Hendrik Turk

Hendrik TURK (1756 – 1833) was Alex’s 6th Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Hendrik (Henry) Turk was born 5 Sep 1756 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.  His parents were Benjamin TURK and Ida VAN WEYEN. He married Jannetje BRINK in 1778 in Ulster County, New York. After Jannetje died, he married Catharina Wittaker on 4 Jul 1801 in Kingston, Ulster, NY. Henry died 12 Mar 1833 in Kingston, Ulster, New York

Hendrick with his brothers Jacob and Johannes fought in the Revolutionary War in the Ulster County 1st Regiment under Colonel Johannes Snyder. Snyder’s Regiment  defended Kingston from the British in 1778, but Hendrick hometown was burned to the ground.

Jannetje Brink was born 5 Sep 1759 in Saugerties, Ulster, New York.  Her parents were Cornelius BRINKand Annetje Jannetje WINNE.  Jannetje died before 1801 in Kingston, Ulster, New York Catharina Wittaker was baptized 4 Oct 1763 in Kingston, Ulster, NY. She was the widow of Johannes Frans.

Children of Henry and Jannetje:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Benjamin Turk 28 Nov 1779 Ulster County, NY 1812 Ulster County, NY
2. Anatje (Anna) Turk 1 Jul 1781 Saugerties, Ulster, New York Matheus (Matthew) Blanchon
Ulster, NY
Aft. 1860 census in Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
3. Cornelius TURK 13 Feb 1783 baptized 9 Mar 1783 Saugerties, Ulster, New York. Mary DeLONG 1 Aug 1860 Caroline, Tompkins, NY
4. Eida (Ida, Ada) Turk 6 Mar 1785 Kingston, Ulster, NY Robert Hannser.
Henry Johnson?
c. 1813
Upper Red Hook, Dutchess, NY
5. Catharina Turk 28 Jan 1787 Kingston
6. Philipus (Philip) Turck 20 Oct 1788 Kingston Margery Cleveland
Virgil, Cortland, NY
Almira Webber in Kingston, NY
14 Apr 1846 Saybrook, Suffolk, NY
7. Zachariah Turk 13 Nov 1791 Kingston Rebecca Decker c. 1855
8. Thomas Hendrik (Henry) Turk 2 Mar 1794 Kingston Abigail Swartwout
Abt 1816 – Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York
Catherine Bloomburgh
1874 Prattsville, Greene, NY
9. Isaac Turk 8 May 1796 Katsbaan, Ulster, NY
10. Jannetje (Jane) Turk 6 Dec 1797 Kingston, Ulster, NY Isaac Brooks
28 Dec 1883 Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio

Hendrick was a fifer in the Revolutionary War in the Ulster County 1st Regiment under Colonel Johannes Snyder.  He fought with his brothers Jacob and Johannes. Snyder’s Regiment of Militia was known officially as The First Regiment of Ulster County Militia. It was the first regiment of four created in Ulster County, New York as ordered by the Provincial Congress ofNew York. It was also referred to as the Northern Regiment since it members were from the Northern section of Ulster County towns including Kingston, New York (then also called Esopus) and Saugerties, New York (then called Kingston Commons) Johannes Snyder was given his commission and officially took his post as Colonel on May 1, 1776. At that time the 1st Ulster County Militia was reported to have 472 officers and men. In April of that year, he was elected to the Provincial Congress as a Delegate, and thus did not start active duty until September 1, 1776 when he was directed to proceed to Fort Montgomery in the Hudson Highlands and take command. He arrived on September 27. The three months for which the Regiment had been called out expired on November 30.

In the following year, 1777, he was with his regiment at Ft Montgomery as early as June 4. On July 30, he took his seat as a member of the Assembly in the first legislature chosen in New York State. His activity was said to be “untiring! ” He was at the head of his regiment in the Highlands, and was assigned to every court-martial convened by General George Clinton to try Tories who were active everywhere, and whom his Regiment seized on every hand.

