Nelle Frances Turner1

F, #1037, b. 31 July 1918, d. 17 April 1987
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherMarvin Thompson Turner2,3 b. 25 Apr 1886, d. 7 May 1946
MotherNelle Harris2,4,3 b. 29 Sep 1890, d. 11 Oct 1957

Family 1

Joseph Cockrell Adams b. 23 Jan 1915, d. 10 Jul 1985

Family 2

Julius Edward Curley b. 9 Jul 1908, d. 16 Jun 1974
Last Edited1 Oct 2019
     Nelle Frances Turner was born on 31 July 1918, daughter of Marvin Thompson Turner and Nelle Harris, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. Find A Grave says she was born in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas.5,1 She was also known as Frances.2

     Nelle Frances Turner, 20, married Joseph Cockrell Adams, 23 on 12 November 1938 in Richmond, Virginia, with Frank L. Wells, minister of M. E. South Church officiating.3

     Nelle Frances Turner married Julius Edward Curley. I have been unable to find a marriage record for them anywhere on FamilySearch or Ancestry as of 1 Oct 2019.

     Nelle Frances Turner lived at Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

     Nelle Frances Curley died on 17 April 1987 at age 68 in Hermitage, Davidson County, Tennessee,1 and was buried in Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19201 8/12 years of ageCisco, Eastland County, Texas2
193011 years of age. She attended school after 1 Sep 1929Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia6
1940unable to find Nell or Joseph anywhere

Citations

  1. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 10 Oct 2018, memorial page for Nell Frances "Frances" Turner Curley (1918-1987) at memorial page... Maintained by US Veteran's Affairs; citing Nashville lNational Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.
  2. [S72] "1920 United States Federal Census," Eastland County, Texas, population schedule, Enumeration District (ED) 118, Sheet 2B, dwelling 30, family 36, M. T. Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  3. [S5557] "Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014," index and images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com: accessed 1 Oct 2019, entry for Nell Frances Turner and Joseph Cockrell Adams, 1938, Richmond, Virginia, image 356 of 434; citing original data from the Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.
  4. [S5757] "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932," online database with images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (Provo, Utah: accessed 11 Oct 2018, entry for Frances Burner (Turner), 1918 for mother Nellel Harris; citing original data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  5. [S2855] "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X226-826: accessed 15 Jan 2014), Frances Turner, 1918.
  6. [S2115] "1930 United States Federal Census," Henrico County, Virginia, population schedule, Richmond City Township, Enumeration District (ED) 116-104, Sheet 19A, dwelling 42, family 94, Marvin T. Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuestOnline, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.

Terry Marvin Turner1

M, #1038, b. 23 August 1909, d. 4 March 1977
Relationship4th great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherMarvin Thompson Turner2 b. 25 Apr 1886, d. 7 May 1946
MotherNelle Harris2 b. 29 Sep 1890, d. 11 Oct 1957
Last Edited29 May 2019
     Terry Marvin Turner was born on 23 August 1909, son of Marvin Thompson Turner and Nelle Harris, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.2,3

     Terry Marvin Turner died on 4 March 1977 at age 67 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee,3 and was buried in Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.3

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19108/12 year of ageDallas, Dallas County, Texas2
192010 years of ageCisco, Eastland County, Texas4
193020 years of age, and living in his father's household. He attended school after 1 Sep 1929Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia5
194031 years of age. Also living in his household was Thomas S. Rogers, his uncle-in-law, 62 and born in VirginiaWesthaugton, Henrico County, Virginia6
Assistant Secretary of a Mortgage Association6

