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Coincidental or Connection??

Maybe I am reading too much into this, but check this out. Pay close attention to the first name of the slaves.

From John Turner's will and estate inventory (1807, Fairfield Co., SC), I have deduced that the appraisers of his estate conveniently listed mother and children together. I have found that my ancestor, Annika, had the following children in 1807: Henry, Richard, Easter, Doll, Dave, Mary, Bess, Jim, Mariah, Jack, and Isaac. Richard is my ancestor (4th-great grandfather).

From his estate, John Turner's daughter, Agnes Turner Boyce, inherited Richard, Bess, and Jack. David & Agnes Boyce were living in Laurens County, SC at the time of her father's death and relocated to Union Co., SC shortly before 1830. Agnes later relocated to Panola County, Mississippi circa 1845. Richard & Milly, also a Boyce slave, had children named Isaac, Washington, Easter, Mariah, Dick, Henry, Palina, and more. (Re-look at the names of Annika's children)

From his estate, John Turner's daughter, Molly Turner McCrorey, inherited Annika's son, Isaac. Molly and her husband, John McCrorey, resided there in Fairfield County, SC. Isaac McCrorey is found in the 1870 and 1880 Fairfield Co. census. Isaac's reported age was 65 in 1870. Living with or near him were some of his children: Washington, Dollie, Henry, Mary and more. So now, we see that Richard has a son named Washington, and his brother, Isaac, also has a son named Washington. To me, this is more than coincidental. There's a reason for the use of this name.

Now, this is the finding that is catching my eye:

From his estate, John Turner's daughter, Martha Turner Law, inherited Annika's daughter, Easter. James & Martha Law lived in Newberry County, SC. In the 1870 and 1880 Newberry Co. census, I find someone named WASHINGTON Law. In 1880, his reported age is 62. Living with or near him were his children: Isaac, Aron, Easter, Monroe, and more.

When Easter was taken to Newberry County, it could be that she eventually had children and one of them was Washington Law.

Washington Law of Newberry County: Coincidence or more than coincidental??

Whew! (Hope I wasn't confusing and you were able to follow.) :)

By the way, according to this History of the Turner Family, it states, "The Biographical Directory of the Senate of the State of South Carolina adds that John Turner was one of Gen. George Washington's escorts on his visit to South Carolina in 1791." Hmmm...wonder if that had something to do with the name "Washington" occuring often in my family tree? Hmmmm....

Melvin


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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