Information from Aileen Dozier Blankenstein, gr-gr-granddaughter of NOEL TURNER, as told to her by her ancestors.
NOEL TURNER is best known as a soldier of the Revolutionary War. One night while his regiment camped on the land of another Turner, he met Mr. Turner's daughter, SARAH. NOEL ask SARAH to wait and marry him. After the war was over, he returned and they were married. They moved to Mobile, Alabama, where they are both buried.
In Mobile a monument has been erected to his memory. The following quotation is from a newspaper clipping about the monument:
"Next Sunday, March 29, (1914) at Shady Grove cemetery the Mobile Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will unveil a monument and a tablet to the respectful memory of the revolutionary soldier and patriot, NOEL TURNER. This event is the first of its kind in the history of the Mobile Chapter and the revolutionary soldiers' grave is the first ever marked by a DAR Monument in southern Alabama. The chapter plans to distinguish the date with fitting ceremonies."
The bible used in this dedication was purchased by NOEL TURNER in London, England, some time before the revolution.
Shady Grove Cemetery Tombstones Inscriptions - Mobile, Alabama
NOEL TURNER SARAH TURNER
Born in England Born in North Carolina
May 11, 1764 Feb 2, 1767
Died Jan 21, 1837 Died Sept 18, 1858
Mobile Chapter DAR
May 10, 1914
In Memory of Dave Turner In Memory
Born June 19, 1817 Charles Turner
Died June 1, 1899 Born Oct 8, 1790
Died July 15, 1872
Sacred to the Memory of Nancy
Wife of Charles Turner
She departed this life
December 5th, 1860
aged 68 years
Fold her O Father in thine arms
And let her hence forth be
A messenger of Love & Peace
Between our hearts and Thee
Noel Turner in the 1790 United States Federal Census
HISTORY OF ALABAMA & DICTIONARY OF ALABAMA BIOGRAPHY Vol IV Thomas M. Owen
TURNER, NOEL, Soldier of the American Revolution, A resident of Mobile County; Private, Particular service not shown; enrolled on March 21, 1836, under act of congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $20; died January 21, 1837. -- Pension Book, State Branch Bank, Mobile.
DAR LINEAGE BOOK VOL. 128 p. 83
Mrs. Alla Glass Turner Berkley 127262
Born in Washington Co., Ala.
Wife of Berkley
Descendant of NOEL TURNER, as follows:
1. Noel Ebenezer Turner (b. 1859) m. Verda Southall (b. 1860)
2. Noel Turner (1830-1906) m. Sarah Clark (1824-1916)
3. Charles Turner (1790-1872) m. Nancy Cochran (1792-1860)
4. NOEL TURNER m. 1787 SARAH TURNER (1767-1858)(parents of Charles)
NOEL TURNER (1764-1837) enlisted in Capt. Joseph Johnson's Company. In 1832 he applied for a pension. He was born in England; died in Mobile Co., Ala.
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Turner Barnes 127263
Born in Washington Co., Ala.
Wife of Herbert P. Barnes
Descendant of Noel Turner, as follows:
1. Noel Ebenezer Turner (b. 1859) m. Verda Southall (b. 1860)
see N. 127262
DAR LINEAGE BOOK VOL 164 p. 267
Miss Edwina E. Turner 163809
Born in Mobile County, Alabama
Descendant of Noel Turner, as follows:
1. Noel Turner (1830-1906) m. 1858 Sarah Clarke (1842-1916)
2. Charles Turner (1790-1872) m. Nancy Cochran (1792-1860)
3. NOEL TURNER m. 1787 SARAH TURNER (1767-1858)
NOEL TURNER (1764-1837) enlisted in Capt. Joseph Johnson's
Company. In 1832 he applied for a pension. He was born in England; died in Mobile Co., Ala.
pp. 663-5 ALABAMA HISTORICAL QUARTERLY Winter Issue, 1944
TURNER, NOEL (1764-1837) enlisted in Capt. Joseph Johnson's
company. In 1832 he applied for a pension. He was born in England; died in Mobile County, Alabama -- DAR Lineage Book Vol. 164. page 267.