Citations

  1. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner.
  2. [S71] "1910 United States Federal Census," Dallas County, Texas, population schedule, Enumeration District (ED) 35, Sheet 6B, dwelling 136, family 140, Marvin T Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  3. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 10 Oct 2018, memorial page for Terry Marvin Turner (1909-1977) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by 2Honour&Remember, maintained by US Veteran's Affairs; citing Nashville lNational Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.
  4. [S72] "1920 United States Federal Census," Eastland County, Texas, population schedule, Enumeration District (ED) 118, Sheet 2B, dwelling 30, family 36, M. T. Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  5. [S2115] "1930 United States Federal Census," Henrico County, Virginia, population schedule, Richmond City Township, Enumeration District (ED) 116-104, Sheet 19A, dwelling 42, family 94, Marvin T. Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuestOnline, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  6. [S3273] "1940 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRBW-J44 ): accessed 17 Aug 2016), Terry M Turner, Tuckahoe Magisterial District, Henrico, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 44-31A, sheet 11A, family 246, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4269.

Julius Edward Curley1

M, #1039, b. 9 July 1908, d. 16 June 1974

Family

Nelle Frances Turner b. 31 Jul 1918, d. 17 Apr 1987
Last Edited5 Oct 2019
     Julius Edward Curley was born on 9 July 1908 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.2

     He was first married to Mary Louise Martin (1908-1948), marrying her in 1926.2

     Julius Edward Curley married Nelle Frances Turner, daughter of Marvin Thompson Turner and Nelle Harris. I have been unable to find a marriage record for them anywhere on FamilySearch or Ancestry as of 1 Oct 2019.

     Julius Edward Curley died on 16 June 1974 at age 65 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee,2 and was buried in Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.2

Citations

  1. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 10 Oct 2018, memorial page for Nell Frances "Frances" Turner Curley (1918-1987) at memorial page... Maintained by US Veteran's Affairs; citing Nashville lNational Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Memorial page for Julius Edward Curley (1908-1974) at memorial page....

Jack Lee Turner1

M, #1040, b. 4 January 1923, d. 27 October 2002
Relationship4th great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherPercy Lee Turner2 b. 10 Aug 1888, d. 29 Nov 1971
MotherMary Juhan Teal3 b. 19 Apr 1891, d. 19 Jul 1976

Family

Ludee Harrington b. 2 Feb 1924, d. 14 Oct 2006
Last Edited2 Oct 2019
     Jack Lee Turner was born on 4 January 1923, son of Percy Lee Turner and Mary Juhan Teal, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.4

     Jack Lee Turner, 22, married Ludee Harrington, 21, on 7 September 1945 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.4

     Jack Lee Turner was a Physician.

     Jack Lee Turner lived at Odessa, Ector County, Texas.

     Jack Lee Turner died on 27 October 2002 at age 79 in Odessa, Ector County, Texas. There is no burial listing for him on Find A Grave as of 1 Sep 2018.4

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19307 years of age and attended school after 1 Sep 1929Highland Park, Dallas County, Texas2
194017 years of ageHighland Park, Dallas County, Texas3

Citations

  1. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner.
  2. [S2115] "1930 United States Federal Census," Dallas County, Texas, population schedule, Highland Park Township, Enumeration District (ED) 57-97, Sheet 32B, dwelling 347, family 347, Percy L. Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuestOnline, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  3. [S3273] "1940 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWJ2-FZS ): accessed 2 Oct 2019), Percy Turner, Tract D4, Highland Park, Justice Precinct 1, Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 57-5B, sheet 2B, line 41, family 40, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4015.
  4. [S1726] Turner, Jeffrey W., "Descendants of Jack Lee Turner", 10 Aug 2007 (sent via email from <e-mail address>). Sent by Jeffrey Turner to me.

Beverly Teal Turner1,2

F, #1041, b. 23 October 1918, d. 14 April 1979
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherPercy Lee Turner1,3 b. 10 Aug 1888, d. 29 Nov 1971
MotherMary Juhan Teal1,3 b. 19 Apr 1891, d. 19 Jul 1976
Last Edited2 Oct 2019
     Beverly Teal Turner was born on 23 October 1918, daughter of Percy Lee Turner and Mary Juhan Teal, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.1,3

     Beverly Teal Turner lived at Carrolton, Denton County, Texas.

