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No one as yet has proven just when the first Turman or Tureman came to the American shores. Some say they came from England. Some say from Germany and a few claim Irish decent. Some believe the name came from the name Thurman or Thurmond. Others say from the Norman-Enl. Name Ternan. I now wonder if perhaps the name "Trueman" also ties in with this mystery?
We do know for certain that Ignatius Tureman was recorded in "King and Queen County Virginia in 1704", where he paid a rent tax on his property. The question in my mind is why Ignatius dropped the "h" and added an "e"?
In reference work we find where "Walter Trueman" was in Conn. in 1654, Northampton, Mass. in 1659 and in Westfield Mass. in 1654. Could this family also be tied in with our Turmans and Turemans? Perhaps this question will always go unanswered.
We do know that the name "Ignatius" was the key name handed down in succeeding generations.
The following variations of spelling occur in the Virginia Archives and in many cases the some person is referred to in a number of different spellings: Tureman, Tourman, Turmon, Terman Tearman and Turman.
The first male member of the "Turman" family on record in the American Colonies was John Thurman, in 1638 at James Town County, Virginia. We think perhaps the John, his wife, Anne Morecraft and children, John, Elizabeth and Joan sailed here with Edmund Morecraft, a London and Virginia Merchant who transported immigrants to America at his own expense in order to receive 50 acres of headrights for each person. Edmund was the brother of Anne. Could this family be the beginning of the Turmans in America?
We find as new counties of Virgina were formed, the Turemans, Thurmonds and other spellings of the name pushed into the interior of the colony. The orginal shires were subdivided into 11 colonies which included Kings and Queens, Henrico and Goochland. It was here we find the first Ignatius Tureman listed in "Planters of Colonies of Virginia" by T.J. Wertenbacker, page 229
King and Queen County itself became divided into Orange County in 1734, Culpepper in 1749 and Spottsylvania. For several generations in this area Wills and land deeds were found relating to the Turman family.
Catherine or Caty Turman, daughter-in-law of Thomas Turman was administrator of Robert Turman's estate Feb. 17, 1808. George Turman, son of Thomas Turman had wife Violet, who Nov. 18, 1826 claimed her dowery in the estate of her husband, George Turman, who was dead. Inventory Nov. 16, 1826, sale Jan. 6, 1826---Mrs. Violet Turman, principal purchaser, Samuel Turman administrater.
Samuel Turman was guardian for Mariah and Thomas J. Turman---minors in 1826. Mariah married John Hall April 12, 1827 Franklin Co. GA.
Returns for 1826 show receipts of Seaborn and Violett Turman for their distributive shares in George Turman estate.
In August 1, 1831 returns show receipt of John Hall in right of his wife Mariah, formerly Turman as a distributer in Estate of George Turman.
From Carman Massey, Houston, Texas: Many Turman families living in Georgia in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The following are mentioned in the Georgia Historical Documents in the Houston Library. Abner, Benjamine, Catherine, Caty, Elizabeth Garrett, Violetty, Seaborn, Thomas, Isaac, Jacob, James, John Mariah, Martha, Violet, Seaborn Jr.,, William, Mary, Matildia, Nancy Prudence, Robert, Robert C. Samuel and Thomas. Most of these mentioned as being eligible to participate in the land lotteries which meant they had lived there a year and had paid taxes.
"Georgia Genealogical Magazine Vol. 35" Mormon Temple Library, Page 41, Land Lottery Oaths---Morgan County, GA.
Personally appeared before me, Milton C. Turman, one of the Orphants of Martin Turman, deceased who being duely sworn saith on Oath that he with G.A. and Nancy W. Turman were the bonafide drawers of lot of land #502, 16 District 2nd. Section lying in Cobb County of said State, and that they are the owners of said lot and has not sold ect.
Signed; Milton C. Turman, 6 Dec 1849
Martin Turman, born 1725, Virginia, died 8 July 1824 Walton County, Georgia, at the age of 99 years old. He was married twice, first to Ann Herndon and second to a woman by the name Rebecca, maiden name not know at this time. Could it have been possible that he married a young woman and had four children by her in his late years?
Children of Martin Turman:
Mary, born 1744 died 1838, married William Hailey, born 27 June 1748, Culpepper County, Virginia, son of James and Ann Elnora Cloud. Mary was born 15 Oct. 1744. They had 12 Children: Mary Patsy, John, Lucy, Thomas, Polly or Rita James, Sally William, Tabitha, Reuben, Betsy and Nancy.
Lettice who married John Butler
Nancy who married Edward Watham
Patsy, who married Paxton
Elizabeth who married a Paxton
By second wife Rebecca
Milton A or C (could be our Milton A Turman born 1802 and the James above could be our James Richard born 1800.
Martin would have been 77 years old at the time of the birth of Milton unless his birth date isn't correct. Martin lived to the ripe old age of 99 years old.
There was a Martin Turman or Tureman living in Culpepper County, Virginia in 1744. In 1782 he was living in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. In 1792 he was living on Cody's Creek, in Elbert County, Georgia. He is mentioned in the Will of John Herndon, Charlotte County, Virginia in 1785. He served on the first Jury panel for Elbert County, GA. 31 Dec 1790. He received Headrights of 650 acres in Wilks County, GA in 1780.
James Turman, born 8 May 1752, Orange County, Virginia, who married Martha Seals 3 April 1772, Orange County, Virginia James died 5 June 1804, Franklin County, GA. Martha was born 1754.
They had the following children:
James Turman Jr. born 1775 died 1851 Married twice; first to Mary Smith then second to Martha Smith 12 Dec 1836, Franklin County, GA.
George born 1778 died 1826, not sure of marriage, could have been Violetta Higginbotham, in 1796.
Martin Turman born 1780 could have been the father of our Milton as he would have been 20 years old when James Richard was born and 22 at the time of the birth of our Milton who was born in 1802.
James Turman born 8 May 1752 Orange County, Virginia, married 3 April 1772 Orange County, Va died 5 June 1804 Franklin County, GA.
Wife: Martha Seals born 1754 Orange County, Virginia died 1812 Franklin County, GA.
James Jr. had nine children:
WILL of George Turman, Elbert County, Georgia Page 88, 1805
George Turman Sr. "afflicted in body" all estate to wife Elizabeth for life, at her death the plantation where I live to son, Jacob. To my daughter, Sarah Lancaster and my son Thomas, a Hourse each. To Rebecca Clayton and Nancy Turman $1.00 each: to Slave "David" to be set free---Residence to be divided between Elizabeth Lancaster, Milly Rogers and Zilly Roberts and Elizabeth Higginbotham. Wife Elizabeth.
William Hatcher and Thomas Burton, Excrs.
Signed: July 1, 1805
Recorded: June 7, 1806
From "Knights Roster of Revolution" its lists; George, Garrett, James, and John Tureman. All were granted land in Frankling Co. GA 1784 as Revolutionary War Soldiers.
John Turman Richmond Co. GA. 1777-1830 administrator and Guardia Bond.
Benjamine Turman---Georgia Militia War of 1812
Garrett Turman---American Revolution
Nancy Avery, daughter Henry Avery, son of John Avery and wife Nancy married Simeon Turman Jan 5, 1820 in Franklin co. GA. moved to Chickasaw Co. Miss. Alpha Turman Stovall also to Chickasaw Co. Miss. David Alpha Stoval listed in the 1850 Census.
John Turman and wife named Polly in 1800, as her signature and on a deed in Franklin Co. but it seems she must have died. One Polly Turman listed as being on a sailing vessel. Johns will provided Sept. 2, 1811---Will Book D 1807 Page 22, Lincoln Co. GA. leaves estate to friends. "My Polly had no children either, perhaps she ran off with a lover to sea---John leaves his estate to friends, the Turman mentioned was Lucinda and Matilda, signed Dec 17, 1810.
William, George, Thomas, James and Garrett and Martin Tureman all living Georgia in 1785. Garrett Turman and wife Mary had nine in family, Jan 1797. William died before 1794. George died 1805 in Elbert Co. Had sons, Jacob, Thomas and daughter, Sarah and wife Elizabeth (Higginbotham) Thomas who died 1804-09 Elbert County had sons: George, John, Robert, and James.
ROBERT TURMAN: Civil War, Alabama Confederate Army
EDWIN G TURMAN: Civil War, Battle of Shiloh, killed 1862
LORENZO D. TURMAN: Civil War, Battle of Shiloh
JAMES TURMAN: Civil War, Battle of Bull Run, killed
ALFRED TURMAN: Civil War, Battle of Shiloh, killed
JOHN MILTON TURMAN: Civil War, Confederate Army
WILSON KENNEDY TURMAN: Civil War, Conderate Army
HARRY JEFFERSON TURMAN: Cem. USNCB#L ( Seabeas. W.W.II)
JAMES LEA TURMAN: 1st. Mate, US Merchant Marines, Vietnam
ROBERT THOMAS TURMAN, Navy WWII Gunner's Mate, USS Miss. & USS Texas.
TURMAN CHISM: US Army WWII (Japan and Korean War)
SON OF TURMAN CHISM: US Army, Vietnam
ROLAND LEON FINLEY, Lieut. Col. US Army WWII
LEROY HUNNICUTT: US Army WW II
JESS THOMAS TURMAN JR: Sgt. US Air Force---125 Fighter Bomber Squad, Korean War.
