Monday, January 22, 2018

Distracted but back to Grangers, Poors, and Farnums

I admit, I've been happily following those green leaves (hints) over on Ancestry, and also have succumbed to their sending me emails of new additions to the people on my trees.  Oh my goodness, I'd never heard of some of them, but then there were others...and so I've gotten distracted. Remember I've got around 3000 people on my three trees. Sorry.

Now back to the Swasey family roots.  There were the Adams and Grangers, at whom we've recently looked.  Now let's follow some of the wives' branches and see what we can find.

Martha Poor Granger  1654–1723

Birth 4 NOVEMBER 1654 Andover, Essex, MA

Death 4 DECEMBER 1723 Andover, Essex, MA

Martha Poor's father Daniel, has 30 hints that I have to weed through before I can tell you about him. He was one of those early immigrants to Essex County MA.

Martha's mother was Mary Farnum Poor (we've heard of the Farnum (Farnham) name before in the Andover area.  Mary Farnum Poor only got 5 hints on her name, so let's see what we can find about...

Mary Farnum Poor  1628–1713

Birth 13 JULY 1628 St Nicholas, Rochester, Kent, Eng

Death 3 FEB 1713-1714 Andover, Essex, Mass

Mary was born in England, the eldest of the Farnum children who came with their parents on the ship "James" to Boston in 1635.  Her parents were Ralph and Alice Farnum.  (On checking with Wikipedia, there were several ships named "James" during the reign of King James.)

Martha Poor Granger's father was:

Daniel Poor Jr  1624–1689

Birth 1624 Marlborough, England

Death 8 JUN 1689 Andover, Essex, Mass

Mary and Daniel married Oct. 20, 1650.  He also had been born in England, and they married in Andover, MA. 

He was a "youth, aged fourteen years, whose name is on the list of passengers in the ship "Bevis," from Southhampton, England, in 1638, and his name is there written Dayell Poore, that he came with his sister Alee, or Alice, aged twenty years, and his brothers, Samuel, aged eighteen years, and John, all under the designation of servants of Richard Dummer." 

To continue:
" In 1644 he became one of the original settlers of Andover and spent the greater part of his life in that town, where he acquired a large estate in lands and other property, which at his death in 1713 was appraised at eight hundred pounds. He also became prominent in town afifairs, held several important offices and served as selectman eight years. His farm and home in Andover were on the east side of Shawshin river, near where now stands the station at the junction of the Boston & Maine and Essex railroads. Daniel Poore married Mary Farnum, who bore him eleven children."

"One of their sons, Daniel Poore, III, born in Andover, Massachusetts. 1656, lived on the old homestead in that town. He married Mehitable Osgood, and by her had nineteen children."

Daniel Poore Jr (the father) left a will giving land to his eldest son.  But his will also mentions daughter Martha, "to whom he gave 20 acres of land."  As several of his other daughters are specifically mentioned as unmarried, it must be assumed that Martha was married when he wrote his will in 1689.  And this is substantiated in other records, that she married Captain John Granger in 1679.

Martha, it seems, was listed in the Andover Births Record as Matthew, a daughter, (sic) on her birthdate of Nov. 4, 1654. and as "d. of Daniell Pore, Jr and Mary."  

But Matthew isn't mentioned in the will of his father though all the other children are.   

(So now I'm checking the 18 hints on Matthew Poor's name at Ancestry.  He has no records apparently, besides those which Ancestry has devised, no death date on Find a Grave, no marriage, no children, and the unfortunate copying of non-information over and over again, as a result of being listed as a daughter at this birthdate.  Half of the listings for his name are actually for his sister Martha, or mother, Mary.

So I am thinking at this point that Martha was the only one born on that date (since there are many records with her birthdate corroborated, like marriage, death, etc.) and perhaps she would have been named Matthew if she had been a boy.  Or perhaps there was a twin who died at birth.  Who knows.  For now I'm marking Matthew as just listed as "d" under his name.  If you do count a Matthew as a real person, then there were 11 children born to Daniel and Mary Poor.  Otherwise it comes to just 10. 

See, I just spent an hour doing all that merry-go-round which didn't answer many questions and gave me more than I started with.

But I've neglected to post anything today so far, so here it comes...out there world, on the World Wide Web!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Heroine of the Revolution, my distant cousin, Kerenhappuch Norman Turner.

Go back in time to Spotsylvania County, VA and find another Isaac Norman, the grandfather of the one who's grave I found in KY. (In post HERE)

Isaac and his wife, Frances Courtney Norman, had a daughter who has been memorialized following the Revolutionary War.  Her name was Kerenhappuch Norman Turner. Her name comes from the Bible, the name of the last of Job's three daughters and she shared with her two sisters the paternal inheritance. Keren-happuch's two sisters are called Jemimah and Keziah. (And yes, Kerenhappuch Norman did have sisters by those names as well!)

