This line (James Turner) has been proven to match exactly on the Turner DNA project with that of brother William T. R. Turner.
James owned land in Cleburne County AL as early as 1856 at the intersection of County Roads 6 and 13. James served in Company G, 31st AL infantry CSA and died July 2 1892. He was known as "Big Jim". He was a farmer. He owned land at one time in an areas south of Heflin, AL.
Military Service Records on James Turner are not on file with CSA. However, the 31st Inf. Regt.. was organized in Talladega, AL in April 1862. It recruited its men in Randolph and Calhoun Counties, among others. The regiment took part in the fight at Cumberland Gap and Tazewell but was not engaged when it moved into Kentucky. Ordered to Mississippi and assigned to General Tracy's Brigade, Dept. of Miss. and East Louisiana, it fought at Chickasaw Bayou, Port Gibson, and Champion's Hill, then was captured after the long siege of Vicksburg. Exchanged and reorganized, the unit was brigaded under Gen. Pettus and participated in many battles of the Army of Tenn. from Chattanooga to Bentonville. The 31st was commanded by among others, Major George W. Mattison, who was from Calhoun Co. AL. 4
It is highly possible that he did serve as there were no children born in this family between 1860 and 1864. Another uncertainty is that at the time of the 1880 Census, a family almost identical was enumerated in DeKalb Co., AL. Around this time many families moved to North AL to settle land on newly opened territory. They only had to live there for five years and make improvements on the property to own it. Many then sold and returned to their native areas.
I found a record on James T. Turner who served in the 61st Alabama Infantry, Confederate, Company E, Private, Film Number M374 roll 45. Ancestry.Com. He is listed on the Memorial Wall of Confederate Soldiers in Calhoun Co. AL.
In the 1880 Federal Census for De Kalb, AL shows James age 60 born in SC
2 "Memorial Wall of Confederate Soldiers Calhoun County, AL."
3 "1880 Federal Census DeKalb County AL."
4 "Units of the confederate States", by Joseph H. Cruts, Jr.]] [[Library Reference file: E546.C78)."
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