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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 wife Nancy must have died before 1850 since she is not listed in that year's census. Michael Turner, Jr. married Jenette Brent on June 10, 1851. This was the third marriage for Michael Turner, Jr. and the second for Jeanette Brent. Jinnett Brent, age 41, was listed in the 1850 census in Hamilton Co., Ohio as the single mother of Thomas Brent, age 16. According to the 1860 census, after Michael Turner, Jr. had died, Jeanette Turner lived in Hamilton County in a household with a 26-year old named C.P. Brent and his wife, Anna. We believe C.P. Brent, a physician by that time, was her son who was erroneously listed as Thomas instead of Columbus in the 1850 census. Columbus P. Brent and Annie E. Dale were married on Sept. 1, 1857 in Hamilton Co., Ohio (see this 1902 Application to Restore Record). At the time of his mother's marriage to Michael Turner, Jr. and for several years after, C.P. Brent was attending Woodward College where he graduated in 1851 and Miami Medical College from which he graduated in 1854. C.P. Brent went on to have an illustrious career in medicine. During the Civil War he served in the 54th Ohio Infantry with stints as brigade surgeon in William Tecumseh Sherman's army and several commands at hospitals. Columbus P. Brent, age 67, died in 1901. Here's an obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer. His Hamilton Co., Ohio death record lists his mother as Jeanette Brent and his father as William Brent.

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 this 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. Also, a deed was recorded on July 29, 1857 which partitioned Michael Turner's property amongst his heirs.

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 Jackson Turner's son, George Washington Turner, enlisted in the Union Army, 8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry, Company E, on August 13, 1862 in Newport, Ky. The 8th Regiment began recruitment in August 1862 and was at full strength by Sept. 13, 1862. The term of enlistment was one year. The regiment mostly operated in Kentucky and Tennessee, but according to a regimental history, they participated in operations against Morgan's Raiders from July 2-26, 1863. John Hunt Morgan had led a daring raid into Indiana and Ohio in June and July 1863 before he and his remaining men were captured in northeast Ohio on July 26, 1863. We do not know the full extent of the 8th Regiment's role in the pursuit of Morgan, but after his capture, the regiment returned to Russellville, Ky. and, having fulfilled its one year of service, was mustered out on Sept. 23, 1863. On the muster-out roll for George W. Turner, a remark was entered, "Horse unavoidably left on Morgan Raid." We're not entirely sure what this meant, but could be an indication that the chase took its toll on his horse. This 1890 census Special Schedule provides a few more details including the fact that he suffered a back injury during his service. This injury may provide another reason why his "horse (was) unavoidably left on (the) Morgan Raid."

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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