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73. Catherine "Caty" ALLEN32 was born in 1766.22 She died in 1817 at the age of 51 in Sheldon, Genesee County, New York.1,33,34

Records of 1st Baptist Society of Sheldon, Wyoming Co. [Wyoming Co was originally part of Genesee Co] show Mrs. Catie Turner on the roll as early as 1808. She later left over a disagreement. She apparently ran the local tavern in the absence of her husband and after his death. In 1809 she was excluded from the fellowship of the Baptist Society. This article states that Catherine Allen was a daughter of Moses Allen.

Abstracts of Wills and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835, p.276
As Measure of dower for Catee Turner, Widow of Roswell Turner dec'd (no date) Gideon Pitts, James Henderson, William Pitts [between two orders date May, 1811]

1810 Census. Sheldon, Genesee Co NY
Caty Turner: 1m under 10 [there should have been two sons under 10], 1m age 16-26 [Horace]
1f 16-26. 1f over 45 [Caty]

Western Historical Quarterly says Orsamus Turner's mother died when he was 17 which would have been about 1818. Only Orsamus and Chipman were underage when Caty died.

Horace S. Tuner granted administration of Caty Turner Estate, Genesee Letters of Administration, Vol. 2, p. 230.
To Horace S. Turner, son of Catee Turner, deceased, Letter of Administration granted 12 Jun 1817, Richard Smith, Esquire, Surrogate of Genesee County at Batavia.

Catherine "Caty" ALLEN and Roswell TURNER were married.35 Roswell TURNER29,33,34,36,37, son of Reuben TURNER and Sarah WARD, was born on 17 March 1766 in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He died in 1809 at the age of 43 in Genessee County, New York.33

Roswell Turner, S. of Reuben and Sarah, b. 17 Mar 1766
Vital Records of Salisbury, Connecticut . (Online Database, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: Historical Collections Relating to the Town of Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, Volume 1 and Volume 2, by The Salisbury Association, 1913-1916, p.70

Roswell Turner was from Connecticut. He and Catherine first moved to Dorset, Bennington Co. Vermont.. In 1796 he took land on the outlet of Hemlock Lake in Ontario Co, built a log house and then the following winter moved his family and his father and mother. A year or two later they moved to Allen's Hill near the rest of the family where they remained until 1804. Then they pushed on to Wyoming County, being the first to settle west of Warsaw NY. Roswell had to make his own road.

Emigrated to Dorset, Vermont; then followed the rest of the family to Western New York, Wyoming County. They were first to settle west of Warsaw, New York.

1790 Census. Rupert, Bennington Co, Vermont
Roswell Turner: 1 male over 16. 1 male under 16. Three females.
A Moses Allen lived next door with two males over 16, one male under 16 and three females. [The males could be Moses & Peter - Nathaniel born 1780 so would have been under 16. The four oldest daughters could have been married - dates of the marriages of two of them that exist do indicate they were married before 1790.]

I found an Index of Land Transactions of the Holland Land Co. It lists Moses Allen, his sons, Peter and Nathaniel Allen and sons-in-law Roswell Turner, Samuel Robinson, and Samuel Woodworth.

History of Ontario Co, New York
Everts, Ensign & Everts
Philadelphia; 1876
β€œin accordance with precedent, Roswell Turner, of Vermont,, had located at the outlet of Hemlock Lake, erected a log house, and cleared a small tract during the summer and fall of 1796, and to have the advantage of firm footing, chose to ring his family during the winter. The journey was long and wearisome, but Cayuga lake was finally reached, and Turner set out to cross the ice. The attempt was made on horseback, and he narrowly escaped the loss of his mother and two children by the breaking of the ice. With the year of his settlement at the outlet two of the family had died and sickness added to his misfortunes. His after-record as a settler in the Holland purchase is full of interest in his efforts to maintain his family and supply his stock with the twigs of felled trees to prevent their starvation.”

p.227 "Town of Richmond"
In 1796, Roswell Turner bought land on Hemlock Lake outlet, built a cabin, made a clearing and in winter was joined by his parents and family. About 1798 the family moved to Allen's Hill, whence, in 1804, they went to the Holland purchase, where he died in 1809.

p.230-231 "Richmond in 1812"
Proceedings of the first town meeting in Pittstown, then calle Honeoye, at the house of Capt Peter Pitts included nomination of Roswell Turner as one of the fence-viewers and path-masters.