REUBEN ALLEN TURMAN: US Marines Korean War (Japan)
CLARENCE WESLEY TURMAN: Navy F.T. G-3 Korean War
ALFRED DEAN RIGGS: US Army Ret. S.E.C.L---Korean
RICHARD HARRY MCLOAD : US Navy Airman---WWII
JACK LAVEAL TODD : US Airforce---WWII
DAVID DIMMER: US Airforce--Vietnam
GEORGE RALPH SNIDER: WW II
JOHNNY FRANK TURMAN: Vietnam
ROBERT ELZIE TURMAN: capt. US Airforce Vietnam
THOMAS EDWARD TURMAN: Sgt. National Guard
GORDAN TURMAN: Sgt. U.S. Army " WW II
BURNIS TURMAN: Staff Sgt. US Medical Set. 17th Inf. WW II
OLIVER ANDREW HANSEN: US Army WW II
JOSEPH ANDREW HANSEN: 1st Lieut. WS Army (ETO) WW II
WILLIAM HAROLD TURMAN: Tech Sgt. US Army 84 INE Div. WW II
VIRGIL OTIS TURMAN: US Airforce---Korean War
RUSSELL CLAY TURMAN: US Navy Yeaman 3rd Class, on the USS Houston, killed 28 Feb 1941
THAYER TOODD TURMAN: US Airforce, WW II Killed 6 Dec 1943 when shot down in the Parnies Mts. of Spain. Buried in the National Cemetery, Fort McPherson North Platt, Nebrasha.
JOE WAYNE LANIER: Navy Ship L.S.T. 397 Water tender 2nd WW II
MILTON ADOLPHUS TURMAN: US Air Force WW II
ARNOLD VESTAL TURMAN: US Air Force (Civilian) 29 years
GILBERT DANIEL RANKIN: Pvt. US Army WW II
CARL TURMAN: US Army and US Air Force, retired after 29 years
GEORGE HOUSTON JR.
CHARLES OREN TURMAN:
LESTER CURTIS TURMAN: Navel Reserves, 8 years
RALPH WAYNE TURMAN:: US Army Reserves 15 years
WILBUR ERNEST YEAGER: Lieut. US Army WW II
WOODROW WILSON TURMAN: US Navy WW II
BILLY EUGENE TURMAN: Army Korean War, wounded
GEORGE JAY TURMAN: Civil War Confederate Army
JAMES VERNON TURMAN: Navy WW II
On 21 Feb 1754 in Culpepper County the will of Robert Tureman Sr. was recorded. He was probably the son of the original Ignatius Tureman of King and Queen County, Virginia. This 1754 Will named Robert's wife Annie, and children, Susanna, George, Ignatius, Anne and Robert Jr. all under age at the time. Robert's son Igantius the 2nd must have been named after his grandfather Ignatius the first. It is also likely that young Ignatius was one of the two separate Igantius Turemans whose Wills were probated two years apart in 1782 and 1784.
The 1782 Will was probated in Culpepper County, dated two years before on March 28th, and bequeathing to Ignatius' wife Eleanor and two young daughter, Susanna and Lucy his Virgina Estate. The will added if my wife should be with child and it be a son, I leave him my land whereon I live and also my four hundred acres lying in Kentucky. Igantius the second was likely a younger man considering the small size of his family and his uncertainty of a male heir.
The Will of the other Ignatius Tureman, whom we will call Ignatius the third, was dated 5 Feb 1784, in the adjacent County of Spotsylvania. In this long and complicated Will, the widow Eleanor Tureman is mentioned along with Igantius' children and grandchildren, indicating that Ignatius the third was a brother of Benjamine Turmans Sr. who died the same year and an elderly man. At least one of the grandchildren of Ignatius the third was named Benjamine under age in 1784; and likewise Benjamine Sr. had a son named Ignatius. He was the older brother of Benjame who came to Indiana and built Turmans Fort in 1810.
The names of Ignatius the thirds children were, Charles who married Margaret Crutcher; John, Mary who married Joel Lewis and Elizabeth who married Bernard Carter. The sons of Ignatius, Charles and John died before their father. The Will of Ignatius mentions the following grandchildren; Mary, Thomas and William, children of Charles Tureman, Dec. Benjamine Tureman, son John, Dec. and Turman Lewis, who was one of the executers of the Will, and the son of Mary and Joel Lewis. Margaret Crutcher Tureman the widow of Charles joined the tide of immigrants to Kentucky, which was then still a part of Virginia. The following year, after the death of Margaret's father-in-law, Ignatius the third, in Deed Book K of Spotsylvania County, it is recorded that on 28 Aug 1784, Margaret Tureman, was about to remove to Western Waters of this State and believing it advantageous to herself and two sons, Thomas and William, both under age, deeded to Edmund Foster a tract of two hunderd acres in Berkly Parrish of that county.
No one has yet proven the exact time of arrival of the Turman clan to the new World, but we feel the first of the clan migrated from the old World to Colonial Virginia. The first to be recorded was Ignatius Tureman, in King and Queen County, Virginia in 1704. The Colonial Turmans spelled the name Turman with an "e" Tureman, but pronounced the same as it is today. The name itself is of Norman-English origin. There are two Coats-Of-Arms listed for the Turman family, but unless one can definitely prove that the awards were given to your ancestor by the King for an act of bravery, it is of little significance.
You will find the name Turman spelled many different ways in old records. This was due to the fact that most people of that time didn't know how to spell or find it important enough to correct the spelling of their name when some one spelled it incorrectly on a court record.
Many records on the Colonial Turman family can be found in Virginia. The Colonial Turmans were brave ambitious people, which had the stamina that it required to live and prosper in the dense wilderness of Virginia. They dared to settle where no one else would, ever going deeper into the Indian infested wilderness.
I have reasons to believe that our Turman clan migrated from Virginia into Georgia, possibly by the way of South Carolina in the late 1700's. As yet, I haven't been able to find our Virgina ancestor but hope to before my search has ended.
The Turmans are a proud and hard working family. This trait no doubt was inherited from their Viking origin. The Normans were a proud people as well as brave fighters. They always seem to make the best out of a bad situation.
Milton Anderson and James Richard Turman were born in the State of Georgia according to the Census Records, Milton, born 1802 and James Richard, born 1800. After the deaths of their parents in Georgia, the boys were placed in homes of neighbors and reared. When Milton became eighteens years of age, he left the home of the family that cared for him and joined a wagon train of people from South Carolina that was heading west into Alabama.
According to history, this train left Lancaster Co., SC in 1819. They reached what is now Lamar Co. Alabama in 1820. One of the families on this train was the Roberson family. The Robersons were Irish, descendants of the Irish Robersons that migrated from Ireland to Savannah, GA. in 1768. The Robersons had two sons, Thomas and David and two daughters, Mary and Sarah Eleanor. Sarah was born 1808. Milton and Sarah met while making their journey to Alabama they later married in 1825. The Roberson family must have joined the wagon train as it came near their vicinty in South Carolina, as Sarah told her grandchildren many stories about her childhood. From the stories, it seems that the Roberson family lived near Charleston. Sarah recalled that her parents grew tobacco and after it was ready for market they would place it into barrels and roll them to the Charleston market.
The route in which the wagon train took is probably the route which went through Abbeville County, SC and then into Elbert Co. GA. No one has been able to determine the county in which Milton and James lived when they joined the train. There were several Turman families living in Elbert, Wilks, Franklin and Augusta Counties at the time, but so far none of these families tie in with our two pioneer brothers.
The area in which the Turmans and Robersons settled was at that time Marion County. The county changed names several times before it became Lamar County in 1877, Lamar Co. is located in the northwest part of Alabama and was first called Jones Co. in honor of E.P. Jones of Fayette County. The county known as James was abolished in 1867 and returned to the counties from which it was orginally taken. (Marion) The county was next called Sanford County.
From Sanford County it became Lamar County. The new county was named in honor of L.A.C. Lamar, a Georgia born Statesman of Mississippi. This was the name that stuck.
The early white settlers, from which a number of the present inhabitants are descended, came mainly from South Carolina, Georgia and a few from Tennessee, not many owned slaves.
The present area was embraced in the domain claimed by the Chickasaw Indians, who relinquished their claim to the county by "Treaty of the Chickasaw Council House on Sept. 20, 1860" In fact, the line separating Lamar and Pickins Counties was the ancient line separating Choctaws and Chickasaw Confederations.
There seem to have been no Indians living in this area at the time when our pioneers arrived in 1820, but rather it was a vast hunting ground used by the Indians.
The town, Sulligent, where our Turmans and Robersons settled was named for two Frisco Railroad officials, Sullivan and Sargent, the first of the former's name and the last half of the latter's name.
The names of some of the first settlers of this area which became Lamar Co. was Roberson, Sandlin, Blaylock, Loggins, Noe, Reed, Ray, Longmire, Carden, Turman and others. Many of these families still have descendants living on the lands of their forefathers.
The area, in which are Turmans settled is covered with trees, mostly pines. The area is very beautiful with pine covered hills, in which deer still roam. The roads are lined with tall pines and vines. Many of the old home places still stand, most of them made from hued logs. The old Wilson K. Turman home still stands. It has three rooms down stairs, one very large long room with a fireplace built at the end. This was no doubt the dinning and cooking area. It has an open hall with stairs that lead up to the bedrooms above. The old home is surrounded by pine and other trees.