     Beverly Teal Riddle died on 14 April 1979 at age 604 and was buried in Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

     She was buried next to her mother- and father-in-law.4

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19201 2/12 years of ageDallas, Dallas County, Texas1
193011 years of age and attended school after 1 Sep 1929Highland Park, Dallas County, Texas5
194021 years of ageHighland Park, Dallas County, Texas6

Citations

  1. [S72] "1920 United States Federal Census," Dallas County, Texas, population schedule, Enumeration District (ED) 57, Sheet 3A, dwelling 46, family 50, Thoms H [?] household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  2. [S3741] "Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997," index citing Ancestry.com, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V8HT-J8X , entry for Richard Teal Riddle, 20 Apr 1948; citing "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Texas Department of State Health Services, accessed 14 Aug 2016) .
  3. [S2855] "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2JQ-4GM: accessed 18 Aug 2016), Beverly Teal Turner, 23 Oct 1918; citing Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States, certificate 51322, Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,491,056.
  4. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 2 Oct 2019, memorial page for Beverly Teal Riddle (1918-1979) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by SamK, maintained by SamL; citing Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.
  5. [S2115] "1930 United States Federal Census," Dallas County, Texas, population schedule, Highland Park Township, Enumeration District (ED) 57-97, Sheet 32B, dwelling 347, family 347, Percy L. Turner household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuestOnline, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  6. [S3273] "1940 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWJ2-FZS ): accessed 2 Oct 2019), Percy Turner, Tract D4, Highland Park, Justice Precinct 1, Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 57-5B, sheet 2B, line 41, family 40, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4015.

Turner Johnson1

M, #1042
Relationship2nd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherRichard Collins Johnson1 b. 19 Nov 1789, d. 10 Sep 1881
MotherFrancis Turner1 b. bt 1800 - 1810, d. b 1850
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)
Last Edited17 Sep 2019

Citations

  1. [S5956] Turner, Jerry, e-mail message from (e-mail address) to Toby Turner (e-mail address), dated 15 Sep 2019, entitled "John L. Turner Family", containing "Analysis of John L Turner Family". Citing "Descendants of Richard Johnson and Lucy Hunter", Erick D. Montgomery, 2006, page 3 of 6, online at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~providence/scr_richardjohnson.htm (downloaded 16 Sep 2012).

Harry James Garrett1

M, #1043, b. 9 June 1909, d. 20 March 1971
Last Edited9 Jun 2017
     Harry James Garrett was born on 9 June 1909 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.1,2

     Harry James Garrett died on 20 March 1971 at age 61 in Dallas,2 and was buried in Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.3

Citations

  1. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner.
  2. [S2608] "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K36N-6YY : accessed 31 Mar 2014), Harry James Garrett, 20 Mar 1971, citing certificate number 15958, State Registrar Ofice, Austin, FHL microfilm 2,223,075.
  3. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 13 Jun 2016, memorial page for Harry J Garrett, Jr (1909-1971) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Brent Priddy, maintained by Brent Priddy; citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

Matthew Duke1

M, #1044

Family

Elizabeth (--?--)
Child
Last Edited14 Nov 2020
     Matthew Duke married Elizabeth (--?--). I cannot find a marriage record for them as of 14 Nov 2020.

Citations

  1. [S548] Stephen and Susanna Turner, Bible of Susannah Hamner Turner (Edinburgh, Scotland: Alexander Kincaid, 1762); Edward Rawles in 1971 and current owner unknown but a digitized copy is available in the NC Archives Digital Repository, http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/7125/rec/1, verified site active 6 Jul 2019, transcribed by Toby Turner on 23 Sep 2009.

Elizabeth (--?--)1

F, #1045

Family

Matthew Duke
Child
Last Edited14 Nov 2020
     Elizabeth (--?--) married Matthew Duke. I cannot find a marriage record for them as of 14 Nov 2020.