Statue erected in 1902, Greensboro, NC  (See this site for some of the dedication of it )

Here are a few excerpts from sites about her life...

From History of the Culpeper County Normans:

In 1765 James Turner and wife Kerenhappuck sold their dwelling and former residence with 100 acres of land to William Lightfoot. This was described as the land Isaac Norman gave James Turner, 1733, on his marriage to Isaac's daughter, Kerenhappuck. According to their descendants, they moved to Halifax County, Virginia.

Kerenhappuck Norman Turner was a heroine of the Revolutionary War. A monument erected in her honor stands in Guilford Battlefield Park, Guilford, North Carolina. The History of the Morehead Family tells of her organizing the hospital corps after the battle of Guilford Courthouse and of how she found her grandson on Guildford battlefield and nursed him back to health in the New Garden Quaker Meeting House. In her old age, she is said to have spent much time with her daughter Sarah on Little River in Richmond County, N. C. She rode horseback and hunted with her gransons. It was on one of these hunts that she was said to have been thrown off and her neck broken.  From an unknown DAR publication

Historians are undecided about the exact birth date of Kerenhappuch Norman, but it seems fair to assume that she was born in the north central part of the Colony of Virginia, probably in what was then Spotsylvania County, in about 1715. She was the daughter of a well known tobacco planter, Isaac Norman and his wife, the former Frances Courtney. In about 1730 she met James Turner, the son of a prominent Maryland family and also a tobacco planter, and they were married in Spotsylvania County in 1731. Deed records show that following the wedding, Isaac Norman deeded a portion of his home plantation to his daughter and her new husband. It was on this land that the first child, James Turner, was born in 1732, and he was followed by four sisters - Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth and Susan. Within a few years the growth of the Colony resulted in a division of the county, and the Norman and Turner land became a part of Orange County, and in 1749 it became a part of Culpeper County. It lay on the banks of the Rappahannock River near the present day town of Remington, and there the two James Turners cultivated tobacco for many years. The new county was surveyed by George Washington, and it was probably during this time that Kerenhappuch and her family met and became devoted to the man who was to become the father of our country. These were happy years for James and Kerenhappuch; they raised their children and taught them the skills of riding and hunting; skills which were not just enjoyable but indeed, necessary for survival in this frontier land.

At a point prior to the revolutionary war the elder James Turner and his wife moved to Halifax County, Virginia, and when the revolution began, the younger James became active in the Virginia militia and was soon a captain. Family tradition holds that Kerenhappuch, ever mindful of the dangers of war, told her son and grandsons that if they were ever wounded, they should get word to her and she would come to their assistance.

Records of the revolutionary war indicate that Captain Turner's company went south and was in the sieges at Halifax County and Fort Ninety Six, and also fought in Pittsylvania County. In March of 1781 the company was posted to guard duties in Guilford County, North Carolina. Of course, Kerenhappuch personally assisted the American side by riding as a courier - apparently the British didn't suspect that an older lady such as she could give them any problems. However, on one occasion when the ferries over the James River were tightly guarded by the British, it is recorded that Kerenhappuch swam the river on horseback to elude detection.

Guilford Courthouse had been the seat of government for Guilford County, North Carolina since 1774, and it was toward this site that, on March 15, 1781, the 1,900 man army of British Lord Charles Cornwallis was marching. Unbeknownst to Cornwallis, a 4,400 man army of colonial troops under Major General Nathanael Greene was lying in wait, well hidden in dense forest foliage. The ensuing battle was fierce; when it was over more than 27% of the British had suffered injury or death compared to only 6% for the Americans who claimed victory in the battle. Although neither side gained a decisive advantage in this battle, the British loss of troops was so great that it forced them to abandon the Carolinas, and this eventually led to their defeat at Yorktown.

Eight descendands of Kerenhappuch Turner fought in the battle; her son and seven grandsons. Captain James Turner and one of the grandsons were gravely wounded. When word of this reached Kerenhappuch, she rushed on horseback through hostile lines to administer to her kin and others who had suffered injuries in the battle. When she started out for Guilford she was carrying a sick infant with her on the horse. At some point during this journey, the infant died and was buried alongside the trail. By risking her life in this manner, Kerenhappuch Turner had become a true heroine of our first war. A monument was erected in her memory at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and dedicated to her memory on July 4, 1902. Its granite base is crowned with the bronze figure of a woman clad in the costume of her time carrying in her hand the symbol of her ministry on the battle field, a folded towel over her arm and a tea cup and saucer in her hand. It is believed that this was the first monument ever erected to a revolutionary war heroine.