The women of this area still quilt beautiful quilts, and grow most of their vegetables in which they can. I enjoyed every minute of my visit to Sulligent. It is a very peaceful place with no large buildings and the roar of traffic. It is like being in another time. Beautiful farms in the valleys surrounded by pine covered hills, makes the area even more beautiful.
Mr Forrest Reed, in his book "A Reed Family in America" describes the area in which thes pioneers settled in 1820. He states that this area of Alabama would have been a modern day hunter's paradise. There were numerous wild turkey's, squirrels, oppossum, fox wolves, deer, bear, raccoons, beavers and even buffalo, to say nothing of the abundant amount of fish in the rivers and streams. There was also plenty of timber, just waiting to be cut, and rich farmland to be farmed. Mr. Reed's ancestors, John and Jincy (Coffee) Reed were one of the families that left Lancaster Co. SC. in 1819 The Reed family only remained in this area until 1833, then moved into Itawamba Co. Miss.
In the 1880's, the Frisco Railroad was built and Sulligent, Alabama grew up as a Railway Station. Until then, the only market and shopping center was Aberdeen, Miss. Aberdeen was located in Monroe Co. Miss., which borders Lamar Co. Ala. on the west.
It must have been the golden age for the settlers of this area from 1820 to the start of the Civil War. The Ray family owned a large plantation just across the line in Monroe Co., Miss. Several days before Christmas, Mr. Ray would put a negro slave with a barrel of whisky on the road side near his plantation, to serve refreshments to the travelers, and invite them to spend the night.
The settlers prospered, many owning large farms. Schools were provided for the children and several went on to receive college educations. Many became teachers of music, a gift, which seems to be inherited by the Turman family, from their Colonial ancestors of Virginia.
When the Civil War started in 1861, many sons of the families who lived in this area went to fight for the Confederate Army. All of Milton A. Turman's sons fought in the War. Three gave their lives. Two of the, Alfred and Edwin G. were killed at the Battle of Shiloh, which took place April 6th and 7th, in 1862. This Battle was fought in Tenn. Thirty miles north of Corinth, TN. aat Pittsburg landing. The battle was named for a Church that was located on the battlefield. The battle took place in what is now Hardin Co. TN.
Many of the young men of this area came home from the war crippled and sick. Times were hard for the people of this area after the War. What wasn't destroyed was ruined beyond repair. The women weaved their own cloth and made clothing for their families. It took several years for the people of this area to begin to live again as they did before the War.
In the 1890's many of the younger generation begin to migrate to other places, several into Arkansas, Miss. and Tenn. Then later the Turman family scattered from one corner of the US to the other. Descendants can now be found in almost every state. I have often wondered just what our pioneer fathers would think of the idea of having his family scattered all over the United States. I am sure they had planned for their descendants to remain on their homelands.
Before I try to describe all the beautiful things that I have seen, and all the interesting things that I have done in Sulligent, Alabama, I would like to say that, I will always remember the warm friendly and gracious people of this area that welcomed me into their homes. Most of all, the Roy and Lillian Turman family with whom I stayed during my visit. I never realized that such nice people still exist.
For the last two years I have listened while others told of this area in North Western Alabama in which our ancestors settled in 1820, but none of the stories can compare with the beauty one sees when actually viewing it in person. It is like being in a different world, a world of peace and tranquility, with it's towering pines that seem to reach up to the heavens.
The farms that lie in the valleys are surrounded by large pine and oak trees, which would be an artists delight. I only wish that I had been able to capture on canvas some of the beautiful scenery that I beheld. Miles and miles of small roads wind over the hills and throuh the pines. It was hard to decide which view was the prettiest. Many evenings I enjoyed sitting in the porch swing and watching the beautiful yellow butterflies. I have never seen this variety of butterfly. It is completely yellow and seems to have a florescent glow about them. I was told by Mrs. Turman, that this type of butterfly migrates farther south in the winter.
Several varieties of trees are found in Lamar Co. such as, Sweet Gum, Pecan, Hickory, Walnut and a most unusual tree called the "Beech". While hiking through a wooded area on the Roy Turman's farm my attention was called to two of these unusual trees. The bark of the Beech is similar to the Aspen of Colorado, but the Beech tree is much larger. What was, most interesting was the names carved on one of these trees. I was told that the names were carved there by two young people in 1920 that lived on the farm.
What amazed me the most was a wild vine called "Kudzu" that covered the roadsides, fields and even the tallest of trees. When I asked about the vine I was disappointed to learn that in was hated by the inhabitants of this area. The "Kudzu vine kills everything it covers, and I was told the only way to rid an area of it was to cut it for hay, graze cattle on it or burn it out.
Another thing that amazed me was the height of the timber. I had never seen such large Pine or Pecan trees. Standing in the front yard of the Roy Turman's home is a Pecan tree approx. 75 feet tall and three feet through. Mr. and Mrs. Turman have several large trees in their yard and under these is where they have their large family dinners several Sundays an month in the summer months. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Turman all gather here for their Sunday dinner and visit. I was so glad to have had the opportunity to become acquainted with most of the children and enjoying one of these get togethers. Food of every kind was spread out on the three large tables under the trees; and I might add that all the girls and great cooks.
Many of the old home places are still standing. Many of them still have and long open halls with rooms on each sidie and staircases that lead up to the bedrooms. I have never seen so many antiques. Many of the homes are furnished with antique furniture such as beds, rockers, clocks and china hutches fillied with pretty china. This area would be a paradise for those interested in antiques. Mrs. Etta Norton has her Mother's Spinning Wheel and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Turman has in their possession, Mr. Turman's Mothers pedal Organ, which is in perfect condition and is often played by Mrs. Lillian.
Most of the ladies still can most of their food. I've never seen so much food. I don't believe there is anything any prettier then shelves lined with rows of jars of home canned fruit and vegetables. Many of the ladies still quilt beautiful quilts. These are all done by hand and very neatly. There are many different pretty patterns and it was hard to decide which I like best. No machine could duplicate the beautiful patterns or work they have created. I was so surprised when Mrs. Turman sent me one for my birthday. It was the butterfly pattern and it is beautiful. I will always charish it and keep it nice. I show it off to every one that comes for a visit.
Several nights before falling asleep I would lie and listen to the hounds. Their howls would echo through the hills and no doubt could be heard a mile away. One night a small Owl woke me up. At that time I wasn't accustomed to the sounds of the country and the Owl frightened me. When night falls in this area it really becomes dark. The nights were unusally cool, unless the weather was rainy, then the humidty was fairly uncomfortable. Especially for me since I wasn't accustomed to the southern climate.
Having lived in the City with all of it's noises most of my life, it was difficult for me to become accustomed to the quietness and the darkness of the country.
Many new homes are being built among the Pines. Even though they are beautiful they still can't compare with the old homes of yesterday.
What disturbs me the most is the large Trucks that carry out thousands of this areas large timber each day to be used as lumber or wood pulp. I could hear them even during the night. I now wonder if our future generations will be able to enjoy what I have seen. How long will it be before all of God's beauty will be cut or cleared for homes. I believe some people call this "progress" but who needs it! How long will it be before this peaceful area loses it's serenity to an ever growing population?
I just hope and pray that the people of this area will never take for granted what God had given them. Such a place is rare and should be preserved for our young people in generations to come.
As my time drew near to leave this beautiful country and friendly people and return to the busy City, a deep sadness came over me. I decided to once more walk up the same tractor road that lead through a Pine and Oak thicket, and once more feel the quietness and serenity that comes over me as I gaze over the rolling hills and across the hay meadow which was almost ready for it's second cutting. Pines completely surrounded the meadow and you felt as if you were in a glass bowl. The wind was blowing a gentle breeze through the Pines and the only sound that could be heard was a flutter of a Birds wing as if flew from one tree to another. I looked up into the Sky and watched the white clouds as they slowly drifted by and I wondered why w\the whole world couldn't be as peaceful as this beautiful place. The rush and noise of the City, with people always rushing, never having time to notice God's beauty, seemed so far away and I longed forever to remain there among the Pines. A tear fell as I said goodbye to my favorite spot where I oftened went to just be alone with my thoughts. No one ever passes the same way twice, for life changes from day to day.
I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to pass that way and to have enjoyed the peacefulness of such a beautiful place.
I will always remember the gracious and friendly people of Sullignet, Alabama.
William recalls many incidents that took place in Alabama, Miss. and Ark. when he was a small boy. As you will note as you turn throught the families in this book, many Turmans married into the Noe family. William remembers going to the Shaffer Noe homes as a child. William recalls that the Noes were prosperous farmers and had a very large family. William's grandfather, Wilson Kennedy Turman was a Freewill Baptist Minister, also Justice of the Peace for Lamar Co. from the time it became a County until 1909 when he moved to Harrisburg, Ar,. William goes on to say, that one Sunday his grandfather and several other Ministers were holding a baptismal service on the Buttahatcha River. After eating a large lunch, which was spread on the ground by the women folk, William became very thirsty. The water in the River seemed clear, but after watching several dogs take a swim and from 15 to 20 persons wading out to be baptised William refused to drink the river water. After much persuasion his parents took him to the home of Shaffer Noe for a drink from his well.
Another incident recalled by William is that the local School teacher boarded with the Curtis Turman family, who lived near the home of William's parents. Each morning and evening they had to pass by William's home on the way to and from School. William would stand by the front fence and watch them cross a foot log over a small creek by his home. One morning his cousin Stella Turman refused to cross. The Teacher tried to talk her across with no avail. The Teacher finally cut himself a switch and once more asked Stella to cross the log. Once again she refused. When the Teacher finished with the switch, Stella crossed the foot log. William said at that moment, he made up his mind never to go to School and single day. When the time came for William to start School he done so, in fact William became a fine Teacher.
