Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

Yesterday, when I discovered the fact that my 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Turner from DeKalb Co, TN and later Hill Co, TX was a member of the 4th Tennessee Mounted Infantry Regiment (United States of America!), I was getting ready to go to work, so I couldn’t really savor it much at the time. So all evening at work, that’s all I could think about!

When I got home from work at about 1:30 this morning, I immediately got back on my computer. I went to to see if they had anything else about Isaac’s Union service. They also had the Civil War Pension Index, but a much clearer image, so now I can read the application number!

By the way, I have been watching for several months now, waiting for the right moment to sign up. Specifically, I was waiting for all of the Texas Birth and Death Records to be up, as they have been in the mix for a while now. But this morning…I decided to take the plunge and sign up! So I got the pension image, but also I quickly found the Civil War compiled service records for another ancestor, Jesse Mercer Stanley (3rd ggf). Oops, seems he was a deserter at one point… but he came back!

Getting back to Isaac, a few days ago I was searching the DeKalb Co, TN GenWeb site and found a complete transcription of “History of DeKalb County History”, written in 1915 by William T Hale. In this book, my Turners are mentioned frequently. There is also a chapter discussing DeKalb County’s involvement in the Civil War. Isaac Turner is listed as a private in Co E, Tennessee Fourth Regiment of Mounted Infantry. That’s where I got the idea to start looking for his Confederate service records. Problem is, I didn’t read the entire entry, because it clearly states at the beginning of the chapter:LIEUT. COL. JOSEPH H. BLACKBURN’S Fourth (Union) Regiment of Mounted Infantry”. Did you notice the word “Union”? I didn’t. But I’ll go with the excuse that I was in a hurry to do something…or other :)


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