BENJAMIN B. TURNER
BENJAMIN B. TURNER

Son of Jessie Turner and Sarah Blount, both early pioneers of Duval County, FL. He married Sarah Faulk, 12 Dec 1853

 

During the Civil War he was a private in Company C, 10th Regiment, Florida Infantry.

 

Find A Grave contributor Mack Wills #46912082 submitted the following obituaries. There are some errors in the article but that is not too uncommon.

 

The host of friends of the Turner Family, pioneer residents of the San Mateo section, will regret to hear of the death of Mr. Benjamin Roy Turner at his home in West Palm Beach, following a short illness.

 

The following account of the passing away of this well known citizen is taken from the Palm Beach Post:

 

"Benjamin Roy Turner, aged ninety-four years, died on the morning of Friday, September 26, at 11 o'clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry T. Grant, 410 Gardenia street, from generally giving way to extreme age.

 

"Deceased was a North Carolinian by birth, but has been a resident of Florida since early childhood, his parents locating in St. Johns County. Seven sons and daughters mourn the loss of the aged father who has made his home with Mrs. Grant for the past fifteen years, and with Mrs. Thomas J. Campbell, another daughter, at occasional intervals. The remaining children are Lem Turner of this city; G. A. Turner, of San Mateo, for many years commissioner of Putnam County; Ben Turner, also of San Mateo; Edwin Turner of St. Augustine, and Mrs. C. F. Perry of St. Augustine, widow of a former sheriff of St. Johns County.

 

"Very simple exercises marked the last tribute of respect and affection to the memory of Mr. Turner. The funeral services were held from the late residence, 410 Gardenia street, and were conducted by members of the Christian Science denomination, of which church the deceased was a member, and which were attended by as many of the relatives as could reach here and by many friends of the family. The interment was made at Woodlawn Cemetery." Palatka Times-Herald Obituary dated Friday, 3 Oct 1919.

 

SarahW. Faulk

 

Birth:     Feb. 25, 1831
Death:     Dec. 14, 1901
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Daughter of John Faulk, JR. (1797-1842) and Sarah Priest (1808-1884), granddaughter of Gabriel Priest. Her middle name may haev been "Whitney". 

!5'5-1/2 Height
Black Hair and Eyes
Fair Complexion
2nd Fla. Cav., Co. B. Enlisted 19 Feb 1863 and deserted 07 Feb 1864.
Name: Benjamin Turner Enlistment Date: 9 May 1861 Enlistment Place: Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Side Served: Confederacy State Served: Florida Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 9 May 1861.
Enlisted in Company G, 2nd Infantry Regiment Florida on 9 May 1861.
Received a disability discharge from Company G, 2nd Infantry Regiment Florida on 24 Feb 1862 at Amelia Co., VA.
Sources: 51,87
American Civil War Soldiers 
about Benjamin Turner
Name: Benjamin Turner ,
Enlistment Date: 19 Feb 1863
Enlistment Place: Camp Finegan, Florida
Side Served: Confederacy
 
!REGIMENT: 2nd Cavalry Regiment Florida
Date of Organization: 4 Dec 1862
Muster Date: 17 May 1865
Regiment State: Florida
Regiment Type: Cavalry
Regiment Number: 2nd
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers Regimental History Battles Fought on 26 Jan 1863 at Florida. Fought on 12 May 1863 at Big Black, FL. Fought on 5 Aug 1863 at Enterprise, FL. Fought on 20 Aug 1863 at St John's Mill, FL. Fought on 12 Sep 1863 at Big Black, FL. Fought on 20 Jan 1864 at St Augustine, FL. Fought on 1 Feb 1864 at Jeffersonville, FL. Fought on 7 Feb 1864 at Camp Finegan, FL.
State Served: Florida
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 19 February 1863. Enlisted in Company B, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Florida Confederacy on 19 Feb 1863. Deserted from Company B, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Florida on 7 Feb 1864.
Sources: 87
Source Citation: Side served: Confederacy; State served: Florida; Enlistment date: 19 Feb 1863..
 
!??Name: Benjamin Turner ,
Enlistment Date: 9 May 1861
Enlistment Place: Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Florida
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 9 May 1861. Enlisted in Company G, 2nd Infantry Regiment Florida on 24 Feb 1862 at Amelia Co., VA.
Sources: 51,87
Name: Benjamin Turner Enlistment Date: 19 Feb 1863 Enlistment Place: Camp Finegan, Florida Side Served: Confederacy State Served: Florida Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 19 February 1863.
Enlisted in Company B, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Florida on 19 Feb 1863.
Deserted from Company B, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Florida on 7 Feb 1864.
Sources: 87
!8/?/1887. St. Johns County Florida, File JUSTICE, S-1
STATE OF FLORIDA vs. John POMAR Warrant for carrying concealed weapons; testimony of one Ben TURNER.
 
