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The following compilation of the records embracing the several families of which I am a descendent, was commenced by me some years ago when my wife and daughter, and others of my family became interested in the patriotic society of the Sons and Daughters of the Revolution. After obtaining the necessary data for them to become members of the Society, I became greatly interested in further investigation.

I commenced with my father's records and pursued it on to the present branch.

Much of the following is traditional, but I feel sure it is as nearly correct as it can now be known after the lapse of so many years.

I have verified the Coats of Arms of the Turners, Warders, and Moreheads, having obtained the General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, comprising a registry of Armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time by Sir Bernard Burke, C. B. L. L. D., London, England, and find them correct as we have them. I also find the Elliotts, Morris and Pepers, that have been handed down to us traditionally agree with the Burke registry, above referred to.

In conclusion, I have to state that I have published these records in book form for the information and pleasure of my grandchildren and all those of my relations, who desire to learn of their ancestry, feeling sure the same will be appreciated by one and all of them. All the matter in reference to myself is intended particularly for my grandchildren.




  • Charles Morehead, Captain, and John Chilton, Lieutenant, took the usual oaths to his Majesty's person and Government and subscribed the test.

  • THE COURT proceeded to the Recommendation of the officers of the Militia in this county as follows: Turner Morehead, Captain * * *.

  • Turner Morehead, Captain, * * * in the Militia of this county had the oaths prescribed by Act of Assembly administered to them. * * *

  • Ordered that the following persons be recommended to his Excellency, the Governor, as officers of the Militia in this county, viz.: * * * Turner Morehead, Genl. Major, * * *.

  • * * * Turner Morehead, Major, * * * of the Militia of this County took the oaths prescribed by Law. * * * *

  • The Court proceeded to recommend Militia officers as follows, viz.: Turner Morehead, Colonel * * *.

  • The Court proceeded to number Militia officers as follows viz.: Turner Morehead, Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, * * * to the second battalion of the first Regiment. * * *

  • Turner Morehead, Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, of the forty-fourth Regiment * * * took the oaths prescribed by law to be taken by Militia officers. * * *

  • Thomas Chilton is appointed Colonel in the room of Turner Morehead who hath resigned.

    I, A. R. BARTENSTEIN, Clerk of the County Court of Fauquier County in the State of Virginia, the same being a Court of record, having a Seal, do certify that the foregoing are true copies or abstracts, from the records of said County Court as to "TURNER MOREHEAD" as fully and wholly as the same appear upon the records of the said County Court.

    In Testimony whereof, I have hereto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said County Court, this the thirteenth day of October, 1897, and in the 122 year of the commonwealth.

    (Signed) A. R. Bartenstein, Clerk.


    Will of John Morehead, Co. Fauquier, 22 June, 1768; probated 24 October 1768:

  • To daughter Hannah Johnson; son Charles Morehead; son Joseph Morehead; son John Morehead; son Alexander Morehead; son William Morehead; daughter Mary Lawrence; daughter Elizabeth Brixtraw; son Samuel Morehead; the land I now live on after the decease of my wife to be equally divided between my three sons Alexander, William and Presley Morehead.
  • Executors: My three sons, Charles, Alexander and William Morehead,

    Witnesses: John Pitt, William Prime, Joseph Mocklan.

    Book 1. Page 137. Items omitted.


    Will of Charles Morehead, Parish of Leeds, Fauquier Co., 19 January. 1783; probated 30 September, 1783:

  • To son Turner Morehead 127 acres whereon he now resides; daughter Mary Ransdell; son Charles 127 acres of land purchased from Joseph Hudnall; daughter Kerenhappuck Morehead; sons Armistead, James and Presley Morehead 300 acres to be equally divided; daughter Elizabeth Morehead; my beloved wife Mary Morehead; to Ann Butler for extraordinary services. Executors: wife Mary, Charles Chilton and my sons Turner and Charles Morehead.
  • Witnesses: George Carter, William Morehead, Richard Fisher, John Cook.

    Book 11, page 6. Items omitted.


    Will of Samuel Morehead, Co. Fauquier, 16 December, 1796; probated 26 December 1796, and further certified 27 January 1797:

  • To daughter Sarah Jennings; grandson Baylor Jennings; daughter Lydia Morehead; daughter Mary Morehead; daughter Elizabeth Morehead; daughter Peggy Morehead; son Charles Morehead; son Samuel B. Morehead. If any of my last six children die before they come of age, or marry, then the negroes I will to them fall to the support of their Mother; I appoint my wife Wilmauth Morehead extx. and Thomas Helm and Charles Morehead exrs.
  • Witnesses: Thomas Huniston, Isaac Eustace, Alexander Morehead, John Morehead.

    Book III, Page 47. Items omitted.


    Will of John Morehead, Fauquier County, 14 June, 1819; probated 22 January, 1821:

  • Son John Morehead; son George; son Armistead; son William; son Charles; son James; daughter Sarah Sinkler; daughter Betsey Triplett; daughter Susannah Triplett; daughter Nancy; daughter Lucy.
  • Executors: Son George Morehead and Mathew Neale.

    Witnesses: Mathew Neale, James McDonald, John Herrington.

    Book VIII, Page 47. Items omitted.


    Will of Presley Morehead of Fauquier County; 2 March, 1815; probated 27 March, 1820:

  • To Mary Ann Rixey, daughter of Samuel and Fanny Rixey; to Presley and Richard Lewis Rixey their sons; my sons Lewis and Presley Morehead; Frances Ann Rixey, daughter of Richard and Mary Rixey; Elizabeth, daughter of Walter A. and Catherine Smith; Lycurgus, son of Walter A. and Catherine Smith.
  • Witnesses: Eppa Hunton, James Hunton, William Hunton, Horatia McNish.

