Luke Turpen was the third child of Jim and Janey Turpen. He was born in May 1848 in Indiana. On 16 April 1871 he married Emily J. Babb, the oldest daughter of Valentine Servier Babb and Lydia Crumly. Emily was born in Iowa in Dec 1847. Both of Emily’s parents were born in Tennessee and came to Iowa before 1847.
Luke and Emily lived in Greene County, Iowa. They farmed in the Squirrel Hollow area and put up ice from the Raccoon River during winters.
Luke and Emily had a daughter, Emily C, who was born about 1877 and died young.
Emily died in 1924. Luke died a few years later in 1927. Both are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Greene Co., IA. Since there were no children surviving Luke and Emily, it makes you wonder if anyone has a photograph of them! I have old photographs from the Turpin family with no names written on the backs to identify people.
|Location of Pleasant Hill Cemetery|