!25 Sep 1891, DECLARATION for an ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION. State of Florida, County of St. Johns, S.S. ON THIS 25th day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety one, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public of the Co. COURT OF RECORD within and for this county and State aforesaid BENJAMIN B. TURNER aged 65 years, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical BENJAMIN TURNER who was enrolled as a PRIVATE in the ___day of 1849 that his personal description is as follows: age 65 years; height 5'51/2 inches, complexion LIGHT, hair GREY, eyes BROWN. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the services in the line of duty at SPRING GARDEN, VOLUSIA CO., in the State of FLORIDA on or about the -- day of October, 1849, he CONTRACTED A SEVERE COLD WHICH RESULTED IN RHEUMATISM.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: IN CAMP HOSPITAL IN SPRING GARDEN, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN THE FALL OF 1849 ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER.
That he has been in the military or naval services of the United States since the __ day of ____ 1849. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in COUNTIES of DUVAL & ST. JOHNS, in the State of FLORIDA, and that his occupation has been that of a FARMER. That prior to his entry in the service above he was a man of good, sound, physical, health, being when enrolled a LOGGER. That he is now GREATLY disabled from obtaining his assistance by manual labor by reason of his injuries above described, received in the service of the United States. He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, JAMES TANNER, of Washington D.C., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has NEVER received NOR applied for a Pension; that his residence is ____ street, and that his post-office address is SAN MATEO FLA. (Signed) Benjamin B. TURNER, (Witnesses SIGNED) E.F. TURNER,C.J. PERRY.
Also, personally appeared before me E.(dward( F.(ranklin) TURNER (Benjamin's son,KV) residing at St. Augustine Fla. and C.(harles)J.(oseph) PERRY (Benjamin's Son-In-Law, husband of Lula) residing at St. Augustine Fla., persons who I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw BENJAMIN B. TURNER the claimant sign his name (make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from, the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. (SIGNED) E. F. TURNER, C. J. PERRY. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25th day of September A.D. 1891, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words OR FIGURES 65 erased, and the words ___ added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. Wm. F. FORWARD, Clerk of the NOTARY PUBLIC
 
!20 Oct 1891, Benjamin B. TURNER, Old Wars, private, Old Wars, IA-R24687, Fla. Indian Wars- Original # 5519 & Survivors Certificate #3827, for service 1849.
 
!1 Dec 1891, O.W. and N. Div. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF PENSION Washington D.C. Benj. B. TURNER enlisted ___(can't read), 1849 and served as a PRIVATE in CAPT SEDWICK'S Reg't FLA. MILITIA and was discharged at JACKSONVILLE FLA. Oct 1849,
It is alleged that while on duty at SRPING GARDEN, FLA, on or about OCT 1849, he was disabled by SEVERE COLD RESULTING IN RHEUMATISM and was treated in hospitals of which the names, locations, and dates of treatment are as follows: ALSO PLEASE REPORT IF NAME OF RAMON C. REYES IS FOUND IN SAID ROLLS.
In case of the above' named soldier the War Department is requested to furnish an official statement of the enrollment, discharge, and record of service so far as the same may be applicable to the foregoing allegation together with full medical history. Please give the rank he held at the time he is claimed to have incurred the disability alleged, and if records show that he was not in line of duty during that period, let the fact be stated. (SIGNED) GREEN B. RAUM Commissioner. The Officer Second Auditor. U.S. T.
 
!1 Dec 1891, OLD WARS PENSION CLAIM, RECEIVED, (Also stamped U.S. Pension Office Dec 1, 1900, KV). -SECOND AUDITOR'S OFFICE Washington D.C. Dec. 1, 1891. Respectfully returned TO THE HON. COMMISSIONER OF PENSIONS WITH THE IMFORMATION THAT NO ROLLS OF CAPT. LEDWITH'S COMPANY FLA. MILITIA OF 1849 HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED J.W. PATTERSON, Auditor.
 
!12 Dec 1891, OLD WARS PENSION CLAIM TREASURY DEPARTMENT, SECOND AUDITOR'S OFFICE, Washington D.C. Dec, 12, 1891.
Respectfully returned to the Hon. Commissioner of Pensions.
The muster roll of Captain THOMAS LEDWITH'S COMPANY FLA. MILITIA of 1849 reports BENJAMIN TURNER, age ___ years, enrolled Aug 7, 1849 discharged Oct 27, 1849.
THE NAME OF RAMON C, ROYES IS NOT BORNE ON THE RILLS OF THE ABOVE NAMED COMPANY.
BUT THE NAME OF CLAUDIUS ROYES, IS BORNE AS ENROLLED AUG. 7, 1849, AND DISCHARGED OCT 29, 1849. (SIGNED) J.N. PATTERSON, Auditor.
 
!15 Dec 1891, OLD WARS PENSION CLAIM, NEIGHBOR'S AFFADAVIT
For the Testimony of Employees or Near Neighbors of soldier (other than relatives) who have known him before his enlistment, or since his discharge and return from the army.
STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ST. JOHNS, ss:
In the matter of the application for pension of BENJAMIN B. TURNER OLD WAR, A PRIVATE IN 15th REGT MTD FLA. VOLS.
ON THIS 15th day of DECEMBER, A.D., one thousand eight hundred and NINETY ONE, persoanlly appeared before me a NOTARY PUBLIC in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer iaths, RAYMOND C. REYES, laborer, aged 75 years, a resident of ST. AUGUSTINE in the County of ST. JOHNS and State of FLORIDA whose post office address is ST AUGUSTINE and . . . . . well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit; and who, being duly swotn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: That I have been well and personally acquainted with BENJAMIN B. TURNER for 50 years, and that DURING THAT PERIOD I HAVE NEVER RESIDED FURTHER THAN 15 MILES FROM HIM AND DURING ONE YEAR I LIVED WITHIN ONE MILE FROM HIM. I KNOW HIM PREVIOUS TO HIS ENLISTMENT AND HE WAS THEN WELL AND HEALTHY AND HIS PHYSICAL CONDITION CERTAINLY GOOD, HE WAS APPARENTLY A SOUND MAN AND FREE FROM ANY SIGNE OF RHEUMATISM. SINCE HIS DISCHARGE FROM THE ARMY i HAVE KNOW HIM WELL AND HAVE LIVED WITHIN 15 MILES OF HIM SINCE 1849 TO WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS ON AN AVERAGE OF NOT LESS TWICE A MONTH, ADN DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS MUCH OF WHICH? DURING ALL THE PERIOD SINCE 1849. i KNOW THAT HE HAS SUFFERED WITH RHEUMATISM IN HIS RIGHT LEG AND SIDE, AND I KNOW OF MY OWN PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE THAT THIS DISEASE WAS CONTRACTED IN THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE INDIAN TROUBLES IN 1849. I KNOW THAT OFTEN DURING THE PERIOD ______ HE WAS OBLIGED TO GIVE UP AND STOP WORK ON HIS FARM ENTIRELY ON ACCOUNT OF RHEUMATISM AND WAS CONFINED TO HIS HOUSE FOR DAYS AT A TIME AND WAS WHOLLY UNABLE TO PERFORM MANUAL LABOR. I CANNOT RECALL EXACT DATES OF THESE ATTACKS BUT KNOW THEM TO HAVE BEEN FREQUENT AND VERY SEVERE. HIS RIGHT LEG AND HAND HAVE BEEN LAME EVER SINCE HIS TIME OF SERVICE AND CLEARLY INDICATE RHEUMATISM IN HIS WALK AND THE USE OF HIS HAND. (SIGNED) RAYMOND his X mark) C. REYES, St. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA.
STATE OF FLORIDA, COUNTY OF ST. JOHNS ss:
Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by the above-named affiant, and I certify that I read said affidavit, including the lords LEFT, LEFT erased, and the words RIGHT, RIGHT added, and acquainted HIM with the contents before HE executed the same. I futher certify that I am in nowise interested in said case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution; and that said affiant IS personally known to me and HE IS A credible person. Wm. F. FORWARD, NOTARY PUBLIC.
1850 United States Federal Census