    Book VII, Page 389. Items omitted.



    Elizabeth Morehead and Richard Rixey, married November 16, 1764.

    Molley Morehead and Thomas Massey, married December 23, 1772.

    Mary Morehead and Wharton Ransdell, married January 16, 1782.

    Elizabeth Morehead and William Triplett, married December 12, 1782.

    Cary Morehead and Daniel Donaldson, married October 30, 1786.

    Charles Morehead and Margaret Slaughter, married October 30, 1786.

    Mary Morehead and Josia Oliver, married August 28, 1789,

    Elizabeth Morehead and Bailey Rice, married, June 19, 1789.



    March 29th, 1908.


    (No. 234.)

    Perhaps no family of Virginia has become more widespread, North, South, East and West, all springing from the first emigrant to Virginia in 1630, than the Morehead family. The origin of the name is one of location, that is: "Moor’s Head" in England, and by dropping the middle letters easily assumes its present form, but they have been early located in Scotland, from whence the first emigrant, Charles Morehead, came and located in the Northern Neck of Virginia, about 1630. That they were men of affluence and connected with the peerage is shown by their coat of arms, as given below, and being quite significant in design, described as follows: "Argent, on a bend, azure, three acorns, or in chief a man’s heart, ppr. within a fetterlock, sable, the whole surrounded with an oak wreath, ppr. acorned, or Crest, two hands conjoined, grasping a two-handed sword, ppr. Motto--Auxilio Dei (By Divine Aid)."

    Here is an escutcheon which will puzzle the student of heraldry to interpret, and yet, it is said that it fully described the various characteristics of this family in their boldness and bravery and open-hearted aspirations for the cause of religion and civilization wherever they have been.

    There is little doubt that Charles Morehead was the first in the colony. Hening speaks of him in his eighth volume, and also gives his wife’s name as Jane. Yet little is known of his family and not until 1767 do we find that a Captain Charles Morehead recorded as being in the Colonial Militia from Fauquier County, evidently a grandson of the first Charles (See Virginia Historical Magazine). The family seems to have settled early in Spotsylvania and Fauquier, as in the former County Captain Turner Morehead enlisted and served in the Third Virginia Regiment in the fall of 1776, from Fauquier, which marched to Pennsylvania, joining the main army under General Marshall and thence to Brandywine. This Turner Morehead left descendants in Fauquier, as is found among the Court records, but that there were few of the family then left in Virginia is from the fact that after the Revolution Turner Morehead moved to Kentucky, where the most of his children were married and rose to distinction in that State. One of his nephews, Charles Slaughter Morehead, became Governor of the State; was also a member of Congress. James Turner Morehead, another nephew, was in the United States Senate from that State; was also Governor, and was brilliant lawyer. General S. B. Buckner, a grandson was Governor of Kentucky. John Motley Morehead, another of the Northern Neck descendants, moved to North Carolina, where by his legal ability he was elected Governor in 1845, and was President of the Old National Whig Convention, which nominated General Zachary Taylor for the President of the United States in 1848. His brother, James Turner Morehead, was a member of Congress from North Carolina.



    My great-great-grandfather, Charles Morehead, emigrated from Scotland and settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia about the year 1630. Of the descendants of the first Charles Morehead, I only know the name of John. My grandfather, Charles Morehead, was the oldest son of John Morehead, who lived in Fauquier County, Virginia. I married Miss Mary Turner of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, who was the daughter of James Turner and his wife Kerenhappuck Norman Turner.

    The children of John Morehead will be found later on in the Records of Fauquier County, Virginia.

    I know all my uncles and aunts on my father’s side, except my uncle James, Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Ransdell. Mrs. Clark died leaving no children. Mrs. Ransdell died in Virginia, also her husband, leaving two children, Charles and Wharton.

    After the Revolutionary War my grandmother, Mary Turner Morehead, and all her children then living — except my father, Mrs. Clark and her two grandchildren — migrated to Kentucky in 1807. Mrs. Donaldson was the only child then married, who migrated. My father remained in Virginia until 1811.

    The migrating party embarked at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, (then called Redstone) on a flat-bottomed boat. A Capt. Brisco commanding. They descended the Monongahela to Pittsburg and the Ohio to the Falls (Now Louisville, Ky.) from thence to Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky. Here my grandmother died; subsequently the surviving members of the family moved to Southern Kentucky, then called the Green River country and settled in what is now Warren and Logan Counties. The whole country south of Green River was then Logan County and Russelville the county seat. My uncle Armistead was the first clerk of the Courts of that county, in which capacity he served many years.

    When my father moved to Kentucky in 1811, his two sisters, Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs. Briggs, were living in Warren County and his three brothers, Charles, Armistead and Presley were living in Logan County. My father after remaining in Bowling Green one year settled in Barron County, Kentucky, where he died February 23rd, 1820.

    Much of what I state regarding the migration of the family from Virginia to Kentucky was gathered from my beloved Aunt Kerenhappuck Donaldson, with whom I boarded several years, when a storeboy at Bowling Green. She was a model woman of her day, beloved and respected not only by connections, but by all who knew her, the same may be said of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Briggs. They were both idolized by all the connections.

