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Turbeville Notes ─ Generation 3 ─ Wiley and Mary Turbeville

Wiley and Mary Turbeville's daughter Martha married John S. Logan, whose daughter Maude married Robert S. Elder Sr. (notes).


Summary

Wiley Turbeville was born in 1794. He married Mary Christenberry in 1820 in Davidson County, Tennessee. They had 13 children. Wiley Turbeville died in 1848 in Davidson County, Tennessee; Mary Turbeville died there in 1885.


Memories

"I feel very sure W. C. Turbeville and Mary Christenberry were my great grandparents (father and mother of my grandmother Logan). We lived not very far from the Old Mill Creek Baptist Church. The area where we lived was known as Flat Rock at one time. I remember going to that cemetery with my aunt when I was a child and her telling me her grandparents were buried there. My grandmother's two oldest children were named Mary and Willie. She had two brothers I know of, Lafayette and Jim, also a sister Cynthia Boyd. My great uncle Jim had a son Willie who was killed in World War I. He also had a daughter Polly who died last year. Don't know if she married."

[From correspondence: Martha Elder Sparks (great-granddaughter of Wiley and Mary Turbeville, granddaughter of Martha Turbeville Logan, and daughter of Maude Logan Elder) to Robert S. Elder III, about 1978] [record, page 2]

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Records

These are the principal records for Wiley and Mary Turbeville:

  1. Will of Rutha Turbiville deceased, dated 5 Jul 1807, mentions: "my two sons Willis Turbiville and Benjamin Turbiville"; granddaughters Mary C. Turbiville, Rutha Turbiville, Margaret Turbiville (daughter of Benjamin Turbiville), and Rutha Clinton (daughter of David Clinton); "my two grandsons Wiley Turbeville and Benjamin G. Turbiville sons of Benjamin Turbiville." Administrators sons Benjamin Turbiville and Willis Turbiville; Witnesses Richard G. Scruggs and David Clinton; proved 20 Feb 1817 [Marsh and Marsh, Davidson County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories, Volume 2, 1816-1830, 1989, page 22 (128)] [record]
     
  2. Willie Turbeville and Mary Christenberry married in Davidson County, Tennessee; license dated 20 May 1820; surety Moses Christenberry [Tennessee, Davidson County, Marriage Records, Volume 1, 1804-1837, page 49] [record]
     
  3. A family record for Wiley and Mary Christenberry shows the following 13 children:

    Margaret, born 30 Mar 1822
    Effie (Euphemia), born 25 Nov 1824
    Susan, born 20 Dec 1826, died 21 Dec 1826
    DeKalb (Calvin), born 14 Feb 1827
    DeLafayette, born 4 Apr 1829
    Cynthia, born 27 Feb 1831
    Benjamin F., born 4 Jan 1833
    Rebecca J., born 4 Feb 1835
    Wiley Cameron, born 27 Jun 1837
    Martha Ann, born 5 Aug 1839
    Thomas J., born 10 Dec 1841
    James Knox, born 5 Mar 1843
    Andrew J., born 5 Oct 1847

    [From a document received from Charles "Buddy" Dixon, a descendant through Martha Ann Turbeville] [record]

  4. Wiley Turbeville appeared as Head of Family in the U.S. Census of Population for Davidson County, Tennessee, for 1820 and 1840 [record]:

    Note: the 1810 Census of Davidson County, Tennessee, hasn't survived.

    1820 Census – Willie Turbyvill [1820 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Microfilm series M33, Roll 122, page 65]

    Age
    Range
    Free
    White
    Males
    Free
    White
    Females
    Under 10 0 0
    10 – 15 0 0
    16 – 18 0
    16 – 25 0 1
    26 – 44 1 0
    45 & Over 0 0

    Number of slaves = 1

    1830 Census – Wiley Turbeville not found

    1840 Census – Willie Turbeville [1840 Census of United States, Davidson County, Civil District 7, Tennessee, Microfilm series M704, Roll 520, page 324]:

    1840
    Census
    Under 5 5 - 9 10 -
    14
    15 -
    19
    20 -
    29
    30 -
    39
    40 -
    49
    50 -
    59
    60 -
    69
    Males 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Females 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

    Number of slaves = 1

  5. Wiley C. Turbeville was elected Constable for District 7 of Davidson County, Tennessee; he gave bond for $4000 with Euphemia Wallace, Samuel Dunaway, David P. Harris and John Green on 6 Apr 1841; he was elected again and gave $4000 bond with the same securities Mar 1842; he was elected again in 1844 [Davidson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes: 1835-1841, page 606; 1841-1846, pages 47 and 211 (LDS microfilm number 205454)]
     
  6. W. C. Turbeville was buried in the Old Mill Creek Baptist Church graveyard; his stone read "In Memory of W. C. Turbeville | He died Feb 3, 1848 | Age 53 years and 3 months | Remember me as you pass by | As you are now so once was I | As I am now so you must be | Prepare for death and follow me" [Aklen, Tennessee Records, Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, 1976, page 113 (DAR Library)]
     