Name:    Benjamin Turner
Age:    23
Birth Year:    abt 1827
Birthplace:    Florida
Home in 1850:    Browards District, Duval, Florida, USA
Gender:    Male
Family Number:    6
Household Members:    
Name    Age
Jesse Turner    55
Sarah Ann Turner    54
Redding Turner    25
Benjamin Turner    23
Washington Turner    21
Lemuel Turner    19
Aden Turner    10
Sarah Turner    7
John Rowe Turner    30
1860 United States Federal Census

Name:    Benj Turner
Age:    33
Birth Year:    abt 1827
Gender:    Male
Birth Place:    Florida
Home in 1860:    Duval, Florida
Post Office:    Baldwin
Family Number:    514
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Household Members:    
Name    Age
Benj Turner    33
Sara hW Turner    28
Gabriel A    5
Sarah A Turner    3
Jesse Turner    1
Sarah A Turner    17
Benj H Turner    18

1880 United States Federal Census

Name:    Bengaman Turner
Age:    52
Birth Year:    abt 1828
Birthplace:    Florida
Home in 1880:    Precinct 6, St Johns, Florida
Race:    White
Gender:    Male
Relation to Head of House:    Self (Head)
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse's Name:    Sarah Turner
Father's Birthplace:    South Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:    Florida
Neighbors:    View others on page
Occupation:    Farmer
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

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Household Members:    
Name    Age
Bengaman Turner    52
Sarah Turner    45
Gabriel Turner    24
Angelena Turner    22
Jessie Turner    20
Sevena Turner    14
Edward Turner    16
Benjamin Turner    12
Lula Turner    10
Samiel Turner    7

 Benjamin was the son of Jesse R. TURNER who was the son of Edward "Ned" TURNER, the notorious South Carolina Loyalist. Edward's brother Absolam was murdered by the American WHIGS and they broke into his house while he and the older boys were gone and wiped the blood on Edwards mother's (who was a widow with a housefull of young children) sheets and laughed and jeered and bragged how they had just hacked her son to death. She went out in the night and drug his body home. This sent Edward "Ned" and his brother Richard "Nick"  on a murderous rampage with their leader "Bloody Bill CUNNINGHAM." Edward had a Spanish Land grant in Jacksonville across from the Jacksonville Zoo. I descend from Edward twice. Once through Jesse and once through his daughter Ann who married Senator Gabriel PRIEST.
  
  Jesse's wife Sarah BLUNT was the daughter of Redden BLUNT who was also a Loyalist. He was a real character and was murdered by Sarah BLUNT's first husband James GRAY and Redden's then wife Susanna's son by HER 1st marriage, (James GRAY and Susanna were having an affair and Redden found out and was going to write them out of his WILL) Benjamin RAWLINS. I have 250 plus pages of the trial. James & Benjamin were kept in the fort at St. Augustine...
 
   Soooo.... you can kind of understand Benjamin's personality... Benjamin married Sarah W. FAULK, daughter of John FAULK Jr. (who was the son of Loyalist John FAULK SR. who had a Spanish Land Grant on Mandarin Cove, St. Johns River) and Sarah PRIEST, who was the daughter of Senator Gabriel PRIEST....of Clay, Duval, Alachua & Marion Counties. His plantation at Wacahoota was burned by the Seminoles in 1835. I have tons of information on all of them, they were all Spanish subjects at one time. 
   
 In 1895, Benjamin had enough of his daughter Sarah Angelena "Lena" being abused by her 1st husband Charles Henry GURNEY. This story was told to me many years ago by elderly family members and I was able to find an account of this in a Tampa newspapers (see below) Ben shot and killed GURNEY. Sarah Angelena married 2nd Thomas Jefferson CAMPBELL the first tax collector in West Palm Beach and also a State Senator.
 
   1n 1915 Benjamin's son Jesse Alphonso and Jesse's son Roy were murdered by a neighbor Tom WRIGHT over an argument about a ball game and a ball that landed in WRIGHT'S yard. Benjamin's Son-in-law was the infamous Sheriff Charles Joseph PERRY of St. Augustine (the OLD JAIL tourist attraction is based on him) and SHERIFF PERRY"S deputy was Benjamin's son Edward Franklin TURNER. Soo the murderer was taken to Putnam County instead of St. Johns County so he wouldn't get lynched.
 
