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Re: John Conyers and Ann Blackburn Conyers, Stafford Co. in 1840's
Posted by: Gail R. Blancett (ID *****4929) Date: February 06, 2004 at 20:23:04
In Reply to: John Conyers and Ann Blackburn Conyers, Stafford Co. in 1840's by Margie Blackburn Hughes of 531

Margie,

Have you uncovered any family relationship between John Conyers and the Turner family?

Some time in the year 1795, James Turner sold his land to John Conyers and disappeared from the tax rolls.

James Turner, Absolam Turner, and William Griffin Turner had been on the rolls or signers of legislative petitions in Stafford Co. from 1776.

I am at a complete dead end on these Turners as to where they came from before that.

James Turner appears to have had an oldest son named William Turner which can be determined by carefully following the tax rolls.

Absolam Turner and William Griffin Turner can be proven to be brothers by a deed (one of the few still in existence for that time period).

Absolam Turner died ca 1792 and his widow was Elizabeth who remained in the area and I believe she is still on the census of 1810.

William Griffin Turner sold his land in 1792 and disappears from the rolls. He went to Greenville Co., SC and died in 1816.

The General Index of Deeds, Trusts, Release, Deeds, and Wills of Stafford Co. which is still in existence has some references which suggest but are not definitive about some relationships between Absolam Turner and a James Armstrong and a Mrs. Wm. Young.

Again, this is only speculation because no relationships are stated here--only the grantee listed as either Absolam Turner or Ab Estate and mentioning an interest in 136 acres.

Tax rolls show that Absolam Turner owned 136 acres and later his estate and then his widow.

The land was adj. Fielding Curtis et al. on the deed indexed as 9 Nov 1846 (Book OO, p. 161).

On the 1840 Census the following households were listed in this order:

p. 188
William Turner
Joseph Armstrong
Fielding Curtis
William Young
Mary Turner
John Conyer
George Bowling

p. 184
James Armstrong
Armstead Armstrong
Delia Turner


On the death record for Armstead Armstrong's wife Jane S. Armstrong on 25 Oct 1882, she was listed as the daughter of Jesse and Delia Turner. Jesse Turner died before 1837 so that she could well be the Delia Turner listed in the census.

Deeds also show that a James Turner and Jesse Turner were brothers but do not say who their parents were.

I'm just hoping against hope that some descendants of Absolam Turner stayed there in Stafford and retained information on these Turners.

Gail



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