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The Daniel Boone Connection & The Search for the Parents of Harvey Turner

By: Francis E. Mudd, III

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

I. Daniel Boone vs. Davy Crockett
One evening, in the mid-to-late 1950s, my maternal aunt, Mary Lee Kelly (Weibel) Littlefield, while visiting my family, informed us that we were related the famous frontiersman, Daniel Boone. I was five or six years of age at the time and knew nothing about Daniel Boone. However, I did know who Davy Crockett was, as every child my age or older knew that Davy Crockett was “King of the Wild Frontier” based on a recent popular Walt Disney movie about his exploits. In fact, I owned a Davy Crockett simulated buckskin suit complete with an imitation coonskin cap. This outfit was one of many Crockett items that had been marketed to baby boomers and their parents in the mid 1950s. Daniel Boone may have been a frontiersman, but in my childhood mind, he was certainly not the greatest frontiersman of all. That title belonged to Davy Crockett. In later years, I would learn about Daniel Boone and his place in the history of Kentucky. Several years prior to Mary Lee’s death I discussed my genealogy research with her, but the familial relationship to Daniel Boone was never brought up. I brushed it off as mythic family lore. However, as my research progressed, the memory of the evening my Aunt told us that we were related to Daniel Boone would prove to be invaluable.

II. Harvey Turner
In the late 1980s, I began doing genealogical research. After finding the parents of one of my maternal
ancestors, Noah N. Lighter (Liter) in 1990, I began my search to discover the parents of another maternal
ancestor, Harvey Turner. I was under the misconception that finding Harvey Turner’s parents would be
an easy task, as I had more information about him than I had begun with on Noah Liter. However, it
would take 17 years of research, before I would uncover the identity of his parents.

Before beginning the search, I knew that Harvey Turner’s eldest son Edwin Turner had married one of
Noah Liter’s daughters, Sarah Horrell “Sallie” Lighter, in 1864. I also had information previously
compiled by my great-aunt, Dorytha “Dolly” Lehmann Sherman, which stated that Harvey Turner was
born in Bardstown, Kentucky, on February 29, 1812, died on October 14, 1875 and was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bardstown.[ii] At the Nelson County Library in Bardstown, Kentucky, I found a photocopy of the original 1840 St. Joseph Church marriage record for Harvey Turner and Catherine Donohoo . It states: “Feb. 4th Married by Rev. H. Deluynes Harvey Turner to Catherine Donohoo”. The marriage was recorded by I. M. Lancaster.

Harvey Turner died in 1847. He appears in the Nelson County Kentucky tax lists from 1840 through and
including 1847. There is no record of him in the tax lists after 1848. Baptismal records compiled by
Father John A. Lyons from the St. Joseph Church Register in Bardstown, Kentucky, state that Harvey
Turner was deceased at the time of his youngest son, Patrick Harvey Turner’s baptism, on December 16,

Early on in my research, I found it odd that Mrs. Sherman’s record on Harvey Turner listed his date of
death as October 14, 1875, as church and tax records indicate he died in 1847. As my research
continued, I found a copy of the death record for Harvey’s youngest son, Patrick Harvey Turner, on
microfilm. That death record shows Patrick Harvey Turner died from consumption on October 14, 1875,
which is the date of death listed for his father in Dolly Sherman’s papers. The record also states that
Patrick was 28 years of age at the time of his death, and his father, Harvey Turner, was born in New
York.[iv] The record of Harvey Turner’s place of birth as New York was a surprise. This was the first
record, but not the only record, that I would find listing Harvey Turner’s birthplace as New York.
In a July 17, 2013 email to Dorytha Sherman’s son, Elmore Sherman, I inquired about the source of his
mother’s information on Harvey Turner’s birth date, thinking it may have been taken from a family
Bible. In his July 22, 2013 reply email Elmore states, “I do not know where my Mother got her
information on the family members. I do not remember a Family Bible. My Mother had a bunch of old,
old pictures, which I have most of them. My guess is there is a picture of Harvey Turner with a name
and date of birth on it. I have looked, but there are so many I have not found it. She may have just
found it in a book or somewhere.”