TURNER, NOEL - Revolutionary soldier who lived for a few years in Alabama. Abstract of pension application of NOEL TURNER--w 6323 BLWT 54233-160-5, on file in the Revolution and War of 1812 Division, Veterans Administration. NOEL TURNER, resident of Jackson County, Mississippi, aged 68 on May 11, 1832, made the following statements to secure benefits of the Act of 7 June 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States in the militia in South Carolina in Captain Joseph Johnson's company after the British took possession of Savannah and remained in the regular service, till peace was declared, under Frederick Womack and John Sapp, Captains, Generally ranging from Edisto in South Carolina to Ogeeche in Georgia, when called into service he lived in Barnwell District, South Carolina. That he was ordered into service by order of the Commander-in-Chief of his State, that he was at the Battle of Golpens on the Savannah River under Captain Womack and at the siege of Augusta, Georgia, under General Clark. He was working in the entrenchments and does not recall the names of the regular officers as he was not with them at aforementioned battles, being one that was detached and sent to Beech Island for meal for the troops at Charleston. That he was sent home after the Battle of Augusta without discharge. That he was born in Northampton County, North Carolina, on May 11, 1764. That he was living in Orangeburg District, South Carolina, when called into service and from there moved to Alabama ten miles below Fort Mims for one year, from there moved to Leap River, Mississippi Territory, Green County, 1811, for five years; lived at Chickasamba in Green County two years; from there moved to where I am now living in the head of Seder Creek in Jackson County, Mississippi. He stated that he was not particularly acquainted with any regular officers, being with them only at two battles and no acquainted with public concern being an orphan boy, and that his general service was to keep guard on the rivers under the above mentioned officers and that he was not attached to any particular regiment. he gave as reference Thomas Hunt, Clergyman, and Cardel Hagin, who made the usual statements that NOEL TURNER was reputed to be a Revolutionary soldier in the neighborhood.
On 12 November 1833 NOEL TURNER was a resident of Mobile County, Alabama, made an amendment statement in which he stated that he removed from Jackson County, Mississippi, to Mobile County in March 1833; that he was in the Battle of the Fall of Savannah and at the taking of Augusta that he served at least 3 years and 3 months as a private. That he served under Captains Joseph Johnson, Frederick Womack and that John Sapp, Joshua Inman and Shedrick Inman were officers of Johnson's as well as Womanck's Company but that he does not recall their grades.
John Mason of Mobile County, Alabama, on November 12, 1835, aged 67 years and upwards stated that after the fall of Augusta in the Revolutionary War he saw NOEL TURNER in the service of the United States, that he belonged to the regular army and that he saw the said NOEL TURNER several times performing duty and that he was well acquainted with said TURNER, Barnwell District, South Carolina, and that he afterwards knew him in the State of Alabama.
On 14 January, 1855, SARAH TURNER, resident of the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, aged 88, stated that she is the widow of NOEL TURNER, a private in the Revolutionary War and a pensioner of the United States at the time of his death; that she was married to the said NOEL TURNER in South Carolina in 1787 and that the said NOEL TURNER died on January 1837 and that she had remained a widow. SARAH TURNER 11.758 Mobile Roll at $20.00 per annum 21 Jan. 1837. 9604 Mobile Roll at $20.00 per annum to commence 4 march 1843. 6335 Mobile Roll at $20.00 per annum to commence 4 March 1848. Certificate of Pension in each case issued on 30 May 1855 and sent to J. Perine, Mobile County, Alabama.--Pension Office, Washington, D. C.
Abstracted June 1932
TURNER, NOEL W. 6,323
SARAH B. L. Wt. 54233-160-55
This Envelope Includes
FINAL PAYMENT VOUCHER
Received from GAO
In reply to your request of _____________, received_________
for a statement of the military history of NOEL TURNER a soldier of the REVOLUTIONARY WAR, you will find below the desired information as contained in his (or his widow's) application for pension on file in this Bureau. W. 6,323
Dates of Enlistment or appointment Jan 1, 1779
Length of Service served at various times until end of war amounting to 3 years 3 mos
Officers Under Whom Service was Rendered Captains
Joseph Johnson Fredk Wormack John Sapp
Battles engaged in, Savannah, Augusta
Residence of soldier at enlistment, Orangeburgh Dist., S. C.
Date of application for pension, ec 11, 1832. His cl. was al
Residence at date of application, Jackson Co., Miss
Age at date of application, b. May ll, 1764, Northampton Co., N.C.