Citations

  1. [S548] Stephen and Susanna Turner, Bible of Susannah Hamner Turner (Edinburgh, Scotland: Alexander Kincaid, 1762); Edward Rawles in 1971 and current owner unknown but a digitized copy is available in the NC Archives Digital Repository, http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/7125/rec/1, verified site active 6 Jul 2019, transcribed by Toby Turner on 23 Sep 2009.

Elizabeth (--?--)

F, #1047, b. circa 1780

Family

Clement Read d. 3 Dec 1841
Children
Last Edited14 Nov 2020
     Elizabeth (--?--) was born circa 1780 in Virginia.1

     Elizabeth (--?--) married Clement Read. I cannot find a marriage record for them as of 14 Nov 2020.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
185070 years of age98th Regiment, Mecklenburg County, Virginia2
186080 years of age and is living in her son's householdPalmer Springs PO, Mecklenburg County, Virginia1

Citations

  1. [S68] "1860 United States Federal Census," Mecklenburg County, Virginia, population schedule, Sheet 106, dwelling 979, family 929, William H. Read household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  2. [S961] "1850 United States Federal Census," Mecklenburg County, Virginia, population schedule, dwelling 678, family 678, Wm H Read household, digital images. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online, formerly accessed through participating libraries. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.

Emma Tucker Turner1

F, #1048, b. 28 December 1851
Relationship2nd great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherStephen Henley Turner1 b. 21 Nov 1810, d. 1889
MotherSusan A. T. Read1 b. 10 Dec 1810, d. 31 Dec 1851
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)
Last Edited28 Sep 2019
     Emma Tucker Turner was born on 28 December 1851, daughter of Stephen Henley Turner and Susan A. T. Read, in North Carolina.1

     I cannot find any death/burial information as of 20 Dec 2016.

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1860she was not enumerated with the family leading me to believe she might have died2

Citations

  1. [S548] Stephen and Susanna Turner, Bible of Susannah Hamner Turner (Edinburgh, Scotland: Alexander Kincaid, 1762); Edward Rawles in 1971 and current owner unknown but a digitized copy is available in the NC Archives Digital Repository, http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/7125/rec/1, verified site active 6 Jul 2019, transcribed by Toby Turner on 23 Sep 2009.
  2. [S5507] "United States Census, 1860," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:MD6D-RJM ), entry for S H Turner household, 1860, Warren, North Carolina, United States; citing page 89, household 666, NARA microfilm M653 (Washington, D. C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803, 916, accessed 2 Sep 2016).

Presley Thornton

M, #1049, b. 1735

Family 2

Mary (--?--) d. b 17 Jun 1831
Child
Last Edited20 Nov 2020
     
Other Presley Thorntons

     There is much confusion in online family trees, etc., concerning various men named Presley Thornton in Virginia. This has resulted in incorrect references to the Presley Thornton who lived in Pittsylvania County.

     Mr. Fox, in his well-researched book on the Thornton family, performed the same research as I did and found the same people I found: Captain Presley Thornton who served in Col. George Baylor's Regiment of Light Dragoons of Continental Troops. He was from Caroline County and received Bounty Land Warrants #846 on 17 Jun 1783 for 4,000 acres of land; Warrant #4693 on 20 Mar 1796 for 667 acres and Warrant #500-300 for 300 acres in 1811. He died in Kentucky. He should not be confused with Presley Thornton of Pittsylvania County who left a will delineating his heirs.

     Colonel Peter Presley Thornton served as Aide-de-Camp to General Washington in September 1777 and was from Northumberland County. No record can be found for a Bounty Land Warrant for him and he is believed to have died before 1781. Nor should this man be confused with "our" Presley Thornton.

