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The Turner Family

Part 4

Andrew J. and Sarah (Scammahorn) Turner had the following children:

According to the 1850 census, Andrew Jackson Turner and his father Michael lived near each other in Union Twp., Clermont Co., Ohio. This likley means Andrew Jackson Turner was living in a house on his father's property since none of his holdings were contiguous to his father's property. Daniel Turner, Andrew Jackson Turner's older brother, lived on his property in Miami Twp., Clermont Co., Ohio. This is likely the property north of the East Fork of the Little Miami River, just east of Perins Mills (Perintown), that doesn't appear on the map on the previous page. This property was said to be a short distance across the East Fork from his Union Township property.

1850 Census - Union Township, Clermont County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionReal Estate ValuePlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Andrew J. Turner32MFarmerOhio
Sarah Turner31FOhioNo
Sarah E. Turner8FOhioYes
George W. Turner6MOhioYes
Michael Turner22MLaborerOhio
Jackson White13MOhio
NameAgeSexProfessionReal Estate ValuePlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Michael Turner68MFarmer$11,000Virginia
Eleanor Turner25FOhio
Jane Turner19FOhio
Michael Turner17MOhioYes
Emmanuel Turner13MOhioYes
Harriet Turner23FOhio
Joseph Hank28MLaborerGermany
George Anderson4MOhio
1850 Census - Miami Township, Clermont County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionReal Estate ValuePlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Daniel Turner44MFarmer$31,000Pennsylvania
Susan Turner37FOhioNo
Andrew J. Turner20MFarmerOhio
Elizabeth Turner16FOhio
William Turner14MOhioYes
John Turner12MOhioYes
Henry Turner11MOhioYes
Isaac Turner9MOhioYes
Peter Turner7MOhioYes
Hannah Turner5FOhio
Benjamin Turner2MOhio
Michael Turner, Jr.'s Headstone
Michael Turner, Jr.'s Headstone

Michael Turner, Jr. died on Jan. 16, 1856, at the age of 74 or 75. He was buried in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery in Clermont Co., Ohio. The cemetery was founded by Clermont Lodge No. 49 of the I.O.O.F. when a deed of purchase was signed by three trustees of the organization on April 22, 1851. At the time of purchase, the cemetery overlooked the Little Miami River just north of the Milford village limits but now lies within the city limits. In the beginning, the cemetery comprised nearly 6 acres; however, today, the monuments and headstones are confined to a small fenced area in the much larger Carriage Way Park. Most of the headstones are broken and scattered about within the fenced area so that few, if any, are still located above the original graves. Click on the image to the right to see pictures of Michael Turner's broken headstone and the cemetery grounds. Because the headstone is so worn, we've superimposed lettering over one image to show where his name, date of death and other information is located. The word "Aged" is very legible; however, the number of Years, Months and Days that would normally appear below "Aged" are no longer readable.

On Jan. 23, 1856, Michael Turner's widow Jannette (Brent) Turner made a court filing to relinquish the right to administer the estate of her late husband and that task was turned over to Daniel Turner and Henry Leaf. Hamilton Co., Ohio records indicate that Michael Turner married Jenette Brent on June 10, 1851. This was likely the third and last marriage for Michael Turner, Jr. Also, a deed was recorded on July 29, 1857 which partitioned Michael Turner's property amongst his heirs. In that deed his widow's name is Jeannette Turner.

The 1860 Census showed the addition of five more children to the Andrew J. Turner household, Emma, Michael, Janette, Isaac and Martha. Also, Sarah E. Turner, age 18, was now going by the name Elizabeth.

Andrew's son, George Washington Turner, enlisted in the Union Army, 8th Kentucky Cavalry, Company E, a few months before he turned 18. His pension record indicated:

George W. Turner
Widow, Martha M.
George W. Turner enlisted 8th Kentucky Cavalry
Enlisted age 18, 8/13/62 Newport, Kentucky
Russellville, Kentucky 9/23/63
Mustered out 9/23/63
Last paid 10/30/63
Horse unsatisfactory-left on Morgan Raid.

The 8th Cavalry began recruitment in August 1862 and was at full strength by Sept. 13, 1862. The term of enlistment was one year. The most significant action for the regiment was its participation in the pursuit and capture of General John Hunt Morgan who, with his cavalry command known as Morgan's Raiders, had led a daring raid into Indiana and Ohio in June and July 1863. After the capture of Morgan, the regiment returned to Russellville, Ky. and, having fulfilled its one year of service, was mustered out on Sept. 23, 1863.

The 1870 Census showed the Andrew J. Turner household as follows:

1870 Census - Stonelick Township, Clermont County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionRealPersonalPlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Andrew J. Turner51MFarmer$10,000$1090Ohio
Sarah Turner51FKeeping HouseOhio
Jenette Turner17FHelps MotherOhio
Michial Turner17MWorks on FarmOhio
Isaac Turner15MAttends SchoolOhioYes
John Turner9MAttends SchoolOhioYes

By 1880, the Andrew J. Turner household was down to four members. An important clue to finding earlier records of the Turner family may be the fact that Andrew indicated that his father, Michael Turner, Jr. was born in Pennsylvania. If true, Michael Turner, Sr. must have lived in Pennsylvania around 1781 when Michael, Jr. was born, moved to Loudoun Co., Va. by 1790, and then moved back to Pennsylvania around 1800. Of course, another possibility is that Andrew J. Turner was mistaken and only knew that his father had moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania and assumed that was where he was born.

1880 Census - Miami Township, Clermont County [Census Record]
NameSexAgeRelationSingleMarriedProfessionPlace of BirthPOB-FatherPOB-Mother
A. J. TurnerM63AuctioneerOhioPennPenn
Sarah TurnerF61WifeKeeping houseOhioPennPenn
Jennie TurnerF26daughterOhioOhioOhio
John TurnerM19sonAgtOhioOhioOhio

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