Remarks: Sol mar in Barnwell Dist S. C. about Feb 1, 1787 or 1788, SARAH TURNER who was born Feb 2, 1767. He died Jan 21, 1837 in Mobile Co., Ala., and she was allowed pension on appl ex Jan 16, 1855 while a resident of Mobile, Ala. Children: Enoch b. Oct 29, 1788; Charles b. Oct 8, 1790, Mary b. Oct 14, 1792; Cloey b. Feb 14, 1795; Sarah b. Aug 19, 1797; Nicy b. Feb 5, 1800; William b. July 30, 1802; John b. Feb 9, 1805; Noel b. Aug 8, 1807; James b. Nov 19, 1810; Henry b. Dec 4, 1813.
State of Mississippi)
Jackson County )
On this 4th day of December 1832 personally appeared in open court before the county court of Jackson now seting NOEL TURNER a resident of the county court of Jackson and State of Mississippi aged sixty eight years May 11th 1832 who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of congress assed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following names officer and served as herein stated.
First entered the Militia at South Carolina under Captain Joseph Thomson shortly after the British took possession of Savannah and remained in regular service till peace was made under Fredrick Womack and John Sapp Captains, generally ranging from Edefto in South Carolina to Ogeeche in Georgia and when called into service resided in South Carolina Barnwell district the element states that he was ordered into service by a general order at the commander in chief of their state and was at the battle of Golpens ???/ on Savannah River under Capt Womack also at the siege of Augusta Georgia under the command General Clark working in the entrenchments and does not recollect another regular officers name as he was not much with them and at the afore mentioned battles being one then was detailed and sent to beach Island to seize meal for the troupes at Charles Town was sent home from Augusta after the battle with out any discharge and hath no documents to show his services nor no pensions that he knows of that he can establish the same by.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to any pension or annuity except the same presents and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Ques Where and in what year were you born
A North Carolina North Hampton County in the year of our lord 1764 May 11th
Quest Have you a record of your age
Quest Where were you living when called into service where have you lived since the revolution war and where do you now live
A South Carolina Orangeburgh dist and from there moved to Alabama ten miles before Fort Mim one year from there to Leaf River Mississippi Territory Green County in 1811 five years and Chickasamba in Green County, Mississippi, two years and from there I moved to where I now live on the head of Seder Creek in Jackson County, Mississippi
Ques How were you called into service
A By an order of Captain Johnson under whom I served one year
Qu State the names of some of the regular officers who you were with, the troops where you served such continental and Militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
A I was not particularly acquainted with any being with them only at two battles and not acquainted with any public concern being an orphan boy and my general service was to keep guard on the river under the above named captain and never was attached to any particular regiments.
Qu did you ever receive a discharge from the service
Qu State the names of persons whom you are known in your previous neighborhood and who can identify as to your character for ???/and their belief of your service as a soldier of the revolution
Ans Thos C. Hund a Clergyman residing in the county of Jackson and State of Mississippi and Cordel Hogin residing in the same hereby certify that we are well acquainted with NOEL TURNER who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be sixty eight years of age that he is reported and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
Thos C. Hunt
Cordell X Hagin
Record of Ages
NOEL TURNER was borned in the year of our Lord May the 11 in the year of 1764
SARAH TURNER was born February the 2 in the 1768
Enoch Turner was born Oct 29 in the 1788
Charles Turner was born Oct 8 in the 1790
Mary Turner was born Oct the 14 in the 1792
Cloey Turner was born February 14 in the 1795
Sarah Turner was born August 19th 1799
Nicey Turner was born in 5 of February 1800
Wm Turner was born 30 of July 1802
John Turner was born 9 of Febry 1805
Noel Turner was born 8 of August 1807
James Turner was born 19 of November 1810
Henry Turner was born 4 December 1813
Thomas Smith was born 6 April 1816
Sarah Smith was born of April 1817
D. W. Smith Jan 10, 1795
Declaration to be made by a Widow who has never received Bounty Land
State of Alabama )
Mobile County ) ss
On this 2nd day of July 1859, before me, a notary public in and for the County and State above named, personally appeared (1) SARAH TURNER aged 88 years and a resident of Mobile Alabama, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of (2) NOEL TURNER who was a (3) private in capt company and also under other captains in the South Carolina service military in the revolutionary war that he (4) volunteered at Savannah River in the State of South Carolina on or about the first day of January 1779, and continued in actual service three years and three months and was honorably discharged at the date not known at the end of the war in 1783 and (5) that she has never before made application for bounty land.
