1843A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843.
US Grant graduated from West Point the year Eber C. Turley was born.
Civil War began April 12, 1861, he was not quite 18
Eber C. Turley - the name Eber is actually Hebrew and was Heber. Eber is biblical and is noted in the bible as a decendant of Abraham. The biblical Eber refused to help with the tower of Babel.
b. 6 AUG 1843 in St. Francois county, MO
d. 23 APR 1916 in St Francois Co, Mo, probably Bonne Terre.
John Tyler was President.
History of FarmingtonArriving upon land west of the Mississippi River in 1798—which was, at that time, part of the upper Louisiana Territory and under Spanish rule—was the Irish born William Murphy. Murphy was searching for the ideal site to relocate his family and, as the tradition goes, came to find a spring near the now-standing St. Francois County Courthouse with the aid of a local Native American. Deciding that this was an excellent place to set up home, Murphy acquired a Spanish Land Grant, allowing him and his family to establish a settlement along the St. Francois River.
In his travels back to Kentucky, Murphy died, leaving it up to his wife, Sarah Barton Murphy, and their grown sons to establish the settlement–which they did when arriving to the site around 1800. Named Murphy’s Settlement, Sarah Barton Murphy is known to have assembled the premier Protestant Sunday School west of the Mississippi River. Due to Spanish law barring any religious services that were not of Roman Catholic tradition, Murphy and her students orchestrated the learning in secret.
A post office in Murphy’s Settlement opened in 1817, followed by the annexation of the land to the United States through the Louisiana Purchase–creating the state of Missouri. With the advent of this, David Murphy made a contribution of 52 acres (210,000 m2) of land for the installation of the county seat of what was soon to be St. Francois County in 1822. The name of the town, Farmington, was selected in 1825, with incorporation as a town granted in 1836–soon becoming a village 20 years later in 1856.
In the mid-19th century, Farmington enjoyed growth and economic well-being through the building of the historic Plank Road, which stretched from Pilot Knob to Ste. Genevieve. The road was built to transport both supplies from the shipping facilities located along the river to the mines and to move the mine’s iron ore to the shipping facilities. The route was soon taken over by the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad.
The first public school was constructed in 1870 and in 1879.
Eber C. Turley was appointed postmaster at Summit, Washington County, Mo., 19 Jan 1887
and served until 1889. Summit no longer exists He had a mercantile business and General Store
and "mineral." But we are not sure where. Potosi was very near here. The Westovers are from Potosi.
Civil War began April 12, 1861, he was not quite 18
He was in the 3rd MO Calvary but the 3rd was involved in the Indian Wars and did not return to Arkansas to defend until 1864 so it is unclear when he joined up
This 1870 USCensus for EberCTurley from Farmington, MO has a few interesting things
Eber is 27 and Zeno Turley is 3 months old
Nora is listed as Nina and 1 year old... she would be almost 2
The family above are Belknap... there are Belknaps in our family
In 1880 he was in
In 1900 he lived in St. Louis but no children were still living with them.
Roseanna died at age 25 and had been married but would have been only 24 in 1900
by 1910 he was in Bonne Terre and was 66 years old. He died 6 years later at age 72.
Death certificate available shows he was a Carpenter and died of Liver Cancer.
Zeno, his son had died 2 years prior.
During the Civil War EBER C. TURLEY served as a private in company C,
3rd Missouri Cavalry. He appeared on the roll of prisoners of war of a
detachment of troops of the Confederate States Army who surrendered at
New Orleans, LA., 26 May 1865 and paroled at Alexandria, LA. 11 Sep
1865. A copy of the document is available
In April 1861, the American Civil War broke out and 13 officers left the Regiment to join the cause of the Confederacy, including future generals Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler, William W. Loring, Dabney H. Maury, William H. Jackson, George B. Crittenden, and John G. Walker. Not a single enlisted man left the regiment.
On 3 August 1861, all mounted regiments of the U.S. Army were classified as "cavalry", and the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen was re-numbered the 3d U.S. Cavalry Regiment, headquartered at Fort Thomas, third in precedence in the Regular Army. At the outbreak of the war, a Confederate force of about 3000 Texans began a campaign at Fort Bliss, Texas to seize the territories of New Mexico and Colorado. The 3d U.S. Cavalry Regiment was one of the few Regular Army units in the region available to oppose them. On 25 July detachments of Companies B and F were involved in a hard fight at Mesilla and joined Company I when it surrendered with Fort Fillmore on 26 July.