Another story related by William was that George Turman's wife, Mary Ann Armstrong Turman and children were devout church members, but it seems that George (the son of James Richard Turman) could not find the time to become active in religious work. One Sunday the Minister came home with Mary and children for dinner. The Minister, being anxious to convert George invited him to join him in conversation on the porch away from all the rest. In the course of the conversation the Minister replied, "Mr. Turman if you knew for certain that you had only two hours to live, what would you do? "George sat in contemplative silence for a moment then replied, "Well I think I would just about have the time to walk down to the river farm and back," end of quote and probably the conversation.
James Thomas Turman, the only son of Edwin G. Turman, decided he could get a better price for his farm produce during a Republican administration. A few times he voted for the Republicians. One day on his return from town, he arrived home with his cloths dripping wet. When asked how it happened he replied, "I have been under conviction for voting Republican for a long time. I heard a speaker in town today and became converted. While trying to cross that footlog over the creek, I fell in and got baptised. Now, I am as good a Democrat as anyone!
For several years before her death, Sarah was unable to walk due to an injury received while picking Chestnuts. While out walking with her grandson Alfred on an autumn day, she came upon a tree filled with ripen Chestnuts, which had not fallen to the ground. She took a rail from a fence near by to use to jar the tree. When she stepped back to strike the tree she stepped into a hole, where a tree stump had burned out and became covered with fallen leaves. She fell backwards breaking her hip and never walked again. The grandsons would pick up her chair, one on either side and take her wherever she wanted to go.
MILTON A TURMAN, our Alabama pioneer was born 1802 in Georgia. Milton left Georgia between 1810 and 1820 and migrated into what is now Lamar County, Alabama. Milton settled in what is the Sulligent area. Milton was a farmer. Milton died in the spring of 1890 and was buried in the OLD TURMAN CEMETERY located near the old Wilson K Turman farm. The grave is unmarked and the little cemetery is almost impossible to find. Only one marker is in the cemetery, that of Catherine Turman Sandlin, the oldest child of Milton.
Milton was married 26 July 1824, to SARAH ELEANOR ROBERSON. Sarah was born 1808 in South Carolina, and migrated with her parents[father Matthew Roberson] into Marion Co. Alabama in 1820. Sarah died in 1897 and was buried in the Turman Cemetery.
Sarah was an invalid for several years before her death, due to an injury she suffered while picking Chestnuts. (see related stories by William Wilson Turman)
MILTON AND SARAH TURMAN, were the parents of 11 children, all born in Lamar County, Alabama.
Milton A Turman joined the wagontrain from South Carolina somewhere in Georgia. No one has been able to locate the names of his parents or the location in Georgia in which he was born.
All of Milton A Turmans sons served in the Civil War. Three were killed or died due to the War. Milton travelled three days and nights to bring one of his son's body home for burial. We don't know rather the son was injured and Milton went to bring him home or rather he had already died by the time he reached his distination. It took Milton three days to bring the body home covered by a blanket in the back of a wagon. He would stop at night and sleep onlong side of the road. This was surely a sad journey, but Milton was determined to have his son buried in his home state.
No one can possibly picture the hardships these marvelous brave people went through during the terrible years of the Civil War.
Mr. Harry J Turman, relates that his grandfather, Thomas Noe received a musket ball that lodged near his spine. They had no facilities them to remove it, so it was never removed. It later caused his death due to malignancy.
Harry's grandfather, Robert Wilson Turman and several other men captured a Yankee pay train, but didn't bother to keep the money, but instead sifted the dirt for the kernels of corn wasted by the Yankees when feeding their horses. Harry stated that his grandfather and others wrapped their feet in burlap to protect their feet from the cold.
Milton A. became ill and died suddently. The day of his death he climbed to the roof of a barn his grandsons were building and walked across the rafters they were nailing down. After visiting for a short time with them he continued on home. That night he became ill and died.
His son Wilson Kennedy built a shelter over his grave to keep off the rain and snow. Nothing is left of the shelter but the rocks placed on his grave still remains.
Catherine Turman, born 1826, was the eldest child of Milton and Sarah Turman. Catherine married Anderson Sandlin, born 1833, the son of Jessie and Mary Sandlin. Jessie was born in South Carolina in 1801, died 13 May 1863, Mary was born 19 Sept. 1807, SC and died 5 Sept 1884. Both were buried in the Sandlin Cementery near Sulligent, Alabama.
Catherine was buried in the Old Turman Cemetery and has the only marker in the cemetery.
Catherine and Anderson Sandlin were the parents of one daughter;
SARAH ELLEN SANDLIN, the wife of ROBERT NOE. They were the parents of three children;
Anderson was also the brother of Sarah Jane Sandlin, who married James Richard Turman, the brother of Catherine.
JESSIE AND MARY SANDLIN, were the parents of nine children, several of them marrying into the Turman family of Alabama.
WILLIAM SANDLIN, born 10 Mar 1848, married SIDNEY TURMAN, 17 Dec 1867. They were the parents of Hardy Allen Sandlin, a minister.
ANDERSON SANDLIN, born 1833, married Catherine Turman.
HORASHO SANDLIN, born 1835-1912; married Mary Johnson.
HENRY SANDLIN, born 1837, married a girl with the surname of Duke.
BETSY SANDLIN, born 1839, married SAMUEL LOGGINS.
VENA SANDLIN, born 1840.
SARAH JANE SANDLIN, born 9 Nov 1841 - 12 July 1921, married 1st JAMES RICHARD TURMAN; 2nd WILLIAM CARDEN.
ARIE SANDLIN, born 1842, married ______ South.
LITTLETON SANDLIN, born 1844, married SALLY LOGGINS.
HORASHO AND MARY SANDLIN were the parents of six children. Bent, who married Jamie Irvind; John, who married Celia Evans. Jessie, born 1864, who married Mary Scott; Nancy, who married Wm. J. Webb, 5 Jan 1879, daug. Fanny Morgan, Okla. City, Okla; Francis Sandlin, who married ______ Harman, Sulligent, Ala.
(Celia Evans was the daughter of Green Evans.)
THOMAS JAMES JAGGERS, born 23 Nov 1880 Montgomery, Ala. died 16 Sept 1953, Okmulgee, Okla. married 7 May 1922 Paden, Okla. to Lillie Bell Griffin, born 15 Feb 1897 Walnut Ridge, Ark. died 11 July 1978, Okmulgee, Okla. buried in Okmulgee Cemetery the daughter of John W Griffin and Ida Bell Wilson. Lillie was married twice 1st to Lloyd Barton, they had two sons: Cane and Burl. James and Lillie were the parents of eight children:
3.Ethel Mae born 18 Jun 1928 Paden, OK married Lester Hurst.
Three children from this union:
4.Virgil O'Neal, born 8 Feb 1930, Paden, Okla. married Burthal Long.
5.Ida Bell, born 8 June 1931, Paden, Okla. married Harold Allen.
Two children from this union:
6.Nita Bell born 8 Jun 1931 Paden, OK married Glen Jameson
7.Alice Elizabeth born 23 Feb 1933 Paden, OK married James Walls
8. Hurshall Dee born 23 Jan 1936 died 16 Sept 1940.
WALTER POWER, born 9 Oct 1878, Boonville, Arkansas died 25 March 1961, Okmulgee, Okla. Buried in the Oakdale Cemetery, Paden, Okla. the son of Wesley O'Neal Powell and Mary Ann Virginia Hardin. Married Catherine Elzoria Jaggers. They were the parents of nine children.
FAMILY OF WALTER ISAAC POWELL & CATHERINE ELZORA JAGGERS cont…
CHILDREN OF ODES JACK POWELL cont…
FAMILY OF WALTER ISAAC POWELL & CATHERINE ELZORIA JAGGERS cont…
WILLIAM DONALD JAGGERS born 18 July 1889 Birmingham, Alabama died 22 May 1945 Oklahoma City, Ok married 25 March 1905 to Arnatta Rozana Powell born 5 July 1890 Whitefield, Ok died 2 July 1957 Hartshorne, Ok. She was the daughter of Wesley O'Neal Powell and Mary Ann Hardin. William was the son of Jessie James Jaggers and Mary Jane Turman. They were the parents of three children:
Vivian was married three more times; second marriage was to Floyd Fallon. Third marriage was to Jim Clemmons and fourth marriage was to Travis was married for thirty years. He died at the age of eighty. Travis was born 25 July 1888 and died 30 May 1969.
FAMILY OF WILLIAM DONALD JAGGERS & ARNATTA ROZANA POWELL cont…
WILLIAM DONALD JAGGERS born 18 July 1886 Birmingham, Alabama died 22 May 1945 married 6 Dec 1922 Wheeler, Texas to Pearl Beam born 4 July 1904 Ekintuskah, Oklahoma, the daughter of Dan Davis Beam and Emma Hughes. Pearls second marriage was to George Rochat. William and Pearl were the parents of six children, all born in Paden, Ok.
Information of the Jessie James Jagger and Mary Jane Turman family was compiled by Lin Anderson, Wilburton, Ok. 74578.
