Name: Thomas Turner
Given Name: Thomas
Birth: 1662/1664 in Dublin, Ireland
Death: ABT 1745 in Frederick County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
Reference Number: B420
History of Spring Hill Farm Ownership
Change Date: 6 Aug 2009 at 01:00:00
While searching for the father of Thomas Turner (1734), I corresponded with descendants of Roger Turner of Rowan Co. and Surry Co., North Carolina. According to family folklore, Roger Turner was born in Pennsylvania, lived for a while in Virginia, and eventually moved to Rowan Co., North Carolina. Since families tended to move together, I wondered if my Thomas Turner might be related to him. When Jo Ann Cox was searching for one of her Rowan Co., North Carolina, ancestors in Frederick Co., Virginia, she found the will of Thomas Turner. In his will he left Roger Turner 1/2 of his estate and 1/2 to Anthony Turner with five shilling bequeaths to his other children. Could this family be the one? Family folklore in my Turner family always stated that the family came from Virginia before settling in North Carolina but they were never located in Virginia.
Jo Ann Cox corresponded with Keith Littman concerning Anthony Turner, his ancestor. According to information supplied by Mr. Littman, ThomasTurner (ca 1664) lived in Frederick County, Virginia, for may years prior to 1744. In 1978, Thomas Turner, VI, still lived on the original homestead in Virginia. He told Susanne Wilson Sachs that Thomas Turner (ca 1664) came with his family, wife Susannah, sons Anthony, Robert and Roger and daughters, Sarah and Ann, with other Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in 1718 to the current home site now located in Berkley Co., West Virginia. They formed a colony in 1719 establishing the Potomoke (now Shepherdstown) Presbyterian Church. Margaret M. Hayes tried to verify this information by writing to the Presbyterian Church in 1990 but was unable to do so.The original Turner land, still in the possession of the Turner family, was know as the Turner Brothers Spring Hill Farm.
In 1721 this area was part of Spotsylvania Co., Virginia. In 1734 it became part of Orange Co. changing to Frederick Co. in 1743. In 1772 it became Berkley Co. and then in 1863 became part of the new state of West Virginia. The first land grants in the area were issued in 1734 by Lord Fairfax. Since there is no record of a land grant to Thomas Turner (ca 1664) and it is believed he obtained a "tomahawk grant". According to Thomas Turner, VI, the Colony of Virginia encouraged settlement by granting each family "Squatters' Rights" on Fifty acres of land. After the land was cultivated and a home was built, the family was entitled to fifty additional acres of land. Early settlers were escorted into the area by Indian guides and the land claim was bounded by deadened trees chopped down with a tomahawk, hence the name "tomahawk grant". It is possible Thomas Turner received his land in this manner. (research done by Susanne Wilson Sachs-The Wilson Family of Franklin Township, Des Moines County, Iowa). Thomas Turner's land contained two of the finest springs in the area and in early years water was the foremost thought when establishing a home-site. It is therefore assumed he was one of the first settlers in the area.
The family of Thomas Turner (ca 1664) is constructed from his will,church records, and other miscellaneous records.
Frederick Co., Virginia Will Book 1 page 24-26
In the name of God Amen, the 10th day of Feb., in the year of our Lord, 1743/4. I Thomas Turner in the Co. of Frederick & Colony of Virginiabeing very sick & weak in body but of perfect mind & memory, Thanks be givenunto God, Therefore calling unto Mind the mortality of my body & knowing thatit is appointed for all men to die do make & ordain this my last Will & testament that is to say principally & first of all I give & recomd. mysoul into the hands of God that gave it, & for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like form at the discretion of my Ex. nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God & as touching such worldly estate wherein with it hath pleased God to help me in this life I give & disposeof the same in the following manner & for Imprimus
It is my Will & I do order that in the first place all my just debts & funeral charges be pd. & satisfied & 10 lbs out of my whole estate to myson Anthony Turner further it is my design to cont. with him during my life.
