ELKANAH B. TURNER, the tenth of Rev. John turner's family was born in henry county, Va., Jan. 6 1823. Grew up to manhood on the farm. Had an acquiring mind and strove to excel, and did in an educational way. Was a scholar above an average. Was 6 feet 1 inch tall, straight and erect; weight about 160 pounds, "a star figure," was intellectual and proud, bordering on to hautiness. He owned a farm and 12 or 15 colored servants and worked them for profit. Was a successful trader, bought and discounted interest-bearing paper; he seldom failed to collect his debts or win his law suits, he was widely known and recognized as a high-toned gentleman. In "the upper ten class." In politics a Democrat. Served a term as a Civil Magistrate; was Land Valuing Commissioner for Patrick county; was a militia officer, holding the rank of major. In 1861 he was for Secession and whooped up the boys to wad in and fight for the South. Toward the close of the conflict he entered the rank and file himself and fought on to Appomatox. In the conflict he lost his fine estate. He strove manfully to recuperate, became depot agent. His health was broken down, dropsey set in, and death came about 1899. He died unmarried, aged about 76 years, and many friends of the best class lamented his demise.
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