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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Other stories about (other?) Hannah Conn Booths

Another Hannah Conn ..
Notes from a second cousin of mine, who had same great great great (?) grandparents...

William Conn died in Henry county, Kentucky in 1836. He was a Revolution War soldier and he has pension records. His pension records and Will identify James Conn, who married Nancy Erwin as a son.  James Conn died about 1830. Nancy Erwin Conn moved her family to Jackson county, Indiana about 1838., where she died about 1846 and Deed Book J, Page 387 identifies  Hannah Conn Booth as a child. Female descendants of Hannah Conn Booth can join the DAR through William Conn.
 Another note that I've saved says:
Hannah Leak married the warrior Winslow Turner III after the death of his first wife Sarah Carpenter Sowell. He and his family arrived in the Province of Texas in 1826 from Ralls Co., Mo. when he was fifteen years old, also under the sponsorship of Green DeWitt. He is buried the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. Some of his exploits are listed on his grave marker.

Winslow Turner III
Born in Missouri, 1811
Died in Bastrop County, Texas, May 6, 1880
 The headstone lists some military accomplishments: Participated in the Battle of Gonzales, Oct 2, 1815, Served in the Texas Army, 1836, and in the Wohl Campaign, 1842.

This headstone was erected by the State of Texas in 1936 (it says at the bottom of it)

Another family tree on Ancestry does show a genealogy page showing Winslow Turner to be the granson of Winslow Turner and his wife, Sarah Standish, a descendent of Miles Standish (of Mayflower fame).
Their grandson:
iv Winslow TURNER, b. 1811, Lincoln County, Missouri.
m. (1) Sarah Carpenter SOWELL,
m. (2) Hannah L. CONN.
No further information about him, though many other Turner family members are listed on this genealogy.

Another note on his Winslow Turner III's listing says:
Winslow Turner Sr. and wife Elizabeth arrived in the DeWitt Colony 4 Dec 1829 with a family of 8 according to land grant records. His league was north of Gonzales on the San Marcos River. Son Winslow Turner Jr. also received a fourth sitio with arrival listed as 18 Nov 1829 on the east bank of the Guadalupe River near the current Gonzales and Guadalupe County line. The Turners first arrived in Austin's Colony in 1827 and lived on the Colorado River. Turner owned and operated a hotel in inner Gonzales town which was on St. John Street. He was a regidor in the appointed Gonzales Ayuntamiento of 1832. As described above, Winslow Turner Jr. married Sarah Sowell in 1831. Winslow Turner is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.
I believe this note is referring to WT III as Jr. and his father as Sr., which would support a record with a family of 8.

The only data that I can look at an original record for is the 1860 Census, saying a Winslow Turner (age 49) and wife Nancy C Turner (age 38, having been born in NC) lived in the county of Williamson, Texas.   Their 8 children were mostly born in Arkansas.

The rest of the residential data seems from a compiled Texas Census, from which I can't see anything original.

The next record to look at is

Hannah Leak Conn , Birth 9 Aug 1819 in Elks Creek, Shelby County, Kentucky,  Death 1848 in Gonzales County, Texas

and this source says she married Winslow Turner III  on 15 Nov 1839, again giving data with records I can order, but I chose not to pay for.  This record doesn't give any parents for her, but 2 children, Elizabeth Turner (b1843) and Martha Turner (b1845).

There is no data to substantiate where she died or was buried either.  Mrs. Hannah Leak Conn Turner seems to have a different life than the one my Hannah Leak Conn Booth had, though they both have the same place and close dates of birth, somehow.  Mrs. Turner was a year younger than Mrs. Booth. My Hannah Booth was definitely married in Indiana in 1843, when this Hannah Turner was having her first child in Texas.

So my somewhat educated guess is that there were two Hannah Conns born within 2 years in Elk Creek, Shelby County, KY, and they were probably cousins.  The Conns were a large family, and many of their kin decided to migrate from Kentucky to MO and then to Texas.

Now I'm somewhat interested in the Mrs. Turner story, but not enough to follow it further to clarify who she was, and who William and Nancy C. Turner might have been.

I leave you with more questions than I started but the continuing certainty that Mrs. Hannah Conn Booth was my ancestor, and just probably didn't have more to her life than simply to marry, raise a family and be on some documents before dying.

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