Old Talbott Tavern: Bardstown

Old Talbott Tavern: Bardstown

I began researching historical records in New York and many other states, as well as Kentucky, in attempts to find who Harvey Turner’s parents were. These efforts came to dead ends. However, it seemed unlikely that Harvey’s wife, Catherine Donohoo, would have married someone for whom there would be almost no record and, also, no record of his family. Catherine’s brother Michael had owned the landmark Talbott Tavern and the Donohoos were a prominent family in Bardstown.[v]

III. The New York Migration
In 2004, I discussed my research with a co-worker, who is also a genealogist. He told me that he too
was related to a family that had come to Kentucky from upstate New York, during the early 1800s. He
explained that there were several families in upstate New York that had purchased land in the barrens
region of Kentucky, in the early 1800s. Many sold their farms in New York to buy what they thought was
better land in Kentucky, via a land speculation scheme run by the first Postmaster General of the United
States, Gideon Granger. After they came to Kentucky, the families found that the land they sold in New
York State was better than the land they purchased in Kentucky. The co-worker also told me that
another reason for the New Yorkers’ move south was due to “The Year without a Summer”. There was
frost every night during the summer of 1816 causing a crop failure in New York. This was caused by an
eruption of a volcano in Indonesia, which spewed tons of volcanic ash into the air and blocked sunlight.
This new information renewed the effort to find Harvey Turner’s parents. I intended to see if his
migration to Kentucky was linked to these events. The information on the 1816 climatic event is
fascinating, especially, the story of the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies
(Indonesia) and its devastating effect on the crops in Canada, the United States and Western Europe,
including a famine in Ireland. The crop failures sparked a migration out of northeastern United States.
Families moved further south and further west.

During my research, I came across an article by Linda Kmiecik which discussed the early 1800s migration
of New Yorkers to the Kentucky “barrens”.[vi] The area in which they settled became known, for a time,
as “Little York”.[vii] Some of the pages of the 1820 U. S. census record for Hardin County, Kentucky have
“Little York” written at the top of the page. Ms. Kmiecik’s article references another article “Early
Kentucky Settlers from Ontario County, New York” by Louis Ansel Duermyer, which was published in the
January 1969 issue “Kentucky Ancestors” by the Kentucky Historical Society. After reading both articles, it was
disappointing to not find the surname Turner among the numerous surnames listed. Regardless, I
believed the reason Harvey Turner came to Kentucky had something to do with the migration from
upstate New York.

IV. Susan Turner Barnett
Research continued through most of 2005 without results. In the fall of 2005, while browsing the
internet, I found a website that mentioned a Susan Turner Barnett, who had been born in New York and
was living in Larue County Kentucky, in 1840. After years of research, this was a stunning find–In 1840,
another Turner from New York was living in a Kentucky county, bordering Nelson County, which was the
county where Harvey Turner was living at that time.

In past research, I had found two other Turners from New York, who were living in Kentucky. Though it
appeared they might have been related to Harvey Turner via familial ties in New York, I had never been
able to establish a firm link. However, research on Susan Turner Barnett was to have a different outcome.
The website which contained the information on Susan Turner Barnett is entitled “Descendants of
Barnett”. This website states that James Barnett “married Susan Turner October 03, 1824 in Hardin
County, Kentucky, daughter of Jediah Turner. She was born 1802 in New York, and died April 14, 1893 in
Hodgenville, LaRue County, Kentucky.”[viii] Further down the page is the following: “Susan Turner was the
daughter of Jediah Turner and was born in New York state in 1802. The only Jediah Turner on the 1800
New York census lived in Chenango Co. When she was young the family moved to Marietta, Ohio.
While still in her teens the family moved again, this time to Kentucky. When she died she was living
“near the Stone House”, on the road to New Haven and not far from Hodgenville. The Stone House still
stands. Her obit mentions that she and James had twelve children of which six survive.”[ix] The fact that
Susan Turner Barnett lived north of Hodgenville, which is not far from New Haven in Nelson County,
Kentucky, puts her in proximity to the Bardstown area, where Harvey Turner lived. I still wanted to find
a historical record of her that would show a relationship to Harvey, if that was possible.

