From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Note that John C. TURMAN is believed to be the son
of John Barton TURMAN and Nancy HOLLAND. The connection to George
TURMAN is unproved, and is presented here as a possible line
requiring further investigation. Extensive family history information
on the TURMAN family in Wayne Co., TN is found on pages 407-409
and elsewhere in Wayne County, Tennessee History and Families,
published by the Wayne Co., TN Historical Society (1995).
The brothers Turman
The parents of George TURMAN, and his brothers Martin and Thomas,
are currently not known.
- George - b. 1726, VA; d. Dec. 1, 1805
(DAR), Elbert Co., GA.
- Thomas - b. 1730; d. about 1807. His wife is not mentioned
in his will, but he does name three TURMAN surnamed grandchildren.
On Dec. 12, 1795, his son George TURMAN sold 200 acres on Beaverdam
Creek to his Uncle Martin TURMAN, and Martin TURMAN , with his
second wife Nancy, sold 232 acres on Coodies Creek to his nephew
George TURMAN. Children of Thomas TURMAN as named in will: Catherine;
George; James; John; and possibly three daughters (two being
Elizabeth and Susannah) who married Joseph RANDOLPH, James REED,
and Joseph CHANDLER.
- Martin - b. about 1737; d. about 1826, Walton Co., GA. His
will of Jul. 28, 1824 was proved Nov. 6, 1826, naming his children.
Married first Ann 'Nancy' HERNDON, and second Rebecca. Children
of Martin and Ann TURMAN: Mary Ann married William HAILEY or
HALEY; John; Clement; Letty; Nancy; Patsy; Elizabeth; George
married Violetty HIGGINBOTHAM (daughter of Samuel HIGGINBOTHAM
and Jan SATTERWHITE); Christopher; and Leonard. Children of Martin
and Rebecca TURMAN: James M.; Jepheth J. married Rebecca; and
possibly Milton Anderson married Sarah (see TURMAN
1820-1973, by Gladys Turman).
Deeds showing Martin Turman Family Relationships
Elbert Co., Ga., Deed Book E, 1798-1799, p. 115: Martin Turman
& Nancy, his wife, to George Turman. Martin Turman gives
to his son, George Turman, (no consideration), 143 1/2 acres,
being part of 287 1/2 acres, adj. S. by Watkins & Burton,
E. by Goode, N. by Baron, W. by Tate & Morgan, Ridge Path
from Baron across tract to Samuel Watkins' plantation, with all
improvements, in fee simple. (signed) Martin Turman, Nancy (x)
Turman. Wit: Saml. Higginbotham, J.P. Regd. 28 Dec. 1798.
Elbert Co., Ga., Deed Book G, 1801-1802, p. 59: 16 Feb. 1801,
George Turman & Viletta, his wife, to William H. Moon, all
of Elbert Co., for $410, in sd. co. on Coodeys Creek waters,
adj. William Goode, Robert Burton, old Ridge Path, up path to
Thomas Tait & Memorable Walker, Tait, 143 1/2 acres, in fee
simple. (signed) George Turman, Viletty Turman. Wit: Jno. Coleman,
J.P. Robert Burton. Regd. 14 Mar. 1801.
Elbert Co., Ga., Deed Book J, 1803-1806, p. 195: 16 Apr. 1805,
Andrew Hamilton & Jenny, his wife, to Jane Higginbotham,
John S. Higginbotham, Samuel Higginbotham, Aron Higginbotham,
Blackley Higginbotham, George Green Higginbotham, Clary Higginbotham,
George Turman in right of his wife Violette, William Fortson
in right of his wife Ann, Clabourne Sandridge in right of his
wife Jane, all heirs of Samuel Higginbotham, decd., for $857,
on Beverdam Creek in sd co., 300 acres adj. when surveyed, S.W.
by Thomas Carter, all other sides vacant, it being tract on which
Samuel Higginbotham, decd. lived in his lifetime, was granted
to sd. Andrew Hamilton, 21 Sept. 1784, as tenants in common &
not joint tenants, in fee simple. (signed) Andrew Hamilton, Jenny
Hamilton. Wit: Ro. Thompson, J.P., George Matthews, Junr. Jenny
Hamilton signed in presence of Kitty Hamilton. Jennny, wife of
Andrew Hamilton, rel. dower rights, 2 Dec. 1805, Jas. Wardlaw,
J.C.C.C.A.D. Regd. 13 Dec. 1805.