    Charles Morehead, the second, married a Miss Mary Norman of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Their children are as follows:

      1. Turner Morehead was born on the seventh day of January, 1757 and married his first wife, Ann Ransdale on the seventh of June, 1779. She was born on the second of August, 1756. The date of her death I do not know. Turner Morehead died on his farm in Barron County, Kentucky. He was a soldier of the Revolution during the greater part of the war, most of the time a Captain. He bore several scars received in the battles during the war. He was a farmer most of his life and was in addition pretty largely engaged in milling, in both of which occupations he prospered. He was remarkable for his morality and conscientiousness. Was hospitable and kind to all with whom he came in contact, was very popular with his friends and neighbors, although very firm and decided in his opinions.
      2. Mary Morehead was born July 15th, 1759. She was married to Wharton Ransdell in Virginia and died there.
      3. Charles Morehead, the third, was born February 3rd, 1762. He married a Miss Slaughter of Culpeper County, Virginia, and raised a large family, all daughters, except one, (Charles S. Morehead, Ex. Gov. of Kentucky). He was a farmer, a man highly respected, having served his country in the Legislature of Kentucky, frequently in both the House and the Senate. He and his wife both died in Logan County, Kentucky. He also was a soldier in Lee's Legion, "Light Horse Harry's Brigade." Was at the surrender of Cornwallis, as I have heard from himself and my father.
      4. Kerenhappuck Morehead was born September 10th, 1764. She married Daniel Donaldson, who died in Bowling Green, Kentucky about the year of 1816, leaving her a widow with considerable family. She died March 27th, 1835.
      5. Armistead Morehead was born June 4th, 1767. He married a Miss Latham. He was the father of James T. Morehead, once Governor of Kentucky and subsequently United States Senator from that State. He was a large portion of his life engaged in mercantile pursuits besides being clerk for many years of the Court of Logan County, Kentucky. He was also in the latter part of his life cashier of two separate banks in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
      6. James Morehead was born July 27th, 1771. He was married and died in Nelson County, Kentucky.
      7. Presley Morehead was born November 25th, 1775. He married a Miss Duncan and raised a large family. He was a farmer and represented the county of Logan in the State Senate of Kentucky several times.
      8. Elizabeth Morehead was born November 19th, 1773. She married Thompson Briggs, a farmer and a much respected man in his day. He died leaving her a widow with a large family of children, mostly grown. He died in Warren County, Kentucky. She also died in the same county.

    Of my grandmothers, Mary Turner Morehead’s family I have never known personally, but one of the name, who was a connection, he was a Dr. Turner of Columbia, Tenn.

    Before my father's removal from Virginia, I remember he visited North Carolina to see his connections. I have heard him often speak of the Turners, Sanfords, Smiths and Morehead connections in that State. He and others of the family often spoke in most kind and affectionate terms of an uncle of theirs named James Turner. He seemed to be a great favorite of the family. His son, James Turner, moved from North Carolina, at an early date and settled in Tennessee on Duck River, which is now in Murray County. My father visited that County after his removal to Kentucky expressly to see his connections. After that visit I often heard him speak of this James Turner, Joseph Morehead, James Smith and James Sanford.


    Turner Morehead, who was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on the seventh day of January, 1757. He was married to Ann Ransdell, his first wife, on the seventh day of June, 1779. She was born on the 17th of August, 1756. Their children:

      1. Gustavus Morehead, first child of Turner and Ann Ransdell Morehead was born January 28th, 1780. Joined the United States Army in 1802 as Lieutenant, Harris Hooe being captain of the Company to which he belonged. His company went to New Orleans in 1803 at the time Louisiana was taken possession of by the United States and afterwards was stationed at Fort St. Phillips, where he married a Miss Dunlass. Captain Hooe mentioned above was brother to my mother. He also died at Fort St. Phillips, never having married.
      2. Margaret Morehead was born September 28th 1781 and was married to Charles M. Ransdell in Kentucky. She died childless.
      3. Nancy Morehead was born March 9th, 1783 and was married to John Latham in Kentucky. (He was brother to the wife of Uncle Armistead Morehead). He died and left considerable family of children, some of them now living in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
      4. Mary Morehead was born May 1st, 1784 and was married to Wharton Ransdell in Kentucky where they resided many years. About the year of 1823, they moved to Springfield, Illinois, where they both died.
      5. Turner Morehead, Second, was born May 8th, 1785. He married a Miss Worthington of Baltimore County, Maryland. He resided for many years in Baltimore, engaged in mercantile business afterwards in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he had several daughters and a son, Col. Turner G. Morehead. He also had two sons, Garrett W. and Thomas now living in Howard County, Missouri, both of whom have considerable family.
      6. Armistead Ransdell Morehead was born January 28th, 1789. He was for a number of years a merchant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He married Alzira Hewitt of Virginia.
      7. Sally Morehead was born January 11th, 1791. She was married in Virginia to James Ellis, Fauquier County. He moved to Kentucky about 1818 and settled in Warren County. I remember the names of but two of her children, Turner and Armistead, who moved to Mississippi.
      8. James Morehead was born January 4th, 1793. He was married to Mary T. Donaldson at Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits for a number of years. Afterwards he removed to Christian County, Kentucky, and engaged in farming. I think he lived in that county in 1826 at the time I removed to Missouri. He left a widow with one or more children. She subsequently married Charles A. Smith. For this relative, I cherish a warm affection. I lived with her and my brother in early youth. She was both sister and mother to me.
      9. Henry Morehead was born August 8th, 1795. He married a Miss Worthington of Baltimore County, Maryland, who died in Kentucky, leaving a daughter.