She further states that she was married to the said (2) NOEL TURNER at Barnwell Dist., S. C. on or about the first day of February A. D. 1788 by one that her name, before her said marriage was SARAH TURNER that her said husband died at Mobile County, Ala, on the 21st day of January 1837 and she is now a widow. (6) that there is public or private record of her marriage can obtain or private of her marriage in the
She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which she is entitled under the act of March 3, 1855, never having received Bounty Land or knowing that she is entitled except for the above service; and she hereby constitutes and appoints. Chas. C. Tucker, of Washington, D. C. her attorney to prosecute her claim and procure her warrant. Hereby authorizing and empowering her said attorney to obtain from the proper authorities at Washington City, or elsewhere, certified copies of any Army or Navy records or documents in which her said husband's services may be recorded, and to procure any and all other evidence that may be necessary to establish her claim, as fully as if personally present; and revoking and countermanding all former authority that may have been given for the above specified purpose.
(7) SARAH X TURNER
Sworn to, subscribed, and acknowledged before me the day and year first above written; and on the same day personally came before me J. M. Nettles, a resident of Mobile County, in the State above named, and Ellis Fitzgerald, a resident of Mobile County, in said State, to me know as credible witnesses, who being duly sworn, declare that they are personally acquainted with (1) SARAH TURNER widow of (2) NOEL TURNER who has made and subscribed the foregoing declaration; that they were personally acquainted with (2) NOEL TURNER and his wife during the lifetime of the former, and know that they lived together as man and wife, and were so reputed; and they believe that the husband of the said (1) SARAH TURNER was the identical person who performed the service mentioned in the above declaration; that the above named (2) NOEL TURNER is now dead, and the said (1) SARAH TURNER is now a widow. And they further swear that they are disinterested in this claim.
J. M. Nettles
(8) Ellis Fitzgerald
Sworn to and subscribed before me, and I certify that I am not interested in the claim or concern in its prosecution
(9) S. C. ???????
Record of Ages
NOEL TURNER SEN was born May 11th 1764
SARAH TURNER was born Feb 22 1767
Enoch Turner was Born Oct 29th 1788
Charles Turner " " Oct 29th 1788
Mary Turner " " Oct 14th 1792
Cloey Turner " " Feb 14th 1795
Sarah Turner " " Aug 19th 1797
Nicey Turner " " Feb 5th 1800
William Turner " " July 30th 1802
John Turner " " Feb 9th 1805
Noel Turner Jr. " Aug 8th 1807
James Turner " " Nov 19th 1810
Henry Turner " " Dec 4th 1813
NOEL TURNER SEN deceased in the year of our 1837 Jan the 21st
War Department Pension Office 4th March 1834
Sir: The evidence in support of your claim under the act of June 7, 1832 has been examined and the papers are herewith returned. The following is a statement of your case in a tabular form. On companing these papers with the following reles, and the subjoined notes, you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed before a pension can be allowed. The notes and regulations will shew what is necessary to be done. Those points to which your attention is more particularly directed, you will find marked in the margin with a brace. You will, when you return your papers to this department, send this printed letter with them; and you will, by complying with this request, greatly facilitate the investigation of your claim.
A statement, shewing the Service of NOEL TURNER
Names and rank of the field officers under whom he served Capt Johnson
Age at present, and place of abode when he entered the service
18 years Barnewll Dist, S. C.
Proof by which the declaration is supported Traditionary
I am respectfully Your obedient servant,
James L. Edwards, Commissioner of Pensions
The State of Alabama) Before me A. B. Meek Judge of the Probate
Mobile County ) Court of said County, this day personallyappeared Enoch Turner who being duly sworn testified that since the making of his last affidavit now on file in the Pension Office at Washington City, he has found in the possession of his sister Mary Turner, the original Family Record of the births of NOEL TURNER and SARAH his wife and their several children; that said original is now in possession of the affidavit; that the transcript heretofore sworn to by this affidavit and said original record as to the said births and that said transcript was made some years since but now appears upon comparison to be a copy of the New Testament printed in the year 1804 and which has to the knowledge of this affidavit been used as the Family Record for about forth five years
Subscribed Enoch Turner
Witness my hand and seal of said Court this 16th day of April 1855
A. B. Meek Judge
State of Alabama) On this 14th day of January 1855 personally
Mobile County ) appeared before me A. B. Meek Judge of the court of probate for the county of Mobile State of Alabama Sarah Turner resident of the City of Mobile, State of Alabama aged Eighty Eight who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on her oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by act of Congress passed July 4th Eighteen hundred & thirty six (1836). That she is the widow of NOEL TURNER who was a private in the Revolutionary army that he was a Pensioner of the United States on the Roll of Pensions, at the pension agency at Mobile Alabama under the act of Congress of the 7th of June 1832 where he received the amount of pension due him up to the time of his death and at which time he surrendered his original certificate of pension.
