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Re: Nat Turne Relatives Where's the Documetation?
In Response To: Relatives of NAT TURNER? ()
The Negro History Bulletin published an article many years ago about some relatives, but I can't put my finger on it, nor give you the date at this time.
One peculiar thing is that I've never seen anyone with documented proof that they descend from Nat Turner. I have an interest in knowing, because my paternal grandmother claimed to be a descendant, although I have no documentary evidence to support it. Her mother's surname was Turner, and what little we have, is oral tradition that the furthest back ancestor was born in Virginia, although her line ended up in Kentucky. How they got to Kentucky (asuming that this line was actually related to Nat) is beyond anyone's knowledge.
I wish those who have the proof of his children and direct descendants, would publish something on it, as it would be a great example of how one could document slave genealogy. It would also help other people with Turner surnames and oral history connecting them to this famous man, determine if they are indeed related to him. It doesn't matter to me if I do have a connection to this famous person--I just want to locate my correct ancestors, regardless of who they were or what they did.
I realize also that many people claim to be descendants, although they are actually collateral relatives, and that is an entirely different thing. Collateral relatives are not descendants or ancestors.
To date I can only recall mention of his wife and children being sold from the area, but nothing specific as to where or how far away. It could easily be the case that they were sent out of the immediate Southampton neighborhood, but were retained in a nearby town or county. With all that's been speculated about him, and written about him, it would be nice to see better documentation. But perhaps nothing survives beyond oral tradition.
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