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The Turner Family

Part 2

Around May or June 1800, most members of the Turner and Beltz families moved to Pennsylvania. We can precisely date this move because Turner family members appeared on the 1800 List of Tithables in Loudoun Co., Va. and the 1800 census records in Pennsylvania.

1800 List of Tithables - Loudoun County [Tithables Record]
DatePersons ChargeableMale Tithables 16+BlacksHorsesTax
May 1Michael TurnerMichael Turner-2.24
May 1Michael Turner, Jr.Michael Turner-1.12
May 2Ludwick TurnerLudwick Turner-2.24

The above List of Tithables for Loudoun Co., Va. shows Michael, Sr., Michael, Jr. and Ludwick (Lewis) living there on May 1, 1800.

A short time later, Michael Turner, Sr., Lewis Turner and Andrew Beltz appeared in the census records for Greene Co. and Bedford Co., Penn. Michael Turner, Jr. and family appear to have moved to Pennsylvania after the birth of their son John in early 1802. Here are the 1800 census records for Michael Turner, Sr., Lewis Turner and Andrew Beltz.

1800 Census - Morris Township, Greene County [Census Record]
NameM(-10)M(10-16)M(16-26)M(26-45)M(45+)F(-10)F(10-16)F(16-26)F(26-45)F(45+)
Michael Turner111
1800 Census - Bedford and St. Clair Townships, Bedford County
NameM(-10)M(10-16)M(16-26)M(26-45)M(45+)F(-10)F(10-16)F(16-26)F(26-45)F(45+)
Lewis Turner111
1800 Census - Providence and Coleraine Townships, Bedford County
NameM(-10)M(10-16)M(16-26)M(26-45)M(45+)F(-10)F(10-16)F(16-26)F(26-45)F(45+)
Andrew Beltz221111
A Flatboat on the Ohio River
A Flatboat on the Ohio River

In 1808, Michael Turner, Jr., Elizabeth (Beltz) Turner and their four children left Pennsylvania and headed to Ohio. In a history of Clermont Co. and Brown Co., Ohio, there is a biographical sketch of their son Daniel Turner which says the Turners "left Pennsylvania in the year of 1808 and came down the Ohio river in a flat boat to Columbia, then the most noted place for eastern emigrants to disembark."

Michael Turner's land purchases and sales (see below) paint a clear picture of his movements after he came to southwestern Ohio. We can be sure his main residence was in Hamilton Co., Ohio until 1817 when he purchased the farm of Rev. Moses Frazee who lived in Clermont Co., Ohio. At that time and in earlier land purchases and sales, he had been described as a resident of Hamilton County. The purchase price of the Frazee land and its premises and appurtances suggest it had a farmhouse large and comfortable enough to accommodate Michael and Elizabeth Turner's growing family. All of the properties that Michael Turner bought and sold over the years were located just south of Milford, Ohio, and south and east of the East Fork of the Little Miami River in Union Township.

Michael Turner's Deeds - Clermont Co., Ohio - 1811 to 1833
DateGrantor/SellerGrantee/BuyerAcresCostNotes
Jan. 17, 1811Christian Biggal [Bickle] and Mary, his wife, of Michael Turner of 106+$371Part of tract bought from Henry Massie
Hamilton Co., OhioHamilton Co., Ohio
April 1, 1813Thomas Skinner and Hannah, his wife, ofMichael Turner of100$550Skinner bought from Christian Bickle, Dec. 9, 1802
Clermont Co., OhioHamilton Co., Ohio
April 1, 1813Michael Turner and Elizabeth, his wife ofJohn Heltman29$145Part of tract bought from Christian Bickle
Hamilton Co., OhioClermont Co., Ohio
April 16, 1817Moses Frazee and Priscilla, his wife, ofMichael Turner of217$4,000
Clermont Co., OhioHamilton Co., Ohio
Sept. 2, 1822Michael Turner and Elizabeth, his wife, ofJohn Heltman of29+$145Part of tract bought from Christian Bickle
Clermont Co., OhioClermont Co., Ohio
Dec. 8, 1823Michael Turner and Elizabeth, his wife, ofShadrack Lane of182$1260Original survey of Francis Peyton conveyed by
Clermont Co., OhioClermont Co., OhioChristian Bickle and Thomas Skinner
April 2, 1830Michael Turner and Nancy, his wife, ofDaniel Turner16+$132
Clermont Co., OhioClermont Co., Ohio
Jan. 15, 1833Daniel Turner and Susan, his wife, ofMichael Turner of16+$132
Clermont Co., OhioClermont Co., Ohio

Michael Turner, Jr. and Elizabeth Beltz had the following children:

Elizabeth (Beltz) Turner died on Sept. 1, 1824 in Clermont Co., Ohio. We're not sure where she was buried, but her headstone was found in the Vault House at Greenlawn Cemetery in Milford, Ohio. At the time she died, the Greenlawn Cemetery did not exist, but there was a Gatch family burial ground on that site. Elizabeth Turner's headstone indicates she was "Aged 43 years, 2 months and 24 days" at the time of her death. If accurate, this would mean she was born on June 8, 1781.

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