    My father’s first wife was Miss Ann Ransdell. Her brother was Wharton, and he married my father’s sister Mary. Their sons Charles and Wharton were raised by my grandmother Morehead in Kentucky. I remember one other of the family named Stephen Ransdell. He was a bachelor.

    Mary Ann Hewitt Hooe, the second wife of Turner Morehead, the first, was born in Stafford County, Virginia, May 23rd, 1779 and was married January 14th, 1798. She was a woman of good English education, had been very delicately raised, but became a woman rather remarkable for industry and domestic habits. She was much beloved by her children and friends, a good disciplinarian, remarkably conscientious and much given to lecturing in her family. She died in Nashville, Tenn., May 20th, 1838.

      1. Susan Hooe Morehead was born November 18th, 1798 and was married to Jesse Wood of Hart County, Kentucky, in 1819. He died leaving her a widow with one child. She subsequently married John Porter of Warren County, Kentucky, by whom she had several children.
      2. Charles Robert Morehead was born Jan. 1st, 1800, and was married to Fannie Warder, daughter of John Warder and his wife Ann Elliott in Barron County, Kentucky in 1824 and migrated to Lafayette County, Missouri, in 1826.
      3. Elizabeth Morehead was born August 9th, 1801 and was married to Aylett H. Buckner, of Hart County, Kentucky, where they resided a number of years, from which place they moved to Arkansas where he died. They had three children as follows: General S. B. Buckner, a graduate of West Point, Turner Morehead Buckner and Mary Buckner. The latter married a Mr. Tooke.
      4. John Hooe Morehead was born January 9th, 1803, and married Eliza Hughes of Ray County, Missouri. He died in California in 1849, leaving a widow in Missouri with four children, Alexander, William, Mary and Swan.
      5. Oscar Bell Morehead was born January 13th, 1805. He married in Alabama near Cedar Plains in Morgan County.
      6. Mary Hewitt Morehead was born May 15th, 1807, and was married to Collin M. Cowardin in Kentucky. He removed to Nashville, Tenn., where he resided many years. Of their children I can only call the names of Alvira and Margaret.
      7. Alzira Hewitt Morehead was born on the 20th day of October 1812 and was married to Wm. Cameron of Nashville, Tenn. She died leaving three children.
      8. Bushrod Washington Morehead was born January 5th, 1809. He was a doctor, graduated at Transylvania University, Kentucky, also, at Philadelphia, Pa. Began practicing at Louisville, Ky., and subsequently moved to Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he married a Miss Hughes. He died in that state having obtained a high reputation as practitioner. I only knew of two children, Julia and Benjamin.
      9. Martha Morehead was born July 29th, 1814 and was married to Alex McElwain, a farmer of Warren County, Kentucky.
      10. Carolina M. Morehead was born December 21st, 1816, and was married to Dr. Gunn of Nashville, Tenn. She died there leaving five children, four sons and one daughter. I can only call the names of Lyman and Sophia.


    January 30, 1733: Isaac Norman of Spts. Co., planter, to "James Turner, my son-in-law, planter, and Kerenhappuck Turner, my daughter, of ye said County," etc., deed of gift and 50 pounds sterling. 100 a. in Spts. Co., part of a pat. whereon sd. Norman now lives, etc. Augt. Smith, Joseph Stapp, Joseph Henderson, May 7, 1734.

    September 3, 1832: Robert Layton of Spts. Co., aged 86 years. Enlisted in Army of the United States, about the fall of the year, with Turner Morehead and served in 3d V. Regt. under the following officers: Capt. Turner Morehead, Major Chinn, Colo. Elias Edmunds, Gen. Charles Marshall, and Genl. Posey; at time of commencement of his service he held commission of Lieut. Marched from Fauquier County, Va., in the fall of 1776 under Capt. Morehead to Schuylkill, Penna., and there joined main army under Genl. Marshall; from Schuylkill marched to Germantown and was in engagement at that place. After this he was sent home to Fauquier as recruiting officer; after about a month was ordered to headquarters in neighborhood of Brandywine, and shortly after joining the army at Headquarters was promoted to captain; the whole army under Genl. Marshall returned to the Schuylkill where they encamped several months, afterwards marched to near Philadelphia, where they were encamped several months; abt. this time Genl. Marshall went to Kentucky and Genl. Posey took the command. He then marched under Posey to Yorktown in Va., where he remained until after Cornwallis' surrender. Was ordered to Winchester with a guard over the prisoners where he remained until their exchange, then marching them to Md. line where they were received from him and he received his discharge about January, 1782. Mentioned his ensign, John Morris, etc.


    Mumfordville, Kentucky

    17th July, 1910.

    "Mr. C. R. Morehead,

    El Paso, Texas.

    Dear Cousin:

    In reading General Buckner’s letters to him while at West Point, in 1840, he says: ‘If war comes I desire you to act the soldier and emulate the example of your grandfather, Turner Morehead, who was the first to mount the parapets in the storming of Stoney Point under General Wayne.’

    Very truly,

    Mrs. Delia C. Buckner."


    From the Louisville Courier Journal

    The Louisville Courier Journal, of date December 11, 1911, in an article headed "Past Mistresses of Kentucky’s Executive Mansion," states of Mrs. Delia Claiborne Buckner, wife of General S. B. Buckner as follows:

  • When Mrs. Buckner succeeded Mrs. Knott so gradual was the change in the affairs at the mansion that Governor Buckner often declared that he could not tell where Governor Knott’s administration ended and his began.