Sometime later, an abstract of Susan Turner Barnett’s 1893 obituary in the “Larue County Herald”
newspaper was found. It states, “Mrs. Susan Barnett died April 14. Was born in N.Y. in 1802, the
daughter of Jediah Turner. Moved Marietta, Ohio with her family when quite young. Her father
brought her family to Ky when she was in her teens. A few years later, she married James Barnett.
They had 12 children, 6 survive. Mr. Barnett died in 1850.”[x]

V. Jedediah Thompson “Jediah” Turner
Based on information about Susan Turner Barnett, I renewed research in New York State records. Page
956 of the 1800 U. S. census for the town of Cazenovia in Chenango County New York lists both a
“Jeddediah Turner” and a “Jedit. T. Turner”. They are listed adjacent to each other. A number of historical
books and documents, concerning the history of upstate New York, mention Jedediah T. Turner and in
almost all those records, his name is spelled “Jedediah”.[xi] The initial, “T.”, in Jediah or Jedediah T.
Turner’s name is an abbreviation for “Thompson”.[xii]

The Jeddediah Turner living in Cazenovia, in 1800, is the father of Jedediah Thompson Turner.[xiii] I was
unable to find a record of Jedediah Thompson Turner’s children. However, a review of early 1800 U. S.
census records reveals two Harvey Turners in proximity to two Jedediah Turners. In the 1820 U. S.
census for New York State, there are two Harvey Turners listed. One is in the town of Frankfort in
Herkimer County. This is the town and county where a Jedediah Turner was listed in the 1810 U. S.
census for New York. This is Jedediah T. Turner and not his father, who was residing in Schaghticoke,
New York at that time.[xiv] The other Harvey Turner is listed in Stephentown in Rensselaer County, which
is near Schaghticoke. Though he was living in New York at the time of the census, Jedediah Turner,
Senior does not appear in the 1810 census.

Jediah T. Turner appears in the Hardin County Kentucky Tax Lists from 1821 thru 1825. He does not
appear in the 1826 Hardin Tax Lists or in the Hardin County tax lists after 1826. Jedediah Turner’s name
appears in Hardin County marriage records on an October, 02, 1824. It is on a marriage bond for James
Barnett and Susan Turner. The marriage bond states, “Jedediah Turner certified consent in writing
proven by John S. Hannah”.[xv] Though this was further proof that Susan ‘s father was Jediah Turner, a
record was needed that would connect Susan or Jediah to the Harvey Turner in Nelson County Kentucky.

VI. Jane Turner
After unsuccessful attempts to get a record of Jediah T. Turner’s wife and/or children in New York and Kentucky historical records, I decided to find out more about Susan Turner Barnett. A record of a recently widowed Susan Turner Barnett can be found in the 1850 U.S. Census for Larue County, Kentucky.[xvi] She is living with her son-in-law, James A. Merrifield and his wife, Sephronia Barnett Merrifield.[xvii] After coming upon this information, I went back through some old notes, as I remembered I had some other information on a Merrifield-Turner relationship. The notes contained information from Hardin County marriage bonds for the surname Turner. I came upon two records that mention a Jane Turner. One of the bonds was for the marriage of Jane’s daughter, Emily Turner, to Jeremiah Wilson. The bond and license are dated November 07, 1832.[xviii] The license states “Jane Turner mother of girl gave consent in person”. The bond is signed by Jeremiah Wilson and William L. Turner. Because William L. Turner is a bondsman for Jane Turner’s daughter, Emily, it is apparent that William L. Turner is a relative of Jane and Emily. It is likely that he was an uncle or Jane’s son and Emily’s brother. If he was Emily’s father or step-father, then Emily’s mother, Jane Turner, would not be shown on the bond. Five years after signing the bond for Emily Turner, on November 16th, 1837, William L. Turner’s signature is on another marriage bond. That bond is for the marriage of Jane Turner to an Alexander Merrifield.[xix] Since Susan Turner Barnett is living with the James A. Merrifield family in 1850, it seemed likely that Susan and Jane were related.

