs. J. Frank Thompson 1934 page 110

10 F Rebecca Turner (RN=2132)
Born: 09 September 1798 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married: 20 December 1813 to Esrum Tipton (RN=2131) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 82 Abram Newland bondsman, bond date 17 October 1810
Died: 26 October 1846 in Boone Co., Missouri

11 F Abigail Turner (RN=38)
Born: 23 March 1800 in Madison Co., Kentucky
Married: 12 January 1817 to Basil (Bazel) Brown (RN=60) in Madison Co., Kentucky MADISON COUNTY KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS VOL I 1786-1822 compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery page 11, James Turner bondsman, James Turner father of the bride, gave consent bond date 06 January 1817.
Died: 09 March 1878 Cumberland Co., Illinois
Buried: Little Salem Cemetery near Jewett, Cumberland, Illinois

       SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Birth date for James Turner comes from the family bible of Thomas Turner. Copies of the family data are located in the vertical file in the reading room of the Historical Society of Missouri located in the basement of the Ellis Library UMC Campus Columbia, Boone, Missouri

According to family folklore James Turner was born in Virginia. His father appears on records in North Carolina in the 1760's. The first known reference to James Turner in Rowan Co., North Carolina is found in 1772 when he appears on the Rowan Co., Tax List enumerated within his father's household.

ROWAN COUNTY REGISTER Vol 2. No. 3 compiled by Jo White Linn

page 394 "1772 Rowan County Tax List (partial -Davidson County area) taken by James Smith" transcribed by Mrs. John W. Abell: Thomas Turner & son James 2

By 1778, James Turner was taxed by himself

Abstracts of WILLS AND ESTATES RECORDS of ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1753-1805 and TAX LISTS of 1759 and 1778 by Jo White Linn: page 138 "1778 Rowan Co. Tax List" Capt. Morris' District

Polls James Turner

Evidently he married about this time as he purchased land from John Hunt Prather.

Abstracts of the DEEDS of ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1753-1785 by Jo White Linn: page 142 (8:540) 4 Nov.1778 John Hunt Prater & wife Eloner (X) to James Turner for 30 pounds proc, 45 acres on the south side of Yadkin River near Jones Landing, bought from Edward Turner and wf 13 July 1763. James Gibson and John Braly witnesses. Prvd Nov. Court 1778.

Abstracts of THE MUNUTES OF THE COURT OF PLEAS AND QUARTER SESSIONS ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1775-1789 by Jo White Linn: page 45 (4:183) 5 Nov. 1778 Deeds prvd:..JNO HUNT PRATOR & Ux to JAMES TURNER 45 A 4 Nov. 1778 ackn.

In 1779 James Turner was still living in Rowan Co., North Carolina as he was bondsman on his sisters marriage.
Marriages of ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1753-1868 by Brent H. Holcomb: page 19, Barnes, Samuel & Rachel Turner, 20 March 1779; James Turner, bondsman; Wm. R. Davie, wit.

The above are the only references to James Turner that I could find in Rowan Co., North Carolina. What happened to his land, is a mystery to me. I could not find a land sale and wonder if he abandoned it in favor of better land in Kentucky. It appears that James Turner left the area about 1782.

In 1782 James Turner cleared land in Lincoln Co., Virginia which later was located in Madison Co., Virginia (Kentucky). In a paper prepared by Richard Marvin Turner of Pendleton, Oregon is reference to the deposition of James Turner as to when he settled his plantation in Madison County. (Madison Co., Kentucky Deed Book D page 549) His land was located on the ridge between Tates Creek and Otter Creek.

In the 1787 Tax List for Personal Property in Madison Co., Virginia (now Kentucky) by Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Love is a listing for James Turner next to Edward Turner. I believe theses two were brothers being sons of Thomas Turner Sr. James Turner continues to appear on the tax lists for Madison Co., Kentucky with 100 acres on Tates Creek.

