Gnarled Branches : A Family History
Turner, Barbara K.
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A general curiosity about what types of people my American ancestors were has lead me to the field of family history. Something of the lives of the Turners who have come before me has been passed on to me and I am interested to know what it is that relates them to me. Their occupations, interests and ways of life are all important for me to 'study is I am to understand the heritage that has been' passed on to me. Secondly, I have an interest in the history of the American people. The fact that my family has taken part in the history of the United States and has been effected by what has happened in this country has become a reality to me now that I know something of their story. Lastly, it was my intention to trace a hereditary disease in the family and to look for patterns. This disease, referred to as Charcot, has effected approximately fifty percent of the Turner family. Since my father, Francis Elmer "Frank" Turner does have the disease it has always been of interest to me. Particularly in conjunction with my study of Charcot, but also because they are a part of our extended family I have included the children from the great' grandmother, Samantha Turner’s, third marriage, which was to Ira A. Fluckey. The Turner family history would be incomplete without some mention of Charcot, which has, indeed made a difference in what has happened to the family. The starting point for the story of the Turner family is the year 1878. In that year Thomas Turner, my great grandfather, married Samantha Jane Morrison. It was with this marriage that the hereditary disease was brought into the family.