    Mrs. Delia Claiborne Buckner was the descendant of William Claiborne, who came to Virginia in 1619, as Surveyor General with Governor Yeardly. He was Secretary of the Colony for thirty years, Councilor, Treasurer for life and Acting Governor. She was also a grandniece of both General Washington and his wife. She was one of the most cultured and queenly women who ever occupied the exalted position of Mistress of the Mansion, the charm of her presence being almost irresistible.


    My mother, Mary Ann Hewitt Hooe, was the daughter of Harris Hooe, Sr., of Stafford County, Virginia. She had four brothers and two sisters, that I remember to have seen and known, or heard her speak of: Harris, James, Robert, Francis and Martha. These I have seen, except Harris, the other sister was older than herself her name I do not remember. She married a lawyer Buchannan of Falmouth, Virginia, and died before my recollection. A son of hers, Dr. Wm. Buchannan lived in Falmouth when my father removed to Kentucky.

      1. Harris died unmarried.
      2. James Hooe married a Miss Hooe.
      3. Robert Hooe, lived on his father's old place, called "Evergreen" three miles from Falmouth, Virginia. His wife was a Fauntleroy. They had a large family. He died in Alexandria, Virginia.
      4. Francis died unmarried.
      5. Martha Hooe married Charles M. Ransdell of Kentucky. They both died in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They loft two sons, named Charles and Burnard.

    The records of King George County, Virginia, show that Mary Ann Hooe, the wife of Turner Morehead, was the daughter of Harris Hooe and his wife Catherine Tallaferro. Harris Hooe was the son of Hawson Hooe, who was the son of Rice Hooe. Rice Hooe was a member of the House of Burgesses in the year of 1699, according to the Virginia Historical Magazine of April, 1908.

    The following is taken from William and Mary Magazine:

    "The first of the family in Virginia was Robert Taliaferro, gentleman, who first resided in York County, Virginia. He had a grant of land in Gloucester County, in 1655, and in the document his name is written ‘Toliver’. * * * "

    The following is the correspondence that passed between Mr. Wythe and Mr. Jefferson on the origin of the family. Mr. Wythe was interested in the matter because his wife at the time was Elizabeth Taliaferro, daughter of Col. Richard Taliaferro of James City County.

    G. W. TO T. J.

    "I wish to get the arms of Taliaferro, which, from information, I believe to have been the Tuscan family, engraved on a copper plate, with this motto: O U D O K E I N A R I S T O S A L L E I N A I and the name of Richard Taliaferro. But I would not have this done, if it can not be without giving you trouble, nor unless you will order to whom hero I shall repay the cost. Perhaps the motto taken from Aeschylus (INSERT GREEK Upper and L) would be sufficient without __________. If you think so, leave out that word. Adieu. 10 Jan. 1786. Williamsburgh."

    T. J. TO W. G.

    "Immediately on receipt of your letter I wrote to a correspondent at Florence to enquire after the family of Taliaferro as you desired. I received his answer two days ago, a copy of which I now enclose. The original shall be sent by some other occasion. I will have the copper-plate immediately engraved. This may be ready within a few days, but the probability is that I shall be long in getting an opportunity of sending it to you, as those rarely occur. You do not mention the size of the plate, but presume it is intended for labels for the inside of books, I shall have it made of proper size for that. I shall omit the word according to the license you allow me, because I think the beauty of a motto is, to condense such matter in as few words as possible, the word omitted will be supplied by every reader * * * . Paris, August 13, 1786."


    Charles Robert Morehead, Sr., son of Turner Morehead, the first, and his wife Mary A. Hooe, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia on Sunday morning, January 1st, 1800.

    Fanny Warder Morehead, wife of Charles Robert Morehead and daughter of John Warder and his wife Ann Elliott, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, March 26th, 1804. Charles R. Morehead and Fanny Warder were married on the twenty-first day of July, A. D. 1824. Their children are as follows:

      1. John Turner Morehead was born on the nineteenth of March, A. D. 1826, at Bowling Green, Kentucky. He died on the third of October, 1845.
      2. Louisa Warder Morehead was born on the seventeenth of November, 1827, Missouri. She died on the second of November, 1829.
      3. William Morehead was born on the thirtieth of September, 1822. Missouri. He died at Fort Bernard near Fort Laramie, enroute to California, on the twenty-fourth of June, 1850.
      4. Harriet E. Morehead was born on the sixth of December, 1831. Missouri. She married Eugene B. Allen of Liberty, Mo. on the third of October, A. D. 1848.
      5. Ann Maria Morehead was born on the 27th of December, 1833. Missouri. She died on the tenth of March, 1836.
      6. Charles R. Morehead was born on the twenty-eighth of February, 1836. Missouri. He was married to Lemira Morris on the twenty-fifth of January, 1859.
      7. Frances Ann Morehead was born on the twenty-fourth of May, 1838. Missouri. She married Gill E. Belles on the fourteenth of October, 1858. She died on the twenty-fourth of July, 1859.
      8. James Aull Morehead was born on the tenth of October, 1840. Missouri. He died on the third of March, 1680.
      9. Benjamin W. Morehead was born on the twenty-second of April, 1842. Missouri. He died on the third of June, 1844.

    Fanny Warder Morehead died on the thirteenth day of February, 1843.