Item- I give to my son John Turner, five shillings.
Item- I give to my son Robert Turner, five Shillings.
Item- I give to my dau. Ann Sullen (Sutten) five shillings
Item- I give to my dau Sarah Pickren, five shillings.
Further as I said before I design to live with my son Anthony Turnerduring
my life to be maintained out of my substance.
Item. Further it is my will & desire when what I have already mentionedis pd what is remaining to be equally Divided between my son Antony Turner & Roger Turner & likewise my son Anthony Turner I constitute make & ordainhim only & Executor of this my last will & Testament all & singular my goods & chattels lands messages, tenements to his heirs & assigns forever after my decease he performing all what I have already mentioned & I do hereby disallow revoke & disannul all other former testaments Wills Lagues &Enno. by me in an ways before this time named willed & bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no others to be my Last Will & Testament. In Wit,whereof I have hereunto set my hand the Day Year before Writte.
Theeop Norwood Thomas "TT" Turner
Robert "mark" Evins
Mathew "M" Evins
Proved in court, Frederick Co., 8 June 1744
There are many references to a Thomas Turner in the early records ofPennsylvania and Virginia. In Immigration of Irish Quakers intoPennsylvania, 1682-1750 by Albert Cook Myers, 1902 page 53 "William Pennactive in Ireland, using his influence to relieve his fellow members(Quakers) from their sufferings (ca. 1669). Irish friends were among thefirst to whom he opened his Pennsylvania project." I believe ThomasTurner was one of these Irish immigrants. There is some documentedevidence to verify this. Using Anthony Turner Sr and his son AnthonyTurner Jr as corroborating evidence, I feel these references are for thisThomas Turner.
Pennsylvania Vital Records Vol 1 p 17 Quaker Marriage Certificate - Henry Hollingsworth of New Castle Co., Pennsylvania, (Del) & Lidia Atkinson ofCo. Ardmah, Ireland, 22nd day, 6th mo (August), 1688 at their public meeting house at John Robson's Thomas Turner was among the witnesses.
Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia, 1682-1750, by Myers: Thomas Turner, on a religious visit, dated 7 mo., (sept.) 24, 1697, from Quarterly Mtg. of Coxall, Essex, England, Received 5 mo 28, 1704. Not recorded.
Wm. Penn, from Two Days' Meeting, by apptmt., at London, Eng., dtd 6 mo. (aug) 11, 1699 "postscript, Our dear friends Thos: Turner, Will: Ellis, Walter Fossett of our Country and Tho. Chalkly are all safely Arrived some tyme since..."
There is also record of a Thomas Turner in The Welcom Claimants Proved, Disproved And Doubtful with an account of Some of Their Descendants by George E. McCracken. Page 608-609
"Mr. Henry Hollingsworth, who possesses a copy of the records of theFriends Meeting at Lurgan, co., Armagh, Northern Ireland, has kindly supplied me with the following record of a Turner family of that meeting which may or may not pertain to that Robert Turner who came to America on the Griffin,as described above on p. 504.
Thomas Turner son of Robert Turner, of Turners towne in Northumberland(sic) in England and of Deborah his wife, was borne at Turnerstown aforesaid in the years, 1618 and about the second month ANNO DOMINI, 1652 he took to Wife, Ann the daughter of James Greer (of ye rock near Annick inCumberland (sic), aforesaid and of Mary his wife who was born at Annick aforesaid in the year, 1633, and had by her Children borne as followeth,
Deborah Turner first daughter of Thomas Turner and of Ann his wife wasborn
about Eighteenth day of the eleventh month Anno Dom 1653.
Robert Turner first son of Thomas Turner, and of Ann his Wife was bornein
England, about ye Eighteenth day of the Eleventh month Anno Domini, 1655,
(Was he on the Griffin?)
Mabell Turner .....1st month A.D. 1657 in England
And about ye beginning of the first month in the years 1658, the said
Thomas Turner with his wife and children (yet were living) came toIreland.
