Back in an October 2011 blog, I mentioned the relationship of John and James Turpin.
I’m sure they are related but I don’t have original documents that say what the relationship is. One source that is a compiled history of some Virginia families states they are brothers but provides no evidence. But John and James stick together over the years. They are listed next to each other as Heads of Households in the 1830 Halifax County, Virginia Census. They show up in the 1840 and 1850 Census in Owen County, Indiana. After John’s death, his son Robert Newton Turpin and James Turpin both moved to Greene County, Iowa. That is where James died and is buried, but Newt Turpin moved on to Nebraska.
The property where John and James lived in Indiana is on adjacent land south of the town of Spencer. There are patents for these pieces of land, digital copies of which can be found at the Bureau of Land Management’s website with General Land Office records: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov. (If you have not used this website for genealogical research, it's quite useful -- take a look at it.)
John lived on land that was patented by his wife Elizabeth, specifically from the 2nd Prime Meridian, Township 9 North Range 3 West, SW 1/4 NW1/4 of Section 5. James' land was Township 9 North Range 3 West, NW 1/4 NW1/4 of Section 5.
They were next door neighbors in Indiana just like they were in Virginia.
|Elizabeth Turpin's Land Patent in Indiana in 1839|
|James Turpin's Land Patent in Indiana in 1852|