Facts and Events
||Antrim, Ulster, North Irelandto Margaret Kerr
||Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
||Orange, Virginia, United StatesLater Augusta County
||17 NOV 1772
||Augusta, Virginia, United States
||30 JAN 1773
||James Kerr, William Robertson, John Ramsey, Appraised Estate Of Robert Turk (Augusta County, Virginia)
Robert Turk was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Person:Robert Patrick (28)
Robert Turk's land (Beverley Manor NE, 1,313 acres) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Source:Chalkley's Chronicles Page 185.--9th February, 1747. Robert Turk, planter, to Robert Patrick, £62 current money Virginia; 437 acres in Beverley Manor, crossing South River of Shanando. Witnesses, John Preston, Robert Scott. Acknowledged by Robert Turk, and dower released by Margaret, his wife, 18th March, 1746.
- Page 15.—Patent to Robert Turk on South River 6th September, 1736.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 438-45. 27-28 Feb. 1739 . William Beverley of Essex County, Gent., to Robert Turk of Orange County. Lease and release; for ₤40 current money. 1313 acres in Beverley Manner, part of 118,491 acres... line of grand patent... [History of patent as in deed of Beverley to Moffet] [Orange County Deed Book 3, pg. 29]
Land Acquisition from Turk's of Virginia, by Edna Barney:
On 28 February 1739, he purchased 1313 acres in present-day Augusta County, Virginia, from William Beverly for forty pounds. The land lay 7 miles below present day Waynesboro. Turk Run bordered it on the north and the South River ran lengthwise through the tract (Howard Wilson's "The Tinkling Spring", 1954, map).
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 203-07. 23-24 Sept. 1741. Robert Turk of Orange County to Thomas Turk of same. Lease and release; for ₤60 current money. 437 acres on the South river of Sharrendoe [Shennodoe] being part of 1313 acres made over to Robert Turk by Wm Beverley of Essex County, Gent.... crossing the South river of Sherendoe... side of the river... (signed) Robert Turk. Wit: James McCrackin, Robt. Worthinton, Wm. Bohannan. 24 Sept. 1741. Acknowledged by Robert Turk. [Orange County Deed Book 5, pg. 30]
'Partial Land Disposition from Chalkley's and "Turks of Virginia, by Edna Barney:
- Page 185.--9th February, 1747. Robert Turk, planter, to Robert Patrick, £62 current money Virginia; 437 acres in Beverley Manor, crossing South River of Shanando. Witnesses, John Preston, Robert Scott. Acknowledged by Robert Turk, and dower released by Margaret, his wife, 18th March, 1746.
- Page 428.—18th November, 1747. £62 current money Virginia. Robert Turk and Margret, his wife, to Robert Patrick. On 6th September, 1736, was patented to Wm. Beverley, &c., &c., and Wm. Beverley on day conveyed to Robert Turk 1,313 acres thereof in Orange; 437 acres, part of 1,313 in Beverley Manor, crossing Shanandore.—Robt. Turk, Margret Turk. Teste: John Madison, Patrick Hayes, David Stuart. Acknowledged, 18th November, 1747, and Margret releases dower.
- Page 310.--Part of 1313 acres conveyed to Robert Turk by Beverley 7th February, 1739,
(Deed book #27)
Imported to Orange (Augusta) County, Virginia on 28 Feb, 1739:
Robert Turk, Margret, Jane, Ann, Thomas, James and William Turk
From Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Court Records:
Page 17 - - 24th September, 1772. Robert Turk's will - - To son, Thomas, all estate, executor; to son, James, 1 English shilling. Teste: Charles Teas, Thomas Turk, Elizabeth Gleave. Proved, 17th November, 1772, by Teas and Turk. Thomas Turk qualifies with John Madison, Jr., John Hind.
From "Papers read before the Lancaster County Historical Society, Volume 25", by Lancaster County Historical Society:
Samuel Gay and Robert Turk, probably resided in Lancaster, Pa., on December 4, 1744. They gave their bond to James McCune, of Salisbury Township in that county. The obligors of this bond removed to Augusta County, Va., prior to 1750. and members of the McCune family also came to Augusta. The bond also appears in the papers. (C. P. No. 1.)
From Chalkley's Augusta County Court Judgements:
FEBRUARY AND MAY, 1747.
Edward Franklyne vs. Robert Turk.--Debt on account. Set off account vs. Eastham Franklyne to feeding Rubin Franklyn's horse one month on account of Eastham Franklyn. Account dated May 17, 1746. To my son's work for you (carpentering). (Signed) Edward Franklin. Agreement for work dated 17th December, 1745-6.
The Turk family was no group to challenge. As previously mentioned, Robert Turk married Margaret Kerr in Pennsylvania and moved to Augusta County shortly after the James Kerr family arrived. Robert's son and grandson (both named Thomas Turk), appear on as many court files as he did. thomas Turk, the younger, became the father of Hiram Kerr Turk, who with his sons, set off the Slicker War in Benton and Polk Counties during the 1830s and 1840s. The Robertsons, Kerrs and Turks had intermarried for generations. Like James Kerr, William Robertson (whose wife Lettice or Letticia was a Kerr), was also an Augusta County, Justice.
1. Robert TURK was born about 1690 in Ireland. He died in 1772 in Augusta County, Virginia. ~NOTES~
Robert married Margaret who was probably also born in Ireland. She died after 1749 probably in Augusta County, Virginia. ~NOTES~
They had the following children:
2 M i. William TURK was born in Great Britain. He probably died in Augusta County, Virginia. ~NOTES~
+ 3 M ii. Thomas TURK Sr was born March 1718. He died on 28 June 1809.
+ 4 M iii. John TURK was born before 1728. He died in 1755. ~NOTES~
5 F iv. Jane TURK was born before 1739 in Great Britain. Jane married John FINLEY.
+ 6 M v. James TURK was born before 1739. He died in 1803. ~NOTES~
7 F vi. Ann TURK was born before 1739. Ann married James FINLEY.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Allen, Robert - 2329 Constitution Drive, San Jose CA 95124, e-mail: BobBecAlln@@aol.com.