Reuben S. Turner
SUPPLEMENT TO PREVIOUS POSTING No 19157.I want to coin a new slogan……it is ‘TURNER PROUD’.As I continue to learn more and more of my Turner heritage, the more proud I become being a member of the clan.My medium term research and study of the roots of the Texas Turners, although on a part time basis, constantly amazes me and provides considerable joy and appreciation of their pioneer spirit, hard work, value of family, and seemingly never ending search of greater opportunities.Please join me in promoting the slogan any way possible.
Now, referring back to Reuben S. Turner.He is my 2nd Great Grandfather.My line descends through his first born child, James Pittman; and the next last born, Joseph Thomas (Joe); and his son Fitz Thomas.We’re on solid ground concerning our knowledge of Reuben S. from his recording on the 1840 Census of Monroe County, MS to his death and burial in Trinity, Trinity County, Texas, and my birthplace.In fact, I was the last Turner child born in the double pen log cabin built by James Pittman in Trinity Co. in the year 1865.
Reuben S. married his wife, Mary Catherine Tune, at Greene Co, Alabama, on 4 Oct. 1830.It is believed the couple, along with their first three children, moved westward from Greene Co. after 18 March 1836.No record of this family has been found on the 1850 Federal Census.We next pick him up on the 1860 Census of Moscow, Polk County, Texas.On that census, Reuben S. and his son Robert are shown to have the vocation of Waggoner.
Date and place of birth, parents and siblings of Reuben S. are unproven as of this date.The previous posting speculated that Reuben S. and Richard H. were brothers and sons of James and Mary.It is hoped other Turner researchers will help define these relationships.The questions that remain are:
• Can Richard H. be confirmed brother of Reuben S.?
• Which James Turner is their father?
• What is Mary’s (wife of James) maiden name?
• Who is the Elizabeth, age 16, for whom Mary was appointed guardian on 13 Dec 1828?
• Is this James the recipient of the land grant given in Greene Co. on 12 Jan 1824 by the Old St. Stephens Land Office?
• Is this land the same as that divided by the 1828 Orphans Court judgment outlined in the previous posting?
Discovery of the ancestors of Reuben S. Turner is of the utmost importance.The help of all is solicited.
Larry Gene Turner
Lt. Col, US Army Retired