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Posted by: Lyndon Hart (ID *****0177) Date: October 14, 2009 at 11:09:52
In Reply to: Re: THOMAS BARNES TURNER by Kathy Tidwell of 143

Here is what I have on this family. Anything additional - especially on more recent generations in your line and those of Edward B. of MS would be much appreciated.


Although several men with the surname "Blunt" can be found in early Virginia land and probate records, the only one who can be identified with the line under consideration in this study is RICHARD BLUNT of Surry County. The date of his birth is unknown, but it is clear that he had died before the year 1658. It is likely that he died as a very young man. This is strongly suggested by two facts the subsequent marriages of his widow, and the fact that he left only one child.
There is a RICHARD BLUNT involved in a suit in Maryland over a run-away servant. Blunt, by his attorney Henry Coursey, sued Thomas Copley for illegally detaining Nicholas White, one of Blunt’s servants from Virginia. There is a letter, dated April 1650, from Blunt to Henry Roch authorizing him to bring White back and also Arthur Alling’s [Allen] man. On 15 January 1651, Mr. Richard Blunt, aged 36, made a deposition concerning Roch. The case was decided in Blunt’s favor. The mention of Allen seems to indicate a possible Surry County connection.
RICHARD BLUNT married MARY (surname unknown). It has been asserted that her name was Mary Flood, but this seems unlikely. [See the conflicting views voiced in unsigned articles entitled “Flood” in John Bennett Boddie (ed.), Virginia Historical Genealogies (Redwood City, California, 1954), pp. 301 308, especially p.303, and “Blunt of Shingleton, Sussex,” in the same editor's Southside Virginia Families (same publisher, 1955), pp. 70 74, especially p. 70.]
No information has been obtained on land ownership by RICHARD BLUNT.
Mrs. MARY BLUNT was married second to Charles Ford [sometimes spelled "Foard"], her third husband (to whom she was married on November 15, 1658) was John Washington ; and her fourth husband (to whom she was married about 1661/62) was Henry Briggs. She was still alive in 1677.
RICHARD and MARY BLUNT had only one child, THOMAS BLUNT, who is treated below.


THOMAS BLUNT of Surry County (born 1656; died 1709), the only child of Richard and Mary Blunt, was the second of that line in Virginia. His will was probated in Surry on March 7, 1709 .

THOMAS BLUNT married twice. The name of his first wife is unknown. He married second PRISCILLA BROWNE, daughter of William Browne of Southwark Parish, Surry (who died in 1705) , and his first wife, Mary, daughter of Col. Henry Browne of Four Mile Tree plantation on the James River . Prior to marrying Blunt, Priscilla had been married (before 1699) to River (of) Jordan whose will was probated in Surry, March 4, 1700/01 . After Blunt's death Priscilla was married to William Thomas of Surry; and she died in that county where her will was probated in 1733 .
The earliest land transaction in which THOMAS BLUNT was named dates from the time he was fifteen years old. On April 6, 1671, his mother, then Mrs. Mary Briggs, and his stepfather, Henry Briggs, patented 250 acres in Surry in the right of THOMAS BLUNT and his half brother, Richard Washington, called “orphants” in the instrument. This tract lay near the James River and adjoined property owned by the Floods.
When he was twenty six, THOMAS BLUNT, together with Richard Washing ton, patented 330 acres of land in the Upper Parish of Surry one half mile from the "main Black Water," meaning Blackwater Swamp and River. This grant was dated April 29, 1682, and was based on the grantees having paid for the transportation of seven persons to the colony. This instrument is significant because it gives the first indication of the section of Surry County in which Blunt and his descendants were seated i.e., the portion that lay in or near the portion of that county that was cut off and designated Sussex County.
In 1701 THOMAS BLUNT made three land acquisitions that demonstrated his apparent interest in amassing an estate capable of supporting his large family. Each grant was dated April 25, 1701; two encompassed land on the south side of the main Black Water adjoining Col. Benjamin Harrison, one tract contained 510 acres, the other 486 acres. The third patent of that date covered 159 acres on the south side of Seacock Swamp in what is today Southampton County.
Thirteen years later, when he was 58 years old, THOMAS BLUNT made three significant additions to his landed estate. On December 16, 1714, he patented 320 acres on the south side of the main Black Water (in the neighborhood of his earlier acquisitions), and he also patented 710 acres of "New Land" on the south side of the Nottoway River and the south side of Whitewood Swamp "in the line of the Nottoway Indians." This lay in what is today Southampton County. Later in the same month, THOMAS BLUNT patented 420 acres on the north side of the Nottoway in the same general area.
In attempting to evaluate the size of Blunt's holdings, it is necessary to keep in mind the fact that the 2250 acres he patented (and noted here) is not a definitive record of the land he owned; it does not take into account what he may have purchased from private individuals, nor does it include any land that he may have inherited or been given.
THOMAS BLUNT was the father of nine children. The order in which they are listed on the following page is not intended to suggest the order of their births, which remains unknown. Instead it is the order in which his children are discussed in this study.
For purposes of discussion, the nine children have been assigned the following italicized letter designations: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and I. The records support assigning those lettered A, B, C, E, and H to Blunt's first wife and those lettered D, F, G, and I to his second wife, PRISCILLA (BROWNE) JORDAN.
The nine children are listed on the following page in the order in which they are treated in subsequent portions of this study.
H. BENJAMIN BLUNT of Isle of Wight County, Virginia (portion that became Southampton County), was born about 1707/8; he died in Southampton in 1752 . He was one of the children of Thomas Blunt by his second wife, Priscilla Browne.
BENJAMIN BLUNT was married in Isle of Wight (after 1730) to PRISCILLA SUGARS, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Swan) Sugars . She was born about 1717 and died in 1782. Although his residence was in Virginia, BENJAMIN BLUNT began acquiring land in North Carolina at least as early as March 16, 1742, when he patented a small tract on the east side of Fishing Creek in Granville (part now Warren) County. On February 25, 1744/45 he purchased two tracts in Northampton County, North Carolina one containing 280 acres in the low grounds of Fountain Creek, adjoining Cypress Swamp, and the “old county line”; the second containing 45 acres on Cypress Swamp and “crossing the old county line .” The site of these holdings lay just south of the dividing line between the colonies of Virginia and North Carolina, quite near the lands south of the Meherrin River that other members of Blunt's family had acquired at an early date.

