Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Margaret Golden Turpin, Second Child

When Thomas died while serving in the Civil War, he had seven little sisters at home.  Margaret Golden Turpin was the next in line -- the second child and first girl born to Newt and his wife Sarah.   She was born in Indiana on 13 April 1846 in Indiana.  She came to Iowa as a young girl when her parents settled there. 

Margaret married into the Vanhorn family which had an Owen County, Indiana heritage like the Turpins.  She married Ralph Wilson Vanhorn on 17 October 1864. 

Ralph was born about 1844 in Iowa, the son of Rensselaer and Mary Vanhorn and grandson of Ralph Vanhorn and Hannah Nichols.   Grandparents Ralph and Hannah had roots in New York State but then migrated to Iowa via Owen County, Indiana; appearing in the 1850 census of Franklin Township, Owen County.  Rensselaer was one of the early settlers in Washington Township, Greene County.  I have done a lecture on families that stick together -- "cluster genealogy".  But when you find it happening in your family, it's kinda' fun!

Ralph and Margaret lived in Franklin Township of Greene County.  Their children were Thomas B. (named after Margaret’s brother), Mary, Newton R. (named after Margaret’s father), Sarah (named after Margaret’s mother), John E.(John was the name of Margaret’s grandfather), William H., and H. Eliza.  

Ralph died 29 Nov 1915.  Margaret lived until 1926.  I have not located their graves yet.  I don't have photos of them either.   It would be great to find that information.

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