She further swears that he was married to the said NOEL TURNER in South Carolina on day one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Seven (1787) that her husband the aforesaid NOEL TURNER died on the 21st day of January one thousand Eight hundred and thirty seven, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereunto annexed.
Subscribed SARAH X TURNER
Witness my hand and seal this 16th day of January 1855
A. B. Meek Judge
The State of Alabama) Before me Alexander B. Meek Judge of the
Mobile County ) Probate Court for said county this day personally appeared Enoch Turner who being duly sworn deposeth and said that he is the oldest son of NOEL TURNER SENR and SARAH TURNER his wife. That the said parties were married to each other, as deponents has always understood and believes, sometime in the year 1787; that the answered paper is a correct transcript of the Record of the Ages of times of birth of the said NOEL TURNER SEN and the said SARAH his wife and of all their children taken from the family Bible in which it was kept. That this defendant believes the same to be true and faithful that the said Family Bible with the original record is if not lost or worn out somewhere in possession of one of the other children. Though the defendant has not seen it for many years; that all of the said children are now living except John who died some years since; and that the statement in the annual paper as to the time of the death of NOEL TURNER SENR is also taken from the Family Bible and is correct . Enoch Turner
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of March 1855. And I do further certify that the deponent is a man of good character for Intgity and worth of beliefs. Witness my hand and seal of said court
A. B. Meeke Judge
1993 x 6.8 July 21, 59
S. C. Vol
En Jan 1 1779
Ala Feby 48 - 6,335
Chas C. Tucker
Washington D. C. Vol T. 163
Widow of NOEL TURNER
SC who served in the Revolutionary
war as a private
inscribed on the Roll at the rate of
20 Dollars 00
Cents per annum, to commence on
the 4th day of March, 1848
Certificate of Pension issued the
30th day of May 1855
and sent to James Perrine
Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under act
February 2, 1848, page 356 Vol 3
Regis 3 Mar 55 192368
so. 482 Deed 21 January 1837
Alabama to T. Perrin 4 Jan 1855
of Mobile Co., in the State of Alabama
who was a private in the company commanded
by Captain Johnson of the regt
by Col in the South Carolina
line for six months private
inscribed on the Roll of Alabama
at the rate of 20 dollars Cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March 1834
Certificate of pension issued the 21 day of March
1886 and sent to the House
F. S. Lyon House of Representative
Arrears to the 4th of March 1836 $100.00
Semi-ant. allowance ending 4 Sept 10.00
Act June 7, 1832 )
Recorded by Dan Boyd Clerk
Book E2 Vol 8 page 109
Branch of the Bank of the State of Alabama at Mobile
August 15, 1837
Received of George L. Gaines, agent for paying pensions, sixteen dollars 95 cents, being for Ten months & 7 days pension due to NOEL TURNER (deceased) from the 4th day of March 1831, to the 21 day of January 1837 for which I have signed duplicate receipts
Dols. 16.95 her
Attest H. Chamberlain SARAH X TURNER
State of Alabama) Be it known that before me Loyd Bowes a
Mobile County ) pension agent duly authorized by law to administer oaths personally appeared SARAH TURNER and made oath in due form of Law that she is the identical person named in our original certificate in her possession of which I certify the following is a true copy.
Department of the Interior widows pension I certify that in conformity with the act of Feb 2 1848 SARAH TURNER widow of NOEL TURNER who was a private in the revolutionary was is inscribed on the pension list at the rate of twenty dollars per anum commencing on the 4th of March 1848 and continuing for life unless she shall marry which case the pension is not payable after time of such marriage.
Given at the Department of the Interior this 3d day of May 1855
Examined and Signed Henry B. Whitney
If Waldo Commis of pensions acting secretary of the Interim that she has not intermarried but continues the widow of the above mentioned NOEL TURNER and that she now resides in Mobile and has resided there for the space of twenty years past and that previous she resided in Mississippi of the truth of which statements I am fully satisfied sworn to and subscribed this
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