   Ben's family lived on land that his father and grandfather had settled near Jacksonville on Trout Creek at YELLOW BLUFF called JOYNER'S POINT. Benjamin's son Jesse remembered the war very well. According to Benjamin's granddaughter and Jesse A.'s daughter Bessie TURNER HAWKINS, When the Yankees came into Jacksonville, everyone was warned that if they could to get out of the city. Jesse's mother (Ben's wife) took him and his older brother and sister, further inland by horse and wagon to get away from the coast. They stayed away from Jacksonville until the Yankees pulled out. When they came back EVERYTHING was cleaned out. Everything was in shambles. They had ripped up the feather beds with their swords and just threw the feathers to the wind. The smoke house had been full of meat. The Yankees took what they wanted and the rest they stomped into the sandy ground and ruined it so it could not be eaten. They generally tore up everything and left it in shambles. He was only 5 or 6 at the time but he remembered it very well and it was a very unpleasant memory for him. Jesse was very hostile about the "Yankees" and the damage done to their home during the war. Jesse would not allow his children to sing northern songs. 
 
    I am not sure if this is why Benjamin deserted from the Confederate army or not. But he did. No account of his reason has been found. Most of my Florida relatives DID desert. Mainly to go home and help their families.
    
 Benjamin's and Sarah FAULK had 8 children. It was said that he was a mean man and that Sarah told relatives that when her last child left home she was going to leave him. Hence....she went to West Palm Beach...probably to stay with her daughter Sevena Miller TURNER who was living there with her husband Henry Thomas GRANT, a contractor who worked on the Royal Poinciana Hotel. Sarah died in 1901. Benjamin evidently followed soon after. He was living in San Mateo (Putnam County) in 1905 but was in West Palm Beach by the 1910 Census.
   
  A lot of Benjamin's family for several generations are buried at Woodlawn with a few exceptions being the ones who stayed in San Mateo and Thomas Jefferson CAMPBELL who is buried in Okechobee.
 
Below I listed the records I have about Benjamin in chronological order. Let me know if you need anything else. I probably sent MUCH MORE than you ever wanted to know. If you need to call me my number is 352-874-4495. Kathi HALL VINCENT 
 
Benjamin and Sarah FAULKS children are:

1. Gabriel Aden TURNER 29 Jan 1955 at Joyner's Point, Jacksonville, Duval County-- died 8 July 1946 East Palatka, Putnam, Florida md. 1st Rachel DURRANCE 2nd Susan DURRANCE (Rachel's sister)

2. Sarah Angelena "Lena" TURNER b. 6 Nov 1856 at Joyner's Point, Jacksonville, Duval County -- died 12 Dec 1935 West Palm Beach, buried WOODLAWN, md. 1st Charles Henry GURNEY (who was murdered by BEN), 2. Senator Thomas Jefferson CAMPBELL (his obituary states that he was a personal friend of Henry FLAGLER.)

3. Jesse Alphonso TURNER b. 17 Jan 1859 at Joyner's Point, Jacksonville, Duval County --murdered along with his son Roy 05 Sept 1915 San Mateo, Putnam, Florida -- md. Lizzie Bula TILTON

4. Edward Franklin TURNER b 18 mar 1861, Crescent City, Putnam, Florida -- died 10 Sep 1922 St. Augustine, St. Johns, Florida (DEPUTY to SHERIFF Charles Joseph "Joe" PERRY) He NEVER MARRIED

5. Sevena Miller TURNER b. 3 Apr 1864 Crescent City, Putnam, Florida --died 26 Jan 1944 West Palm Beach, buried at WOODLAWN. Md.  Henry Thomas GRANT. He is also buried there.

6. Benjamin REdden TURNER b. 4 Apr 1867 Crescent City, Putnam, Florida -- died 3 Nov 1951 in San Mateo, Putnam, Florida-- MD.  Sarah Elizabeth DUPONT

7. Lula Henrietta TURNER b. 19 Apr 1871 Armstrong, St. Johns, Florida -- died 27 Jan 1955 West Palm Beach, Buried at WOODLAWN md. SHERIFF Charles Joseph "Joe" PERRY. She came to WPB after he died young.

8. Lemuel TURNER b 1 Nov 1872 Moccasin Branch, Armstrong, St. Johns, Florida -- died 17 Jun 1959 in West Palm Beach, buried at HILLCREST. md. Mattie ARNOLD
WILLIAM ALBERT MOBLEY
Benjamin and Sarah FAULKS children are:

1. Gabriel Aden TURNER
2. Sarah Angelena "Lena" TURNER
3. Jesse Alphonso TURNER
4. Edward Franklin TURNER
5. Sevena Miller TURNER 
6. Benjamin REdden TURNER
7. Lula Henrietta TURNER
8. Lemuel TURNER
1.  GABRIEL ADEN TURNER
Born 29 Jan 1955 at Joyner's Point, Jacksonville, Duval County-- died 8 July 1946 East Palatka, Putnam, Florida md. 1st Rachel DURRANCE 2nd Susan DURRANCE (Rachel's sister)
2.  Sarah Angelena "Lena" TURNER
Born 6 Nov 1856 at Joyner's Point, Jacksonville, Duval County -- died 12 Dec 1935 West Palm Beach, buried WOODLAWN, md. 1st Charles Henry GURNEY (who was murdered by BEN), 2. Senator Thomas Jefferson CAMPBELL (his obituary states that he was a personal friend of Henry FLAGLER.)

Daily Concord Standard, Tuesday, July 23, 1895,  Page 4

SHOT HIS SON-IN-LAW

The Father's daughter Was Suing For Divorce-- The Old Man Says He Will Not Be Taken

     St. AUGUSTINE, Fla. July 22, __  Charles A. Gurney was waylaid yesterday and shot in the back by his father-in-law, B. B. Turner, near this place this morning.  Turner shot twice , one load taking effect in Garney's back and the other in his breast.  The gun was loaded with buck shot and the wounds are very ugly, though physicians say Gurney has a chance for life.