VII. Kentucky Tax Lists and an Artist
After obtaining as much information as I could from the marriage bonds, I wanted to learn more about
William L. Turner and began again reviewing the early Tax records for Hardin County, Kentucky. The first
tax record listing Jediah T. Turner occurs in the year 1823. It states that there were two “White Males
Over 21 Years” living on his property, which was located on the “Nolin” River “Watercourse”. The
record also states that Jediah owned three horses and/or mules. In 1824, Jediah T. Turner is again listed
in the Hardin County tax list. However, in that record, he has two horses and/or mules, instead of the
three listed in 1823. On the next line below Jediah’s record, is a tax record for William L. Turner.
William owns no land, but is taxed for owning one horse or mule.[xx] I believe that, in 1824, William L.
Turner is being taxed for one of the three horses or mules that Jediah T. Turner was taxed for in 1823.
This also leads me to believe that William L. Turner is the son of Jediah T. Turner.
There is additional information that indicates that William L. Turner is Jediah’s son. It appears that
before coming to Hardin County, Jediah T. Turner resided in Mason County Kentucky. Mason County
Marriage Bonds show that “Jedidiah T. Turner”, in Maysville, gave written consent for his daughter Julia
Turner to marry Peter T. January on the 25th of September in 1818.[xxi] Around this same time, William L.
Turner was painting portraits in Mason County Kentucky, the same county where his sister, Julia, was

Mrs. Elizabeth Huddleston by William L. Turner, ca 1820. American Folk Paintings, Newbury, MA.

Mrs. Elizabeth Huddleston by William L. Turner, ca 1820. American Folk Paintings, Newbury, MA.

Paintings by William L. Turner’s are extant. Ms. Joan R. Brownstein with American Folk Paintings in Newbury, Massachusetts, states that a letter which accompanied the three portraits shown in photographs in this article, attribute the paintings to William L. Turner. Ms. Brownstein says, “The attribution is based on similarities to portraits signed by Turner and painted in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1824. These paintings are slightly earlier, probably painted closer to 1820, and a letter that accompanies them cites family residence in Mason County in Kentucky and another in Virginia.”

In the 1826 Hardin County Kentucky Tax List, neither Jediah T. Turner nor William L. Turner appears. The 1827 Hardin tax record does list a Mrs. Jane Turner. William L. Turner again appears in the 1827 tax list. According to the 1827 tax record, Jane Turner owns three horses or mules and William L. Turner owns one horse or mule. The tax records for a Milton Turner, Jane Turner and William L. Turner are all listed adjacent to each other in the 1827 tax list. Since he does not appear in the tax record for 1826 or any of the years after 1826, it’s likely that Jedediah “Jediah” Thompson Turner died in 1825 or 1826. As previously stated, the 1850 Larue County census, lists Susan Turner Barnett as living with her, son-in-law, James A. Merrifield. Assuming Jediah T. Turner was Jane Turner’s husband, following Jediah’s death, her next husband, Alexander Merrifield, was James A. Merrifield’s great-uncle.[xxii] All of the evidence presented here leads me to conclude that Jane Turner was Susan Turner Barnett and William L. Turner’s mother. Jane was also the wife of Jedidiah “Jediah” T. Turner.