V. PRISCILLA BLUNT; married (February 11, 1762) JOHN TURNER (died 1797) of Greensville County, Virginia [Greensville Will Book 1, p. 347].
B. John Blunt Turner (died 1809) ; married in Bertie County, North Carolina (December 29, 1789) Melia [Mildred] Barnes. [She married second Isham Harwell.] Issue nine children, 1 through 9, below:
1. Thomas Barnes Turner; married first (20 November 1809) Temperance Harris (dead by 19 Nov. 1829 ); married second (November 19, 1829 Greensville County) Louisa Jane Thorpe (born 1815 VA, died 27 December 1896). She is buried in Brazoria Co., TX [Old Columbia Cemetery]. She was a widow living in Matagorda Co., TX in 1850 (census #55) and 1860 (Census, p.29 #212) and in Brazoria Co., TX in 1880 (census, Precinct 1, E.D.1, P.12 #151). Issue ten children, a through j, below, six by his first wife and four by his second wife:
a. Edward B. Turner (born 1812 VA) had died by 1857 according to Greensville County, Virginia, land tax records); married (November 7, 1838 Greensville County) Mildred W. Tillar (born 1823 VA). Moved to Mississippi, where they were living in DeSoto Co. in 1850 (census, Northern Division, p.428 #875). She married 2) Z.D. Nichols (born 1817 AL). She and her second husband were living in DeSoto Co., MS in 1860 (census, p.86 #636), 1870 (census, Township 3, Range 9, p. 2 #11), and 1880 (census, District 1, p.529c). Known issue five children (1) through (5) below:
       (1) William Turner (born 1843 VA)
       (2) S. E. Turner (born 1844 VA)
       (3) male Turner (born 1845 VA)
       (4) C. S. Turner (born 1846 VA)
(3) Norfleet B. Turner (born June 1848 MS), living in DeSoto Co., MS in 1870 (census, Township 1, Range 8, P.5 #37). Living at home in 1880 and with his brother Edward in 1900. He married 1900 Emma L. __ (born 1864 MS). They were living in DeSoto Co., MS in 1910 (census, Beat 4, E.D. 18, Sheet 1a, #1).
       (4) Rosa B. Turner (born 1850 MS)
(5) Edward B. Turner (born 1853 MS), living at home in 1860, 1870, and 1880; married 1894 Carrie/Carroberta__ (born November 1870 MS). They were living in DeSoto Co., MS in 1900 (census, Beat 4, E.D.28, Sheet 2 #37), 1910 (census, Beat 4, E.D. 18, Sheet 2b #63), and 1920 (census, Eudora, E.D. 19, Sheet 2a #20). Known issue, four children, including (a) through (c) below:
(a) Edward Blount Turner (born 13 December 1895 MS) [WWI Draft Registration]; married 1927 Ruth Crenshaw (born 1905 TN, died March 2000 Memphis, TN [obit, THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 11 March 2000]). They were living in Memphis, TN in 1930 (census, Shelby Co., E.D. 79-65 Sheet 18b #255 at 1172 Linden Ave.). Issue.
(b) Thomas Bynum Turner (born 21 May 1898 MS)
(c) Martha C. Turner (born 1902 MS)

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