     Mrs. Gurney is suing for a divorce and her allegations against her husband so maddened her aged father that he determined to kill Gurney.  Turner is the father of Sheriff Perry's wife, and also of Deputy Sheriff Ed Turner, and they are distressed as he has sent word that he will not be taken.  When Gurney was shot he sent a message to his wife praying her to come to his bedside.  Although an applicant for a divorce Mrs. Garney came and is now aiding in nursing her husband.

The Wilmington Messenger, Thursday, June 25, 1895,  Page 4

     St.. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 27 --  Charles H. Gurney, who was waylaid and shot Monday by his father-in-law, B. B. Turner, died today.  Turner, who is also the father-in-law of Sheriff Perry, was arrested by the latter today and is now in jail here. 

3. Jesse Alphonso TURNER
Born 17 Jan 1859 at Joyner's Point, Jacksonville, Duval County --murdered along with his son Roy 05 Sept 1915 San Mateo, Putnam, Florida -- md. Lizzie Bula TILTON
Lizzie Buela Tilton and        Jesse "Tots" Turner
Jesse Alfoso "Tots" Turner
Lizzie Bulela Tilton

Roy Benjamin Turner                  ????                                   ????

William Albert Mobley      John A (Pat) Turner         Ruby Violet Turner    

1910 United States Federal Census
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Name:    James A Turner
[Jessie A Turmer] 
[Jessie A Tanner] 
Age in 1910:    50
Birth Year:    abt 1860
Birthplace:    Florida
Home in 1910:    Hastings, Saint Johns, Florida
Race:    White
Gender:    Male
Relation to Head of House:    Head
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse's Name:    Elizabeth B Turner
Father's Birthplace:    Florida
Mother's Birthplace:    Florida
Native Tongue:    English
Occupation:    Farmer
Industry:    Gen Farm
Employer, Employee or Other:    Employer
Home Owned or Rented:    Own
Home Free or Mortgaged:    Free
Farm or House:    Farm
Able to Read:    Yes
Able to Write:    Yes
Years Married:    20
Out of Work:    N
Number of weeks out of work:    0
Neighbors:    View others on page
Household Members:    
Name    Age
James A Turner    50
Elizabeth B Turner    40
Roy Turner    18
Ruby Turner    16
Archie Turner    14
Leo Turner    13
Bessie Turner    10
Loree Turner    5
William Livingston    18
Mae Ellen Turner, 1st child of Jesse and Lizzie
MAE ELLEN TURNER
WILLIAM ALBERT MOBLEY

1930 United States Federal Census

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Name    May Mobley
Age in 1930    38
Birth Year    abt 1892
Gender    Female
Race    White
Birthplace    Florida
Marital Status    Married
Relation to Head of House    Wife
Homemaker?    Yes
Home in 1930    Jacksonville, Duval, Florida
Street Address    East Fifteenth Street
Ward of City    13 Ward-Precinct 13 B
House Number in Cities or Towns    120
Dwelling Number    215
Family Number    242
Age at First Marriage    17
Attended School    No
Able to Read and Write    Yes
Father's Birthplace    Florida
Mother's Birthplace    Florida
Able to Speak English    Yes
Household Members    
Name    Age
W Albert Mobley    48
May Mobley    38
Lionel Mobley    21
Minnie Mobley    21

Mae And William Albert Mobley
 L to R  Mae Turner Mobley, Ruby Turner Cameron,                   Bessie Turner Hawkins, Lori Turner Wright
Lionel A Mobley, 1st child of Mae & W. A. Mobley
Lionel A. Mobley and Minnie Shadwick
Florida Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001
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Name:    Minnie Shadwick
Spouse:    Lionel A. Mobley
County of Marriage:    Duval
Marriage Date:    1928
Volume:    27
Certificate:    300
Source:    Florida Department of Health
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Name:    Minnie E Mobley
Gender:    Female
Spouse's Name:    Lionel A Mobley
Divorce Date:    May 1960
Divorce Place:    Dade, Florida, USA
Certificate Number:    6366
Roy B. Turner,  2nd child of Jesse A. and Lizzie Turner
BIRTH 15 FEBRUARY 1892 • Florida, United States
DEATH 5 AUGUST 1915 • San Mateo Putnam County Florida​
Murdered along with his father Sept. 5,  1915
Ruby Violet Turner,  3rd child of Jesse A. and Lizzie Turner
RUBY VIOLET TURNER
Funeral services for Howard Bert Robinson, age 51, a former resident of San Mateo, who died Wednesday in Miami, where he had resided for the past twenty years, were held Friday in Miami. The body was then forwarded to San Mateo, where burial was made Sunday morning.
Mr. Robinson had been employed by the Florida East Coast Railway for more than 25 years prior to his retirement a few years ago.
He was a son-in-law of Mrs. Elizabeth Turner of San Mateo. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruby Turner Robinson, and five children, Mrs. Katherine Martin, H. B. Robinson, Jr., Roy Robinson and Janice and Jeannean Robinson, all of whom reside in Miami. (Palatka Times-Herald Obituary dtd Friday, 19 Sep 1941.)
1920 United States Federal Census

Name:    Ruby Robinson
Age:    26
Birth Year:    abt 1894
Birthplace:    Florida
Home in 1920:    Miami, Dade, Florida
Street:    Poinciana
Race:    White
Gender:    Female
Relation to Head of House:    Wife
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse's Name:    H B Robinson
Father's Birthplace:    Florida
Mother's Birthplace:    Florida
Able to Speak English:    Yes
Able to Read:    Yes
Able to Write:    Yes
Neighbors:    View others on page
Household Members:    
Name    Age
H B Robinson    28
Ruby Robinson    26
Katherine Robinson    8
H B Robinson    4
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William R Robinson    0
[4/12] 
William Robinson    64

Birth:     Sep. 6, 1913
Death:     Jun. 6, 1914
Saint Augustine
St. Johns County
Florida, USA

East Palatka - The little 9-months old daughter, Grace Ellen Robinson, of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Robinson, died at the Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine Saturday afternoon, after a lingering illness. They brought the little body back Saturday night, going on to San Mateo, the home of Mrs. Jess Turner (Mrs. Robinson's mother), and where the funeral services were held Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. E. O. Irvin of Callahan. Their many friends here extend to them their deepest sympathy in their bereavement. (Palatka News Obituary dtd Friday, 12 Jun 1914.) 

