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William Turner©
& wife Elizabeth Ann Sergent

William TURNER5-986 was born about 1833, the son of James and Elizabeth CLAY TURNER. In 1852H*, he md Elizabeth Ann SERGENT, born about 1835, daughter of Ephraim and Deborah BYRD SERGENT. Elizabeth's father deeded them land Ephraim in HarlanBk D p525, "for fatherly love and affection".

William's brother was the infamous "Devil Jim" TURNER, outlaw and guerilla in the Civil War. During the Civil War, Humphrey Marshall stationed his Confederate troops at William's home and held the town of Mt. Pleasant for a time. It is believed by some that William acquiesced to Marshall's insistence and had his brother Devil Jim burn the Harlan courthouse during the war in retribution for the burning of the courthouse in Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia. William died about 1878. After his death, Elizabeth took the children and left what must have become a hostile climate in the county and settled in Lee County, Virginia.

    William and Elizabeth Ann had:
  1. Mary Jane born about 1855 md in 1870H* Chadwell B. TURNER. In 1891Lee, as a widow, she married A. J. ELY. Chadwell was killed in the Turner-Howard feud.
  2. Ephraim born about 1857 md 1884Lee S. Alice ELY
  3. Susan born about 1859 (died after 1870 census?) md George T CRIDER
  4. James born about 1861 md 1881Lee Leah CARROLL
  5. William born about 1864 md 1883Lee Alice E SMITH
  6. Elizabeth born about 1866 md 1882Lee Levi NAPIER
  7. Manerva born about 1868 md 1886Lee James H ELY
  8. Emily born about 1870 (after census) md 1888Lee William PACE
  9. and possibly Eliza born about 1876 md 1894Lee Charles SMITH

source notes
1860 hh439
1870 district 1 hh48
Lee = Lee County Virginia Marriage Records
HCoD = Harlan County Death Records
H* = Harlan County Marriage Records
t = tombstone
5-#### = number in Harlan Connections

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