When the war had been concluded Captain Turner, now fully recovered from his wounds, relocated to Halifax County, Virginia and later to Montgomery County, North Carolina. When her husband died in about 1785, Kerenhappuch Turner moved south to live with her son. Evidently upon her husband's death much of his property passed to his son in the 18th century custom. The son, in a show of love, respect and affection for his mother, gave much of it back to her as described in the deed which is recorded in Deed Book 13, Pg. 138, Halifax County, Virginia.

Kerenhappuch Turner died in 1805 in Richmond County, North Carolina. Family tradition says that while hunting with her grandsons she fell from her horse and died of a broken neck. It is not known where she is buried.

She rode from Maryland to North Carolina on horseback to care for her son (or grandson) who was wounded at the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina, in the Revolutionary War. Her monument is erected on the battlefield there (outskirts of Greensboro). She rigged a bucket of water from the rafters of a cabin to allow water to drip on the wound of her son so as to eliminate the infection.

(Blogger's Note: I'm pretty sure she wasn't living in Maryland when she rode to NC, but from VA. However, I won't bet on it!)


2. i. KERENHAPPUCH2 TURNER, b. WFT Est. 1732-1748; d. WFT Est. 1765-1837.
3. ii. CAPT. JAMES TURNER, JR., b. 1732; d. Abt. 1809, Maury County, Tennessee.
4. iii. MARY TURNER, b. Aft. 1732; d. WFT Est. 1777-1827.
5. iv. SUSAN TURNER, b. Aft. 1732; d. WFT Est. 1750-1826.
6. v. ELIZABETH TURNER, b. 1739; d. WFT Est. 1776-1834.
7. vi. SARAH TURNER, b. 1740, Virginia; d. Aft. 1804, Richmond, North Carolina.

20 JAN 1785
Halifax County VA
Deed Book 13, Page 138
JAMES TURNER [JR] discharge unto my mother, KERENHAPPUCH TURNER, all rights and titles, interest and claims of dower into all and everything, slaves and personal estate, she is now possessed in right of JAMES TURNER [SR] my father,she being about to remove with me to
the State of North Carolina. I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of June 1785. Witnesses Thos. Clark, John Clark, Abraham LeGrand, William Thompson. Signed JAMES TURNER [JR]. [Halifax CoVA Deeds (1784-1790) TLC Genealogy, 1994]
Another source:

Kerenhappuch Turner (Norman)

Also Known As: "Heroine of the Battle of Guilford Court House", "Kerenhappuch Norman Turner"
Birthplace: Halifax, Virginia
Death: before January 14, 1804
Richmond, North Carolina, United States (thrown from her horse and suffered a broken neck)
Place of Burial: Guilford Court House, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family: Daughter of Isaac Norman and Frances Norman
Wife of James Turner
Mother of Mary Edson; Mary Norman Morehead; Sarah Turner; Elizabeth Morehead; Susan Karenhappuch Kauffer and 2 others
Sister of Courtney C. Norman, Sr. b.c1705; Joseph T. Norman; Keziah Hillen; Isaac Norman, Jr.; Jemima Turner and 3 others

Occupation: Rev War-organized hospital corp aft Battle of Guilford Cthse

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Immigrant ancestors Robert Adams II and Eleanor Wilmot Adams

These were the Puritans who came to America.
Robert and Eleanor Wilmot Adams landed in one of the early Ipswich MA in 1635.

They brought their first two children (John, age 3, and Joanna, age 1) with them, and had one child born and die in 1635 the year they arrived in America.  They then had 2 more children in the original settlement of Salem, Essex County, MA. Then they moved to Newbury, Essex county, MA, and had 8 more children, with the last one born when Eleanor was 41.  Eleanor died in 1677 at age 67, and Robert II remarried the next year to Sarah Glover Short, who was his age (according to the records at Ancestry) 76, and she lived until she was 95. She was the widow of Henry Short and then of Robert Adams.

When Robert and Eleanor's daughter, Joanna Adams married Lancelot Granger, he was not part of the freedmen of the Puritan church. One commentator in Ancestry said that he had enough riches that his not being a Puritan was overlooked by the tight church group.  The Grangers raised their family in Newbury MA until after their last child, then moved to Suffield CT as it was originally being settled (which was in MA at that time.)   (See post about Lancelot Granger HERE. and about Suffield CT HERE. )

Because there are only a few records about their lives, there are some controversies about who the Adams children were.  One descendent is positive 3 of the children listed at Find-A-Grave, didn't exist, nor did Eleanor as a "Wilmot."  There will probably continue to be controversies, and I just hope that my ancestors are listed and really existed...though of course they did exist whether or not they're listed in Ancestry!

Robert and Eleanor Adams are my 7th great grandparents.

They are no relation to the Adams of Quincy MA, of whom President John Adams was a descendant.

Now I have to find where the connection to Sam Adams, the brewer, can be found.

Today's quote:

It is not the answer that enlightens but the question.
Eugene Ionesco