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Biography of Judge Smith Turner
2/10/1810 - 10/6/1880
generously contributed by George Turner

Judge Smith Turner born 2/10/1810 Tattnall Co. died 10/6/1880 Wilcox Co. Born in Tattnall Co., Ga. A son of James Turner. He grew up in that county and came with his parents to Irwin Co. about 1835. He married Mrs. Mary Adams (Locke) in 1839 in Irwin Co. They settled in the 690th District (now the Chula Dist in Tift Co) which district in those days embraced territory now in Tift, Turner and Wilcox Co.'s. He served as Captain of the 690th district Militia, 1835-1850. He served as Sheriff of Irwin Co, 1838-1840 a Representative, 1841. and Sheriff again 1844-1850. Senator from Irwin Co, 1849-1850. Justice of Irwin Co Inferior Court 1857-1858. In the creation of Wilcox Co out of Irwin Co he was cut into that county and was immediately elected as one of the first Inferior Court Justices serving 1858-1861. He was a Delegate from Wilcox Co to the Secession convention in January 1861. He was elected on a Secession Ticket. He and his wife were members of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church and both died members and also both buried there. Mr. & Mrs. Smith Turner had four daughters. Mary b. 1845 m. Robert FITZGERALD, Isabelle b.1847 m. 1st James JOHNSON, 2nd. Dr. THIGPIN. Martha b.1849 m. William STATHAM. Calledonia b 1851 m. Eli w. JOHNSON.

This information comes from the following books "Passing of the Pines" by Mary Lou McDonald and and Samuel Jordan Lawson III and " Huxford Surnames Book III" by Huxford Genealogical Society page 325-326"

Taken from these books by George Turner a descendant of Judge Smith Turner's brother David Turner of Irwin Co Born abt 1799 Ga.


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