     Finally, we come to a man named Peter Presley Thornton who is incorrectly placed among the descendants of "our" Presley Thornton. Some of the confusion rests with an entry in M. C. Clement's History of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where he notes on page 205 the formation of Masonic Lodge No. 24 which was established at Pittsylvania Court House (near Chatham, Virginia) on 15 Sep 1788. Listed among those present for the first meeting was Peter Presley Thornton. Mr. Fox was able to established correspondence with the Secretary of this Lodge who furnished him with holographic copies of Lodge minutes from 15 Sep 1788 to 27 Dec 1790. This are all the extant records up to the point the Lodge became inactive in 1806.

     The Thornton name is listed nine times. In each occasion the name was recorded as Peter P. Thornton. At no time was the middle name listed as Presley. So, why does Mr. Fox believe that could not have been "our" Presley or his son Presley?
          1. "Our" Presley was always listed in other documents simply as Presley, never as Peter Presley or Peter P. The same constraint applies to his son Presley.

          2. The Pittsylvania Court House in Chatham where the Lodge was located is 30 miles, plus/minus, from Cascade where "our" Peter lived. This is a major distance to travel during the period.

          3. None of "our" Presleys' sons or sons-in-law ever appear in the described Lodge minutes. Nor do any other male named Thornton.

          4. Whereas the P. in the name Peter P. Thornton may well have stood for "Presley" and it probably did, no proof of this has ever been found in documentation from the period.

          5. The Grand Lodge of Virginia has card files of early members of Masonic Lodges statewide. There is an entry for Presley P. Thornton as a member of Halifax Hiram Lodge No. 36 on 24 Nov 1823. A Presley P. Thornton of Halifax is named in Pittsylvania County Deed Book 25, pages 313 on 25 Apr 1823 on which a Presley P. and others bought land in Pittsylvania County. This must have been the same person as listed in Hiram Lodge. It is possible this is the Peter P. listed in Pittsylvania Lodge No. 24. It could not have been "our" Presley, who died circa 1812 or his son, Presley, who was proved to have been living in Tennessee in 1823.

     I concur with Mr. Fox's thorough analysis. Therefore, unless documents from the period become available to refute his belief, we have to agree that "our" Presley Thornton or his son, Presley, was never the Presley P. Thornton mentioned above.1
     Presley Thornton was born in 1735 or 1736.2

     Presley Thornton married Mary (--?--) in 1762. I am unable to find a marriage record for them as of 20 Nov 2020.2

     He performed his Military Service as a private in Benjamin Lankford's Regiment of Militia during the American Revolution. This is not proven

     Alleged proof of this is contained in a letter dated 19 Apr 1927 from the Adjutant General's Office of the War Department, Washington, D. C. to (presumably) Rosa Thornton Lane when she was gathering proof for her membership in the DAR.

     The letter reads: "The records show that one Presley Thornton, Soldier of Virginia Infantry, organization now shown, served in that war, his name under the heading "A list of soldiers of the line of Continental Establishment who have received certificates for the balance of their full pay agreeable to an Act of Assembly passed November session 1781, which shows that on Dec. 16, 1783 the sum of 45 pounds was received by Benjamin Lankford. No further record of his service has been found. . . Benjamin Lankford was a Burgess from Pittsylvania County."

     However, Rosa Thornton Lane's research has been flagged by the DAR. "The proof of service used to establish this person as a patriot is no longer valid. Subsequent evaluation of the proof of service may have determined that the proof is not acceptable under today's standards (examples: tombstone, obituary, undocumented genealogy or county history, family tradition); the service belongs to another person of the same name; the residence of this person during the Revolution is inconsistent with the service, or multiple people have claimed the same service. Future applicants must provide proof of service (and possibly residence) that meets current standards." They believe this service to have been that of his son, which seems a stretch to me.

