Allen Howard Turner

Male1840–3 December 1876

Brief Life History of Allen Howard

When Allen Howard Turner was born in 1840, in Albemarle, Virginia, United States, his father, William A. Turner, was 25 and his mother, Eliza A. Boatright, was 21. He married Wertia "Wirt" Johnson on 6 October 1866, in Bedford, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in St. Anne's Parish, Albemarle, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Virginia, United States in 1870. He died on 3 December 1876, at the age of 36.

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Allen Howard Turner
Wertia "Wirt" Johnson
Marriage: 6 October 1866
Mabel Hamilton Turner
Hallie Lafayette Turner

Sources (4)

  • A H Turner, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Allen Howard Turner in entry for Hallie Turner Jordan, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"
  • Allen H Turner in household of William A Turner, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 October 1866Bedford, Virginia, United States
  • Children (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    World Events (6)

    1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

    Age 4

    In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.


    Age 6

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1861 · The Battle of Manassas

    Age 21

    The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name from Middle English t(o)urnour, turner ‘turner’ (Old French to(u)rn(e)our), mainly denoting someone who fashioned small objects of wood, metal, or bone on a lathe, but also a variety of other occupations, including turnspit and translator or interpreter. This surname may have become confused with Toner . In North America, it is also very common among African Americans.

    English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English turn-hare, a compound of Middle English tournen ‘to turn, direct, steer’ + hare ‘hare’, a name for someone in charge of the greyhounds in hare coursing or an exaggerated compliment for someone who could run fast. See also Turnbull .

    English: perhaps also from Middle English t(o)urn(e)our ‘jouster, one who takes part in a tournament’ (Old French tornoieor, tournoieur).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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