1800 Census, Ontario Co NY: 1m under 10, 1m 16-26, 1m 26-45, 1m over 45 [Roswell?] Too many males - Horace probably under age 10, perhaps Roswell's father still living. 1f under 10, 2f 10-16 [3 daughters, Margaret would have been about two, the others names are unknown], 1f 26-45 [Catherine Allen age about 34]

April 7, 1801, at the first town meeting of Pittstown (which became Honeoye & Richmond) Roswell Turner was chosen as a fence viewer and pathmaster.

Said to have moved to the lands of the Holland Purchase in 1804. He was a land agent and surveyor who opened the first tavern in 1806.

Phelps and Gorham Purchase, by O. Turner. Chapter on "Newspaper Reminisces", p. 515
1809 - "Died at Leicester, Genesee county, on his way home to Sheldon, Roswell Turner, aged 43 years."

Found in NEHGS database online:
Genesee Co, NY
Letters of Administration, Vol. 1, p.51
Adm of the Estate of Roswell Turner late of town of Sheldon, died intestate. Granted to John Rolph as Admr during the minority of Horace S. Turner.
17 Jul 1810

New York Probate Records; Genessee Co, Vol. 1-2 p. 4, (image 7)
Surrogate's Office
At a Court Sept 13, 1810
Richard Smith, Surrogate.
Upon hearing and filing the petition of Catie Turner Widow of Roswell Turner, praying that admeasurers be appointed to lay off to the said Widow her dower in such lands as her late husband died seized of in fee simple in the said County, which lands are described as follows, to wit ...1. All that certain tract of land situate in township Number nine in the 3d Range of townships in Phelps and Chipman's puchase commonly so called, being lot No. 47 containing 179 acres and 78/100. Also Lot No. 48 in the same township containing 183 acres 62/100. Also Lot No. 3 in township No. 9 in the 4. Range on said purchase containing 363 acres 41/100 and also of 3 acres and 19/100 on the east side of Lot No 38 in the Township last aforesaid to be laid in lines parallel with the line of said Lot.2 and also all that other tract of Land described as follows viz.
Lot No. 31 in the 9. Town 4. Range on said purchase sontaining 355 acres 80/100 and also 100 acres off the east part of Lot no. 39. in said 9th town 4. Range a Major survey of which several tracts of land is in the land office of the Holland Company in the village of Batavia.
It is therefore Ordered by the said Surrogate that John Rolph, Uriah Parsons and Ariel Sherwood disinterested freeholders of the said County be and they are hereby appointed in pursuance of the Statute in such case made and provided admeasurers of the dower aforesaid who are hereby directed to lay off the same as speedily as my be and make due returns thereof to this office.

Further documents indicate that the admeasurers did indeed lay off Caty Turner's dower and included a map. The rest of the property was sold for Roswell's debts, but it was far short of the debts listed on 8 Jan 1816. Interest was granted those awaiting payment to 5 Nov 1814. By 30 Jan 1819, Horace S. Turner, as administrator of his mother's estate was again asking for sale of her lands to pay her debts. Lemuel Castle was appointed guardian of Horace's two underage brothers - Orsamus and Chipman Turner, 4 Jun 1819.

Catherine "Caty" ALLEN and Roswell TURNER had the following children:



Horace S. TURNER32,33 was born about 1795. He served in the military in 1812–1813 at Served under Col. Chapin in War of 1812. He died in East Aurora, New York.32

Of Sheldon, Wyoming Co NY. "Historical Wyoming", Jan 1959, gives his name as Judge Horace S. Turner. Said to have abandoned his study of medicine to help his mother after the death of his father.
Served in the War of 1812 in the corps of mounted riflemen under Col. Chapin. Said to have been imprisoned. Was at the sortie of Ft. Erie, the battle of Chippewa, Black Rock, and attempted to defend Buffalo when it was burned in Dec 1813.
[If Horace was old enough to serve in the War of 1812, he must have been very old indeed to have died in 1896 as stated in the above article article; possibly should have been 1836. He seems to disappear after the 1830 census.]

1820, NY, Genesee Co, Sheldon Twp, p. 272
Horace S. Turner, 1m -10, 1m 26-45 [Horace] 1f -10, 1f 16-26

1830, NY, Genesee Co, Sheldon Twp, p.277
Horace S. Turner, 1m 10-15, 1m 20-30, 1m 30-40 [Horace] 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 15-20, 1f 30-40



[Daughter] TURNER33 was born (date unknown).

Married a Farnum of Bennington.



Margaret TURNER.



[Daughter] TURNER32,33 was born (date unknown).

Married a Sanders, or Sands, of Aurora, Erie Co NY



Orsamus TURNER.



Chipman Phelps TURNER.