     I am attaching an image of the one military record which appears to relate to this Presley Thornton..3

     On 2 June 1782, he purchased land 'on the water of Mountain Creek' for £300 from William McBee of North Carolina at Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which was not recorded until 21 Jun 1783.4

     On 16 December 1783, the sum of £45 was received by Benjamin Lankford, who was a Burgess from PIttsylvania County. Presley's name was on a list of soldiers of the line of Continental Establishment who received a certificate for the balance of their full pay agreeable to an Act of Assembly passed November session 1781.5

     On 17 November 1794, Presley purchased 223 acres on Mountain Creek from Ignatius Wilson for £5 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which was recorded 16 Feb 1795.6

     On 30 March 1811, Presley, with three of his sons as witnessee (Moses, John, and Zachariah) sold 28 acres of land to Roland for £20 on the branches of Cascade Creek at Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which was recorded 15 Apr 1811.7

     Presley Thornton left a will dated on 6 January 1812 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. ". . . First, I lend to my beloved wife Mary Thornton one third of my estate during her life, then to be divided among the heirs of her body."
     To my son, Zachariah, one equal share of my estate; to my son Bolen (Rowland), the same; to my daughter Elizabeth Nance, the same; to my daughter Jane Wilson, the same; to my son John, the same; to my son William, forty pounds; to my daughter Fanny Oakes, forty pounds; to my son Presley, one shilling; to my daughter Barbary Jones, one shilling; to my daughter Susannah Watts, one shilling; to my daughter Larary Barnett, one shilling. He appoints his sons Rowland and Moses as executors. Signed with his mark. Witnesses: Clement Wilson, Agnatius Wilson, Mary Wilson. Ellis Wilson and Randolph McDaniel provided security for the executors.8

     His estate was probated on 13 May 1815 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. At his death, Presley had title to 417 acres, proven by the administration of his estate.8,9

     On 18 November 1815, the heirs of the Presley Thornton estate sell 417 acres on Mountain Run, adding a clause "reserving dower to Mary Thornton, the widow and relict of the said Presley Thornton during her natural life according to a line that has already been agreed on, by which 139 acres are allotted to the said Mary Thornton."10

Tax Rolls

DatePropertyLocation
1782with 150 acresPittslyvania County, Virginia11
1783with 150 acresPittsylvania County, Virginia12
1784250 acresPittsylvania County, Virginia13
1810with two white tithables, four slaves and four horses. His sons (Moses, Rolling, Zachariah, John and William are listed separatelyPittsylvania County, Virginia14

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1782with ten White Souls and no Black SoulsPittsylvania County, Virginia15
1787with one white male over 16, but under 21, two horses and seventeen head of cattlePittsylvania County, Virginia16

Citations

  1. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: pages 47-49.
  2. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page C.
  3. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 48.
  4. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 46.
  5. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 48, citing Revolutionary War Files at the National Archives, vol. 176, page 293.
  6. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 46, citing Deed Book 10, page 119, either an error of transcription or there must be some other explanation for low cost.
  7. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 52, citing Pittsylvania Deed Book 17, page 273.
  8. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  9. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 46, for acreage held at death.
  10. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 52, citing Pittsylvania Deed Book 19, page 365.
  11. [S2221] "1782 Land Taxes Pittsylvania County, Virginia", online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/1782LandTaxes.htm , website address verified 1 Jun 2019, accessed 12 Oct 2009.
  12. [S6180] "1782 Land Taxes Pittsylvania County, Virginia", online at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~vapittsy/1782LandTaxes.htm , uploaded 28 Jun 2020.
  13. [S6181] "A List of the changes of Property of the Land in Pittsylvania for the year 1784", online at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~vapittsy/1784alterations.htm , uploaded 28 Jun 2020.
  14. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 49-50, citing A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia by Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Speakman Love.
  15. [S6182] "1782 Census of Pittsylvania County, Virginia", online at https://sites.rootsweb.com/%7Evapittsy/census.htm , uploaded 28 Jun 2020.
  16. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter 7: Pittsylvania and Henry Counties 1782-1835, page 49, citing vol. 1, The 1787 Census of Virginia by Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Speakman Love.
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