VIII. Alexander Merrifield – The Daniel Boone Connection
Prior to his death in 1847, Alexander Merrifield was a prominent business man in the Kentucky counties
of Nelson, Hardin and Larue. Merrifield’s first wife was Rachel Boone, a relative of the well known
Kentucky frontiersman, Daniel Boone.[xxiii]

“On 6 Dec. 1787, Alexander Maryfield and Rachel Boone, a fairly
near relative of Daniel Boone, filed a marriage bond in Jefferson County, Ky. They eventually settled in
what would become Hardin and then Larue Co. near Hodgenville, where he operated farms, mills and
distilleries. Descendants say that he moved in his old age to Bloomfield to be near his children. In the
meantime, he had m. (2) Jane Farmer Turner. Alexander Merrifield was b. 4 Apr. 1765 and d. March
1847. His wife Rachel was b. 17 Sept. 1767 and d. 10 Sept. 1836.”[xxiv]

The writer of the source quoted above, states that the bond was filed in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
However, the bond was filed in Jefferson County, Virginia, as Kentucky was not yet a state in 1787.
Rachel Boone Merrifield was a distant cousin of Daniel Boone. Her great-grandfather was George
Boone. George Boone was Daniel Boone’s grandfather. One can start with Rachel Boone at the
following website and trace back through the web links to George Boone, then move forward to Daniel
Boone via Squire Boone. Refer to:

Also in the above extract, the author indicates that Jane Turner’s maiden name was Farmer. There is
some additional information that backs this up and strongly implies that Susan Turner Barnett was Jane
Turner Merrifield’s daughter. The May 27, 1917 death certificate for Susan’s granddaughter Jennie
Merrifield lists Jennie’s mother as “Sophia Farmer”, rather than Sophronia. Jennie was the daughter of
James A. Merrifield and Sophronia or Sophia Farmer Barnett Merrifield, who were mentioned earlier in
this article. Sophia may have been given the middle name Farmer in honor of her grandmother, Jane
Farmer Turner.

Though he was a successful business man, Alexander Merrifield could not write. He signed legal
documents with “his mark”, which was an “X” and his “X” signature can be seen on the Merrifield –
Turner Hardin County Kentucky marriage bond. This information establishes the fact that, as my aunt said years ago, my family is related to Daniel Boone via the Turner family from New York. It’s not a blood relationship, but a lawful relationship, since Jane Turner was the step-mother of Alexander Merrifield children, who were blood relatives of Daniel Boone.

IX. The Parents of Harvey Turner
Though no single historical record has been found that definitively shows Harvey Turner to be the son of
“Jediah” Jedediah T. Turner and Jane Turner, circumstantial evidence indicates he was their son. Harvey
Turner was born in the state of New York, as was Susan Turner Barnett. Susan, Jane, Emily, William L.
and Jediah Turner lived in proximity to Harvey. They lived in or near Hodgenville Kentucky, which is only
25 miles from Bardstown, where Harvey lived during his marriage to Catherine Donohoo. Also, Harvey
Turner’s mother’s marriage to the wealthy Alexander Merrifield would have given him enough social
stature to court and marry Catherine Donohoo.

I believe my aunt learned of the relationship from one of her uncles, as two of them had a keen interest
in genealogy. If the relationship between Jane Turner and Harvey Turner was recorded, then it is hidden
or has not survived. The family link to Daniel Boone was established when Jane Turner married
Alexander Merrifield and the only possible ancestor who could have been closely related to Jane Turner
was Mary Lee Littlefield’s great-great-grandfather, Harvey Turner.

The following is a quick view of Mary Lee Littlefield’s lineage starting with Jane Turner Merrifield:
Jane Farmer Turner Merrifield  Jane’s son, Harvey Turner  Harvey’s son, Edwin Turner  Edwin’s daughter, Ann Lelia Turner Lehmann  Lelia’s daughter, Cecil (pronounced seh’ sul) Margaret Lehmann Kelly Weibel  Cecil’s daughter, Mary Lee Kelly Weibel Littlefield.