Elbert Co., Ga, Deed Book L, 1808-1810, p. 78: Martin Turmond
of sd. co., for love, goodwill & affection, to my loving
daughter, Mary Haley, of same co., give a negro boy named Manniuel
now in her possession, without any manner of condition, 7 Jan.
1809. (signed) Martin (x) Turman. Test: John Turman, Wylie Ferrell,
B. Jeter, J.P. Rec. 21 Feb. 1809.
Abstract of Will of Thomas Turman
To dau. Catharine 3 slaves, Bob, Lett and Jane. To son George
a slave Lewis. To son James a slave Peter. To son John 202 1/2
acres in last purchase. To three grandchildren Prudence, Robert
and Abner Turman, $50.00 each. The rent of the plantation, stock,
furniture etc., to be equally divided between my son John Turman,
Catharine Turman, Joseph Randolph, James Reed and Joseph Chandler.
William Goode and Richard Easter, Excrs. No dates. William Hudson,
Robert Goode, Test.
George and Elizabeth Turman
George TURMAN - b. 1726, VA; d. Dec. 1, 1805 (DAR),
Elbert Co., GA. His will was dated Jul. 1, 1805, proved Jun. 7,
1806, and his estate was inventoried Oct. 3, 1806. George, brother of Martin and Thomas TURMAN, lived early
in Lunenburg Co., VA, where he was last recorded in 1764. He owned
land in GA counties: Franklin, received 287 1/2 acres in 1776
for Bounty Survey; Wilkes, 250 acres on Apr. 6 and 200 acres on
May 26, 1784 for Rev. service; Elbert. He is recorded as an appraiser
in Wilkes Co. in 1779, an associate of John GILES, Henry WIDEMAN,
and Evan RAGLAND. George was a Rev. soldier, being so identified
in the will of Jacob COLSON (but proof of his correct service
is required by the DAR in 1989 for new applicants).
Abstract of Will of George Turman
"Afflicted in body", all estate to wife Elizabeth
for life, at her death the plantation where I live to son Jacob.
To my daughter Sarah Lancaster and my son Thomas, a horse each.
To Garrett, John, Robert and Isaac $1.00 each. To Rebecca Claton
and Nancy Turman, $1.00 each. Slave David to be set free. Residue
to be divided between Elizabeth Lancaster, Milly Rogers, Zilly
Roberts and Elizabeth Higginbotham, relationship not given. Wife
Elizabeth, William Hatcher and Thomas Burton, Excrs. Signed July
1, 1805. Reg. June 7, 1806. Richerson Booker, John Turman, Thomas
Elizabeth - d. after 1805, possibly in Elbert Co., GA.
Bequeathed plantation for life in will of George TURMAN. The property
was sold by son Jacob on Aug. 1, 1809, indicating Elizabeth had
died before that date.
Children of George and Elizabeth Turman
- Jacob - Bequeathed plantation (after mother's death) in will
of George TURMAN. Married Oct. 15, 1807, Elbert Co., GA, Polly
- Sarah - Bequeathed a horse in will of George TURMAN. Married
before Jul. 1805 Mr. LANCASTER.
- Thomas - Bequeathed a horse in will of George TURMAN.
- Garrett - b. 1750; d. before 1830, Hickman Co., TN; bur.
Martin Cemetery. Bequeathed $1 in will of George TURMAN. Recorded
in GA land grants in 1784-1797, 1794 and 1802, and migrated to
Hickman Co., TN about 1811. Served in Revolutionary War and was
prisoner of the indians for six months. In 1788, Garrett TURMAN
and wife Mary of Wilkea (now Elbert) Co., GA, sold 200 acres
on Falling Creek to William HIGHTOWER, also of Wilkes Co., GA.
