Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Turner Morehead, Revolutionary War Veteran

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To get back to Turner Morehead you need to start with John Williamson Moran and his wife Sophia Riley Gunn.  Sophia was the daughter of Dr. Lyman Taft Gunn and Caroline M. Morehead.  Caroline was the daughter of Turner Morehead and Polly (Mary) Ann Hewitt Hooe.  The Moreheads and the Hooe's have a rather distinguished history but today I just want to salute Turner Morehead.

Turner Morehead was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on January 7 or 17, 1757, depending on which record you are looking at.  He comes from a line of Governor's, Attorney's General, and other assorted Moreheads.  Turner married his first wife, Ann Ransdell, on June 14, 1779.   He married his second wife Polly (Mary) Ann Hewitt Hooe on January 14, 1798.  Together he and Polly had eleven children.

Turner Morehead was a farmer for most of his life but he also was a business man and was engaged in the milling business.   He enlisted at an early age in the Revolutionary Army.  He began as a Sergeant in Captain James Scott's Company of Virginia Troops in 1777.  In 1778, he was appointed Captain.  Turner was with Brigadier General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Stony Point and it has been reported that he was one of the first to climb the parapet.  He received two bayonet wounds during the war.  According to "Adventures of Purse and Person", page 345, Turner was Captain of the Fauquier County Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War.  It has also been reported that he was an "intimate" of General George Washington and that Turner Morehead received a sword from General Washington for his service in the Revolutionary War.


Turner Morehead moved to Barren County, Kentucky in about 1811.  I have seen sources report his death as early as February 23, 1820 and as late as 1824.  So far all sources I've located say that he died in Barren County.  But I'm not so sure about that.  At some point  the Morehead family had connections to Nashville and/or had moved to Nashville through marriages with several of the Morehead daughters.  His wife, Polly, died May 20, 1838, and was buried in the Gunn Plot of the Nashville City Cemetery which is very interesting since her daughter Caroline Morehead did not marry Dr. Lyman Taft Gunn until two years after her mother's death.  Yet her mother is in the Gunn plot indicating an already close connection to the Gunn family.  In addition, the plat maps from 1908 show a "T. Moorehead" buried in the Gunn section.  It might even be possible that if he had been buried in Barren County Kentucky that the family, having removed to Nashville, had his body exhumed and transferred to the Nashville City Cemetery.

"T. Moorehead" in the Gunn Family Plot.  Map dated 1908.
There is much more to discover about the life of Turner Morehead.  I hope to expand upon his story later and to locate definitively his final resting place.

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