  7. Mary B. Turbeville, Administratrix of Wilie Turbeville deceased, reported "the same completely insolvent to the best of my knowledge and belief"; dated 25 Apr 1848 and recorded by Davidson County Court at May Term 1848 [Davidson County, Tennessee, X, page 249] [record]
     
  8. The Davidson County Court at May Term 1848 set aside to the widow and family of Wilie Turbeville deceased one year's support, as recommended by Commissioners Samuel Ham, Jos. L. Jenell and Edward Hall on 23 Apr 1848 [Davidson County, Tennessee, X, page 243] [record]
     
  9. Mary Turbeville appeared in each U.S. Census of Population for Davidson County, Tennessee, from 1850 to 1880 [records]:

    1850 Census [1850 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Civil District 5, enumeration date 9 Sep 1860, Microfilm series M432, Roll 875, page 192]

    Name Age Sex Occupation Value -
    Real Estate
    Birthplace
    Mary Turbeville 48 M TN
    Calvin Turbeville 23 M carpenter TN
    Cynthia Turbeville 18 F TN
    Benja Turbeville 15 M farmer TN
    Rebecca Turbeville 13 F TN
    Wiley Turbeville 11 M TN
    Martha Turbeville 9 F TN
    Thos Turbeville 7 M TN
    Jas Turbeville 5 M TN
    Andr Turbeville 3 M TN

    1860 Census [1860 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Civil District 9, Nashville Post Office, enumeration date 15 Aug 1860, Microfilm series M653, Roll 1246, page 161]

    Name Age Sex Occupation Value -
    Real Estate
    Value -
    Personal Property
    Birthplace
    Mary Turberville 56 F Farmer 300 NC
    Thomas Turberville 18 M Carpenter TN
    James Turberville 15 M Student TN

    1870 Census [1870 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Civil District 9, Nashville Post Office, enumeration date 7 Jun 1870, Microfilm series M593, Roll 1521, page 321]

    Name Age Sex Occupation Value -
    Real Estate
    Value -
    Personal Property
    Birthplace
    Turbyville, Mary 66 F Keeping house 100 NC
    Turbyville, James 24 M Carpenter 1000 TN

    1880 Census [1880 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Civil District 9, Flat Rock, enumeration date 16 Jun 1880, Microfilm series T9, Roll 1251, page 129]

    Name Age Sex Relationship
    to head
    Occupation Birthplace -
    Self
    Birthplace -
    Father
    Birthplace -
    Mother
    Turbeville, Jim 35 M Carpenter TN TN TN
    Turbeville, Mary 24 F wife Keeping House TN TN TN
    Turbeville, Wiley 1 M son TN TN TN
    Turbeville, Mary B. 80 F mother TN TN TN

  10. Mary B. Turbeville was buried next to her husband in the Old Mill Creek Baptist Church graveyard; her stone read "Mary B., wife of W. C. Turbeville, March 4, 1796 – July 8, 1885, Age 89 years, 4 months, and 4 days" [Aklen, Tennessee Records, Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, 1976, page 113 (DAR Library)]
     
  11. A Wiley Cameron Turbeville, born 27 Jun 1837 in Nashville, Tennessee, died in Texas in 1910 [record]

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Discussion of Records

What can one learn from these records?

Birth

Wiley Cameron Turbeville was born in 1794 based on his gravestone (53 years and 3 months before 3 Feb 1848) (record 6); I haven't documented his birthplace. His middle name is supported by record 11.

Family

Wiley Turbeville's father was Benjamin Turbeville (record 1); I haven't identified his mother (undocumented Internet family charts say she was Rachel Bell).

Marriage

Wiley Turbeville and Mary Christenberry married in Davidson County, Tennessee, in 1820 (record 2). Their marriage license was dated 20 May 1820.

Wife's Family

Mary Christenberry was born in North Carolina or Tennessee (record 9) on 4 Mar 1796 (record 10). I haven't identified her parents.

Children

Wiley and Mary Turbeville had 13 children named above (record 3).

Residences

Wiley and Mary Turbeville lived in Davidson County, Tennessee, most of their lives.

Willis and Benjamin Turbeville were listed in the Inventory of Sale of chattels of Lazarus Gatlin deceased, 7 Nov 1808 [Marsh and Marsh, Davidson County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories, Volume 1, 1783-1816, page 167 (15)]. Thus Wiley probably lived in Davidson County by 1808 (see record 1).

Mary may have been born in North Carolina.

Death

Wiley Turbeville died on 3 Feb 1848 in Davidson County, Tennessee (record 6).

Wife's death

Mary Turbeville died on 8 Jul 1885 in Davidson County, Tennessee (record 10).

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Land

I've found no record of land ownership for Wiley Turbeville. The 1850 Census for Mary shows no value for Real Estate.

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Associates

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Other Turbevilles and Christenberrys

These other names are mentioned in records for Wiley Turbeville:

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Contemporary Events

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References

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