John Turner.....born at Tougherraine in the Count of Downe 4 lst mo.1660.
(P. 226 has the place of birth as in Parish of Magherlin, co. Downe)
Thomas Turner....borne Drummunically Parish of Sego Co., Ardmagh 25 5thmo
James.......ditto 2 mo. 1664..
Jacob.....do. 26 2 mo 1665.
Bethiah...born at tearsoye or tearsoge (Torsoghe) Par of Shankell Co
Ardmagh 20 12 mo 1667.
Mary....born Lurgan Co Armagh, beginning of ye second month A.D. 1669
Nathanniell Turner....Lurgan 18 11th mo A.D. 1673
Mr. Hollingsworth also has a copy of the 1664 Hearth Tax for Shankill and
Seagoe Parishes and finds Thomas Turner had a hearth and paid 2 shillingsat
It is very possible that the above mentioned Thomas Turner born in 1662 is
the same man who moved to America.
Carolina Cradle by Ramsey p. 84
Thomas Turner was in New Castle Co., Del in 1739.
I am not certain the above references would be for Thomas Turner of Frederick Co., Virginia, but he did have dealings in the area as well as family living there. According to Anthony Turner Jr, son of AnthonyTurner Sr named above, declared in a deposition filed and recorded in AugustaCo., Virginia, records "Anthony Turner deposes: That he came into this State, now Berkeley Co., with his father, Anthony Turner, decd, on May 1740. He was then 8 yrs. Old. He lived there until fall of 1751, when he removedto New Castle Co.: removed from there Aug. 1762 to Carolinas: made frequent moves but returned to Berkeley Co., in Dec 1773. " Anthony Turner Sr. died in 1762 and his will is recorded in Frederick Co., Virginia.
As early as 1730 Anthony Turner Sr. lived in Philadelphia Co.,Pennsylvania.
In Christ Church Parish records two of his children were baptized. Sarah
Turner was baptized 22 Nov 1730 20 weeks old and Simon Turner was baptized
20 May 1736 age 14 Mos 3 wks. In 1734 Anthony Turner Sr. lived in Amity Town in Philadelphia County (Landholder lists). While living in Mahanetany Twp his son Anthony Turner was baptized 10 February 1732 (born January 21, 1732) The witnesses for the baptism were John Ellis, Thomas Turner and Susannah Turner. (Stoever Records researched by John P. Dern, obtained from Jo Ann Cox)
It is important to note that John Ellis was one of the witnesses to the baptism of Antony (Anthony) Turner Jr. The Ellis family is a link with the Turner family showing connections to the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, Frederick Co., Virginia, and later Rowan Co., North Carolina.
Subj: Re: Turner genealogy
Date: 2/15/07 5:38:11 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Laura Turner)
Yes, it's the same land and the same Thomas Turner born in Dublin abt 1664. When Thomas died, it was still Fredrick County, Virginia. Originally the land was in Virginia but over time the borders/counties changed and the property is now in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County West Virginia. The property is on Turner Road. I had quite a few pictures of the farmhouse and land but my computer crashed and everything was lost. I was heartbroken. I do plan to travel there again. Many years ago I did go to the Spotsylvania courthouse to see Thomas Turners will. This is a link to the towns history: http://www.shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com/history.asp
Not sure if this is an active family you are researching. By any chance have you located his father?? Some think he is Edward Turner and his mother is Mary Sanford who were married in Boston. I have doubts.
Father: Edward Turner b: 1600/1647
Mother: Ann b: 1614/1650
Susannah Anthony b: 1662/1664
- Anthony Turner b: 1683 in Frederick Co., Virginia
- John Turner b: 1685 in Frederick County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
- Robert Turner b: 1687 in Frederick Co., Virginia
- Roger Turner b: 1689 in Frederick Co., Virginia
- Anne Turner b: 1691 in Frederick Co., Virginia
- Sarah Turner b: 1693 in Frederick Co., Virginia
Title: Input from V. Darcy Slaugther
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