John Archibald  Turner,  4th child of Jesse and Lizzie Turner
BIRTH 11 APRIL 1895 • San Mateo, FL
DEATH 15 FEBRUARY 1952 • MIAMI, DADE COUNTY, FLO
Jesse Leo Turner,  5th child of Jesse and Lizzie Turner
1940 United States Federal Census

Name:    Jessie L Turner
Age:    43
Estimated birth year:    abt 1897
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birthplace:    Florida
Marital Status:    Married
Relation to Head of House:    Head
Home in 1940:    Putnam, Florida
Map of Home in 1940:    View Map
Farm:    No
Inferred Residence in 1935:    Sh, Putnam, Florida
Residence in 1935:    Same House
Sheet Number:    2B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation:    49
Occupation:    Farm Laborer
House Owned or Rented:    Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented:    5
Attended School or College:    No
Highest Grade Completed:    Elementary school, 6th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census:    48
Class of Worker:    Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939:    32
Income:    480
Income Other Sources:    No
Neighbors:    View others on page
Household Members:    
Name    Age
Jessie L Turner    43
Pauline Turner    32
June Turner    13
Ted Turner    10
Marlene Turner    6
Barbara Turner    4
Diane Turner    3
William Edward Turner 1926–1928

June Adalaide Turner 1927–2002

Barbara Ann Turner 1935–2005
THe 3 Children of Jesse Leo and Pauline
June Turner Crammer, 75, of Secret River Trail, a former waitress in the Daytonsa Beach area, died Friday, May 17, 2002, at home after a long battle with cancer.
She was born in and spent most of her life in San Mateo, moving to the Daytona Beach area in 1960. She enjoyed the Atlanta Braves, crocheting, doing crosswords and animals. She especially loved helping the local Greyhound Adoption group.
Survivors include 3 sons and daughters-in-law; Randy and Lynda Cramer of Port Orange, Steve and Kathy Crammer of Georgetown, South Carolina, Ted and Linda Crammer of Orlando, Florida; her mother, Pauline Turner of San Mateo; 3 sisters and one brother, Barbara Gordon, Marlene Crabtree, Diane June and Ted Turner all of San Mateo; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2002, at the San Mateo Cemetery in San Mateo with Bishops Claude A. Tilton and Howard Roberson officiating.
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements. (Palatka Daily News Obituary dtd 20 May 2002.)
Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001

Name:    June
Gender:    Female
Spouse's Name:    Norman Crammer
Divorce Date:    22 Oct 1975
Divorce Place:    Volusia, Florida, USA
Certificate Number:    052938

Earl served in the Army and the Air Force. He was in WWII, and came home to us. He has three sons, Christopher Earl, Samuel Lee,and Gil Turner. He lived most of his adult life in Putnam County. He was a loving Husband and Father. He is missed very much. We love you Daddy. 
Bessie Jayne Turner,  6th child of Jesse and Lizzie Turner
Bessie Turner Hawkins, 92, died Tuesday at her home.
She was a lifelong resident of San Mateo. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she was the organist for many years. She was a former member of the San Mateo Woman's Club.
She is survived by her sons, Gene Hawkins of East Palatka, Don Hawkins of Pensacola, Edward Hawkins of Flagler Beach and Roy Hawkins of San Mateo; daughters, Bonnie Danson of Jacksonville and Joy Murphy of Avon Park; 34 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held 10 a.m. today at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Neal Strickland, Bishop Howard Roberson, Bishop Austin Tilton and Bishop Jack Tilton officiating. Burial will be in San Mateo Cemetery.
Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home is handling arrangements. (Palatka Daily News Obituary dtd 10 Dec 1993.)

 
1940 United States Federal Census

Name:    E M Hawkins
Age:    44
Estimated birth year:    abt 1896
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birthplace:    Virginia
Marital Status:    Married
Relation to Head of House:    Head
Home in 1940:    Putnam, Florida
Map of Home in 1940:    View Map
Farm:    No
Inferred Residence in 1935:    Sh, Putnam, Florida
Residence in 1935:    Same House
Sheet Number:    3A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation:    63
Occupation:    Meat Salesman
House Owned or Rented:    Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented:    4000
Attended School or College:    No
Highest Grade Completed:    Elementary school, 8th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census:    50
Class of Worker:    Working on own account
Weeks Worked in 1939:    52
Income:    0
Income Other Sources:    Yes
Neighbors:    View others on page
Household Members:    
Name    Age
E M Hawkins    44
Bessie Hawkins    38
Gene Hawkins    17
Raymond Hawkins    14
Yvonne Hawkins    12
Don Hawkins    10
Joy Hawkins    8
Edward Hawkins    5
Lizzy Turner    70
J A Turner    45
4. Edward Franklin TURNER
 Born 18 mar 1861, Crescent City, Putnam, Florida -- died 10 Sep 1922 St. Augustine, St. Johns, Florida (DEPUTY to SHERIFF Charles Joseph "Joe" PERRY) He NEVER MARRIED
6. Benjamin REdden TURNER
 Born 4 Apr 1867 Crescent City, Putnam, Florida -- died 3 Nov 1951 in San Mateo, Putnam, Florida-- MD.  Sarah Elizabeth DUPONT
5. Sevena Miller TURNER 
Born. 3 Apr 1864 Crescent City, Putnam, Florida --died 26 Jan 1944 West Palm Beach, buried at WOODLAWN. Md.  Henry Thomas GRANT. He is also buried there.
7. Lula Henrietta TURNER
 Born 19 Apr 1871 Armstrong, St. Johns, Florida -- died 27 Jan 1955 West Palm Beach, Buried at WOODLAWN md. SHERIFF Charles Joseph "Joe" PERRY. She came to WPB after he died young.
8. Lemuel TURNER
8. Lemuel T Born 1 Nov 1872 Moccasin Branch, Armstrong, St. Johns, Florida -- died 17 Jun 1959 in West Palm URNERBeach, buried at HILLCREST. md. Mattie ARNOLD
LORIE SARAH TURNER

