Notes from the past…


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There's a Yankee in the family!

Not a Yankee technically, but he was a member of the 4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry, United States Army! I’m talking about my 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Turner. Lesson: Never Assume Anything! I have never considered the possibility that my ancestors, the vast majority from Southern states, could have fought for the Union. Never gave it a thought. But while searching for info on Isaac Turner, I ran across a site that listed a guy that sounded suspiciously like my Isaac Turner as a member of this infantry unit. Still no clue, I assumed it was a Confederate unit. So I started looking for info on the 4th Regiment, and a few sites later found it listed as a Union regiment. Gotta be a mistake there, but I went to Ancestry and started looking in their Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, and there he is:


Next step will be to send off for his pension file. This person also has a Civil War service file to order, but first I’ll get the pension file and check it, to make sure it’s the right guy. I’m about 90% sure it’s him.

Talk about a dysfunctional family, the 1860 Federal Census shows his father, Francis Turner of DeKalb Co, TN, owning 7 slaves. Interesting…