Text: 1920 US census, Custer Co OK, Arapaho Twp, ed 19, sheet 1B, 18-18: Margaret E Turner own free fw 75 can rd & wr IN IN KY English.
Text: 1900 US census, Custer Co OK, Washita Township, dwelling 386, family 390. Margaret Turner head wf Oct 1844 55 married 38 8 ch, 6 living IN unk KY merchant, Ruben husband wm Oct 1827 73 married 38 IN VA VA, Blanch dt wf Nov 1880 19 single MO unk KY. (Blanche's parents are given the birthplaces of Margaret's parents.)
Text: 1880 US census, Livingston Co MO, Mooresville Twp, sheet 18, line 24. Turner, Reuben W 51 eye doctor ["oculist" written in above line] IN VA VA, Margaret 34 keeping house IN IN TN, Florence 17 [occupation illegible] MO IN IN, Robert H 15 [occupation illegible] MO IN IN, Lillian L 13 at home MO IN IN, Annie S 11 at home MO IN IN, Roza D 6 MO IN IN, Purley L 3 MO IN IN.
Text: 1870 census, Mills Co IA, 2nd Ward, Glenwood, Glenwood Twp, p 7-8. Turner, Reuben 39 mw occulist 800 200 IN male citizen over 21, Margaret 26 fw keepinghouse IN school in year, Florence 7 fw IN, Robert 6 mw IN, Lilian 4 fw IN, Samuel 1 mw MO. (Anna Samantha is listed as a boy Samuel.)
Text: 1860 US Census, Vigo Co IN, Nevins Twp, p 639, 1230-1192. Elizabeth Howard 47 f $50 TN, Rhoda J Parker 18 f IN, Margaret E 16 f IN.
Text: 1850 US Census, Vigo Co IN, Lost Creek Twp, 157-162. Elisabeth Parker 37 f TN cannot rd & wr; Mary A 10 f IN in school; Rhoda 9 f IN in school; Margaret Parker 6 f IN in school.
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Text: Reuben W. Turner pension file no. 48840, National Archives. It appears that Reuben did not have a disability pension, which explains the lack of correspondence relaing to his pension as well as pension papers giving family data, but Margaret Ellen applied for a widow's pension and was rejected because of her divorce and remarriage. I have not found a record of Margaret and Stewart McCord's divorce, other than her declaration for a pension, which states the divorce took place 24 Sep 1901, but they were definitely living apart at the time of the 1900 census. I also have not found a remarriage of Reuben and Margaret, although they were in the same household in 1900. We have searched and cannot locate their 1910 census. A typeover in this pension document makes it unclear whether Reuben Died on 10 Nov 1905 or 1915; the date of the document, 31 Oct 1916, is more an indication of the law under which Margaret filed for a pension, than the date of death; the cover page from the pension office states death was 1905.
Text: Armstrong-Turner tombstones, Clinton OK Cemetery, transcribed 4 Sep 1966 by Kathy Alvis, later photographed.
Text: Letter from Lenore Ballew, reply to Kathy Alvis's letter dated 18 Dec 1966.
Text: Margaret Ellen Turner, death certificate no. 75-45 (1926), Oklahoma State Board of Health - Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Text: "Grandma Turner Dead," Margaret Ellen Turner obituary, Foss Enterprise (29 Apr 1926).
Text: Divorce record, Reuben Webster Turner and Margaret Ellen (Parker) Turner, Worth Co MO, 25 Oct 1883.
Margaret E. Turner, Plaintiff against Reuben W. Turner, Defendant
Now on this 25th day of October 1883 comes the plaintiff by her Attorney and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendant has been duly notified of the pendency of this suit by his accepting service on the summons and prior to the last term of this Court come not but made default and now again makes default, and all and singular the matter being submitted to the Court are by the Court fully seen and heard. The Court with order adjudge and decree that that the decreetise at last term of this Court be made final for divorse and that the bonds of matrimony heretofore contracted and now existing between plaintiff and defendants be unmade, rescinded, and held for naught and that the plaintiff be allowed to marry, and that it is further ordered that plaintiff have the care and custody of her minor children to wit: Annie Turner aged fourteen years Rose Turner aged five years, Pearl Turner aged seven years and Blanche Turner aged three years.
Text: Monroe Co IN Probate record for Elijah Willoughby, 5 Sep 1835, with signature of Greenberry Parker made in Clay Co on 30 Sep 1835. Clay Co IN Deeds, 23 Feb 1839.
Text: Turner-Parker marriage, 20 Dec 1861, Vigo County IN, page 494, Also from ancestry.com: Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920, County: Vigo, Name: Ellen Parker, Spouse: Reuben W Turner, Marriage Date: 20 Dec 1861, Book: 2, Original Source Page: 494. Online at http://www.vigo.lib.in.us/SPC/marriages/2800/200494.pdf.
Text: Monroe County IN Marriage record, in Shirley Barnet Spetman, Our Tree and Its Branches.
Text: Marriage certificate, Stewart B McCord and Margaret E Turner, Worth Co MO, 11 Mar 1893.
Text: Pansy (Phillips) Peters, Mar 1975, letter to Evelynne Alvis. Pansy wrote that Greenberry had tuberculosis. "The doctor in Kentucky advised him to seek another climate. They went by wagon to Indiana. There was no road. The father and older brothers were observing Indians, close by, among the trees." If this is an accurate relation of the family's move to IN, it must have been before 1834, and does give some indication of Greenberry's family. Pansy wrote that Margaret Ellen was a child at the time and told to lie flat in the wagon, to avoid being hit by arrows. Actually, Margaret was born in Vigo Co and lived there at least until her marriage in 1861.
She also stated that, after Margaret Ellen's death, her mother Florence Jane told that Margaret had been born blind. "When [the family was] established in IN, her father took her to a young doctor's office.... The doctor in Kentucky had not been able to help her. The young doctor completely cured her. The first time that she had seen anything - she was 16 years old. Parker told Dr. Turner to make out his bill. Dr. Turner said, "My bill is, I want Margaret Ellen's hand in marriage." Many details in this letter make the story unlikely: Margaret was not born in KY, her father died before she was six; her 1880 census did not indicate she was blind.
Pansy adds, "[Margaret Ellen] always read like a starving child turned loose in a candy store. The librarian in Arapaho OK always sent someone to tell Grandma, when a new shipment of books came in. As an old lady she thought nothing of walking 3 miles to borrow a book from some friend. Her friend woud send word that she had pruchased a book. Grandma, after reading it, would walk the three miles to return it."
This letter also states that at the end of the Civil War Reuben Turner's father offered freedom to all his slaves; all but one chose to stay with the family. Since Greenville Turner was in IN by 1830, this is either totally fictitious or a reference to the family's leaving VA. In 1820 in Franklin Co VA, Greenville had one slave (who may be the one who chose his freedom). I have never loooked for sales of slaves or other slavery records in VA. there were no free colored people living with the family in 1830 in Fayette Co IN, and obviously no slaves; there were no entries on this page of the census for any people of color. Pansy had stories of her mother's childhood, when they lived with Greenville Turner during the Civil War, with lumps of maple sugar, a "colored mammie," and trips to a basement to turn the lumps over (presumably drying them). It is hard to tell what part of this story might be true.
Pansy was correct that the family crossed the Mississippi when Florence was about five. In the 1870 census, they were in Iowa, and all children except Samantha (1869) were born in Indiana.
Pansy was correct that Margaret Ellen's mother was a Willoughby, and that both the Parkers and the Turners lived in VA ("I think"), then KY ("I know"), before IN, then MO, then Oklahoma.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Margaret by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Margaret: