Sunday, February 21, 2016

Wilburn Turner 1845-1916

The sixth son of Thomas H. Turner(1812-aft 1880) and Mary Johnston(1815-1853)
Mary died of fever when Wilburn was just 8 years old. I have read that Thomas
sent the children to live with relatives after her death. Thomas according to
family lore was called "Humpy Tom" because of a humped back and was said to
be a"very contrary" man.
In 1860 Wilburn was living with his father Thomas, sister Mary, and brother Shadrick
in Breathitt County,KY. On Oct 31, 1861, the the age of just 16, he enlisted as a private in Company G. 8th Regiment of KY volunteers, Union Army. Sometime during the Battle of Stone Creek, Wilburn was captured by the Rebels about Jan 2,1863. He was paroled at City-Point, VA January 20,1863 reported at Camp Parole, MD January 21,1863 and was sent to CCO and re- enlisted in either March or May of 1863. On February 1,1864 he was paid $60 bounty and was due $340. On Nov 17, 1864
he is shown as have drawn a clothing allowance of $22.18 a bounty paid of $110 as a
veteran volunteer bounty recruit and $290 due. On November 17,1864 he was shown as discharged by reason of re-enlistment as a veteran.
The 1890 Veteran Census says that he was shot in the left shoulder sometime during his service. I did not see any absent to hospital record so either it was not too serious or it occurred during his capture by the Rebels.
Wilburn was 23 years old when he married 24 years Burnetta Tompkins on 15 Mar 1866 in Laurel county, KY. The marriage bond was signed by Wilburn and his cousin, Robert Johnston,
( a son of Elliott Johnston, the brother of Wilburn's mother) Wilburn apparently never learned to read and write but his wife could. There are Turner researchers that state Burnetta was a teacher,but I have not yet found where they get that information. I have not found the couple in the 1870 census so perhaps that will tell me something.

1850 Breathitt, KY
Thomas Turner 38
Polly Turner 35
Jesse Turner 15
Timothy Turner 13
Elliott Turner 11
Edward Turner 9
John Turner 7
William Turner 5
Mary Turner 4
Paschal Turner 3
Shadrach Turner 1
1860 Breathitt Co. KY
Thomas Turner 50 b.Wilkes NC
Wilbourne Turner 17 b. Breathitt KY
farm laborer
Mary Turner 14 b. Breathitt KY
Shadrick Turner 10 b. Breathitt KY
Turner Wilbourn 37 KY KY KY
Turner Burnetta 30 wife KY VA VA
Turner Wm 12 son KY KY KY
Turner Robert H 5 son KY KY KY
Turner Elizabeth A 3 dau KY KY KY
Turner Millie B 1 dau KY KY KY

Veteran's name    Willburn Turner
Home in 1890   

   Dallas, Pulaski, Kentucky
Year enlisted    1861
Year discharged    1864
Rank    Private
Turner Wilborn head Mar 1843 57 KY NC KY farm
Turner Burnettie wife Feb 1841 59
7 births 6 living KY NC VA
married 35 yrs
Turner Mollie dau Feb 1878 21
KY KY KY servant
Turner John D son Dec 1880 19
Turner Jesse E son Nov 1884 15

No comments:

Post a Comment