James Turner continues to appear on the Madison Co., Kentucky tax lists. In 1794 he began to be taxed on 100 acres of land on Otter Creek (also listed as Tates Creek or Tates and Otter Creek). He was taxed for this land until 1823. In 1826, James Turner and Jemima, his wife, sold 100 acres on Tates Creek to Robert Goggins (Madison Co., Kentucky Deed Book R page 185). It was at this time, that he moved to Boone Co., Missouri.

Other references to James Turner can be found in Madison Co., Kentucky Court Order Books.
Madison Co., Kentucky Court Order Book 1786-1798 (research by Bob McAlear): July Court 1789 Ordered that James Turner, Joseph Proctor, Andrew Woods and Jno Woods be appointed to view the most convenient way for a road from Woods Station to the forks of the road about a mile southeast of Edward Turners and make report thereof to the next September Court.

Madison Co., Kentucky Court Order Book B 1791-1800 (researched by Bob McAlear): 6 March 1792 page 36 On the motion of James Turner his ear mark (to wit) a cross and half penny out of the under side of the right ear and a slit in the left ear which is ordered recorded.

2 Oct 1792, p. 121: Ordered that Edward Turner take James Turner, alias Patterson, into his care until further order of the Court.

(my note: This James Turner was a young child bound out to learn a trade. His apprenticeship caused problems later for members of the Turner family)

6 January 1795 page 254 Ordered that A. Woods, James Turner, Jesse Noland and Labin Cooper..do view an alteration in the road opposite to James Turner and Jesse Noland and Make report..


3 March 1795 page 164 The person appointed to view an alteration in the roads opposite to James Turner and Jesse Noland made their report...

2 October 1798 page 540 Ordered that James Turner be allowed five pounds the damages assessed him by occasion of a road running through his land.

3 December 1799 page 619 Ordered that James Turner be appointed surveyor of the road in the room of Higgason Grubbs...

3 May 1800 page 632 Ordered that Green Clay be appointed and required to allot the hands to work under James Turner as surveyor of the road from Talton Embry's to opposite George Boone's...

Madison Co., Kentucky Court Order Book C 1800-1813 (research by Bob McAlear): 5 January 1801 page 31 Ordered that Abraham Newland be appointed surveyor of the road in the room of James Turner...

7 December 1801 page 86 On the Motion of John Weagle it is ordered that Hail Talbot, Andrew Wood, James Turner and Edward Brown,,,view a way for a road to be opened from John Weagle's Horse Mill to intersect the Tates Creek road between Talbot's two plantations...

3 October 1803 page 204 On the motion of William Kearly it is ordered that Talton Embry, William Martin, John Turner and Robert Moore...view the road...from James Turner's to the Courthouse and make report...

2 July 1804 page 249 Ordered that James Turner be appointed surveyor of the road in room of John Turner..

6 Oct 1806, p. 382: On the motion of Edward Turner it is ordered that an attachment issue against John Grugett for failing to sign the indentures of James Turner who was directed to be bound to him by an order of this Court.

4 May 1807, p. 430: The Commonwealth against John Grugett. The Attorney for the Commonwealth moved the Court to impose a fine on the Defendant Grugett for a contempt of the Court in taking James Turner (who by an order of this Court at the February Term 1804 was directed to be bound to the siad Grugett by the Clerk) into his said Grugett's service and keeping the said Turner in his service until said attained his age of Twenty-one years and nevertheless refused to execute the indenture of Apprenticeship.

5 Aug 1811, p. 713: On the motion of Abraham Lewis..a certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Joseph Todd dec'd whereupon he enetered into bond..with Thomas Todd, Joseph Todd and Isaac Wagle his securities.. Ant id is turther ordered that Josiah Phelps. William Chinault, Senr. James Turner, and William Chinault Junr, do inventory and appraise estate of said Joseph Todd, decd.