The 1880 Census
There is also another piece of evidence that argues for Harvey Turner being Susan Turner Barnett’s
brother. On page 111, of the 1880 U. S. census of Larue County Kentucky, Susan Turner Barnett is
shown living with her son-in-law, George Powell. George was married to Susan’s youngest daughter,
Louisa Barnett Powell. The Powell’s youngest child at that time, Harvy, is listed in the census record
adjacent to Susan. Harvy Powell may have been named after Louisa’s uncle, Harvey Turner. It’s
intriguing to think that Susan may have suggested the baby’s name to Louisa, as it’s doubtful that Louisa,
who is listed as age 34 in the census, would have any memory of her uncle, as Harvey Turner died in
1847.[xxv] Louisa would have been one or two years of age at the time of Harvey Turner’s death. On page
106, of the 1900 U. S. census for Nelson County Kentucky, a 21 year old Harvey D. Powell, who is listed
as white, is shown living with a black family and working as a farm laborer. Harvey D. Powell is, likely,
the same person, who is listed as Louisa Powell’s son in the 1880 Larue County census.

The Jedediah Thompson Turner Family
The known members of the Jediah T. Turner family were his wife, Jane Turner; sons: William L. Turner
and Harvey Turner; daughters: Julia Turner January, Susan Turner Barnett and Emily Turner Wilson.
There may be other sons and daughters that I have not uncovered. Perhaps Milton Turner, who was
mentioned earlier in this article is also a member of the family.

It is not known when the Jediah T. Turner family left New York. The Turners were in Herkimer County,
New York at the time of the 1810 census.[xxvi] Dolly Sherman’s February 29, 1812 birth date for Harvey
Turner appears to be correct. However, his place of birth was in New York, not Kentucky. The Turner
family would have left New York after Harvey’s birth. We know from Susan Turner’s obituary that her
family lived in Marietta, Ohio, after leaving New York. From Marietta, the Turner family probably
traveled down the Ohio River and stayed for a while in Mason County, Kentucky. Mason County is
where Julia Turner was married in 1818 and her brother, William L. Turner, was painting portraits
around that time. According to tax records, the family had settled in Hardin County, Kentucky by 1823.
Harvey Turner would have been 10 or 11 years of age by the time his family settled in Hardin County. It
took a much longer time to uncover who his parents were than it did for his family to move from
Herkimer County, New York to Hardin County, Kentucky. Though my aunt did not provide us with
specific lineage information about the relationship to Daniel Boone, the oral tradition she shared lends
credibility to the conclusions I’ve drawn from my research.

Mudd Bio PicAbout the Author:

Francis E. “Jerry” Mudd, III was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, where his father was employed as an aircraft engineer.  Not long after his birth, his family moved back to Louisville, Kentucky, where he currently lives with his border collie, Sloopy.  He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with an AAS in Data Processing Technology and a BA in Journalism and has worked as a Software Developer and Data Quality Analyst.  He has had a lifelong interest in history and genealogy and is a member of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Kentucky Historical Society.

