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Born 13 JAN 1849. Horse Cave, Hart County, KY.
Marriage Susan Rebecca Lile, 23 Apr 1871, Macon, Missouri
Died 19 AUG 1929 in Macon County, Missouri of Chronic Nephritis.
From Turner, Joshua C. That They Be Not Forgotten. 1974. pp. 13-14. (Note: The author is his son):
- Thomas Numan was the second child of the Felix - Lucinda marriage. He was a small lad of eight years when the family moved to Missouri. The first mention made of him was in the 1850 census. He is next mentioned in his father's school register as Thomas E. Turner, age 10. Just why he was listed as Thomas E. in place of Thomas N. is not known. Possibly his father would rather have had it so.
- He is again mentioned as accompanying his father to school at the time his father fell from his horse with a coronary which brought on his death.
- Another incident mentions his truthfulness. Aunt Nancy Helton, wife of Lankford Helton, reported that she overheard Pete Saturley, Tom's stepfather, tell a fellow gambler that Tom Turner saw him take the money, reinforcing his charge by saying, "And Tom Turner doesn't lie."
- The next reference to Tom is when he became unhappy in his relations with his stepfather and joined the army. Soon after he entered the army, he was stricken with measles and became quite sick. He was only 15 at the time, having 'upped' his age in order to join the army. His older brother Bill soon enlisted that he might care for his younger brother, but was soon a victim of the disease and died. This brought on a sad chapter in Tom's life and he never cared to refer to it.
- So early one Christmas morning when he was building a fire in the wood stove, a voice from the so window cried out, "Uncle Tom!" Her Uncle Tom was caught completely off guard and answered, "What?" T her time had come. She answered, "Christmas gift." He said, "O.K." And Mag got her Christmas present.
- It took a lot of living to make a home, and much can be crowded into 80 years of living. The fi sixty years were spent in making a living, together with rearing a family. The last twenty were spen in retirement, but part of it was with infirmities. In 1920, he was taken to Kansas City for prosta trouble. This proved to be quite expensive. He remained here for several weeks and was surely glad return home after he was sufficiently strong. He was able to enjoy home and family life again. He e joyed the little attentions his family gave him.
- He enjoyed his son-in-law, Harry Sleeth. When Jennie was married and brought her new husband hom he said to Harry, "Well, Harry, we accept you as a member of the family, and I will think of you as of the sons." Harry always remembered his welcome into the Turner family.
- In the middle 20's, Thomas became bedfast. His family felt that he could have remained on foot l er and it would have been much better for him had he done so. But he gave up the fight and wanted t remain in bed. He was bedfast three years, and during the middle of the summer, he went into a coma on 19 August 1929 he quietly passed away. He had reached his 80th birthday in January. When the Primitive Baptists held their meeting in the church just across the road from his home, often attended. He enjoyed hearing Reverend Pettis preach. And when it came to choosing a minister officiate at the funeral, the sons and Jennie thought it might be well to ask Pettis to have charge o the funeral services. This he did and his sermon was well received.
- The six older living sons were pallbearers; namely, Bud, Bill, Ralph, Tucker, Lafe and John, with remaining members of the family following behind. He was laid to rest in a plot chosen by the family which is in the east part of the cemetery. It was in this area that his parents were laid to rest more than a half century before.
- A large granite stone was erected to memorialize the family name. On the stone in large letters family name is shown.
- Since that sad occasion, the entire family save one have gone to rest, most of them in this memor able cemetery.
- So live, that when thy summons comes to join
- The innumerable caravan, which moves
- To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
- His chamber in the silent halls of death,
- Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night
- Scouraged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
- By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
- Like one who wraps the drappery of his cough
- About him and lies down to pleasant dreams.
- SKETCHES FROM A LETTER
- WRITTEN BY CLARA LEE TURNER-HORN
- DATED 24 FEBRUARY 1973
- "Granddad was strict with his own boys; he had to be, with the Carter boys just up the hill. He was very gentle with us. We were never to wear red petticoats; only low moral women wore red underthings. If that kind of women got off the train and somehow let a red petticoat show, that (was) it. Granddad could not tolerate bad women.
- "We tormented him, but he seemed to like it. He was cranky about his hay stacks. I said to Maye and Josie, 'Let's go and slide on the hay stack, and if he spanks us, let's just laugh.' So he finally came out and gave me a spat and Josie fainted. So he picked her up and carried her to the house.
- "Grandma said, 'Well, Thomas, what have you done!' Maye ran away (always).
- "Paul said to me, 'I'll give you a nickel if you will say Amen after the blessing.' I think it was, 'Bless this food we are about to partake.' Anyway I said it loud, and grand dad looked up and said, 'Young lady, leave the table.' And I never got the nickel either. Paul was always getting us into trouble. He was a spoiled brat! Those were the days of popcorn and candy molasses. Josie was such a timid child. She suffered so much for that.
- "I also remember Uncle John wanted his sow to do well on the market, for he was shipping her a certain day, and he took a big bucket of buttermilk out and gave it to his big sow. That ought to make her heavy he thought. Later he went out to get ready to load her and he found her dead. What a loss he thought."
Tom was a Civil War veteran in the 42nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry, volunteering when he was only fifteen years old. He enlisted on 6 Aug 1864. He was mustered in on 15 Sep 1864 and mustered out on 22 Mar 1865, serving for six months as a Private in Company K under Capt. Wooley. The biography by Tom's son, Joshua C. Turner, says that Tom contracted the measles and his brother Bill enlisted to take care of him. However, William W. Turner's record indicates that he enlisted and was mustered in on the same dates as his brother. Tom has a disability listed of "defective eyes from measles."
In 1897, he owned several parcels of land in Sections 28 and 29 of Drake Township, Macon County, Missouri.
"The spelling of his middle name, Numan, is questionable, for he and Emerine both were named for a Mr. Newman for whom their father, Felix, clerked in the store at Three Springs. It is quite possible that 'Numan' is a corruption of the spelling."
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