Kingston Point 2002

He was also a member of the Council of Safety in Ulster County. Colonel Snyder was thus in Kingston when Major General Vaughan landed to destroy Kingston, New York State’s first Capital. He could only muster 5 small cannons and about 150 men. The rest of the 1st Ulster were either with General, now Governor, George Clinton on their way to Kingston from the defeat at Fort Montgomery or as part of Colonel Graham’s Levies from Dutchess and Ulster counties which were facing John Burgoyne at Saratoga. Colonel Snyder along with Colonel Levi Pawling threw up a hasty earthwork at Ponckhonkie overlooking the Hudson River and the mouth of the Rondout Creek, and a second one at the hill near O’Reilly’s Woods—the present site of Kingston’s City Hall, and placed his cannons.

Kingston Point

The British numbering over 2,000 of course drove the defenders out and commenced to torch the city on October 16, 1777. As General Vaughan wrote, “Esopus [Kingston] being a nursery for almost every Villain in the Country, I judged it necessary to proceed to that Town…they fired from their Houses, which induced me to reduce the Place to Ashes, which I accordingly did, not leaving a House.”

Kingston Street Battle

Kingston Street Battle

Kingston Street Battle

After this, Governor Clinton assigned Colonel Snyder and a part of the regiment to assist and help rebuild the ruined city. He energetically took hold of the work with his men, and the town rapidly arose from the ashes. In 1778, and through the remainder of the war, Colonel Snyder was credited that no enemy descent was made upon exposed settlements in the northwest Catskills frontier where Governor Clinton committed its defense to him and his regiment. Part of the regiment was usually stationed at Little Shandaken to watch the approach through the valley of the Esopus Creek. Scouts constantly covered the territory from Hurley woods to the Palentine Clove along the foot of the Catskills. On at least three documented occasions, marauding Indians and Tories were turned back by finding their movements watched. It is alleged the Regiment was founded as the Burgher Guard of Wildwijk in 1758. Captain Hendrick’s Schoonmaker’s Company of the 1st Ulster Regiment lineage continues to the Headquarters and Service Battery, 1st Battalion of the 156th Field Artillery Regiment which in 2006 was changed to become 104th Military Police Battalion.

The city of Kingston was first called Esopus after a local Indian tribe, then Wiltwyck. Settled in 1651, it was one of the three large settlements in New Netherland, the other two being Beverwyck, now Albany, and New Amsterdam, now New York City. In 1777, Kingston became the first capital of New York. This is due to the fact that during the summer of 1777, when the state constitution was written, Albany, the historic center of government of New York, was under threat of attack by Burgoyne and his army. The state’s founding fathers believed Kingston would be a safer place. Ironically, the British never reached Albany, being stopped at Saratoga, but they did reach Kingston. Shortly after the Battle of Saratoga, the city was burned by British troops moving up the Hudson River from New York City, disembarking at the mouth of the Rondout Creek on the formation the Dutch had named Ponck Hockie. Contrary to popular belief there wasn’t a large conflict between the townsfolk and the British invaders. This is because the denizens of Kingston knew of the oncoming fleet. The city had been evacuated by the time the British arrived, and the settlers had moved to Hurley, New York, which the British did not attack. The area was a major granary for the colonies at the time, so the British burned large amounts of wheat and all but one or two of the buildings. There is some debate over exactly how much of a fight was put up against the British; one third of the local militia regiment was still to the north at Saratoga, and one third was to the south manning several forts (which were captured days before by the British). This would have left approximately 150 militiamen to defend the city against approximately 2,000 British regulars. In 1797, the capital was reestablished at Albany.

The latest Burning of Kingston Reenactment is complete.  The dates were October 14, 15 & 16, 2011.


2. Anatje (Ann, Anna) Turk

Anatje’s husband Matheus (Matthew) L. Blanchan was born 3 Apr 1774 in Marbletown, Ulster, NY. In the 1850 census, Matthew and Anna were living in Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York where Matthew was working as a blacksmith.