    Charles Robert Morehead, Sr., son of Turner Morehead, the first, married his second wife, Catherine A. Sheldon on the fifth day of September, 1844. Catharine was born on the fourth day of August, 1814 to James K. and Jerusha P. Sheldon. Charles and Catherine’s children are as follows:

      1. Jerusha Pomeroy Morehead was born the thirteenth of June, 1845. Missouri. He died on the seventeenth of July, 1851.
      2. Henry Sheldon Morehead was born on the twenty-third of June, 1847. Missouri. He married Mary T. Williams on January 8th, 1876.
      3. Mary Elizabeth was born on the nineteenth of December, 1848. Missouri. She died on the fourth of May, 1850.
      4. Edward Allen Morehead was born on the 26th of May, 1850. Missouri. He died on the twenty-ninth of August, 1851.
      5. Robert Turner Morehead was born on the first of February, 1852. Missouri.
      6. Kate Sheldon Morehead was born on the 26th of January, 1855. Missouri. She married Burnett Hughes of Richmond, Mo. on the 26th of January, 1876.

    Catherine A. Morehead, wife of Charles R. Morehead, Sr., died on the nineteenth day of November, 1874. Charles R. Morehead, Sr., died on the fifth day of November, 1880.

    William Morehead joined Captain J. R. Hendlay’s Company, Ray County, Missouri Mounted Volunteers, July, 1846, at the age of seventeen years.

    In a letter written by Captain Hendlay to his father, C. R. Morehead, dated Counsel Grove, Kansas, twenty-sixth of August, 1846 he states, "William's horse stands the trip so far very well. He takes great care of his horse. He is well and does his duty like a man. I find the young men the most tractable and I think they will make fine soldiers."

    Captain Hendlay was killed at the battle of Moro, New Mexico. His remains were brought back to Richmond by his Company and buried there. William’s horse was shot and killed at that battle, which put him on foot for a time.

    Later in a letter from Captain William Jacobs, who succeeded Capt. Hendlay, dated Santa Fe, New Mexico, tenth of October, 1846, to C. R. Morehead, Sr., he states as follows: "William stands the trip and climate, first-rate. He has never missed a single roll call and has had perfect health. All the time he has done more service up to this date than any member of the Company. He is always well and willing to do his duty."

    William started to California in 1850 and together with Mr. John Benson, who was a partner of his father in the mercantile business in Lexington, Missouri, bought and started with a drove of mules to California, which were at that time in great demand in California. Mr. Benson, himself and others in the party took the cholera and died at Fort Barnard near Fort Laramie, on the fourth day of May, 1850.

    The following is a letter written by the Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky F. & A. M. to C. R. Morehead, Jr. of El Paso, Texas.

    To C. R. Morehead, El Paso, Texas.

    Dear Sir:- Yours of the fourth inst., duly received and in reply will say that I have examined the records of the Bowling Green Lodge No. 73, which was instituted in 1821 by Grand Master Henry Clay, and find that C. R. Morehead was made a Mason in our Lodge, January 11th, 1822. Also find that James Turner Morehead was initiated in same Lodge in August, 1821. Do not know if this is the Turner Morehead you refer to or not. In 1823 it appears that James Turner Morehead was Master, Chas. R. was Secretary.

    Yours truly,

    (Signed) F. C. Gerard, Past Grand Master,

    and Past M. Bowling Green Lodge No. 73.

    P. S. -- Charles R. Morehead was a Royal Arch Mason.



    Charles R. Morehead, Jr., (son of Charles R. Morehead, Sr. and Fanny Warder Morehead) was born on the twenty-eighth of February, 1836, at Richmond, Missouri. Lemire Morris Morehead, wife of Charles R. Morehead, Jr., was born on the fourteenth of October, 1837 at Maystick, Ky.

    The children of Charles R. Morehead, Jr., and Lemira Morris Morehead are as follows:

      1. Ida Morehead was born on the fifth of November, 1859. Died on the twenty-sixth of November 1898.
      2. Fanny Morehead was born on the twenty-third of March, 1863. Died on the second of September 1864.
      3. William Morris Morehead was born on the fourth of February 1865 and died on that day.

    Lemire Morris Morehead died on the twenty-fifth of June, 1910. The following is an extract from the El Paso Times of Tuesday, June 28, 1910:

  • All of the El Paso banks closed at two o'clock yesterday afternoon out of respect for Mrs. Lemire Morris Morehead, whose funeral took place at Santa Monica, California, yesterday at that hour.

    The deceased had many warm friends and admirers in El Paso who were deeply pained to read in the Times yesterday morning of the announcement of her death. She was a lovable woman.

    Mrs. Morehead’s maiden name was Lemire Morris, She was born in Kentucky and was the daughter of one of that State’s oldest and most cultured families. As a girl she was bright, pretty and charming. Brought up in the Baptist church, she was a consistent Christian member of that church throughout life.

    In the spring of 1881, C. R. Morehead brought his young wife and their daughter, Ida, to El Paso. They came over the Santa Fe railroad as far as Rincon, from which point they made the rest of the trip to El Paso on the stage. At that time there were no desirable residence houses in El Paso for rent and the hotel accommodations wore very unsatisfactory so Mr. Morehead and Mrs. Morehead and their daughter, lived with Judge Joseph Magoffin’s family for three years. During those three years a strong friendship grew up between Mrs. Magoffin and Mrs. Morehead and until the former died several years ago, they were as intimate as sisters.

    Mrs. Morehead was very fond of her friends and found her chief happiness in their happiness and prosperity. Her heart was filled with that Christian charity that can always find excuses for the weak and can find virtue where others can find only the bad. She was a devoted wife and a tender, loving mother, who was worshipped by her grandchildren, whose little hurts disappeared at her gentle touch or the sound of her tender voice.

    Like her husband, Mrs. Morehead found pleasure in doing great deal of charity work, which no one except herself, her husband and the beneficiary of her kindness knew anything about. While very fond of the company of her friends, Mrs. Morehead was inclined to eschew social gaieties preferring to spend her evenings at her home fire-side with her husband and occasionally three or four friends."

