Turner Family Papers Collection, 1857-1876 | East Texas Research Center
By Natasha McClanahan, 1992
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Smith County, Texas family. Letters, land office document, and poem relating to the Tillman J. Turner family. Several letters concern incidents during the Civil War.
The items in this collection are letters pertaining to family matters and incidents during the Civil War period and after. Also included in this collection is a land document and a poem composed by a relative.
The Turners settled in Smith County, Texas about 1856. According to tradition, the family traveled from Mississippi in an ox wagon, and crossed the Mississippi River on a ferry to get to Texas. Tillman J. Turner was born January 22, 1813 and died October 16, 1884. His wife, Permelia Turner, was born April 19, 1814 and died January 26, 1897. Both are buried in the Asbury Cemetery which was located very close to the property they owned. Their daughter, Martha E. Turner, was born in Georgia around 1840. Although no marriage record has been found, Martha E. Turner is said to have married M. A. Neal. (Information provided by collection donor)
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1
- Letter to Martha Turner from Laura A. C. Lewis, Yallabousha Co., Mississippi (mentions a rumored slave rebellion that turns out to be false), January 30, 1857. 1 item.
- Folder 2
- Letter to Mrs. Turner from Ann E. Gibbs, Grenada, Mississippi, May 1, 1857. 1 item.
- Folder 3
- Letter to "brother and sister" from Clementine E. W. J. Skinner, Henry Co., Georgia. July 24, 1860. 1 item.
- Folder 4
- Letter to "dear sister" from William Cunningham, Choctaw Co., Miss. (Concerns happenings in the Civil War.) March 23, 1862. 1 item.
- Folder 5
- Letter to "dear cos" (Martha E. Turner) from A. B. Marchman, Camp Nelson, Arkansas. (Concerns happenings in the Civil War.) October 22, 1862. 1 item.
- Folder 6
- Letter to "Dear Cousin" (Martha E. Turner) from A. B. Marchman, Shreveport, La. (Includes a small amount about the Civil War.) February 6, 1863 (?). 1 item.
- Folder 7
- Letter to Cousin Mary (Mary A. E. Turner) from A. B. Marchman, Simsport. (Mostly concerns happenings in the Civil War.) February 3, 1864. 1 item.
- Folder 8
- Letter to T. J. Turner from A. W. [Turner], Velasco, TX. (Mentions service in the Civil War.) June 21, 1864. 1 item.
- Folder 9
- Letter to James Neal from Maggie S. Duncan, Cain Hill, Washington Co., [Arkansas] October 17, 1868. 1 item.
- Folder 10
- Letter to Hattie (Martha) Turner from Maggie S. Duncan, Boonsborough, Washington Co., Arkansas. October 18, 1868. 1 item.
- Folder 11
- Letter to Tillman Turner from James Duncan, Boonsborough, Washington Co., Arkansas. December 31, 1868. 1 item.
- Folder 12
- Letter to "Dear Friend" (Tillman Turner?) from W. K. Wellborn, Boonsborough, Arkansas. June 8, 1869. 1 item.
- Folder 13
- Letter to R. C. Neal from Maggie Duncan, Prairie Grove (Ark.?). March 10, 1873. 1 item.
- Folder 14
- Letter to "Dear Sister" from E. M. Craven, Pilot Point, Texas. January 27, 1876. 1 item.
- Folder 15
- Statement from the General Land Office [Texas], concerning 320 acres preemption of James W. Cherry. January 24, 1861. 1 item.
- Folder 16
- Poem written by Samantha Marchman, Pilot Grove, Texas. ca. 1865. 1 item.