In the 1860 census, Anna (age 78) was living with her daughter Catharine Lefever in Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Some genealogies say Anna married Johannes Phillip Hemstreet in 21 Aug 1800 in New York. Actually, Johannes (Philip) Heemstraat (b. 20 Mar 1780 – Dutchess, NY – d. 7 Sep 1864 Montgomery, New York, son of Phillip (Johannes) Heemstraat and Blandina VanVliet married Catlyntje Turk (b. 1 Dec 1779 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York – d. 01 Mar 1858 in Root, Schoharie, New York), daughter of Anthony Turck (1751 – 1771) and Rachel VanAuken (1751 – )

Children of Anatje and Matheus:

i. Jane A. Blanchan b: 1812 in Ulster, NY

ii. Jacob Smedes Blanchan b: 11 May 1814 in New Paltz, Ulster, NY; d. 15 Dec 1893 – Grand Junction, Greene, Iowa; m. 3 Nov 1839 Anna Maria Travice (b. Sep 1820 in New York – d. 29 Jan 1902 in Grand Junction, Greene, Iowa); In the 1860 census, Jacob was farming in Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He removed to Wisconsin between 1847 when Matthew was born and 1850 when Mary was born.

iii. Catherine (Catharine) Blanchan b: 1816 in , Ulster, NY; d. 1 Jul 1883 Sheboygan, Wisconsin; m. Henry Lefever (b. 31 Mar 1815 in Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York – d. 10 Aug 1879 in Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin) In the 1850 census, Henry and Catherine were farming in Scott and Olio, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Henry had been granted 40 acres on 10 Aug 1850.

iv. Harriet Blanchan b: 1818 in Ulster, NY

v. Henry Blanchen b. 1822 Ulster New York In the 1850 census, Henry was a farmer in Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York and living with his parents.

3. Cornelius TURK (See his page)

4. Eida (Ida) Turck

Henry Johnson may have been born in Ireland or Kingston, Ulster, New York and died in Colchester, Delaware, New York. However, the Eida (Ada) Turk (b. 1791 in Esopus(Kingston), Ulster, New York – d. Colchester, Delaware, New York) may have been the daughter of Jacob Turk (b. 1763) and Annatien Vooland (b. 1767) They had a son John Johnson (b. 27 Feb 1814 – d. 12 Mar 1896 in Colchester, Delaware, New York) who married Elizabeth (Betsey) Kimball (1818 – 1891)

6. Philipus (Philip) Turck

Philip’s first wife Margery Cleveland was born 12 Feb 1789 in Kortright, Deleware, N.Y. Her parents were Daniel Cleveland (1766 – 1810) and Amy Dibble (1765 – 1836). Margery died in 1834

Philip’s second wife Almira Webber was born about 1801 in Suffolk County, New York or Vermont. Almira died 13 July 1857 Bates Cemetery, Saybrook, Ashtabula County

wife of
July 13, 1857
aged 56 yrs

Philip Turck Gravestone Bates Cemetery Saybrook, Ashtabula , OH –  “Philip Turck Died April 10, 1846 Age 57” In the background is Marilyn Turck Ball GGGranddaughter of Philip(us) Turck

Children of Philip and Margery

i. Ann Eliza Turck b: 3 May 1812 in NY; d. Aft 1880 census when she was a widow living with her son Charles in Denmark, Ashtabula, Ohio. m. 1839 to Hamilton Smith(b. May 1810 in Wooster, New York – d. 26 Dec 1878 in Kingsville, Ashtabula, Ohio) In the 1850 census, Hamilton and Eliza Ann were farming in Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio with five children at home.

ii. Almira Turck b: 1 Sep 1814 in NY,

iii.  Nancy Louisa Turck b:  14 Sep 1816 – Harpersfield, Delaware, New York; d. 24 Sep 1869 Kendalville, Indiana; m. 2 May 1840 – Cortlandville, Cortland, New York to Barclay Freemont Sam(p)son (b. 11 Feb 1819 in Homer, Cortland, New York – d. 27 Dec 1896 in Mattawan, Van Buren, Michigan) In the 1860 census Barclay and Nancy Louisa were farming in Salem, Steuben, Indiana.

