Yes, the Samuel Turner that is in Jasper County is ours.We know he came to Texas 15 September 1837 and received a land grant for coming.He married Emily Midkiff 15 August 1839 in Nacogdoches Co., Tx.He was in Jasper County by 1850 on the census and the tax record.
He was shown in Trinity County in 1860 with 7 children and shown as a widower.Emily is on the 1860 Mortality schedule as dying May 1860 in Trinity Co.
Land records have been fruitless as was the marriage license.We did ask for a marriage application and were told they probably did not exist or if they did they would be "heaped" into a room and we would be welcome to come to Nacogdoches to search for it.I would if I could!
If Samuel was on a character certificate one cannot be located. The only reference to him is the date he came.
Emily Midkiff was in Texas maybe as early as 1823 when her sister, Candace Midkiff Bean and her husband, the infamous Ellis Peter Bean came to Texas.Emily and Candace along with 3 brothers were the children of Isaac Preston Midkiff and Susannah Howell Midkiff.Isaac P. died in Arkansas in about Dec 1822 as Candace and Ellis were preparing to come to Texas.(This information comes from the book Bennett Lay wrote in 1960 about The Lives of Ellis Peter Bean).
Samuel does not appear on the 1870 census that we can find, however several of his unmarried children are shown as living in the house with an older married brother or sister. He either died, moved from Texas, was in the CW and died or did not come back to Texas.He had a son, Samuel Turner that was in the CW and his widow received a pension for his services - but no elder Samuel.