Lineage of Roger Turner and Elizabeth Bryan


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1. Roger Turner, son of Turner, was born in 1689 and died in 1778 in Surrey Co, NC at age 89.

General Notes: "Descendants of Edward Turner": Roger moved to Rowan County, NC between 17 55 and 1761. The Turner family obtained more than 200 acres of land on bo th sides of the Yadkin near the shallow ford (NC Land Grants, VI, page 222 -228 and Rowan Deeds, V, page 258-260).

toger lived in Rowan County, NC, in the area that later became a part of W ilkes County. He received two Granville Grants; on February 28, 1755, 2 04 acres (Rowan Deed Book 4, page 858-860) and on January 2, 171, 575 acr es on the North Bank of the Yadkin below Turner's Creek (Rowan Deed Bo ok 7, page 27 and 28.

'The Records of the Moravians' notes that in 1773, at the age of 84, Rog er Turner was the oldest man in the neighborhood; and that he was blind.

Roger Turner died in Surry County, NC in 1778. His Will, dated Februa ry 2, 1775, named his wife, Elizabeth Turner, sons Elias and Robert (the H ome Place). Sons, Thomas and Roger, and daughters, Hannah and Mary, five s hillings each. Grandson, Roger, son of Thomas five pounds. Jacob Spicer w as a witness. (Surry County Will Book 1, page 121a). The sale of the esta te of Roger Turner, deceased was held on December 3, 1778 and return ed 69 pounds and 19 shillings (Surry County Will Book 1, page 126a).

The text of the Will is as follows:

"In the name of God, I, Roger Turner, Senior, of Surry County, in the Prov ince of North Carolina, being in perfect mind and many thanks be giv en to God for it, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and th at it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain th is to be my last will and Testament. Principally, first of all I give a nd recommend my soul into the hand of the Almighty God that gave it to m e. My body I recommend to this earth to be buried in a decent Christian li ke manner at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but the gene ral resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the might Power of Go d. And as counting such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me w ith, I give, devise and dispose in the manner and form following. Ite m, I will and bequeath unto my beloved sons, Elias and Robert Turner, my t ract of land adjoining to the tract of land I now live on to be equally di vided between them both. If Elias should die without a lawful wife or a la wful assignment to any person of hi spast, then Robert is to have the who le tract and hold it my virtue of this will. I will and bequeath unto my t wo sons, Thomas and Roger, the sum of five shillings. Such to be paid ea ch of them by executors and no more. I will and bequeath unto my two daugh ters, Hannah and Mary, the sum of five shillings. Proceeds to each of th em to be paid by my executors and no more. I will and bequeath unto my gra ndson, Roger, son of Thomas, the sum of five pounds. Such to be paid to i hm by my executors when he comes to age twenty one years. I will and beque ath to my well beloved wife, Elizabeth, all my stock, both horses, cattl e, sheep and hogs, and at herdecease to be at her own disposal and I ord er that my wife, Elizabeth, have free priviledges of living on my plantati on her life time if she please.

I desire my son, Elias to take care of her and not let her want nor suffer .

Item. I constitute and appoint my well Beloved wife, Elizabeth, and by bel oved son, Elias, executor and executris of this my last will and Testament .

I do hereby openly disallow, refute, and disanull all former wills and tes taments. I have hereunto set my hand this second day of February one thous and seven hundred and seventy five.

Roger (his X mark) Turner In the presence of us:
James (his X mark) Wilson

Jacob Spicer
Evan Ellis

North Carolina, Surry County, November Court 1778

Jacob Spicer, one of the subscribing witnesses to this within text of Wi ll and Testament of Roger turner, made oath that he saw the said Roger Tur ner sign, publish and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament a nd that he was of sound disposing mind and memory and that at the same ti me he saw James Wilson and Evan Ellis sign the same as witness. On motio n, it was ordered to be recorded.

Recorded accordingly J Williams, Co. Clk"




Roger married Elizabeth Bryan.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Robert Turner died about 1781.

   3 F    ii. Hannah Turner .

   4 F    iii. Mary Turner .

Mary married Marmaduke Kimbrough. Marmaduke was born between 1780 and 1781.

Mary next married John Allen.

+ 5 M    iv. Thomas Turner was born in 1730 in PA.

   6 M    v. Elias Turner was born in 1736 and died in 1785 at age 49.

+ 7 M    vi. Roger Turner Jr was born in 1738 and died in 1805 in Lexington, Fayette Co, KY at age 67.


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