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: 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and that the bonds of matrimony heretofore contracted and now existing between plaintiff and defendants be unmade, rescinded, and held for naught and that the plaintiff be allowed to marry, and that it is further ordered that plaintiff have the care and custody of her minor children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: 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.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Blanche 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 Blanche: