Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sarah Jane Turpin, Third Child

Sarah Jane was the third child of Robert Newton Turpin and Sarah Elizabeth Lowery.  She was born 9 October 1848 in Owen County, Indiana. The family moved to Illinois and then Iowa where Sarah met Warfield Paul who was a neighbor.  

According to Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa by E.B. Stillman, Warfield lived with the John and Alvina Hall family.  The 1860 census of Rippey, Washington Township, Greene County, Iowa shows the Halls and the Turpins as neighbors. Like the Turpins, the Hall family members were natives of Virginia.  The "do" that you see on some lines means "ditto"  --



1860 Federal Census - Rippey, IA

A later Iowa census dated 1925, recorded the names J. M. Paul and Matilda Hall as Warfield’s parents.  (I had not used the 1925 Iowa state census before and did not realize that census-takers asked for parents’ names.  That’s pretty cool!)  Sarah's parents are listed on the next line.  It would be an interesting side project to follow up and see what happened to Warfield's parents and why he was living with what appears to be his mother's relatives.


1925 Iowa State Census

Sarah and Warfield married on 22 December 1870.  After they married, they lived near Jefferson, Iowa.  She died a widow in 1935 and was buried in the Franklin Township Cemetery alongside Warfield who died in 1929.  Their children were:

  1. BIDEY ELLEN "ELLIE" PAUL, b. 1872, d. 1963.
  2. DOLLY PAUL, b. 18 Mar 1884.
  3. JOHNNIE PAUL, d. 1956, d. 1962.
  4. JENNETTE E. PAUL, b. 18 Mar 1881, d. 19 Sep 1881.

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