James Turner
Sarah "Sally" Leftwich
Melancthon Turner


Family Links

1. Nancy Wood

2. Harriet Poe

Melancthon Turner 1

  • Born: 22 Dec 1799, , Bedford, Virginia, USA 1
  • Marriage (1): Nancy Wood about 1817 1
  • Marriage (2): Harriet Poe on 9 Aug 1846 in , Buchanan, Missouri, USA 1
  • Died: 1847, , Buchanan, Missouri, USA at age 48 1

bullet  General Notes:

HISTORY OF NORTHWEST MO. vol II 1815-Williams p. 735 (sites William Turner's father's name as Lancaster Turner. This could easily be a mistake since this bio was on Melancthon's grandson David Turner and the information was given by relatives of the time the book was written. Melancthon and his wife died around the time David was born and David's father died when he was six. David's mother remarried and started another family and Melancthon's other children moved away so I'm sure there was not alot of talk or information remembered by David's mother's relatives about David's Grandfather on his father's side. There is also NO information about a Turner with the name Lancaster in VA or MO. If this info in the bio is correct than Lancaster was deleted off every written record of him as though he never exhisted.)

by Walter Lee Hopkins, copyright 1931, third printing, C.J. Carrier Co., Harrisonburg, VA 1992
(This book gives a tremendous amount of information on Melancthon's family especially his father and mother. Melancthon is incorrectly identified as having died on August 26, 1817-1819, having married and had children, this information came from a transcribed bible owned in 1931 by Mrs. Fanny Leftwich McPheeters of Raleigh, NC. Census records, land records and wills and probate records as well as his children born after 1819 prove that Melancthon Turner was very much alive until 1848 in Bedford County, VA and then Buchanan County, MO where his probate records are found dated 1848. Obviously the bible was mis- transcribed maybe listing his marriage date as his death date.) (This is another example of incorrect information that was printed same as the above info on David Turner's grandfather's name)

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A copy of James Turner's will from 1829 listing Melancthon as his son and heir and a copy of Sally's 1834 will listing him as a son and heir (still alive)

Bob Newsome JRN2217@aol.com

Daughter Isabelle Turner Harness's obit from the Highland, Doniphan, KS paper dated January 1882, names her father as Melancthon Turner and states she was born in Bedford county, VA

1820 Bedford County, VA Census page 50 (Name spelled Malanethon Turner)
1 male under 10; (William)
1 male 26-45; (Melancthon)
1 female 26-45 (Nancy)

1830 Bedford County, VA Census
1 male 10-15; (William)
1 male 30-40; (Melancthon)
2 females under 5; (Mary E. and Isabelle)
1 female 5-10; (Sally S.)
1 female 20-30 (Nancy)

1840 Bedford County, VA Census
1 male under 5;
1 male 20-30; (William)
1 male 40-50; (Melancthon)
1 female under 5; (Virginia)
1 female 5-10; (Isabel)
1 female 10-15, (Mary)
1 female 15-20; (Sally)
1 female 30-40;
1 female 40-50 (Nancy)

January Term 1851 Buchanan County, MO Court (probate document about Melancthon Turner's estate)
To the County Court:
The undersigned, Public Administrator of said County, having charge of the Estate of Melancthon Turner, deceased, respectfully exhibits to the Court here the following statement of the accounts of his administration for annual settlement.
The Administrator is chargeable with the following amounts, to wit:
General balance against Administrator on his last annl. settlement. $344.50 3/4
Interest received from E.W. Freeman 2.50
Total $347.00 3/4

The Administrator is entitled to credit for the following amounts, to wit:
Amt. Paid widow, May 15, 1849 V.No.1 $100.00
Amt. Paid widow, Dec. 14, 1849, V.No.2 50.00
Total $150.00

Amount of Indebtedness brought over $347.00 3/4
Amount to Credits brought over $150.00
Amount paid widow, V.No.3 5.00
Amount paid Anthony for widow, V.No.4 25.00
Amount paid Harness & wife, V.No.5 4.85
Amount paid Freeman & wife, V.No.6 4.87
Amount paid Virginia Turner, V.No.7 4.85
Amount allowed Admin. at this Term 14.15
Amount paid to Wm. Turner 4.85
Total $213.59 $213.57
$133.43 3/4
From which deduct amount of Adm. fees allowed on last Settlement,
which he has not deducted from the general balance then against Adm.
of $344.50 3/4, with the whole of which Admin. has charged himself in
this settlement (See last settlement) 17.08


Balance against Adm. at this settlement $116.35 3/4

/s/James G. Gardenhouse

Copy of Estate of Melanthon Turner, Deceased Inventory-real estate and Personal Estate (Buchanan County Court, MO dated January 7, 1848

Copy of Deed Record, Bedford County, VA page 172, October 12, 1839 Melancthon and Nancy Turner to Edward Hunter

Copy of Deed Record, Bedford County, VA P. 311, October 23, 1838, John Wood and wife Nancy to Melancthon Turner

Copy of father inlaw Jeremiah Wood's will and division of estate to heirs naming Nancy Wood "wife of Melancthon Turner" as one of the heirs 1


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Census: Liberty, Bedford, VA, 1820. 1

Census: Bedford County, VA, 1840. 1

Migration: Migrated from VA to northwest MO with Lewis Harness family, 1840. 1


Melancthon married Nancy Wood, daughter of Jeremiah Wood and Mary Dooley, about 1817.1 (Nancy Wood was born about 1799 in , , Virginia, USA 1 and died between 1840 and 1850 in MO 1.)


Melancthon next married Harriet Poe on 9 Aug 1846 in , Buchanan, Missouri, USA.1



1 "Hardesty 4," compiled by Kathleen Brawn [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; supplied by Brawn, All gedcom sources should be viewed with skepticism and critical research data should be verified with other sources. Repository: RootsWeb - World Connect. Surety: 3.

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