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Turner Family Papers

Identifier: A-0153

Scope and Contents

The items in this collection are letters pertaining to family matters and incidents during the Civil War period and after. Also included in this collection is a land document and a poem composed by a relative.


  • 1857-1876

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Turners settled in Smith County, Texas about 1856. According to tradition, the family traveled from Mississippi in an ox wagon, and crossed the Mississippi River on a ferry to get to Texas. Tillman J. Turner was born January 22, 1813 and died October 16, 1884. His wife, Permelia Turner, was born April 19, 1814 and died January 26, 1897. Both are buried in the Asbury Cemetery which was located very close to the property they owned. Their daughter, Martha E. Turner, was born in Georgia around 1840. Although no marriage record has been found, Martha E. Turner is said to have married M. A. Neal. (Information provided by collection donor)


0.20 Cubic Feet


Smith County, Texas family. Letters, land office document, and poem relating to the Tillman J. Turner family. Several letters concern incidents during the Civil War.


This collection is described in 16 folders and housed with other collections in a clamshell box.

Guide to the Turner Family Papers
Natasha McClanahan
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository