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71. Catherine "Caty" ALLEN32 was born in 1766.22 She died in 1818 at the age of 52 in Wyoming 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 Cate 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.

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 Wyoming 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.]

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, Rowell Turner, aged 43 years."

Found in NEHGS database online:
Genessee 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

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



Margaret TURNER.



Orsamus TURNER.



[Daughter] TURNER33 was born (date unknown).

Married a Farnum of Bennington.



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

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



Chipman Phelps TURNER.