SHERIFF C.J. PERRYBorn: Gainesville, Florida 1863Length of Service: 1889-1897 and 1901-1919Passed Away: Feb 7, 1919Although Sheriff Joe Perry served split terms, he was the longest serving Sheriff of our county's history. By all available accounts, he was known for being a "big, bold man," at 6'6" and weighing 300 pounds. He was an expert in firearms, rifle, pistol or shotgun he was equally accurate. Sheriff CJ Perry and St. Augustine Mayor Elmer Boyce were influential in shutting down illegal gambling which was flourishing here. He was apparently very popular and reputed to have gone on the most dangerous calls right along with his deputies until the last couple of years of his term, as he was very ill. He died in office on February 7, 1919, at the age of 56.

A sit-by-me statue of Sheriff "Joe" Perry is located in front of the Old St. Johns County Jail in St. Augustine, Florida, USA.
Find a Grave
Haunted Places in St. Augustine: The Old Jail

The Old Jail is one of the most exciting places if you are a ghost hunter at heart. This structure was constructed by the ever-popular Henry Flagler, and opened in the year of 1891. It was carefully built to resemble that of one of the fine hotels that are located along the Atlantic Coast in Florida.For approximately sixty years, prisoners – both male and female – were held here.

Today, the Old Jail is open to the public. Transformed into a museum, guests to this structure can observe where prisoners were kept, the spooky “gallows” where many prisoners were put to death, and more! If you want to visit one of the most haunted places in St. Augustine, the Old Jail is a wonderful choice among many!One of the first things that visitors should know when they visit the old jail is that several prisoners lost their lives at this location.

 

The most common culprit behind the death of the prisoners was the ever-popular “noose” in which several were hung. Charles Joseph Perry served as the Sheriff from the time the jail was opened in 1891 until the year 1919. This individual took his job very seriously. He was a firm believer in the fact that if people were sent to his prison, they would serve their time in a punitive manner.

 

There were not too many inmates that dared to differ with his way of thinking either. He was a startling large man, measuring in at six and a half feet, and weighed approximately three hundred pounds! In order to make extra certain that no one escaped a large amount of dogs was kept behind the Old Jail.

THE ST. AUGUSTINE EVENING NEWS

St. Augustine, Florida

Monday, March 6, 1911

 

DEPUTY SHERIFF WHITE AND A. SYNDER SHOT DOWN AT ESPANOLA

 

Three Are Captured by Sheriff’s Posse FOURTH AT LARGE

 

After Drunken Row at Hastings Bradford County Man Commits Double MurderMurdered in cold blood while in the performance of his duty as an officer of the law, Deputy Sheriff Guy White was yesterday evening victim of one of the most deplorable tragedies recorded in the history of St. Johns county. Almost in the same moment, Abe Snyder, well know in St. Augustine, was killed was endeavoring to assist the deputy sheriff in the performance of his duty.

 

The guilt for the double crime is laid by the verdict of the coroner’s jury upon Bascom Carlton, a Bradford county man. Bad booze is at the bottom of the trouble.Dan and Marion Carlton and Mac Burnie, charged with being accessories to the crime, were captured during the night by Sheriff Joe Perry and a posse and a search is continuing today for Bascom Carlton, charged with the actual commission of the double crime.First news of the murder reached St. Augustine when Sheriff Perry received a telegram stating that Deputy Sheriff White and Snyder were killed and for him to hurry to the scene and to bring two coffins.Sheriff Perry, Coroner Mackey, County Tax Collector H. H. Floyd, former Deputy Sheriff Raymond Sabate and others took the next train for Espanola. Undertake Ponce took a couple of coffins, along, in accordance with the request made in the telegram. Deputy Sheriff Charles Green joined the party at Hastings.

 

When Espanola was reached the sheriff took charge of the search for the men who had made good their escape to the woods. In the meantime a coroner’s jury was convened by Coroner Mackey. The particulars of the killing were carefully investigation and a verdict returned to the effect that the two men came to their death by gunshot wounds inflicted by Bascom Carlton. The other three men are charged in the verdict with being accessories to the crime.One of the men was captured ventured back near the town to see what was going on and he was nabbed, the watchful eyes of one of the posse sighting him. The other two were then soon found but the one most wanted lad made his way further into the woods and could not be located during the night.

 

Sheriff Perry returned to the city this morning with the three in his custody. Deputy Sheriff Greene and Mr. Savate are in charge of the hunt which is still progressing. Sheriff Perry believes it impossible for the man to escape arrest.According to the details learned by Sheriff Perry it seems that the young men, who are from Bradford county, went to Hastings Saturday night and some of them tanked up on bad booze. They proceeded to raise cane in the potato town and Deputy Sheriff Chas. Greene, who is police office of Hastings, arrested them for violating the city ordinances. They spent the night in jail and yesterday morning they were bailed out by someone, according to the story told the sheriff. They are alleged then to have remained about Hastings all day in an effort to get the life of Deputy Green for arresting them. At least the sheriff was so informed.They finally took the evening train to Espanola and proceed to raise a rough house on the train. Windows were smashed and other damage done.When they reached Espanola it is stated that Deputy White learned of the trouble on the train and that he placed the four under arrest and took them to jail. Mr. Snyder and a Mr. Norman were assisting him. When they reached the little jail Deputy White went inside and started to search the men. He took a pistol from one but as he turned to search another, Bascom Carlton is alleged to have drawn his gun as quick as lightning and to have fired at White, the bullet striking his heart and s\causing death almost instantly.The man is then alleged to have swung around and fired at Snyder, the bullet striking almost the same point but passing slightly nearer the back that the one fired at White. Snyder staggered to the door before he fell to the earth dead. Mr. Norman closed with the man and grasped the pistol held by the murdered but was overpowered and the four ran for the woods.Deputy Sheriff Guy White has served as a deputy for over ten or twelve years. He was thirty-seven years of age and leaves a wife and three children.

