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He and his wife (Cynthia Pennington) and 7 children were living on the...

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He and his wife (Cynthia Pennington) and 7 children were living on their plantation when the Confederates took the land for Andersonville (GA) Prison.

Surnames: TURNER
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mcalister has been a Family Tree Circles member since Nov -0001. is researching the following names: TURNER.

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by peggy6324 on 2006-03-13 15:47:08

Can you tell me "his" name and where this information came from? Very interested in this. Thanks, Peggy Pennington Pound

by turner71725 on 2006-10-23 16:08:46

Peggy6324, His name was William Wesley Turner. I am his GGG grandson. My grandmother tried for years to get payment for the land that was taken from the family. She did get a bill introduced but it was never voted on. I stil have a copy of the bill.

by jwhardin41 on 2007-11-07 19:06:06

To the heirs, other Turner and associated relatives, and Researchers of and/or interested in
WILLIAM WESLEY TURNER m. Cynthia Pennington Turner
and/or their children: Isaac Abednego Turner, Nancy Victoria Turner Shockley, John Richard Turner, William H. Turner, Benjamin Hill Turner,
James W. Turner, Shadrach Crawford ("Tom") Turner:

I would love to have a copy of the Bill of Congress belonging to TURNER71725 to see if it is the same as the one laying before me at this moment:
58th Congress, 2nd Session Senate Bill 3234
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 8, 1904
For the relief of the heirs of William Wesley Turner, deceased.
"Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled,"
That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay to the heirs of William Wesley Turner, deceased, late of
Sumter County, Georgia, the sum of ten thousand dollars out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated: "PROVIDED", That the same
is accepted in FULL (my emphasis) as compensation
for the TAKING and occupation of ALL property that
belonged to the said William Wesley Turner by the
UNITED STATES ARMY during the late civil war.

There are at least FOUR versions to the outcome: (1) as stated by TURNER71725, that a bill was introduced but never voted on, (2) a slight variation of #1, voted on but did not
pass, (3) a very mean one, that one of the boys managed to cut a deal and got ALL the money, which I particularly despise and the slander by kith and KIN who enjoy telling and retelling that smear,and...(4) the version passed down to me:
That, there was a Bill Passed or "Arrangement and Promise Made"(several sub-variations on this part)...at an earlier date (1870s??)...that the heirs would be paid $10,000..."WHEN the MONEY was
AVAILABLE", and to accrue at interest (4% = FOUR percent??) in the meantime.
In 1904, after waiting almost 40 years ("forty lashes less one stripe"), the FOUR oldest sons,
Isaac, John, William, and Ben (my g-grandfather),
"went down to Georgia" (traveled by railroad to Americus, GA, seat of Sumter County), expecting
that Justice would finally prevail. The $10,000
at FOUR percent interest would have grown to about FOUR times the "original" amount by that time, or about $40,000. My understanding is that
when the FOUR brothers present were offered the
$10,000, w/o the interest, as FULL compensation
for the Turner Family's loss, that they refused to accept that amount and instead chose to fight
for Full Compensation in the True sense. So far as I know, they never received so much as a dime.
I do know for a FACT, that in the 1960s, at least one heir, or group of heirs, circulated a
document asking permission to represent all the heirs of William Wesley Turner in the attempt to obtain payment for the property that was taken from the family by the United States Army. I was a minor at that time and my parents chose on my behalf NOT to sign on because the attorney or law firm involved wanted 50 percent of any amount to
be received as a settlement.
My father, Aubrey L. Turner, was a lawyer and
was licensed to practice in Federal Court. Just
prior to his death in November 1959, my father had completed work to present to the Turner heirs, offering to represent the Estate for only
his Actual Expenses (travel to and from Georgia, Washington, D.C., hotels). Version (myth?) #4, as related above, was that which was passed on to me from my Father. Perhaps it just made for a good story but I think it is what he believed. He was
very confident he could win, in Congress, or in Federal Court. It seems that he would have known if the "old (1870s??) documents" really existed and, if so, either had access to them or thought he knew how to find them. My father was born at Thornton, AR and grew up in the the midst of his greatgrandmother Cynthia, grandparents Ben and Delphia Anne Hardin Turner, and great-uncles
"Ike, Dick, and Will" that would have known just
what had happened "down in Georgia". I am the objective sort and will readily change my opinion when shown simple proof of a thing. However, until shown otherwise, version #4 is the one that I believe is the closest to the true account.

Best Regards,
Jeffrey Turner

by turner71725 on 2008-04-17 12:20:47

Jeffrey, I believe version #4 is what I have heard. Dick was my g grandfather. My sister would have the copy of the bill now. I think you were at my fathers book signing this past january "The People of Princeton" . I have a brother named Jeffrey who mentioned that he talked to someone named Jeffrey Turner. I live on part of the old Turner Land in Princeton AR.

Andy Turner

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