The regiment remained in New Mexico fighting hostile Indians as well as Confederate Troops until 1862. In September 1862, the regiment re-deployed to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. In December it relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where it spent 1863 performing duties for XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee. Between October and December 1863, the 3d Cavalry participated in operations on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad and fought in skirmishes at various locations such as Barton Station, Cane Creek, and Dickinson‘s Station, Alabama. The 3d Cavalry was tasked by General Sherman to perform various reconnaissance missions as part of his advance guard, including marching to the relief of Knoxville, Tennessee. Elements of the Regiment also were engaged at Murphy, North Carolina and Loudon, Tennessee. In 1864 the regiment relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas, where it remained for the remainder of the war fighting guerrilla forces, and after the war ended, on occupation duty until April 1866, when it was ordered back to New Mexico.
The 3d U.S. Cavalry Regiment‘s losses during the Civil War were two officers and thirty enlisted men who were either killed in action or died of wounds and three officers and 105 enlisted men who died of disease or other non-combat causes.
Eber C. Turley was appointed postmaster at Summit, Mo., 19 Jan 1887
and served until 1889. He had a mercantile business and General Store
Lived in St. Louis from 1891-1897 where he owned a hotel until it
burned, then moved to Bonne Terre in 1897 and died in 1916.
From St. Francois Co. maggiage register vol 2 1852-1876 pg.183: Ebro
Turley and Lavinia Yeargan both of St. Francois Co.,MO. married on 11 April
1867 by Peter W. Murphy, JP of Perry Town, St. Francois Co., MO.
Biographical Sketch of Eber C. Turley, Washington County, Missouri
>From "History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford and
Gasconade Counties", Biographical Appendix, Goodspeed Publishing
Eber C. Turley was born in St. Francois County, Mo., August 6, 1843.
His parents were Ephraim and Gabrella (Marquis) Turley, both natives of
Kentucky, who removed to Missouri at an early day. Eber C., the young-
est in a family of nine children, was reared in his native county on a
farm, which occupation he followed for several years. He subsequently
lived for a time in De Soto, Jefferson County, and also in St. Louis,
and in 1884 located in Summit, Washington County, where he established
a mercantile business. He deals in general merchandise and mineral,
and has been satisfactorily successful in his undertaking. In 1867 he
married Miss Lavinia Yeargin, also a native of St. Francois County, who
died in 1876, leaving four children: Nora A., Zeno, Jeffie, and Rosa.
In 1878 Mr. Turley married Miss Margaret Blackwell, of the same county.
Mr. Turley is the present efficient postmaster of Summit.
Turley Family Records page - 146 and 147 and primary family on pg. 165
EBER C. 5 TURLEY in the Turley Family records book from
which these excerpts were taken.
DIED AT AGE 73
1277. EBER C.5 TURLEY (Ephraim^, Paul^, Ignatius2, Paul^) was born 6 August 1843 in
St. Francois County, Missouri and died there 23 April 1916.''77 He married (1) Lavinia
Yeargan and (2) Margaret Blackwell. Eber C. Turley and Lavinia Yeargan were married
11 April 1867.*'° Lavinia, daughter of Andrew Patterson and Lucinda Ann (Westover)
Yeargan, was born 3 October 1850 in St. Francois County, Missouri. She died 31 March
1876 and is buried in the Yeargan Cemetery near Frankclay in St. Francois County.^^^
Eber C. Turley married Margaret Blackwell 11 September 1878.^8''
Eber Turley served as a private in Company C, 3 Missouri Cavalry. He appeared on a
roll of prisoners of war of a detachment of troops of the Confederate States Army who
surrendered at New Orleans, Louisiana, 26 May 1865 and were paroled at Alexandria, Louisiana
on 3 June 1865. (481)
Eber C. Turley and his brother, Benona, purchased 173 59/100 acres in "Southwest portion
of the Antoine Pratte Confirmation" for $1,384.00.^^2 In 1871 they bought 164
acres, also in the Antoine Pratte Confirmation, for $75.00 at a sale at the courthouse483
In 1876 they divided the 173 59/100 acre tract.484 All of this land was in St. Francois
County, Missouri. Six years after the division of the tract, Eber C. Turley and his
wife sold their half. (485)
Eber C. Turley was appointed postmaster at Summit, Missouri, 19 January 1887 and
served until 1889. (486)
He had a "mercantile business" and dealt in general merchandise
and "mineral."487 Eber C. Turley lived in St. Louis from 1891-1897.488
He then moved to the Bonne Terre area where he lived until his death in 1916.489
Children of Eber C. and Lavinia (Yeargan) Turley:490
+2622 i. Nora A. Turley b. 5 August 1868
+2623 ii. Zeno Turley b. 17 March 1870
+2624 iii. Jeff Turley b. 23 February 1872
+2625 iv. Rose Ann Turley b. 8 March 1876
Rose Ann is listed as Roseanna on the Census of
(From page 165)