Married Mary GILES, believed to be the daughter of John GILES,
whose will was probated in 1794 in Elbert Co., GA, naming son-in-law
Jeremiah WELLS and grandson Jonathan GRAY. From the sale in 1797
of property of the estate of John GILES, it appears his children
included John M. GILES, Becky WELLS, the wife of Garrett TURMAN,
Martha DANDLEY, and the wife of Thomas WILLIAMS. Children of
Garrett and Mary TURMAN: Rebecca married Elisha PARKER; Garrett
married Nancy BRADFORD; John [perhaps John C. TURMAN]; Matilda
married Jonathan ANGLIN; and Giles.
- John - Bequeathed $1 in will of George
TURMAN. Though uproved, he is perhaps John Barton TURMAN, who
married Nancy HOLLAND.
- Robert - Bequeathed $1 in will of George TURMAN.
- Isaac - Bequeathed $1 in will of George TURMAN.
- Rebecca - Bequeathed $1 in will of George TURMAN. Married
- Nancy - Bequeathed $1 in will of George TURMAN.
John Barton and Nancy (Holland) Turman
John Barton TURMAN - Unproved as son of George
TURMAN and Elizabeth. George's will of 1805, in Elbert Co.,
GA, includes a son John, and names Thomas BURTON as one of three
Nancy HOLLAND -
Children of John and Nancy Turman
- John C. - b. Oct. 15, 1802, Elbert
Co., GA; d. May 4, 1881, Waynesboro, Wayne Co., TN.
John C. and Mary Ann (Neely) Turman
John C. TURMAN - b. Oct. 15, 1802, Elbert Co., GA; d.
May 4, 1881, Waynesboro, Wayne Co., TN; bur. McGlamery
Cemetery, Wayne Co., TN [photo].
Currently believed to be the son of John Barton
TURMAN and Nancy HOLLAND. Earlier believed to be the son of
Garrett and Mary (GILES) TURMAN. Moved with father to Bedford
Co., TN in 1807, was elected a County Trustee (but did not serve),
a Mason, and a Hardshell Baptist of the Turnbull Church. Resided
in Bedford Co., TN in 1850,
and in Wayne Co., TN in
1860 and 1870.
In the 1880 census of Wayne
Co., TN, John is found in the household of his son William
TURMAN. He lived at Factory Creek in Wayne County before moving
to a farm near Waynesboro. He was a member of Green Mount Masonic
Lodge No. 316. John's grave marker names his wife Mary Ann NEELY,
but errors in giving their marriage date as Feb. 29, 1829. Married
Feb. 19, 1829, Bedford Co., TN.
Mary Ann NEELY - b. Jul. 10, 1811, Bedford Co., TN;
d. Jun. 11, 1858, Waynesboro, Wayne Co., TN; bur. McGlamery
Cemetery, Wayne Co., TN [photo].
A family history article on the TURMAN family in Wayne Co., TN
is found on pages 408-409 in Wayne County, Tennessee History
and Families, published by the Wayne Co., TN Historical Society
(1995). This article explains that, after the death of her father
when Mary Ann was 2 years old, she and her mother lived with her
grandfather Capt. Elijah PARKER. After her mother remarried, Mary
Ann continued to live in the PARKER home, and was referred to
at times as Mary Ann PARKER. Daughter of Capt.
Richard NEELY and Sallie PARKER.
Children of John C. and Mary A. Turman
- Nancy 'Nan' D. - b. Dec. 19, 1831,
TN; d. Wayne Co., TN; bur. there in McGlamery Cemetery. Married
Oct. 29, 1857, Wayne Co., TN, Elihue 'Dee' Degrasa McGLAMERY
(b. Jun. 14, 1838, Wayne Co., TN), a carpenter, sheriff in 1880
from Goodspeed], and son of John McGLAMERY and Catharine BRINKER.
He served during the Civil War in the Union Army as 1st Lt. of
Tenn. Vol. Mounted Infantry.
- Martha 'Mattie' A. - b. Mar. 27, 1835, TN; d. Jan. 2, 1904,
Wayne Co., TN. Unmarried, living with father in 1870, and with
the McGLAMERYs in 1880 and 1890.
- Mary 'Molly' Barton - b. Mar. 27, 1835, Bedford Co., TN;
d. 1905, Wayne Co., TN. Married Mr. ABBOTT. Children: John, Jim,
Barton, Nannie, and Mamie.
- Elijah VanBuren 'Old Lige' - b. May 11, 1837, Bedford Co.,
TN; d. 1933. Served as Wayne Co. Court Clerk, as a 1st Lt. in
the 2nd Mounted Infantry during the Civil War, and sheriff of
Wayne County. Married by J. R. ALEXANDER on Oct. 24, 1865 in
Wayne Co., TN to Sarah Elizabeth CYPERT (b. 1851, TN), daughter
of Robert Jasper CYPERT and Mary BUNDY. Children: Elijah H. 'Big
Lige' married Jimmie Ethel COLE; Mary Van Buren 'Van' married
John W. GREESON; Elizabeth H.; John; Jim; Dr. Robert Coleman
married Mary Elizabeth Bettie' BURNETTE; Joseph; and William
- William Bedford - b. Nov. 16, 1839,
Bedford Co., TN; d. Nov. 15, 1908. [Sketch
from Goodspeed] A resident of Waynesboro, he had interests in
merchandizing, liquor, lumber and farming. He enlisted in the
2nd TN Mounted Cavalry, Union Army, in 1863, but never served
due to physical disability. William and his brother-in-law Elihu
D. McGLAMERY built the hotel on Waynesboro square commonly known
as the Belew Hotel, after the purchaser Charlie BELEW. Married
by J. R. CYPERT, JP on July 25, 1868 in Wayne Co., TN to Felicia
Ione CYPERT, daughter of Robert Jasper CYPERT and Mary BUNDY.
Children: William Bedford married Marjorie EDDY; Camilla married
Charles L. NORMAN; Sarah 'Sally' married James Anderson LASHLEE;
Benjamin D. married Geneva COUGHMAN; Elijah VanBuren 'Little
Lige' married Martha Medora CASTEEL; Alfonso; Nancy I. married
Jesse QUINN; and M. C.
- Malinda 'Sis' W. - b. Sep 16, 1841; d. before 1900. One source
indicates she married Oct. 21, 1869, Wayne Co., TN, Jonathan
A. SPRINGER, and had children Max G., Pearl, James B., Lelu,
and possibly others. Another source indicates she married Jonas
SPRINGER, and had children Mollie, John, and Jonas, who married
second Mattie BURNS.
- James Knox Polk - b. Nov. 18, 1844, TN; d. Oct. 13, 1918,
Wayne Co., TN. He was a farmer in the Double Branches section
of Wayne County. Married Mary 'Mollie' DIXON, daughter of Columbus
Franklin DIXON. Children: Camilla Anna married Mr. PRINCE; John
Franklin married Lessie Mildred McGEE; Mary E. married Mr. CASTEEL;
Maybelle E. 'May'; Lillie Violet; James D. Blaine; Willburn Boyd;
Willie Albert; Eugene Clifford; Elijah Carl; and Mary Elsie married
- Elizabeth Caroline 'Carrie'
- b. Jan. 8, 1846, Bedford Co., TN; d. Oct. 26, 1914, Tecumseh,
Pottawatomie Co., OK. Married Mordecai
- John Matthews - b. Oct. 18, 1848,
Bedford Co., TN; d. Jun. 29, 1928. [Sketch
from Goodspeed] A merchant and postmaster at Waynesboro, TN.
Married Dec. 14, 1876 Dorothy Ann SIMS (b. Apr. 6, 1854; d. May
30, 1934), daughter of Matthew Joseph SIMS and Dorothy GREESON.
A merchant at Martin's Mills, TN, in 1869, he moved to Waynesboro
about 1871 and became a member of the firm of Turman, Helton
& Co. Children: John married Anna JONES; Mary Elizabeth 'Lizzie'
married William B. SHACKLETT; James; Benjamin F. married Katherine
SPINKS; Carolyn married George McQUARRY; Frank married Mary JETER;
Ruth Brown; Annie; Mahulda C.; and Thomas Rex.
- Sarah 'Sally' Lycurgua - b. Jun. 8, 1853; d. Nov. 23, 1875.
Married Oct. 5, 1875, Wayne Co., TN, Giannette 'Guy' Nattus SPRINGER.
Guy married second Miss or Mrs. PULLEN, and third Laura Smith
GABLE. Children: John married Cora KILLEN; Mattie A. married
Mr. Lumpkin; and Mamie B. married Daniel Lafayette Adkisson.