Wilma resides in Pauls Valley, Ok 7335
Second marriage was to; Peter R Wilemon born 5 April 1847 Sulligent, Ala died 30 June 1898, Poteau, Ok. Eight children from this union as we know of; Mrs. Huckebay who sent the data on this family seems to recall that Mary had had eleven children:
ROBERT DONALD TURMAN born 26 July 1871 Lamar Co. Alabama died 24 July 1958 Poteau, Ok was the son of ROBERT W TURMAN. Robert married 14 May 1892 Lamar Co. Ala to MARTHA I'DELLA NOE born 6 May 1874 Lamar Co. Ala died 4 July 1943 Oklahoma City, Ok. Both are buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, Ok. MARTHA was the daughter of THOMAS R NOE AND HIS WIFE MARY.
ROBERT AND MARTHA, were of the Methodist faith. Robert was a merchant in Poteau, Ok. for many years.
ROBERT AND MARTHA were the parents of five children, all born in Poteau, Ok.
WILLIAM WILSON TURMAN born 3 Oct 1873 Sulligent, Alabama was the son of ROBERT WILSON TURMAN. William died 28 Sept 1952, Poteau, Ok. Robert married STELLA BUTLER born 6 Dec 1880 Tupelo, Lee Co. Mississippi. William was a rancher and business man in Poteau, Ok for many years before his death. They were of the Baptist faith. Both are buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, Ok.
WILLIAM AND STELLA TURMAN were the parents of nine children.
Family now residing in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.
FAMILY OF WILLIAM W. TURMAN cont…
HERBERT JAY TURMAN born 12 Feb 1902 Poteau, Ok. The son of William Wilson Turman and Dezina Noe. Herbert married March of 1924 to Luna Christine Coleman, born 5 June 1902 LeFlore County, Ok the daughter of Luther Coleman and Sadie Hambright. Herbert was a Retail Grocer by trade and the family attended the Baptist Church of Poteau, Ok. They were the parents of two children:
JAMES AARON TURMAN born 5 Oct 1878 Sulligent, Lamar Co. Alabama son of Robert Wilson Turman married 27 Jan 1906 in Indian Territory to LAURA BELLE ADAMS born 29 July 1878 Texas. The daughter of THOMAS ADAMS AND _____ CAVANAUGH. Mr. Turman died 5 Sept 1958 Sonora, Cailfornia buried in the Mt. Shadow Cemetery, Sonora, CA. Mrs. Turman died 28 May 1935 Sonora, CA. They were of the Baptist faith. Mr. Turman done various labor for a living (see related story by Haskell Turman)
JAMES AND LAURA TURMAN were the parents of three children
The following story was related by Wilson Haskell Turman, the oldest child and only son of James Aaron and his wife Laura (Adams) Turman. His story concerning himself and his father reminds me of the stories concerning our pioneer Turman families of almost two hundered years ago. It is amazing how the same characteristics and traits have been handed down through all these years. From Fenjamin Turman, born 1714, Va who is the father of all Turmans untill the present day generation. The same traits of endurance, determination, and you might add "Bull headedness" plus never ending energy, has followed the Turman line.
They all seem to have the stamina that it takes to make the best out of a bad situation. Haskell himself, is a very good example of this. When at the age of two, he contracted Spinal Meningitis. At that time very little was known about the dreaded disease. Haskell was left very lame, his hip and left leg grew to approximate length but only to about half size. Haskell relates how a lady in Elma, Washington came to his rescue. Mrs. Downs took up a collection and sent Haskell to a hospital in Seattle, Washington. Haskell spent nine months in this hospital taking therapy. Haskell learned to walk, ride a bicycle and later drive a car. When Haskell first moved to California he took a job topping trees. He has enjoyed a full normal life, having never to revert to crutches.
Haskell states that his father, like himself, was a Fly weight, around 125 to 130 lbs most of his life and down to 115 in his last years. Although sickly most of his life with Maleria, Asthma and Hay Fever, he could, would and did out-work almost any "big" man that he worked beside. As a young man he had a good team of horses, and cared well for them. Not only did he haul Hickory stock for Amos Bros. Handle Factory in Poteau, Ok., but delivered groceries and unloaded freight cars of flour, and feed for his older brothers, Donald and William, who had Turman's Mercantile Store in Poteau, Ok for twenty nine years.
James Aaron had many occupations and could do a good job of most anything that didn't require an education. James had only 19 days of school, mostly because of his illness. Haskell states that his father should have been an inventor. When James had a Dairy farm at Slick, Ok he built a mechanical churn, good and simple, but never patented it.
For some years he did house painting and paper hanging with a brother-in-law, Frank Jaggers, who was expert. James at one time financed and ran a shoe repair and harness shop in partnership with a Mr. Williams, who was professional Saddle maker and admitted he was at one time in Quantrels gang.
The last eleven years of James Aaron Turman's life was spent in the oil fields. Haskell relates that they moved at least that many times. Aaron worked hard and was reliable. At Kiefer, Ok he worked for the Gypsy Oil Company. When the family first arrived in Kiefer they had to build themselves a house on leased land. In James spare time he built a high fence around a large area and grew a tremendous garden. The family also had a good milk cow, pig, Rabbits and a Dog that responded fairly well in harness to a little wagon that Haskell had built.
James Aaron would work through his winter vacation, if the company had pipes frozen up, that had to be thawed.
Life in the oil fields could become very hard. Winter was the worst of all. When the gas lines would freeze the large powers wouldn't run. When the powers wouldn't run, the pumps were shut down. Most lease houses used gas from the wells for heating and lighting. When the power was down there was no heat in the house. The men folks would get out of bed, dress in a freezing house and head for the power house to thaw out lines. Sometimes this would last all through the night.
When the Flu epidemia struck, James was off sick for over a month, and other workers couldn't understand why he drew straight pay. His boss Mr Red McCormick was a very understanding and an influential man.
Haskell relates that his father was a good union man but was not relucant to give a good days work for a days pay. Even today with labor in the saddle and riding hard Haskell doesn't feel that his father would expect to stay home on his birthaday and get paid for it. James ultra conservative views led him into some pretty heated arguments. He didn't believe we should be exploited by Corporations and that the resources (water and power) should belong to the people, and was against a dole system of any kind. He advocated that a country so rich as ours should provide every man the opportunity to make a honest living.
It was from Kiefer that the family took off on a thousand roundtrip miles by covered wagon deep into Arkansas, through a Cyclone and flooded rivers to forge. One horse made the trip, but with the other one James made nine trades, and once threw in Haskell's little mule. He traded the horse, sight unseen for a homestead down in a canyon. It had only one small rocky garden spot and no other means of survival. Haskell states, he doesn't know how they came through that one. His mother, fortunately was the rugged type. She lead a hard life and no doubt died before her time.
Mrs. Turman never complained though, she gradually died of Cancer. Haskell states, "We often speak of wonderful Mothers, but it is difficult for me to even imagine that another one like mine ever existed."
James Aaron was an excellent provider, even though he made several bad moves in his life. James possessed an outstanding personality, considered too forward for some people, and never saw a stranger.
His distinguished character reflected in his highly polished shoes. Not much for dress clothes he was neat and clean with his hair invariably trimed and combed. He wore Stetson hats and Floresheim shoes. Though small of stature he was a giant-hearted man, overly generous and congenial with a bushel of humor. He could take a good joke anytime, and had some pretty good ones of his own (some Irish). His honesty and intergrity were unquestionable. He was a real pal. Haskell states that his father was the extreme opposite of his grandfather Robert Wilson.
Haskell relates that he could have never repaid his father for the companionship, kind consideration and various favors physically and financially, and also the many sleepless nights that he must have caused him. Many friends and old timers still remark that it was an honor just to have known him.
Wilson Haskell Turman
EDWIN G TURMAN born 1829, Marion County, Alabama. The son of Milton A and Sarah Turman. Edwin married approx. 1855 to SARAH EVANS, born 1833, Marion Co. Ala. The daughter of JAMES EVANS, born 1802 NC and his wife LUCINDIA, born 1804 SC. Edwin G. Turman was a farmer before the beginning of the Civil War, Edwin fought at the Battle of Shiloh and was killed 1862. His brother Lorenzo D fought at his side. Before Edwin G died he requested that his brother take care of his family if he should die. After the War, Lorenzo went home and married his brothers's widow, as his brother had requested.
EDWIN G AND SARAH TURMAN were the parents of three children:
JAMES THOMAS AND LUCINDIA TURMAN were the parents of three sons:
JAMES EVANS AND HIS WIFE LUCINDIA were the parents of four children:
JOSIAH BLALOCK is believed to have been the brother of William and Elizabeth Blalock, the children of William Blalock or Blaylock and his wife----Ray.
ELIZABETH BLALOCK married James Richard Turman, the son of JAMES RICHARD TURMAN AND SARAH JANE SANDLIN.
[Author's Note: The next nine pages are in the wrong place; put there by mistake by the binders. Edwin G family con'd after marriage certificate.]
ROBERT WILSON TURMAN born 28 March 1827 Sulligent, Alabama was the oldest son of MILTON A AND SARAH TURMAN. Robert married 22 Dec 1853 to DEZINA NOE the daughter of Thomas R. Noe and his wife Mary. Dezina was born 4 March 1836 Lamar Co Ala and died 14 Oct. 1905 Poteau, Ok.
Robert Wilson Turman migrated to Poteau, Ok in 1890 and died there 15 June 1911. Robert was landowner and merchant.