 

He was one of the most popular deputies ever connected with the sheriff’s office and was considered one of the most daring and courageous. His judgment was also always good, making him a thoroughly efficient officer. His death caused general regret and much excitement at Espanola.Mr. Snyder has resided here many years. He was formerly engaged in the saloon business with Mr. McGrady in this city. He also leaves many friends.

 

THE ST. AUGUSTINE EVENING NEWS

St. Augustine, Florida

Wednesday, March 8, 1911

 

FUNERAL OF GUY WHITE

 

Laid to Rest With Honors of Eagles and Masonic LodgesDeputy Sheriff Guy White, who gave up his life while in the performance of his duty as an officer of the law, was laid to rest at Espanola yesterday with one of the most impressive funerals ever held in that section of the county. A large crowd was present at the last services and a number went out from the city. Three members of the Masonic lodge and three Eagles acted as pallbearers. The funeral services were held by the Eagles and this was followed by the impressive rites of the Masonic order.The committee of Eagles which attended the funeral from St. Augustine was composed of C. D. Manucy, Thos. E. Bowen, B. A. Andreu, Thos. P. Dowd, E. L. Capella, L. L. Simms, C. H. Benet, Fred Snow, R. F. Sabate, J. J. Dickey and Sheriff Perry.

Lem Turner was born at the old family homestead just east of Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL. He was the son of Florida pioneers, Jesse Turner (1795-1867)and Sarah Ann Blount (1796-died after the 1860 census). He was the grandson of Edward Turner and Sarah Elmore, and Redding Blount and one of his wives, probably Chloe Blansom. We have not been able to locate the burials of his parents or grandparents, but we do know where some of his brothers and sisters are buried - see additional info below the biography. Lem and his wife, Sarah, were eventually moved to Edgewood Cemetery, Jacksonville, but these old monuments still stand a Pickett Cemetery.

 

 

He owned and operated a ferry at what is now Lem Turner Road and the Trout River (Creek). He was also active in the lumber industry, owned and operated a shingle mill. His most lucrative business, though, was buying and selling land. At one time he owned what is now known as Lem Turner Park, Lake Forest, Lake Forest Hills, Highlands and large parcels of land near Capper Road (which was near the original homesite) and various other properties in North Jacksonville, FL. The road now known as Lem Turner Road was known as "Turner Ferry Road" at the turn of the century. Prior to the Civil War, there had been a bridge over the Trout River. It was burned by the yankees, so Lem started a ferry service.

The "Turner Place" is known now as Highlands. It was sold to the Duval Development Company in 1950 by the heirs of the Turner estate. The 650 acre tract ran along the north shore of the Trout River east from Blockhouse Creek. Blockhouse Creek was so named due to the old "block house" used to house the slaves. The creek that backed up to the house was later named, "Block House Creek." The tract encompassed land between Lem Turner Road and North Main Street. The eastern boundary was near the intersection of Clark and Broward Roads. The latter traversed the land parallel to the Trout River shoreline, and extended inland for about 3/4 of a mile.

He fought in the Civil War as a Confederate - He was a private in the 5th Florida Cavalry

 

1870 Duval County, page 583, shows him with wife, Sarah, and children: Lucinda, Joseph L. and Lemuel. Occupation is Farmer.

 

Hartmans' "Biographical Roster" page 1665 states "Adolphus Lemuel TURNER b. 6/6/34 Duval Co.; m. Sarah Ann PICKETT 3/28/61; d. 3/24/1912 Duval Co.; does not appear on any rolls but was paroled 5/8/65 at Lake City. Residence: Duval Co." This is the only reference I have that indicates his first name was "Adolphus," although it is very likely as he named his son this name, and it was carried on into future generations.

 

His brothers and Sisters

John Rowe Turner, b. abt 1820, was listed in the 1850 census but never again

Robert R. Turner, b. 1821, m Martha Nelson, d. 5 Sep 1862

Edward Turner, b. 1823, d. bef 1850

Carolina Turner, b. 1823, married John I. Tucker and eventually moved to Dallas, Texas where she is buried

Redding Turner, b. 1825, married Sophronia Haddock, d. Jun 1870

Roy Benjamin Turner, b. 12 Feb 1827, m.Sarah Faulk, d. 26 Sep 1919 in West Palm Beach, FL

Washington Turner, b. 1829, m. Elizabeth Wingate, d. 1864, was buried at old Broward Cemetery.

Aden Turner, b. 1840 and died by 1866

Sarah Ann Turner, b. Aug 1843, m. James Elliot Pickett, d. 18 Nov 1920, buried in West View Cemetery

 LEMUEL TURNER

   Brother Of BENJAMIN B. TURNER

OBITUARY: Florida Times-Union, Tuesday, March 26, 1912

Funeral services over the body of the late Lemuel Turner, who died at his home near Trout Creek Sunday evening, will be held this morning at 10 o'clock from his residence. The following gentlemen are requested to act as pallbearers and will meet at the parlors of Macrus Conant at 8 o'clock: Messrs. W. R. Thompson, J. W. Rast, R. F. Bowden, E. C. Pickett, N. A. Ogilvie and H. H. Simmons. The interment will be in Pickett's cemetery.