Madison Co., Kentucky Court Order Book D: 1813-1819 (research by Bob McAlear): no entries

1810 Madison Co., Kentucky Census page 228
0-10 10-16 16-26 26-45 45+
James Turner 0 0 2 0 1 Males
03 0 0 1 Females

1820 Madison Co., Kentucky Census page 90
0-10 10-16 16-18 16-26 26-45 45+
James Turner 1 0 0 0 1 1 Males
00 1 0 1 Females

Family folklore state that Jemima's last name was Wells but no proof has been found to corroborate this information. In the 1778 Rowan Co., North Carolina Tax list there was only one Wells family listed. Henry Wells was listed in Capt. Mooris' District also as well as a Robert Wiles (Wills) poll only. A Henry Wells also appears on the 1810 and 1820 Census for Madison Co., Kentucky. From the census it appears as if he is near in age to Jemima Turner.

James Turner's father Thomas Turner died in December of 1820 and a court suit quickly followed. Evidently there was much discord between the children of Thomas Turner's first wife and the children of his second wife.

See Thomas Turner for court suit Madison Co., Kentucky Court Order Book E 1819-1827

James Turner no longer appears in the court records of Madison Co., Kentucky as he has relocated to Boone Co., Missouri. His name appears on the Boone County: Combined Land and Property, 1821 and 1825 (Missouri Taxpayers 1819-1826 compiled by Stanley, Wilson, and Wilson) I have not tried to locate the original land transaction for James Turner in Boone Co., Missouri.


1830 Boone Co., Missouri Census page 104 Rocky Fork Township
James Turner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Males 1 70-80
00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Females 1 70-80

In 1834 James Turner died and was buried on the home place. His son Enoch Turner purchased the farm from the other heirs and continued to live there until his death. (Boone Co., Missouri Deed Book M page 233)

Boone Co., Missouri Probate File 197 Enoch Turner Administrator Granted 13 September 1834 Final Settlement 10 February 1838. Heirs-Kitturah Parks, wife of Ebineezer Parks, Estill Co., Kentucky: Elizabeth Connelly, wife of John Connelly, Boone Co.: The heirs of Sarah Hendricks dec'd (James, Abner, Shelton, Jemima, Rosannah, Polly, and Elizabeth Henricks), Thomas Turner, Jesse Turner and Enoch Turner of Boone Co., Missouri. The children of James Turner Jr., dec'd:(Talton, Rachel, Samuel, Martha, Archibald, Mary and Talitha Turner). Jemima Brown, wife of Joseph Brown, Rebecca Tipton, wife of Esom Tipton, Abigail Brown, wife of Basil Brown.

WILLS AND ADMINISTRATION OF BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI 1821-1870 compiled by Evans and Thompson page 9 TURNER, JAMES SR. - No. 197 - Adm. Enoch Turner Admr. Gr. Sept. 13, 1834 F. S. Feb 10, 1838. Heirs - Kitturah Parks wife of Ebineezer Parks: Estill Co., KY. Elizabeth Connelly, Wife of John Connelly, Boone Co., The heirs of Sarah Hendricks decd. (James, Abner, Shelton, Jemima, Rosannah, Polly & Elizabeth Hendricks) Thomas Turner, Jesse Turner and Enoch Turner of Boone Co., MO the children of James Turner, Jr., decd. (Talton, Rachel, Samuel, Martha, Archiband, Mary & Talita Turner), Jemima Brown, wife of Joseph Brown, Rebecca Tipton, wife of Esom Tipton, Abigail Brown wife of Basil Brown.

(this abstraction omitted Catherine Pace wife of Jonathan Pace even tho she is on the the heirs list for James Turner)

Tombstone Records of Boone County, Missouri compiled and published by Evans and Thompson 1934 page 150 Turner Cemetery S.W. 1/4 Sec. Township 48, Range 13 now at Turner Station on MKT Railroad. (name given as Thomas Turner Sr. but is proved to be James Turner Sr. by date of birth and death on stone)

I hope this is helpful in your research.


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