ROBERT AND DEZINA TURMAN were the parents of ten children:
JESSIE JAMES JAGGERS born 1855 Sulligent, Alabama married 29 Sep 1875 Lamar Co., Ala. to Mary Jane Turman born 15 Dec 1854 Sulligent, Ala the daughter of Robert Wilson Turman and Dezina Noe. Mary Jane was married three times 2nd marriage to a Sandlin and 3rd time to a Barnett. Mary and Jessie were the parents of five children:
William Donald's second wife was, Pearl Beam born 4 July 1904 Ekintuskah, Ok the daughter of Dan Davis Beam and Emma Hughes. They were the parents of six children. (See Family of William Donald and Pearl Beam)
ROBERT FRANKLIN JAGGERS born 10 July 1876 died 22 June 1956 Robert was born in Sulligent, Ala and died in Paden, Ok. Robert is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery, Paden, Ok. He was the son of Jessie James Jaggers and Mary Jane Turman. He married Maggie Houston Donathon, born 8 Nov 1880 Magazine, Arkansas the daughter of James B Donathon and Adeline Jane Powell. They were the parents of eight children:
2nd married Harvey James Wheat. One child from this union:
RILEY MARTINDALE was born in Arkansas, married 19 Feb 1896 to Nancy Dizina Jaggers, the daughter of Jessie James Jaggers and Mary Jane Turman. Mr. Martindale died 17 April 1899 in Canadian, Ok. Nancy was born 1 Sep 1877 Sulligent, Ala and died 14 Sep 1944 at Vinita, Ok. Buried in the Oakdale Cemetery, Paden, Ok. Mr. Martindale was her first husband. 2nd husband was, Evert Omar Hardin. She and Mr. Martindale were the parents of one daughter:
Edith and James William Hunt were the parents of three children:
ETHEL MODENA MARTINDALE FAMILY (cont'd)
EVERTT OMAR HARDIN born 13 Aug 1877 Magazine, Arkansas the son of James Buckanon Hardin and Henritta Jane McDonald. Married 12 Sep 1899 to Nancy Dezina Jaggers born 1 Sep 1877 Montgomery or Sulligent, Alabama died 14 Sep 1944 Vinita, Ok. Nancy was the daughter of Jessie James Jaggers and Mary Ann Turman. She and Mr. Hardin were the parents of two children:
B. Lennin Cleighton III born 18 ___ 1954 Tulsa, Ok.
Vivian's 3rd marriage is to Cecil Claude Foreman born Ok the son of Steven Mathis Foreman and Dolly West. Steven born in Kentucky and Dolly born 16 Oct 1898 Vian, Ok. Vivian and Cecil were married 10 June 1961 in Miami, Ok. They are the parents of two children:
FAMILY OF EVERTT OMAR HARDIN AND NANCY DEZINA JAGGERS cont…
FAMILY OF GEORGE ALLEN HARDIN cont…
FAMILY OF EVERETT OMAR HARDIN & NANCY DEZINA JAGGERS cont…
VIVIAN GENEVIA HARDIN'S FAMILY cont…
Vivian 2nd married Virgil Hiram Miller 24 May 1938 in Ft. Smith, Ark. They were the parents of two children:
Wayne Ernest was 31 years old at the time of his death. He died early Sunday in 1971 Healdton, Ok. Apparently, falling asleep at the wheel of his car, a mile north of Healdton on Highway 76. The Highway Patrol reported that his car caught fire and burned after repeatedly traveling 190 feet out of control, overturning ejecting the driver.
JAMES THOMAS JAGGERS born 23 Nov 1880 Montgomery, Alabama died 16 Sep 1953 Okumlgee, Ok buried in the Oakdale Cemetery, Paden, Ok married Maud Danathan born 1890 died Jan 1916 Paden, Ok the daughter of James B Donathan and Jane Powell. They were the parents of four children:
Error in above data, Michael was not Erlene's adopted son but brother.
JAMES THOMAS married MARTHA ANNA NOE 11 Feb 1885. Anna was the daughter of THOMAS R NOE AND HIS WIFE MARY. Thomas and Anna were the parents of ten children all born in Miss.
WILLIAM FRANK TURMAN born 29 March 1893 died 23 July 1957 Horn Lake, MS married 9 Sep 1919 Becker, MS to HELEN ALLISON. Mr. Turman was a well know school teacher in Monroe Co. MS.
WILLIAM AND HELEN TURMAN were the parents of five children:
Family now living in Jackson, Miss (1972)
LONA TURMAN born 6 Jan 1885 Sulligent, Lamar Co. Alabama died July 1963 Lake City, Arkansas married in Amory, MS to JAMES MOORE born 16 Feb 1882 Aberdeen, MS died 6 Oct 1933 Jonesboro, Ark. James was the son of JIM MOORE AND HIS WIFE ELIZABETH RAYE. Both Lona and James are buried in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ar.
The family moved to Arkansas from MS in the fall of 1916 by covered wagon. Settled at Ridge Station approx. ten miles from Jonesboro, Ark. They were of the Baptist and Methodist faith. James was a farmer.
They were the parents of two children:
DORA TURMAN born 22 July 1885 Aberdeen, MS died 15 Sep 1964 Becker, MS married 30 Oct 1905 to J.Q. Chism born 27 Feb 1880 Aberdeen, MS. Both are buried in the Greenbrair Cemetery, Monroe Co, MS. Mr. Chism was of the Methodist faith of eleven children:
CHILDREN OF WILLIS FRANK CHISM cont…
MARTHA ANN TURMAN born 22 June 1890 Monroe Co MS the daughter of James Thomas and Anna Turman. Martha died 12 Nov 1962 Lomita, California married 13 Nov 1905 Tom Bigbee, MS to WILLIAM LEE FINLEY born 2 Sep 1876 MS died 2 July 1949 Jonesboro, Ark. William was the son of JACK RENYARD FINLEY AND MARY HOLLOWAY. William is buried in the Mt Pisgah Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ark. Martha attended the Assembly of God Church. Martha and William were the parents of nine children:
Due to the Boll Weavil, William and Martha moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1916. William farmed cotton, corn, hay and soy beans until his death in 1949. After his death, Martha moved to California to live near her children. She resided there until her death. She is buried in the Green Hills Cemetery in San Pedro, CA.
OSCAR LEWIS TURMAN born 11 Oct 1902 Amory, MS was the son of James Thomas Turman and Anna (Noe) Turman. He married 15 June 1927 Sturgis, MS to MAE DELL MOOR born 29 Aug 1903 Toccopola, MS the daughter of Oliver Columbus Moor and O'Bell Lovelane Rayburn. Mr. and Mrs. Turman are of the Baptist faith. Mr. Turman was County Conservationist for Newton Co. MS for several years. Mae retired in 1969 from the Dept. of Public Welfare where she was a caseworker. They resided in Laurel, MS. They are the parents of two children:
LORENZO D TURMAN born 1834 Sulligent, Marion Co. Alabama. The son of Milton A and Sarah Turman. LORENZO married approx. 1865, to his brother's widow, Sarah Evans Turman, born 1845 the daughter of James and Lucindia Evans. Lorenzo died the 26 April 1885 in Alabama.
Lorenzo served in the Confederate Army and was wounded in the Battle of Shilo. While hiding behind a rock he was hit in the neck by a spent rifle bullet.
LORENZO AND SARAH TURMAN were the parents of only one child:
LORENZO TURMAN was a farmer and spent his entire life in Marion and Lamar Cos. Alabama.
JAMES TURMAN born 1835 was the sixth child of Milton A. and Sarah Roberson Turman. James was born in what is now Lamar Co., Ala. At the time of his birth Lamar Co. was still part of Marion County. James grew up on a farm near the town of Sulligent. He met and fell in love with Sarah Jane Sandlin the daughter of Jessie Sandlin and his wife Mary. Jessie and his wife were one of the first settlers of this area, coming from South Carolina. James and Sarah were married approx. 1857 in Sulligent, Ala. Their life together was shortened due to the beginning of the Civil War.
James along with five of his brothers joined the Confederate Army in 1861 or 62. We know that two of his brothers fought in the Battle of Shilo, in TN. We feel that James also fought in this battle.
James and Sarah had one son, James Richard, born 29 May 1859. He was only two years of age at the time of his fathers's death. We haven't been able to determine James place of burial. Perhaps, he was buried where he fell on the battlefield.
After the death of James, Sarah remarried to William Carden in 1865. Sarah and William were the parents of nine children. James Richard and his half sisters and brothers were very close. Sarah died in Sulligent, Ala. 12 July 1921 and is buried in the Sandlin Cemetery. The Cemetery is located between Sulligent and Detroit, Ala.
The children of Sarah and William Carden were as follows:
Dan Carden was the father of several children:
Several of the Turman boys and their families left Alabama and migrated into other states in the early 1890's. Like all young people, there was a yen to seek new places to settle and to provide a better home for their families. Robert, the eldest son of Milton Anderson Turman, was the first to make this move. Three years later James Richard followed his Uncles foot steps and also migrated into the area around Hartford, Ark.
James Richard, being a very quiet man, liking to live away from others, no doubt found the area around Hartford very pleasing. This is very understanding, for the area around the Turman home site is certainly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The old home site is located approx. six miles west of Hartford, Ark. In what is called "the gap of Sugar Loaf Mountain". Tall Pines and scrub Oak completely surrounds the old home site, at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Not too far is a stream where the children swam or tried their luck at catching a fish for dinner. Game was plentiful and wild blackberries and huckleberries were abundant. The children spent their spare time hiking up the mountain sides or swimming in the creek.
