This is a tough one. I've been searching for 56 years for the parents of William Thomas Turner. Without DNA, I am sure I would have left this planet without finding his parents. I at least have a good idea that his grandfather was Isaac Dunaway.
The strange thing is that we have both a close connection with the Dye family and with the Dunaway family on our Gillentine line. Lucinda Emily Dye b.9 Dec 1863 in Texas, d. 10 Mar 1934 in Beckham Co., OK married on 30 Jan 1879 in Texas to Joseph Terry Gillentine b. 9 Nov 1858 in Texas, d. 5 Oct 1928 in Elk City, Beckham Co., OK. Lucinda Emily Dye is the d/o Jacob Dye and Margrette Bradley. Joseph Terry is the son of brother of our 2nd great-grandfather Micajah Terry Gillentine. Joseph's father is Capt. Nicholas Martin Gillentine and his mother is Elizabeth "Betsy" Parker.
The Dunaway connection is even further back on the Gillentine line. Margaret Lucinda Gooch b.1814 in White Co., Tennessee, d. before 1850 married John Ezekiel Dunaway b. 5 May 1798 in Richmond, VA, d. before 1850 most likely in McNairy Co., TN. Margaret Lucinda Gooch is the daughter of John "Thomas" Gooch or Gough + Margaret Lucinda Ann "Annie" Gillentine. This Margaret Lucinda Ann "Annie" is the sister of our 4th great-grandfather, Nicholas Gillentine + Jane Elizabeth Terry. We believe that John Ezekiel is the s/o William Dunaway, Sr. and Nancy Eleanor Burton, but there are conflicting opinions on this information.
Our William Thomas Turner is the right age to be a child of this William Dunaway, Sr. or one of his contemporaries.
We are utterly amazed that our "Turner" is so closely tied with our Gillentine, Martin, Terry, Hennessee family lines. We may have looked at the answer for many years, but I don't think so. We never looked at Dunaways as a possibility before the DNA came back.
We will look at Census records AGAIN and pay attention to when Dunaways are near any of the above named families. It would be wonderful if the Dunaways who had their DNA tested that are the Dyes or other Dunaway lines would contact us.