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According to Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwestern (Page1280/1):

Samuel Turner was born in Perry County, Tenn., March 19, 1842, and is a son of he Hon. Elias T., and Sarah (Durning) Turner, natives of Tenn.,and North Carolina, respectively. In 1847 Mr. Turner removed, with his family, to Franklin County, Ark., where he reared his children and farmed until his death on March 10, 1884. He was one of prominent men of the county, and for many years served as Justice of the Peace.

During the war he raised a company of men of which he was elected captain. He fought in the battle of Oak Hill, and during the close of the war joined the army in Texas. Of his family of five sons and three daughters all grew to maturity, and all save one married. William J. was killed while in the Southern service, and only two sons and two daughters live at this writing, all of whom reside in this county. They are: our subject, Henry G., Mrs. M.T. Russell, and Mrs. M.J. Seals.

Samuel Turner lived with his father till his marriage in Scott County April 18, 1862 to Phebe Marsh , A native of this State and county, and daughter of Edward and Susan Marsh of Tennessee.

During the war, Mr. Turner was in the State service until the battle of Oak Hill, when he joined the Confederate army. From April 1862, till the closeof the war he was in the Twenty-third Texas Calvary, under Col. N.C. Gould, and held the office of sergeant. He participated in the engagements of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, La., and was disbanded in May of 1865.

In September of that year Mr. Turner came back to Franklin County, and 1872 located upon his present farm, which he has since improved and cleared. He now owns 350 acres in two tracts, and has about 125 acres cleared and improved. Mr. Turner is an influential man in this Township, and for six consecutive years has served as Justice of the Peace.

To himself and wife the following children have been born: Martha T., wife of William Rogers; Rosa L., wife of W.G. Anderson; Emily A., wife of J.H. Childers; Elias S.; William E.; Leonard M.; Samuel G.; and Phebe I. Three of their children died in infancy. Religiously, they are Hardshell Baptists.

Arkansas Confederate Veterans census 1911, Vol 3. Ft Smith Library 1981

Turner, Samuel of Barnes, Ark. was born Mar 19, 1842 at Beardstown, Perry Co.,Tenn. the son of Elias Turner, also of Beardstown, Tenn. who moved to Ark. in 1848, settling on Big Mulberry Creek in Franklin Co., near Cass, Ark. where he resided continuously until his death on March 10, 1885, age 63 1/2 years. He was the son of John Turner and his wife Isabell Bishop, who lived in Ky. before moving to Tennessee.

Maiden name of Subject's mother was Sarah Durning, daughter of Lewis Durning, who lived in NC. "John Turner", Sr. was a noted blacksmith and was detailed during the war of Revolution to manufacture arms for the soldiers who fought for American independence, Grandfather Lewis Durning was major in a regiment from Tenn. in the Battle of New Orleans on Nov. 8, 1815. Father of Subject served several terms in succession as Justice of the Peace, served one term in lower house of legislature 1878.

Subject was a Democrat, Premitive Baptist, and Mason He served as Private in Co. G, 1st. Ark. Cav. State Troops, enlisted enlisted at Ozark, Ark., rec'd into service by Derosa Carroll of Charleston, Ark. Apr. 1, 1861, served about 5 months. The regiment being state troops were disbanded soon after the Oak Hill Battle. After this, the Subject of this sketch in Apr. 1862 joined Co. I, of the 23rd. Tex. Cavalry, which was commanded by Capt. Hal Portwood of Terrant, Texas and N.C. Gould of Clarksville, Texas. Married (end of page 161)

Turner Tattler 1969:

An old landmark at Turner Bend that was 115 years old was destroyed by fire March 28. It was the old Sam and Phoebe Turner home place. The old home holds fond memories and recollections to the children and grand children of Sam and Phoebe Turner.

The home was originally built with large hewn timbers, but in later years was covered in wood siding. It was in this home, many years ago, that Jesse James and his gang spent the night with Sam and Phoebe (at Jesse James request however) and left at day break the next morning, giving the Turners a twenty dollar gold piece for their trouble. Eli Turner, son of Sam and Phoebe remembered the occasion vividly in 1961 when telling about the James boys and other hair raising incidents back in those days.

The place was sold about 25 years ago to Margaret Arrington, a daughter of Dr. Hansberry of Watalulu. At the time of the fire it was owned by Guy Patrick of Ozark.

The Sam Turner home was a show place for the past several years and was visited by many tourists. It was one of the sight seeing stops at our reunion at Turner Bend in 1961. Eli Turner (now deceased) made the trip with us and it as on this trip he told about the James brothers and the Younger boys.

Several years ago, a young artist from Dallas , Olin Travis visited Turner Bend quite often and made many beautiful paintings of the scenery. It was while on one of these trips he painted aunt Phoebe Turner standing by an old Ash Hopper. This painting hung in the art gallery at the Dallas State Fair for many years. When visiting the state fair we would always go by and look at this painting. Our last trip, about six years ago, we were told the painting had been moved to the art gallery at Fort Worth.

From the left, Samuel Gilbert Turner, Eli Turner, Howard Turner (brother to Wanda), Wanda Jane Turner Russell,  the child is Ruth Ann Russell Pierson.

Billy Chesser in the middle and Spike Richards on the right. The lady is Athena, Jerry Morganís daughter.  The girl is Athena's daughter.

Billy Morgan and family.


 Ventura Cross.

Athena's daughter.

Sam Turner at the Cross in Ventura, CA.

Sam's '91 Mercury Cougar.

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