I am looking for descendants of a TURNER family which is very difficult to trace. I am almost sure these Turners were of mixed race and were relatively poor. Marlboro County DBk E/388 reveals the names of the immediate family members. Silas Turner(b. 1808) died between 1870 and 1883, leaving no children surviving. But he did have a widow and a small parcel of ground, about 100 acres near Isaac Pipkin. This property came into the hands of his nieces and nephews, as follows:
children of Isham Turner(b. c. 1805), dec'd: James Turner, Robeson Turner, Sarah Ann Parker (c. 1840--27 Dec 1890) w/o Anderson, Martha Williams (maybe the wife of David Williams).
children of Jemima Driggers (b. c. 1807), dec'd--She was the wife of Matthew Driggers (b. c. 1801): James T. Driggers, Jane Driggers, Martha Smith, Nancy Quick (c. 1852--25 May 1922) w/o Nelson Quick (1838--1913), John Driggers.
children of a sister Clarkey Williams, dec'd (b. c. 1811), wife of Joseph Williams: Margaret Driggers, w/o her cousin James T. , William Perkins, Alexander Williams, James Williams, Martha Grant (c. 1836--1929) w/o Archibald, Lucy A. Smith, w/o Rufus, [perhaps Mary J., w/o Absalom Hammonds, who was dead at the time of the making of this deed and whose children were living in Chesterfield County by 1870, so therefore, excluded from this deed.]
These parties sold their interests to the widow of Silas, Jennie Turner. I need to know, who was the father of Silas, Isham, Jemima, and Clarkey (AKA Clarissa?) How do these children relate to Moses Turner, a free person of color who shows up in the 1790 census of Richmond County, and is probably ancestor to all of the "Black Dutch" Turners of Marlboro?
Also need help untangling how William Perkins (b. c. 1833) was descended from or entitled to a share of Clarkey Williams' portion of this estate. His mother, according to the 1880 census of Marlboro, was Polly Sessoms/Sessions (b. c. 1820.) In 1870, she is living with William, his wife Martha (Patsey), and sons John and Alexander in Wolf Pit Twp, Richmond Co., NC and is said to be born c. 1823. In 1860, William lives with his wife Martha A. (b. c. 1840) in Marlboro, no children. In 1850, he lives in Marlboro with what appears to be his paternal grandmother, Martha Perkins (b. c. 1790) and her son Jesse (b. c. 1815). Next door is Joseph Perkins (b. c. 1821) and wife Amanda. Now Joseph and Clarkey TURNER WILLIAMS' daughter Martha is said to have married Archibald GRANT, so William Perkins' wife Martha cannot be her. William Perkins' mother Polly Sessoms could not be Clarkey Williams' daughter. She is too old. Is it possible that Polly Sessoms was actually another sister to the Turners and that the person who made this deed misunderstood some of the relationships?