21 December 1863 Inventory of Edward P. Turner
The list of Edward P. Turner’s “possessions” in the above 1863 inventory document first came to my attention in 2014, when I was looking for more information on my ancestor, Henry Turner.
As the years have progressed, blood ties among those named in the inventory have been revealed. DNA testing has allowed answers to questions that we have never thought to ask. Just what light has DNA and the historical record shed light on, in terms of this particular document?
Henry and Betsey were siblings, their mother was Martha Harrison/Turner.
Most recently, I have discovered that Roberta “Birt”, was a daughter of Jack and Tempie. She was listed in their household, according to the 1870 U.S. Census. Learning more, there has been the discovery of DNA matches among myself, my mother, and our known Turner cousins to those who are descendants of John/Jack and Tempie’s children (Roberta “Birt”) and Pattie.
With these developments, it is quite possible and probable that the lot of souls being inventoried actually amounts to be one extended family.
Just how were John/Jack or Tempie related to Henry and Betsey? Was Vicy (sp?) a family member, too? What happened to them all? Did they retain their family ties after emancipation?
While some of the questions have already been answered, others may never be. Even so, and in spite of so many obstructions, the legacy is not lost.
This is our continuing situation.
💫Many thanks to The Brantley Association of America and their Southampton Project. Because of their generous efforts and partnership with Southampton County Court, these invaluable historical records, now digitized, are made accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
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