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Ishmael Turner


Ishmael Turner listed as living in Winchester, Cheshire Co., NH in the 1790 census with 3 Other Free Persons.

There is also an Ishmael Turner listed as living in Chester, Windsor Co., Vt. in the 1791 census with 3 Other Free Persons, so probably the same Ishmael.

Ishmael Turner, slave of Seth Field, Esq., farmer.  Bought in Boston.  The first work he was set at was turning hay: they said he would make a good turner, and so named him Turner, but when he was baptized, they called him Ishmael, hence Ishmael Turner.  In December, 1776, Ishmael Turner, with others, was enlisted as a soldier to go to Danbury.  (History of Northfield)

Source:  History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association 1870 – 1879, Vol. I, 1890

Ishmael Turner is among the names of men enlisted at Northfield in December 1776, to go to Danbury

Turner, Ishmael: Rev. sol. 1776; an African slave, owned by Esq. Seth Field.

Source: A History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts by Josiah Howard Temple, George Sheldon, 1875

Turner, Ishmael, Northfield.Private, Capt. Reuben Petty's co., Lieut. Col. Samuel Williams's regt.; enlisted Dec. 16, 1776; discharged March 19, 1777; service, 3 mos. 15 days, including 12 days (240 miles) travel home; also, list of men raised to serve in the Continental Army, as returned by Capt. Elisha Hunt; residence, Northfield; engaged for town of Northfield; joined Capt. Shelding's or Capt. Benson's co., Col. Putnam's regt.; term, 3 years; reported a negro; also, Private, Capt. Joshua Benson's co., Col. Rufus Putnam's 5th (also given 4th) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from April 2, 1777, to April 1, 1780; also, same co. and regt.; return dated Albany, Feb. -, 1778; mustered by Col. Woodbridge.

Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols., Vol. 16, page 168
 
Additional Information submitted by Joann Nichols on July 25, 2009
 
"Here is the compilation I did on Ishmael Turner who was in VT's 1791 census after being in Winchester, NH in 1790".

ISHMAEL TURNER

Listed in Chester, Windsor County with three other free persons in the 1791 Vermont census.

He is also listed in the 1790 Winchester, Cheshire County, NH census with three other free persons. It appears that he probably moved from Winchester to Chester He does not appear to have owned land in Chester. Winchester had other free persons in the 1790 census and some of the ones that later came to Chester said they came from Winchester.

I have not found him in any other census, but there is an Ishmael Turner who enlisted in the Revolutionary War from Northfield, MA. The book, History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Vol. 1, The 10th Annual Meeting, 1879, page 483, in telling about Slavery in Massachusetts, has the following:

Ishmael Turner, slave of Seth Field, Esq., farmer. Bought in Boston. The first work he was set at was turning hay; they said he would make a good turner, and so named him Turner, but when he was baptized they called him Ishmael, hence Ishmael Turner. In December, 1776, Ishmael Turner, with others, was enlisted as a soldier to go to Danbury (History of Northfield). He does not appear to have gotten a pension.

I believe the Rosannah Turner who married Pompey Brackey and later married Silas Burdoo may have been related to Ishmael Turner. Since we do not have ages for either of these Turner people, it is not possible to know how she might be related.




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