How many of you know that we have 2 James R Turner born in 1836?

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This is a work in progress help needed:

Hi all I am trying to seperate 2 men that have been confused for many generations of descendants. I am also trying to document it in their profiles in a concise way. Sure could use your help with this.  See below.

=== Research Notes ===

There exist two James R. Turner men who are often confused. Points of confusion are:

*Birth years of 1836

*Both men lived in Patrick County, Virginia

*Their names are similar

*They both have grave stones inscribed with

**James R. Turner

**51st Virginia Infantry, CSA

These men are 1st cousins. Their middle names have been reversed many times in ancestry records. Comprehensive research by Brett Compton Phd., Compton-2879, has sorted out the men. Earlier in his research, Brett also confused the middle names of the James R Turner men. He did accurately work out that James Richard (although he used the middle name of Robert) did not serve in military. I received an email yesterday and will append it to the bottom of this note.


*[[Turner-15355|James Turner]] born 1836-1917. Parents are [[Turner-410|Richard Turner]] and [[George-147|Celia George]], and [[Boyd-2692|Lucinda (Boyd) Turner]].  James Turner, married to [[Wood-29364|Sarah (Wood) Turner]] and  has the middle name '''Richard'''. Furthermore, '''he did not serve in the Civil War'''. His descendants confused him early on with the other man and successfully petition for a gravestone. The government also confused the men and approved their request.


*James Robert Turner born in 1836-1910. He may be called [[Turner-410|Richard Turner]] in [[Turner-5694|Adam Turner Jr.]] WikiTree profile. His parents are [[Turner-5694|Adam Turner Jr.]] and [[Nowlin-136|Lucy (Nowlin) Turner]]. James Robert Turner married Saphronia Sabrina Roberson. He has the middle name '''Robert'''.  '''He is the James R. Turner who served in the 51st Virginia Infantry, during the Civil War.'''


Brett Compton wrote the following in his footnotes:*11. This has been a source of confusion for me; James' tombstone is engraved, "51st Virginia Infantry, CSA".  The War Record lists a James R. Turner with the 51st Virginia Infantry.  I, however, believe the infantryman to be James Richard Turner, son of Adam Turner Jr. and first cousin to James Robert Turner.  I obtained a copy of the Civil War Veteran's Application for Pension of James Richard Turner of Patrick County, Virginia, with the kind assistance of Anne Copeland at the Bassett Historical Center.  His pension had been approved. (March 2004)


Kim Marcus <>

l 29, 2020, 4:52 PM (22 hours ago)

to Brett

From all available research into the companies that served from Patrick and Franklin County during the Civil War, our James Richard Turner did not serve.  His first cousin whose name was James Robert Turner, did serve and this is where the confusion began.  James Robert Turner stayed in Franklin County where he filed a Civil War pension.  This pension matches the service records of the James R. Turner that is found serving in Franklin County during the Civil War.




Please join me in cleaning these records and adding research sources.

Thanks Kim

WikiTree profile: James Turner
in Genealogy Help by Kim Marcus G2G4 (4.1k points)

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