    Mrs. Lemire Morris Morehead came from the old New England family of Morrises, everal of whom were prominent patriots in the Revolutionary War.

    Her grandfather, David Morris, in his youth joined Captain Benjamin Lang’s Company, First Regiment, Essex County, New Jersey, New Jersey Volunteers, and served through the war of Independence.

    Soon after the close of the war he married Mary Shotwell, and with her brother, John, who was also a Revolutionary soldier, and two other families, immigrated and settled in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1788. The party bought four sections of land cornering with each other, and built their houses near together, also built a block house for a rendezvous in case of attack by marauding bands of Indians that infected the country at that time.

    Her father, William V. Morris, at the age of twenty-one years joined Captain G. W. Boggs’ Company, Second Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Volunteers under Col. John Donaldson, which marched from Cincinnati on the first of September, 1813, for Canada, which country they entered at Detroit. He was appointed Regimental Quartermaster September 16th, 1813. He also served with the Kentucky Riflemen at the Battle of New Orleans, January 8th, 1815.

    Mrs. Morehead was a daughter of the Society of the American Revolution and a real daughter of the Society of the War of 1812.


    Sunday May 3rd, 1908.


    (No. 239)

    The Turner family of Virginia being allied to the Turners of Massachusetts, that it is clearly evident the families are from the same source in England, and therefore produce their arms, as given by Burke, who says the family bearing these arms were of "Thorvoston," County Devon; Humphry Turner, Esq., of Thorvoston was forty-six years old at the Visitation of the Heralds in 1620, when arms were conferred. He was son of Anthony Turner, and grandson of Anthony Turner, both of the same place. Captain William Turner of Boston, Mass., who commanded an expedition against the Indians in 1676, brought the arms over in 1673; he died bravely at the head of his men at the crossing of the Green River during a bloody conflict. The arms as given by Burke, are quarterly, as the Turners had allied with noble family of Page of Blackheath, County Kent, and therefore partook of their arms, but we here give only the arms of Turner proper; being a shield sable, a chevroon ermine, between three fers de moline, or: on a chief, arg. A lion passant, gules.

    CREST -- A lion passant, gule, holding in the dexter paw a laurel branch, vert. Motto., Esse Quam Viderie, (To be, not to seem.)

    From the Norther family was James Turner, one of the earliest settlers in Maryland, and from him were the Turners of Southhampton, Va., one of whom, also James, born December 20th, 1766, moved to North Carolina, about 1800 and became Governor of the State. The wife of the first James Turner, of Maryland, Mrs. Kerenhappuck Turner, was the noted heroine of the battle of Guilford Courthouse, where she risked her life in ministering to the wounded and dying of General Greene’s army. From that union were many of the bravest sons and daughters of North Carolina. One of their daughters, Elizabeth Turner, married Joseph Morehead of Virginia, who was the ancestor of Governor John M. Morehead of North Carolina and his brother James Turner Morehead was a Member of Congress from the same state. Another daughter, Mary Turner, married a brother of Joseph, Charles Morehead, whose descendants moved to Kentucky. James Turner Morehead, a son of Armistead Morehead was Governor and later U. S. Senator of Kentucky. His cousin, Charles S. Morehead, a son Charles Morehead, was a Member of Congress and also Governor of Kentucky. Another brother of Armistead and Charles, Colonel Turner Morehead, a revolutionary hero, had a grandson, General S. B. Buckner, who was Governor of Kentucky.

    There were many Turners in Lower Counties of Virginia who bore an active part in the councils of the colony and who served in the militia. John Turner of Southhampton, was in the Indian wars, 1750; his son, William, of James City County, died in 1809, leaving many brothers and sisters, among whom was Thomas and John of Mathews County, 1791.

    The family has also been well represented in the Church. The Rev. Joseph Wilmar Turner, of Georgia, whose death has boon recently announced, was born of the Virginia family, and officiated with great acceptance in many Southern States. Also the Rev. James H. Turner, who was born in Franklin County, 1841, son of John and James [sic] (Wright) Turner, after serving with Stuart gallantly during the Confederate War, entered the ministry in the Lutherville, Md. Church, and is still serving the Church at Lutherville, Md.

    Among the many Turners of Richmond, was a Mr. David Turner, from the North, who settled and operated a classical school previous to the war. He was a most practical and entertaining teacher, not only to his pupils, but to many of his friends and patrons, by giving them entertaining lectures on chemistry, philosophy and other sciences. His pupils were among some of the most prominent citizens of the present day who owe their talents to the genius of "Old David Turner" in his little school on Main Street, but the Civil War drove the good old pedagogue back to his people in the North, though he took a Virginia girl as a wife with him.

    The Turners intermarried with the Ashbys, Taylors, Wilmers, Austins, Bookers, Armistead, and many others, whose names have boon preserved in deeds of great worth.

  • Clinton, De Witt County, Texas,
  • May 5th, 1859.

    James Turner married Miss Keren-Happuch Norman, and from them our family relations had their origin. I have a recollection of my great-grandmother Keren-Happuch Turner who died in North Carolina at the advanced age of 115 years. James and Keren-Happuch Turner had as I remember, one son and four daughters, namely: James, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth and Susan.

    Two of the above daughters married two brothers, Charles and Joseph Morehead. Joseph Morehead married Elizabeth Turner and removed from Fauquier County, Virginia to Halifax County, Virginia. His descendants moved from Virginia to North Carolina, and I have a recollection of seeing him in his lifetime. Charles Morehead, who married Mary Turner remained in Virginia. His descendants moved to Kentucky in 1807.

