Polly Turner married James Pelfrey on 18 of Oct 1800 in Henry County, Virginia. The wedding was witnessed by Alexander Hanna who had married Sarah Pelfrey 16 Oct 1793 also in Henry County.
About 1802 the families of James Pelfrey and Alexander Hanna moved to Roane County, TN and later both men enlisted in the War of 1812. After serving two months, James died 11 Mar 1814. The U S Military owed Pvt James Pelfrey two months pay or $16.51 for his service. Mary Turner Pelfrey, now a widow, needed to prove she was indeed the widow to collect the money. Knowing that Alexander, (living nearby) who had been to their wedding would be a good source of proof, Mary asked Alexander for an affidavit and he obliged.
When one of the Pelfrey daughters, Price (Pricey)[We learn from a later census that her name was Priscilla Elizabeth], marries John W Mapes on 5 Sep 1820, a Nathan Turner serves as the bondsman for J. W. Mapes. Whether this was the Nathan Turner who married Malinda Gay or the one who married Elizabeth Hicks, I do not know, but his signature is on "Price" Pelfrey's marriage license. I would also have to speculate that signee Nathan Turner was a relative, but it would seem so.
Somewhere there is a Turner family who migrated through Henry County, Va to Roane County, TN who should have listed in their family trees, an old maid by the name of Mary Ann "Polly" Turner, who is not really an old maid. Now that you know that she did not spend a lonely life, would you please turn in one of my grandmothers to me?
I realize that some of the Virginia Turners did a "dipsy doodle", and went to Georgia (maybe SC), did land deals and made a "backdoor entrance" to the Roane County, TN area.
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