In the spring when the wild berries were ready for picking, the women folks would dress in trousers, put on gloves and socks and with shiny new buckets would head for the mountain sides to pick berries. The reason for the special dress and shiny buckets was that ciggers and snakes would be in the berry vines. Mr. Snake will always strike a shiny object first. The children were never allowed to go on these trips due to the danger of rattle or copperhead snakes which were found in that area.
The most beautiful time of the year in this area is the fall of the year. The green Pines against the colors of the turning oak leaves is a beauty that only God could create. Late in the evening as the sun sinks behind the mountains and throws it's orange beams of light upon the colors of the oak leaves all orange, gold and brown, it looks as if the whole mountainside is a blaze.
Night comes early to the people who live in this valley, as mountains completely surround the little town of Hartford. One can feel a special kind of serenity as the sun sets and night begins to fall. A quietness and calmness is felt. The only sounds that are heard are the cows mooing and perhaps a dog barking off in the distance, or a dove cooing, calling to it's mate somewhere on the mountain side. This area is an artist's paradise.
JAMES RICHARD TURMAN born 29 May 1859 Sulligen, Lamar Co. Alabama the only son of James and Sarah Sandlin Turman. Married 2 Nov 1876 Sulligent, Ala to Elizabeth Catherine Blalock born 1859 Sulligent, Ala the daughter of William Blalock and his wife _____Ray. James Richard died 30 Oct 1935 Hartford, Ark and is buried in the old Jackson Cemetery. Elizabeth died in 1922 and is also buried in the Jackson Cemetery. James and his family migrated into Arkansas in 1891. They were the parents of eleven children:
FAMILY OF JAMES RICHARD TURMAN cont…
Ella Turman died 7 Oct 1934. One adopted daughter, Ernestine McDonald, md. John Ellis a Nazarine Minister in MO.
After the death of Elizabeth in 1922, James Richard married Elizabeth's brother's widow, Becky Blaylock. Everyone loved "Aunt Becky". She was a kind understanding person and cared very much for the children of Elizabeth's and James. She was very kind to Luther who was child all his life due to a brain tumor found too late in life to be corrected by surgery. After Aunt Becky's death, Luther spent the remaider of his life with his sister Maudie.
WILLIAM BLABLOCK OR BLAYLOCK and his wife _____Ray were the parents of three known children:
JAMES WILLIAM TURMAN born 2 March 1877 Sulligent, Alabama md 8 April 1900 in Monroe, Ok to Lula Florance born 7 May 1883 MS the daughter of Francis Marion Irvin and Mary Susan Taylor. James died 7 Oct 1941, Monoe, Ok buried in the Jackson Cemetery. Lula died 5 Oct 1962 Wister, Ok and is also buried in the Jackson Cemetery. James was a farmer. They were the parents of four children:
To any person authorized to perform or solemnize the Marriage Ceremony, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized, upon delivery of this marriage license within ten days from date of its issue to you, to join in marriage
Mr. Willis F. Turman of Kennedy, Indian Territory, age 19 and Miss Willie Baldwin of Kennedy, Indian Territory age 17 years; and by the command of the statute you shall make due return of this license to my office within five days succeeding the performance of the marriage herein authorized. Issued under my hand and official seal, and recorded in my marriage record before delivery at Poteau, Oklahoma. This 3rd day of December 1903.
E.J. Fannin, Court Clerk
T.T. Varner, Deputy
I R. A. Cowan, Minestor, in LeFlore Co., State of Oklahoma, do hereby certify that I joined in marriage the persons named in and authorized by this license to be married, on the 6th day of Dec A.D. 1903 in LeFlore Co, State of Oklahoma.
WILLIS FRANKLIN TURMAN born 7 March 1880 Sulligent, Alabama md 6 Dec 1903 Kennedy, Ok to WILLIE MAE BALDWIN born 14 May 1886 Saltille, Lee Co. MS the daughter of George Baldwin and Lea Morgan of Lee Co. MS. Willie died of the flu 26 Jan 1919 Wister, Ok. Willis Franklin died 16 May 1957 Los angeles, CA. After the death of Willie Mae, Willis md Viola McDonald. After the death of Viola, Willis married Inez Butler.
WILLIS AND WILLIE MAE TURMAN were the parents of eight children:
WILLIS AND VIOLA were the parents of two children:
CHILDREN OF WILLIS FRANKLIN TURMAN CONT’D.
Next two children by WILLIS FRANKLIN AND VIOLA MCDONALD TURMAN:
WILLIS FRANKLIN TURMAN married Inez Butner 28 Nov 1927 Greenwood, Sabastian Co., Ark. Inez born 5 Dec 1891 Tracy, TN the daughter of Charles Pindeston Butner and Lucy Byrd. Inez was the widow of George Mack Dodge born 7 march 1887. Willis Franklin and Inez were the parents of one living child, two sons stillborn.
DORIS LEE TURMAN born 23 March 1935 Wister, Ok md 1952 to Irvin H Shine born 22 April 1924 Boulder, CO the son of Allen F Shine and Delta Davis. Doris and Irvin are the parents of five children:
INEZ AND MR. DODGE HAD THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN:
ANNIE TURMAN born 2 Oct 1903 Hartford, Ark md 26 June 1915 Wister, Ok to Samuel Hunnicutt born 3 July 1895 Tahlequah, Ok the son of J.H. Hunnicutt. Samuel died 7 July 1970 in Wilburton, Ok and is buried in the Little Cemetery in Wilburton. Samuel was a farmer plus worked at various other jobs. The family attended the Pentecostal Church in Wilburton. Sam and Annie raised a large family of nine children:
Leory and Doris were the parents of two children:
JESS THOMAS TURMAN born 5 Feb 1906 Hartford, Arkansas md 6 Nov 1929 Hartford, Ark to Annie Reed born 8 Feb 1912 Hartford, Ark. The daughter of Charlie Monroe Reed and his wife Lean A White. Jess died 22 Sep 1938 due to a malignant tumor. He died in Los Angeles, CA and is buried in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles. They attended the Pentecostal Church. Jess did farming and various other labor for a living. They were the parents of two sons:
Second marriage to Deloris Lambert
JESS THOMAS TURMAN, SR. was born 5 Feb 1906 in Hartford, Ark. The oldest son of Willis Franklin and Willie Mae (Baldwin) Turman. Jess’s grandfather, James Richard Turman migrated into Hartford, Ark in 1893 form Lamar Co, Ala. James Richard, his wife Elizabeth Catherine (Blaylock) and eight children made this move. The old Turman home place is located six miles west of Hartford in what is called "the Gap" of Sugar Loaf Mountain. At the time of Jess’ birth, Hartford was a thriving little mining town. Most of the men either worked in the mines or farmed on the rich farmland surrounding Hartford.
Jess spent his youth climbing the mountains, swimming in the creeks or helping his father on the farm. Jess attended Hartford School. He met and fell in love with Annie Reed the daughter of Charlie Reed and Lena White. They were married 6 Nov 1929 in Hartford and and settled on a small farm east of town.
Jess was an even tempered man, but would occasionally lose his temper. He was an ambitious young man and loved his family more than anything in the world. Jess was a tall man with high cheek bones and deep set blue eyes. Not long after his marriage several of the Turman boys migrated to California. Jess and Annie decided to make the move also. They moved to Los Angeles in 1930. Jess was employed by the Continental Canning Company that made tin cans in which to can food. The following year Jess and Annie had their first son, Jess Thomas Jr born 5 Feb 1931. Annie and Jess didn’t care for the large city life and decided to moved back to Hartford. They returned the next year and once more lived on the small farm east of town.
Annie still recalls an incident where Jess lost his temper. Jess and Annie owned a very stubborn old cow. Jess went out to the barn one evening to milk the old cow. She apparently kicked over the milk bucket or hit Jess in the face with her wirey tail. Jess hit the old cow and she just fell over as if dead. Annie recalls that Jess returned to the house and sat down in a chair close to where she was doing the dinner dishes. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him, for he just sat there not saying a word. Finally, he spoke, "Well, I just killed our cow." Annie happened to look out the window and there stood the cow eating hay in the barnyard. She told Jess, "She sure doesn’t look dead to me."
Another incident was the time Jess Sr and Jess Jr were out in the yard playing with the pony that Jess had bought for Jess Jr. Jess Jr was riding and for some reason, the pony stopped and refused to walk with Jess Jr on it’s back. Jess Sr decided to give the pony a slap on the rump. When he did so the pony threw Jess Jr off causing him to hit his head on a rock. Jess Jr still recalls how bad his father felt over the incident.
In 1933 their second son, Reuben Allen was born on Jan 14th. Reuben was named after Annie’s brother who had passed away at the age of 19, in 1919, when the Flu epidemic was so severe. Jess Sr also lost his mother that year of the flu.
In 1936 Jess Sr helped build the new Hartford School House. While working he was accidently hit in the side by a sledge hammer. He seemed to recover, but about six months later he became ill. Going to a doctor, Jess was told that he had a malignant tumor caused by the blow of the sledge hammer. Jess and Annie decided to move back to California in hopes of finding a doctor who could help him. The year that followed was heart breaking for Jess and his family. The Doctors in Los Angeles operated on him several times. Jess Jr recalls how his mother would send him and his brother to a home of a neighbor while the doctor would lance their father’s side. We know today that all the doctor accomplished was to cause the malignancy to spread.