      1. Joseph Morehead and Elizabeth Turner Morehead had five sons and five daughters, as follows: John, James, Joseph, Charles, Turner, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth, Nancy and Keren-Happuch:
      1. John Morehead married a Miss Obedience Motley of Virginia. They had four sons and four daughters, as follows: John M., James T., Samuel Abraham, Joseph, Prudence, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann and Deliah.
      1. John M. Morehead married Miss Lindsay.
      2. James T. Morehead also married a sister of his brother’s wife, a Miss Lindsay.
      3. Prudence married Prior Reynolds of Virginia.
      4. Mary married Peter Scales of Virginia.
      5. Elizabeth: I cannot say whom she married.
      6. Ann married a Mr. Sam A. Hobson.
      1. James died a bachelor.
      2. Joseph married a Miss Jenkins of Virginia, and had seven sons and three daughters: Armistead, Phillips J., James Madison, John W., Wm. T., Joseph S. and Thomas H. and Elizabeth H., Jane S. and Susan.
      1. Armistead Morehead married Miss Brown. They have ten children and live in Memphis, Tenn. Wm. Henderson, Alethia, Elizabeth, Susan, Cornelia, Mary-Jane, Almedia, Joseph Story, Henry Clay, Edness Pauline, Annie Hall, Thomas Hungerford.
      2. James Madison Morehead married a Miss Thomas.
      3. John W. Morehead married a Miss Rice. They have five children. He lives near Memphis, Tenn.
      4. Philip I. Morehead married Miss Lynn.
      5. Wm. T. Morehead married a Miss Marley. Has four children. Lives near Memphis.
      6. Elizabeth H. Morehead married James N. Smith. Died twenty-third of October, 1857. Had the following children:
      1. Jane S. Morehead married Preston Thomas.
      2. Susan Morehead, not married.
      1. Charles died a bachelor.
      2. Turner died a bachelor.
      3. Sarah Morehead married a Josiah Carthell. They had two sons and three daughters: Jonathan, Joseph M., Elizabeth, Nancy and Keren-Happuch:
      1. Jonathan married a Miss Crow. They had several children.
      2. Joseph M. Carthell married a Miss Jones.
      3. Elizabeth Carthell, daughter of Jonah and Sarah Carthell, died.
      4. Nancy Carthell, daughter of Jonah and Sarah Carthell, married a Mr. A. Kirkpatrick. They live in Victoria, Texas. They have only one daughter living, named Susan. She married a Mr. S. A. White. Have but one son, Benjamin, fifteen years old. A. Addison White was District Judge of Tenth District of Texas in 1865.
      5. Florence Happuch Carthell, married a Mr. Long, a relative on the Norman family side.
      1. Mary Morehead married a Mr. Redman.
      2. Keren-Happuch Morehead married a Mr. Tanner. They had two sons and two daughters. Joseph Tanner and David Tanner, Nanny and Keren.
      1. Nannie married a Mr. Puckett.
      2. Keren married a Mr. Bouie.
    1. Charles Morehead, who married a Mary Turner, remained in Virginia. They had, as near as I have known, four sons and three daughters, but I believe may have more sons. Their names, as near as I know, were as follows: Turner Morehead, Charles Morehead, Armistead Morehead, Presley Morehead and James. Their daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Keren-Happuch.
      1. Turner Morehead married Mary A. Hooe. He moved from Virginia to Kentucky, 1811.
      2. Charles A. Smith married Mary Donaldson; her daughter Elizabeth married a Mr. Buford.
      3. Charles Morehead, son of Charles Morehead, who married Miss Turner, married a Miss Slaughter of Kentucky. Has one son and two or three daughters. I have been at his house when he lived in Kentucky in 1812. His son Charles S. Morehead was Governor of Kentucky.
      4. Armistead Morehead (the son of Charles Morehead) married a Miss Latham. I do not know how many sons and daughters he had. His son James T. Morehead was formerly Governor of Kentucky and United States Senator.
      5. James Turner, the son of James Turner and Keren-Happuch Turner, married a Miss Wyatt of North Carolina. His second wife was a Miss Irby. He had three sons and one daughter: James, William, Anthony I., and Winfred Turner.
      1. James married a Miss Luch Marshall. Had three sons and three daughters, viz.: Henry Turner, William Turner, James Turner, Nancy Turner, Sally Turner and Winfred Turner.
      1. Henry Turner married a Miss McNeill. He lives in North Carolina.
      2. William Turner married a Miss Threadgill. Lives in Tenn.
      3. James Turner. Don’t know whom he married.
      4. Nancy Turner married a Mr. Randal.
      5. Sally Turner married a General Dockery of North Carolina. He has been a member of Congress from that State.
      6. Winfred Turner. Do not know whom she married.
      1. William Turner married a Miss Legrand. Had three sons: James, Wade Hampton and William; Elizabeth and Nancy.
      1. James married a Miss Kitchen.
      2. Wade Hampton Turner married in Mississippi. He had a daughter who married a Dr. Thomas,
      1. Anthony I. Turner married a Miss Yancy. Had children as follows: Robert, James and William; Susan, Mary, Winfred and. Keren-happuch.
      1. Robert married a Miss Yancy.
      2. Susan married a Mr. Riley.
      3. Mary married a Mr. Thompson.
      4. Winfred married a Mr. Holland.
      5. Keren-happuch married a Doctor Greenfield.
      6. daughter cl - es Turner and Keren-happuch