From the book "Coryell County Families" Page 576..........
The Turney Family
The first Turney of this family to come to America was Daniel Turney (originally spelled Tourneau). He settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and married Susan Matheny, moving from Virginia to Bourbon County, Kentucky about 1786. Michael Turney, son of Daniel, moved with his family to Wayne County, Illinois in 1819. Michael's known sons were Moses M., Dr. Daniel, Isaiah, Anthony B., and Dr. William F.
Moses M. (June 14, 1807 in Kentucky - November 11, 1885, buried at Glen Cove, Coleman County) married a first time and had a daughter, Ellen (Wiggons). He married a second Mary "Mollie" West Cates (October 5, 1814 in Illinois - July 10, 1884, buried at Glen Cove) in Illinois in 1830. They came to Texas in 1840, settling first in Milam County. About 1850, they moved to Bell County on Owl Creek. In 1854, Coryell County was carved from this part of Bell County and Moses and his sons had parts in the establishment of this new county. Michael (M.S.) was one of 28 to petition the Texas Legislature to form the new county, November 26, 1853. Another petition was signed by Moses M., R.J., and M.S., and this petition was assigned to the care of M.S., November 29, 1853. John became the first sheriff of Coryell County. Moses and his family moved to Coleman County, Texas, in 1878, pioneering the Glen Cove area.
The children of Moses M. and Mary W. Turney were:
1) John "Jack" (April 17, 1831 in Illinois - May 24, 1870, buried in Coryell County) married in 1856, Sarah "Sallie" Trimmier (who remarried Hugh Sheridan in 1878). Their children, all born in Coryell County: a) Arabelle (1857-January 23, 1890) married J.C. Christian and had one son, Boyd; b) Charles Travis (1859-1930) married first Ella Cox in 1881 in Coleman County, and had three children; married second Bessie Pauline Baugh in Sutton County in 1895, and had ten children; ranched in Sutton County until 1905 when he moved to Mesilla Valley, New Mexico; c) Mollie T. (1862-?) married Dan Briggs in 1886, no children; d) Moses (1869-1890) never married; e) Valrous John "V.J., Joe, or Stoney" (Dec. 12, 1865-1935) married Lucinda Mahalia Gobble in 1893 in Val Verde County, three children, a well known rancher in the Sonora area.
2) Michael S. (ca 1834 in Illinois-?, possibly in Mexico) never married.
3) R.J. "Dick" (ca 1838-?, buried near Garfield, New Mexico) married Samantha ?, had three children, Bob, Mary Mica (Douglass) and Etta.
4) Johnson C. (ca 1842 in Illinois-?) married Lucy A. ?, had children Mary (1865), Emma E. (1870), Annie C. (1872), Robert P. (1875), and Mosetta (1878).
5) Mary E. (1844 in Illinois-?)
6) Hopkins L. (ca 1847-died before 1860)
7) Robert (ca 1849-died before 1860)
8) Hansboro Bell (October 7, 1851 in Bell County, Texas- January 11, 1917, buried at Whon, Coleman County) married Mary Jane Wood (August 1, 1846 in Tennessee-February 24, 1924, buried at Whon) January 29, 1871 in Coryell County. Their children (first three born in Coryell County): a) Hopkins (1872), b) Frank Willard (1874), c) May (1876), d) Della W. (1878), e) Bell (twin)(1880), f) Ell (twin)(1880), g) Milam Mabh (1882) h) Mark Coleman "Bill" (1884), i) J. Dan (1886), j) Moses Albert "Bert" (1888), k) Catherine "Kate" E. (1889).
9) Mosetta (January 22, 1858 in Coryell County-June 26, 1940 in Houston, buried at Glen Cove) married John Houston Davis December 12, 1878 in Coryell County, had eleven children: West Pearl (1880), Arthur (1881), Luther A. (1884), Herman (1886), Bessie (1888), Flora Mae (1889), Charles A. (1892), Fred C. (1894), Lucille (1898), La Rue (1901), and John Houston, Jr. (1904).
Other Turneys shown on the 1860 Coryell County census were Thomas (born ca 1793 in Kentucky) and H.B. (born ca 1836 in Tennessee). [Written by] Ralph Terry
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