One evening after a prayer meeting in the home, Jess told his brother Oney and his wife that if they would help him into bed he thought he might sleep. Jess fell asleep never to awaken. He died 22 Sep 1938 and was laid to rest in the Park Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA.
Annie and the boys returned to Hartford, Ark. To the home of Annie’s parents. Times were hard for Annie and her sons. Annie decided to move to Nebraska where her sister, Ruth and her family resided. This as an unhappy move, for the weather in Nebraska was miserably cold climate. One evening after school, they became lost and almost froze to death. Reuben became sleepy and if Jess Jr hadn’t insisted that he keep walking he would have froze.
Annie took a job working in a nursing home to provide a living and a place for her and the boys to live. Each morning the lady that owned the home insisted that the boys take a tablespoon of castor oil. To this day, Jess can’t stand the sight of castor oil or anything that looks like castor oil.
Annie remained in Nebraska until she married George E. Tracy. George was very kind to the boys and helped them in anyway he could. Soon after their marriage, George and Annie moved to Hartford, Ark and lived there several years before moving to Oklahoma City, Ok.
One incident that happened when Reuben and Jess were small, was the time Annie bought them both a sucker. Jess Jr ate most of his, and noticing that Reuben had scarcely touched his, Jess Jr asked Reuben to trade, telling him that he liked small things, while Jess Jr liked large things. The horse-trading would have been successful if Annie hadn’t walked in on the conversation. I believe Jess ended up with a few swats on the backside.
Jess Jr remained in Hartford after his parents moved to Ok. By this time, he was a teenager and was old enough to date. One night after attending a local movie with his girl and had walked her home, which was located several miles up in the foothills of Sugar Leaf Mountain, and had started the trip back home. As he was walking down the road he heard something following him through the underbrush which was on both sides of the narrow road. Every time he would he would stop, whatever was following him would stop also. He had to pass a farmhouse on the way and usually the farmers dogs would run out to bark at him. On this night the dogs ran back towards the house and went under the porch. By this time Jess was so frightened all he could think to do was just to keep walking. He passed two horses which was grazing in a pasture, as he passed the horses acted frightened and ran away from the fence. When he came to the clearing he heard something climb a tree. Whatever it was that was following him decided to climb a tree and not to follow him out of the timber and underbrush. Jess still believes he was followed by a panther or mountain lion.
The mountains that completely surround Hartford, Ark are especially beautiful in the spring and fall of the year. In the spring, wildflowers of many colors cover the mountainsides and along the roads. From a distance it looks like a patch worked quilt covering the sides of the mountain.
Wild Honeysuckle and Rose vines cover the fences rows in colors of pink, blue and white.
In the fall, when the oak leaves turn to gold, brown, orange and red it is very beautiful. They mingle with the green of the pines. The most beautiful time of all is at sunset, when the sun sinks behind the mountains and throws a beam of orange light on the colors of the leaves. It looks as if the whole mountain is ablaze.
Only God could paint a picture to match this beauty. What peace and tranquility a person can feel as the sun sinks behind to mountains and a quiet calmness falls over the little town of Hartford, Ark. No wonder our ancestors decided to settle in this beautiful place.
The Jackson Cemetery where all the Turmans are buried is located approx. six miles west of Hartford, and about two miles north. A small area was cleared for the cemetery out of a pine grove, leaving several large pines standing in the cemetery. The cemetery is well kept. I often wonder as I walk through cemeteries where we have loved ones buried, just what did these pioneers of ours think, what were their ambitions and what did they want to accomplish out of life. We will never know the whole story as we only have bits and pieces of their lives to remember.
Jess Jr joined his mother and stepfather in Oklahoma City. Jess worked after school for a local grocer as an errand boy. He also had a paper route. Jess recalls when the weather was bad, his mother would dress in slacks and help him throw his paper route. Annie was a wonderful mother and worked all day while the boys were at home. She also made sure they had what they needed and wanted. The family later moved to Tulsa, where Jess attended Central High School and later Bible College. He joined the Air National Guard in 1949 and served 18 months in active duty.
Jess and I were introduced while attending a service at the Bible College in 1949. We dated and were married 3 Nov 1950 in the home of Jess’ mothers. I graduated from Hillcrest Nursing School that same year. We planned our wedding on a three day pass. When Jess arrived home that Saturday morning we immediately went to the courthouse to get our license. We found the license office closed. We didn’t know what to do as the guests were already invited, cake ordered and the minister, Rev. Roberts had already drove to Tulsa from another town.
The Sheriff’s Office was in the same building and I suppose, Sheriff Blain seen us standing there looking like two lost souls, for he came over and asked if he could be of any assistance. We told him of our dilemma. Sheriff Blaine went immediately and called the Clerk who lived out of town. The Clerk was nice enough to drive to Tulsa and open the office so we could have our license. We were a hour late for our Wedding!
An incident that took place while Jess Jr was in the Air Force is quiet funny. While stationed in Alexandra, LA. Jess met and became friends with a boy from Florida, whose father owned an alligator farm. One evening while the boys were in town, they paid a visit to the local zoo. They decided to remove Mr. Gator from his home in the zoo to a swamp area close to the base. They managed to get Mr. Gator into the trunk of the car. They needed gasoline so they stopped at a station approx. one mile out of town. By this time Mr. Alligator was really mad, blowing and throwing himself around in the trunk. The fellow who operated the station asked what they had in the trunk of their car. The fellow from Florida spoke up and said "an Alligator". The attendant thought they were joking. The fellow from Florida proceeded to open up the trunk and out rolled Mr. Gator mad as a hornet, his mouth wide open and blowing up a storm. They really had a time getting him back into the trunk. They proceeded to turn him loose in the swamp and he seemed no worse for the wear. The local Newspaper reported that one of their Alligators was missing from the zoo. No one will ever know that Mr. Gator found his freedom in the swamp thanks to the U.S. Air Force!
RUTH TURMAN born 26 March 1923 Hartford, Ark. Md Mr. Thornburg. Ruth is the daughter of Willis Franklin Turman and his second wife; Viola McDonald. Ruth and Mr. Thornburg were the parents of five children:
To any person authorizeed to perform or solemnize the Marriage Ceremony, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized, upon delivery of this marriage license within ten days from date of its issue to you, to join in marriage
Mr. Henry Turman of Hartford, Arkansas age 21 years, and Miss Louvina McDonald of Wister, OK age 21 years; and by the command of the statute you shall make due return of this license to my office within five days succeeding the performance of the marriage herein authorized. Issued under my hand and official seal, and recorded in my marriage record before delivery at Poteau, Oklahoma. This 6th day of September 1912. P.C. Bolger, County Judge.
CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE
I J.D. Crabtree, Minister, Baptist Church of Wister in Le Flore State of Oklahoma, do hereby certify that I joined in marriage the person named in and authorized by this liecense to be married, on the 8th day of Sept., A.D. 1912, at Wister in Le Flore, State of Oklahoma, in the presence of Mr. John Glenn of Wister, Okla. And Mr. Claude Baldwin of Wister, Okla.
J.D. Crabtree, Baptist Minister.
License returned, and certificate of marriage recorded subjoining the record of license issued and recorded in marriage record Book 3 at Page 455. On this the 12th day of Sept. 1912.
Pat W Lane, Court Clerk.
HENRY CLAY TURMAN born 1 July 1893 Hartford, Arkansas the son of James Richard and Elizabeth Catherine Turman. Henry md 8 Sep 1912 Hartford, Ark to Louvenia McDonald born 22 Oct 1887, Wister, Ok the daughter of _____ Mc Donald and Dorsie Alice Mitchell. Henry died, 15 Jan 1967 in California. Louvenia died 4 Nov 1928. After Louvenia’s death Henry md Stella Michelle Cates. Henry and Louvenia were the parents of seven children:
CHILD BY 2ND WIFE, JOYCE LEE SHADWICK
CHILDREN OF HENRY CLAY TURMAN cont….
NEXT TWO CHILDREN BY HENRY AND HIS SECOND WIFE STELLA
2nd md Emory James Kilian. They have one adopted daughter:
B. Michele Jean born 27 Aug 1965.
JOHN ANDERSON TURMAN born 12 July 1885 Sulligent, Ala son of James Richard and Elizabeth Turman. John md 1900 in Ada, Ok to Naomi Deaton born 11 Mar 1891 the daughter of _______ Deaton and Luite Lawrence. John died 21 Oct 1952 Hartford, Ark and Naomi died 2 Mar 1949. Both are buried in the Jackson Cemetery, Hartford, Ark. They were the parents of two children:
When Ruth Ann was just a small child, she and her father went to the local grocer for grocery items. In the corner of the store was three fairly good size ducks in a box. Ruth Ann walked over to the merchant and replied, "I’ll take three pounds of those ducks, please!" Her father proceeded to buy all three and they became her pets.
Esther and Fountie have lived in Hartford, Ark all their lives. They have a nice farm west of Hartford and raise chickens, ducks, pigs, cows and about everything that pertains to a farms. Both have a wonderful sense of humor, and always seem to enjoy having guests.
GEORGE BENTON TURMAN born 13 Oct 1891 Sulligent, Ala. Md in Hartford, Ark to Lola Funderburg, the daughter of George Funderburg, born in Germany and his wife, Celia Higgins or Higgs born in MS. George died in Hartford, Ark in 1949. Both he and Lola are buried in the Jackson Cemetery in Hartford, Ark. They were the parents of three children: