I have been searching for records on DANIEL TURNEY that might lead to determining the names of his parents. Thus far this search has been fruitless. Information about DANIEL TURNEY that I know to be true follows:
1. DANIEL appears on the 1850 Census for Rusk, Cherokee County, TX. as a 21 year old living with the Arthur Keigan/Rogan/Reagen? family and that he was born in IL. 2. DANIEL appears on the 1860 Census for Rusk, Cherokee County, TX. as a 31 year old living with his own family and that he was born in TN. 3. A copy of DANIEL'S marriage license shows he married ELIZABETH CATHERINE SMITH March 20, 1851, in Cherokee County, TX. 4. DANIEL's and ELIZABETH'S children are:(1) Nancy Amanda Turney (married a John Bruce Purves)--bn. in Cherokee County 4/22/1853, (2) Henry PettyTurney-- bn. in Cherokee County 9/16/1855, (3) John Reuben Turney--bn. in Cherokee County 6/4/1857, (4) James Russell Turney--bn. in Cherokee County 1/6/1859 and (5) William Jefferson Turney--bn. in Cherokee County 12/21/1860. 5. Daniel and Elizabeth Catherine are my great grandparents. William Jefferson is my grandfather. 6. Elizabethe Catherine and her children lived in the household next to her father, Charles W. Smith, in the 1870 Census for Van Zandt, Co. TX 7. Elizabeth Catherine and her younger children lived in Hill Co, TX. as shown on the the 1880 Census for Hill Co. 8. Elizabeth Catherine and her children moved to Erath County in the early 1880s.
Family tradition says That DANIEL died May 6, 1864, while in the service of the CSA and that he is buried in an unmarked grave at the Oakwood Cemetery in Tyler. Family tradition also says he worked for the Confederate Ordnance Works in Tyler prior to his death. I have read that a private gun factory, begun by J. C. Short, William S. N. Biscoe, and George Yarbrough to make rifles for the state of Texas was purchased by the Confederate Government in 1863. The gun factory expanded into the Confederate States Ordnance Works at Tyler, and employed around 200 men and boys, and that in May 1865 the destruction of the Ordnance Works occurred because of an explosion. At this point I don't know whether DANIEL died as a result of battle, natural causes or an industrial accident at the Ordnance Works. Any information or advice regarding how to obtain records for either DANIEL or the employees who worked at the Confederate States Ordnance Works would be appreciated.