Dr. Richard G. Turner


Dr. Richard G. Turner



Dr. Richard G. Turner

b c 1839 in VA Son of Thomas Barnes Turner and Louisa Jane Thorp Turner who were married on November 17, 1829 in Greensville County, Virginia

d 8 Jun 1905, Harris County, TX - buried at Columbia Cemetery, West Columbia, Brazoria Co, TX according to obituary.

Louisa Jane Thorp Turner was apparently the sister of John L. Thorp (b c 1811 in VA) who was also living as a plantation owner in Matagorda County in 1850. Their father was Lewis Thorp. Henry Thorp, who was living with Louisa Jane in 1850 was probably her brother, as John L. Thorp had brothers named Peter and Henry.

Louisa was born c 1815 in VA and died 27 Dec 1895. She was buried at Columbia Cemetery, West Columbia, Brazoria Co., TX.

1850 Matagorda County Census
Louisa J. Turner, age 35, b VA
Emit L. Turner, age 18, b VA, Clerk
Virginia B. Turner, age 14, b VA
Rich G. Turner, age 11, b VA
Anna B. Turner, age 7, b VA
Henry Thorp, age __, b VA, Lawyer


1860 Matagorda County Census
L. J. Turner, age 46 F, b VA (mother)
William Turner, age 24, b VA
Rich'd G. Turner, age 21, b VA, Physician
Anna L. Turner, age 17, b VA
1880 - Velasco, Brazoria County, TX
Rich'd G. Turner, 39, Wid,  b VA - Physician
Thomas S. Turner, 12 b TX
Virginius B. Turner, 5, b TX
1900 Harris County, TX
Richard G. Turner b Jan 1839 VA wd Physician
Rubredick Ramakers 32
Beale Smith 14
Bettie Smith 13

Dr. Richard G. Turner married Betty Sweeney

Rubie Dick Turner
Thomas S. Turner b c 1867
Virginius Beverly Turner, b 12 Apr 1875 in TX - d 1 Nov 1937 in Harris County, TX - buried Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX

V. B. Turner married 1899 to Lydia Lorena Super b 19 Jul 1880 in TX - d 17 Sep 1964 Houston, Harris Co., TX - buried Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX

Confederate Service

Matagorda County Caney Mounted Rifles under Capt. Edward S. Rugeley. The muster roll was dated 13 June  1861.
Surgeon in the 35th Texas Cavalry (Brown's Regiment).

Richard G. Turner, Pvt, Co. D, Brown's Batt'n Texas Cav., Age 23, Appears on Company Muster Roll for March & April, 1862
Enlisted Nov 9, 186? at Camp Winston by J. R. Lewis, period: 12 mos; Last paid by W. McMasters, to April, 186?; Valuation of horse $250; equipments $35; Reinlisted for the war April 10.

Muster Roll for May & June, 1862; Enlisted Apr. 10, 196? at Velasco by R. R. Brown for the war; Relieved from Company duty by order Lt. Col. R. R. Brown May 30 to act as (Asst. Surgeon of the Battalion.

Muster Roll for July & Aug, 1862

Muster Roll for Sept & Oct, 1862; Last paid by J. S. Speed to Sept. 1, 186?; Remarks: On extra duty as Asst. Surgeon by Special Order No. 13, May 30, Lt. Col. Brown

Muster Roll for Nov & Dec, 1862; Last paid by Jno. S. Speed to Sept. 1, 186?; still on extra duty

Muster Roll for Jan & Feb,1863; Last paid by J. S. Speed to Nov. 1, 186?; on extra duty

Muster Roll for March & April, 1863; on extra duty

R. G. Turner, A. A. Surg; Regimental Return for Aug. 1863; present; Station: Chocolate Bayou

R. G. Turner Surg; Regimental Return for Dec, 1863; present; Station: Camp on Cedar Bayou

R. G. Turner, Surgn; Regimental Return for March, 1864;  Present; Station: Camp Wharton

R. G. Turner; Surg; Regimental Return for Sept. 1864; present; Station: on March from Harrisburg to Tyler.

R. G. Turner; Maj; Regimental Return for Oct, 1864; Present; Station: Camp Ford; Remarks: Surgeon

R. G. Turner, Maj; Regimental Return for Nov. 1864; Absent; Leave of absence Brazoria County

R. G. Turner, Surgeon; Regimental Return; March, 1865; Present; Station: Near Brownsville

R. G. Turner, Surgeon; Roster of commissioned officers of Col. R. R. Brown's Cavalry Regiment Roster dated Camp on Cedar Bayou Jan 4, 1864; Date of appointment or election: Asst. Surg. July, 1863; Date of Promotion: Surg, Nov 13, 1863

Dr. R. G. Turner Dead
An Authority on Yellow Fever Passed Away Yesterday at Houston.
Came Here After teh War
Was a Resident of Fort Bend County During the Jaybird-Woodpecker Political Troubles.

Special to the News.

Houston, Tex., June 8--This afternoon at 3 o'clock occurred the death of Dr. R. G. Turner, one of the prominent physicians of this city, at the home, No. 7?6 St. Charles street, of his son, V. B. Turner. He had been ill for some time and recently returned from Mineral Wells, whither he went for the curative properties of the water. His daughter, Mrs. Kitchen of Kentucky, his son, V. B., and several friends were at the bedside when he died. Dr. Turner was a native of Alabama, but came here soon after the Civil War. He was then a young man. He first located in Matagorda County, but remained there only a short time. Thence he moved to Columbia, Brazoria County, where he remained several years. Thence he went to Fort Bend County and was a citizen of Richmond at the time of the troubles between the political factions known as the Jaybirds and Woodpeckers. After that he came to this city, which has since been his home.

He has ever commanded the highest respect of all with whom he came in contact. His friends possessed for him the warmest affection. He had extensive experience in the treatment of yellow fever and was recognized as an authority on that malady. The Mayor of this city in an official report thanked him for the wise handling of a case of yellow fever in a manner that prevented its spread. He was for several years surgeon of Dick Dowling Camp, U. C. V., and a detachment of the camp will turn out in the morning to escort the remains to the Columbia train, on which they will be taken to Columbia for burial. He was 66 years old at the time of his death.

Galveston Daily News, June 9, 1905

Dr. Turner's Funeral.
Houston Relatives and Friends Escorted Remains to Columbia.

Special to the News.

Houston, Tex., June 9.--The remains of the late Dr. R. G. Turner wee taken from here this morning on the 7:30 train of the International & Great Northern road to Columbia, in Brazoria County, where the burial was conducted this afternoon, the remains being placed in the old family burial ground. Mrs. Kitchen, the daughter, and V. B. , the son, with other relatives and friends escorted the remains and were present at the funeral. Those who accompanied the remains to act as pallbearers are Dr. W. M. Brumby, William Corrieran, Dr. Burton, J. E. Eisemann, A. C. Hernoton, A. F. Lunn, B. B. Rice and Elliott Cage. There was this morning at the train a detachment of Dick Dowling Camp, U. C. V., as an escort of honor. The car in which the casket was taken had the appearance of a vast ambuscade of beautiful funeral designs, symbolic of the upright and generous life the deceased had led and reflecting the bright hopes of eternal joy in the everlasting future.

Galveston Daily News, June 10, 1905

Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929

Richard B. Turner b 1850 - d 8 Jun 1905 in Houston, Harris, TX
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, University of Louisiana Medical Department, 1860


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