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Turner family papers

Turner family papers, 1853-1974
Turner family papers
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  • Papers, 1853-1974, of the Turner family of Chesterfield and Sussex Counties and Richmond, Virginia, including Indiana Nicholas (Wilson) Turner (ca. 1840-1872), Thomas Povall Turner (1840-1902), Edwin Randolph Turner, Jr. (1922-2007), and Helen (Hawley) Turner. Includes accounts and receipts, correspondence, greeting cards, publications, and miscellaneous items
  • The bulk of the collection is correspondence between Indiana N. Turner and her husband, Thomas P. Turner, as well as between E. Randolph Turner, Jr. (1922-2007) and his wife Helen Hawley Turner (1924-2012). Subjects include student life, schoolwork, and examinations at the Virginia Military Institute, University of Richmond, and Mary Washington College, courtship and weddings, weather, and social activities, including attending movies and dances
  • The letters written during 1860-1861 contain views on national politics, apprehensions concerning the impending war, the scarcity of commodities, blockades, troop mobilizations, and Thomas P. Turner's unit assignment. There is a large amount of correspondence during 1940-1946 written while E. Randolph Turner, Jr. was receiving military training at the Sampson Naval Training Station in Sampson, New York
  • Other topics of note include an 1865 receipt to Thomas Povall Turner for the release of his brother Richard Randolph Turner from Castle Thunder prison following the Civil War, an account of the burning of Abraham Lincoln in effigy, a description of fashion and the parks of New York City, including Central Park and Stuyvesant Park, a description of a trip up the Hudson River to Niagara Falls, and the visit of the Prince of Wales to the United States in 1860
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Indiana Nicholas Wilson (ca. 1840-1871) was the daughter of George Nicholas Wilson and Hypatia Allen of Chesterfield County, Virginia. She married Thomas Povall Turner (1840-1902) on 15 October 1861. Their son, Dr. Edwin P. Turner married Hannah Brown Randolph. Their son, Edwin Randolph Turner (1894-1963) married Mary Putney Reams in 1917. Their son Edwin Randolph Turner, Jr. (1922-2007) married Helen Letha Hawley (1924-2012) on 9 September 1943.
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Turner family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
Stauffer, Kelly
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