Heirs of Nanny/Nancy Turner of Person County, North Carolina
I have posted the 1795 will of William Turner of Halifax County, Virginia. Here are the people William named and the people receiving money from the estate of Nanny or Nancy Turner, apparently his daughter, for comparison of the names. My sources for Nanny’s heirs are in the message I posted about the parents of Lavinia/Levisa Turner and Salley/Mary Turner. I can share a lot of information about some of these people and a little about others.
If the records of the powers of attorney mentioned here can be found, we may learn where the people who granted them were living. There is a list online at Ancestry.com of powers of attorney for Person County, NC, including this era. Not a single one of the men named as attorneys in these estate records appears in the list.
Except for Lucy’s and Caty’s, all the marriages are in the county records of VA or TN (but only Caty’s is mentioned in Nanny’s estate records).
“my son John” John Turner received $179.81. James Turner was co-bondsman on the refunding bond; the money was actually paid out to William Turner, Jun., who had a power of attorney from John Turner.
“my son James” James Turner received $180.90. William Bailey co-bondsman.
“my son Joseph” Joseph Turner received $175.12. John Garnett(?) co-bondsman. The money was actually paid out to Alexander Cunningham as administrator of the estate of Joseph Turner. These papers include a petition to the court by Nancy’s administrator Obadiah Faulkner, in which he says he has received notice of claims on Joseph Turner’s legacy by three men. Joseph was specified there as entitled to one eleventh part of Nanny’s estate.
“my son William” William Turner (received $179.81, John Turner co-bondsman.
“my daughter Caty” Catherine Loftis received $175.12. Johnson Turner was co-bondsman. The money was actually paid out to William Loftis acting as agent under a power of attorney for “my mother Catherine Loftis, formerly Catherine Turner.” James Turner also signed the refunding bond, although he isn’t mentioned in the document. Richard Oliver witnessed “as to J. Turner,” so I guess James signed later. Johnson Turner was a son of James.
“my daughter Susannah” Susannah married Byrd B. Link in 1797. Byrd B. Link received $179.80. Miller Nunn, co-bondsman.
“ my deceased daughter Lucy Bartlett” and “my son-in-law John Bartlett” not named. Two Poyner men known to have married Bartletts in Person County are listed among the heirs. For the money they received, see below.
“my daughter Mildred” and “my son-in-law James Smith” James Smith and Mildred married in 1791. For the money James received, see below.
“my daughter Rachael” Rachael married Shackspeer Stanfield in 1801. For the money Shackspeer received, see below.
“my son Moses” not named. Moses had moved to TN in 1804 and was in the Sumner Co. census of 1830. Two men (Cloar & Workin) known to have married Turners in Sumner Co. are named. For the money they received, see below.
“my son Barnett” not named. Barnett was regularly on Halifax Co. tax rolls through 1823. He probably died about then. Some of the people listed below will be his heirs.
“my daughter Nancy” not named. We must be dealing with her estate.
The following are also named in Nanny’s estate papers.
Alexander Turner (received $18) He is apparently the man known in records of Halifax Co.
Robert Turner (received $19.50) He is apparently the man known in records of Halifax Co.
Blewford Turner received $45. James Turner, co-bondsman. The money was actually paid out to William Stanfield Sr., who had a power of attorney from Blewford. Except that he paid taxes in Halifax in 1804, I know nothing about this legatee.
Elizabeth Turner ($20). I know nothing about her.
Samuel Carter received $19. Samuel had married Polly Turner in Person Co. in 1811. I don't know yet whose daughter she was.
Henry Workin (see below) Henry married Levicia (several spellings) Turner in 1812 in Sumner County, TN.
John Cloar (see below) John married Salley Turner (in some later records called Mary) in 1805 in Sumner County, TN.
James Poyner (see below) Married Elizabeth Bartlett in Person County in 1815. Moved to Tennessee
Charles Poyner (see below) Charles married Sally Bartlett in Person County in 1816. Moved to Tennessee
The persons whose monetary share isn’t specified were in a group who together received $545.07 (about three full shares) through John Stanfield, who had a power of attorney. John S. Stanfield and Harrison Stanfield were co-bondsmen. The men were Shackspeer Stanfield and James Smith, who would have received full shares because they were married to daughters of William Turner, as well as John Cloar, Henry Workin, James Poyner and John Poyner. I can’t trace James Smith, but all the others in this group were in Tennessee at this time.