“Marriage Book Entries”, from the Cathedral of the Assumption archives, Louisville, Kentucky; page 163. Rev. B. J.
Spalding’s “Feby. 23” entry, for 1864, states: “I married Edwin Turner & Sallie H. Lighter wit—Elisha A. Liter & Mrs.
Eva Liter”.
[ii] “A Genealogical Record” compiled by Dorytha Edwina Lehmann Sherman; 1972.
[iii] Lyons, “St. Joseph Church, Bardstown Register”, Vol. II, p.58. The page number in the original church register is
[iv] “Nelson County Vital Statistics, 1852-1914” (Kentucky Vital Records: 1852–1914); Microfilm at the Louisville Free
Public Library, Louisville, Kentucky.
[v] “Bardstown tavern rises from ashes” by Chris Poynter, “The Courier-Journal”, Louisville, Kentucky, Monday,
September 20, 1999 p.1; p.5.
[vi] For a copy of Linda Kmeicik’s article “From New York to Kentucky” refer to
[vii] Glenn K. Sheffield has a note referencing “Little York” on the website containing Linda Kmeicik’s article. Some of
the pages of the 1820 U. S. census record for Hardin County, Kentucky, also, list “Little York” at the top of the page.
[viii] Website: “Descendants of Barnett”, “Generation No. 2” by Craig A. Barnett, Kingman, Arizona.  http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/r/Craig-A-Barnett/GENE14-0002.html
[ix] Ibid, Barnett.
[x] “Ancestral News Quarterly Publication”, Issues 1-4, 1998, published by the Ancestral Trails Historical Society,
[xi] “Laws of the state of New York, Volume II”, Printed by C.R. and G. Webster; Albany, New York; 1802; p.463. The
digitized book can be found online at
Pruyn, Jr. Reprinted in “The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record”, Vol. 13, 1882, p.128. A digitized
copy can be found online at:
[xiii] Ibid, Starr and Pruyn, 128.
[xiv] Ibid, Starr and Pruyn, 128.
[xv] A copy of the bond and license can also be found online at the website for the Hardin County Clerk:
[xvi] 1850 U.S. Census for Larue County Kentucky; Roll 209; pg. 409.
[xvii] “Descendants of Barnett” by Craig A. Barnett, Kingman, Arizona.
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/r/Craig-A-Barnett/GENE14-0002.html and
[xviii] A copy of the bond and license can also be found online at the website for the Hardin County Clerk:
[xix] Ibid.
[xx] From a microfilm roll of the early Hardin County Kentucky Tax Lists obtained at “The Filson Historical Society”,
Louisville, Kentucky.
[xxi] KYGenWeb: Mason County, Kentucky; Marriage Abstract 3, 1818-1826 – Bride Index; Records abstracted and
contributed by Gail Childress; prepared for submission by Kathy Hines, February 15, 2003. Refer to:
[xxii] Website: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/e/k/Norma-J-Jekel-TX/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-
0975.html.  Lists Thomas Merrifield as the grandfather of James A. Merrifield. Refer to:
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/e/k/Norma-J-Jekel-TX/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-1024.html , which lists
Alexander Hamilton Merrifield, as Thomas Merrifield’s brother.
[xxiii] “Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979,” index, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F43V-X9P ).
[xxiv] Bloomfield, Chaplin and Fairfield: “A History and Genealogy of Northeastern Nelson County, Kentucky”; Compiled
by Robert P. Moore; pg. 286; Nelson County Genealogical Round Table; 2003; Bardstown, Kentucky.
[xxv] Lyons, “St. Joseph Church, Bardstown Register”, Vol. II, p.58. The page number in the original church register is
[xxvi] 1810 U.S. Census for Herkimer County, New York, Series M252, Roll 27, Page 236.

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  1. wrote on December 19th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Jill (Turner) Livingston

    I was wondering if you have the names of all of Harvey S. Turner II’s children. I am looking for the parents of an ancestor by the name of Henry Turner born 7/12/1890 in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Oral history passed down by my paternal grandmother states that Harvey S. Turner II is Henry Turner’s father but I haven’t been able to find any proof or documentation. Thank you for any help!

  2. wrote on March 19th, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Cathy M L'Altrelli

    I was wondering if you had more information on migration patterns in the timeframe of 1815/year without summer? I read with great interest your description of the movement out of NY to KY. I have an ancestor born about 1815 who told earlier family researchers that his “people came from Connecticut” but he spent his entire life in TN and MS. Was there a similar land sale scheme for TN in the same timeframe of the year without summer, and if NY was involved, was CT also? Any thoughts about how to start looking if I don’t have the name of my ancestor’s father? (When I find him (on the southern born of TN) it’s 1837 and he’s marrying. He has a common name ‘Davis’, and looking at possible fathers or widowed heads of households in the area, I haven’t been able to identify a reasonable candidate. Of course, it’s also possible he didn’t arrive in TN as a baby but as a young man alone too.

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