iv. Henry Cleveland Turck b: 8 Apr 1818 – Etna, Tompkins, New York; d. 12 Apr 1872 Marathon, Cortland, NY; m. 1852 to Mary A. Babcock (b: 10 Sep 1828 in Enfield, Tompkins, NY – d. 1890 in Etna, Tompkins, New York)

In the 1860 census, Henry and Mary were living in Dryden, Tompkins, New York where Henry was working as a sawyer. He was listed as 48 years old implying he was born in 1812.

v.  Elwina Turck b: 3 Sep 1819 in  NY; d. Aft 1900 census Geneva, Ashtabula, Ohio; m. Harvey Terpenning (b. 15 Feb 1820 in Virgil, Cortland, NY – d. Abt. 1899 in Geneva, Ashtabula, OH) His parents were Noah Terpenning (1786 – 1855) and Polly Slotte (1787 – 1860) In the 1860 and the 1870 census, Harvey and Elwina were farming in Homer, Benton, Iowa.

In between these two censuses, Harvey enlisted in Company I, Iowa 6th Cavalry Regiment on 02 Feb 1863 and mustered out on 17 Oct 1865 at Sioux City, IA. Moved to Sioux City, Dakota, March 16-April 26, 1863. Operations against hostile Indians about Fort Randall May and June. Moved to Fort Pierre, and duty there until July. Sully’s Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians August 13-September 11. Actions at White Stone Hill September 3 and 5. Duty at Fort Sully, Fort Randall and Sioux City until June, 1864. Sully’s Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians June 26-October 8. Engagement at Tah kah a kuty July 28. Two Hills, Bad Lands, Little Missouri River, August 8. Expedition from Fort Rice to relief of Fisk’s Emigrant train September 11-30. Fort Rice September 27. Duty by Detachments at Fort Randall, Sioux City, Fort Berthold, Yankton and the Sioux and Winnebago Indian Agencies until October, 1865. Mustered out October 17, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 21 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 74 Enlisted men by disease. Total 97.

vi. Philip  Brink Turck b. 1 May 1821 New York; d. 6 Jun 1872 Waite Hill Village Cemetery, Waite Hill, Lake County, Ohio; m1. Lucy [__?__] (b. 1824 Ohio – d. Aft 1910 census Kirtland, Lake, Ohio); m2. 18 Nov 1869 – Lake, Ohio to Keziah (Hexia) P Jenkins (b. Dec 1830 NY) Her parents were Murray Jenkins (1792 – 1882) and Grace Harris (1800 – 1885)

In the 1850 and 1860 census, Philip and Lucy were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

vii. Daniel Dibble Turck b. 21 Aug 1824 New York; d. 28 Nov 1865 Bates Cemetery, Saybrook, Ashtabula County, Ohio; m. 4 Sep 1848 in Ashtabula, Ohio to Ann Town (b. 1825 New York) In the 1860 census, Daniel and Ann were living in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio where Daniel was working as a sawyer.

viii. Margere Antoynette Turck b. 2 Apr 1828  New York; d. 22 Jul 1878 Oakdale Cemetery, Jefferson. Ashtabula County, Ohio; m. 7 Apr 1850 in Ashtabula to Edmund Edward Ives b. 20 Mar 1826 in Denmark, Ashtabula, Ohio – d. 10 Feb 1905 Denmark Center, Ashtabula County, Ohio) His parents were Giles Ives (1799 CT-1890 OH) and Mercy Goff (b 1806)

In the 1870 census, Edmund and Margere were living in Jefferson, Ashtabula, Ohio where Edmund was working as a house carpenter.

Children of Philip and Almira:

viii. Amasa Webber Turck b: 3 Sep 1834 in Saybrook, Suffolk, New York; d. 13 Sep 1903 in Hill City, Graham, Kansas; m. 14 Feb 1855 Lee Iowa to Sarah A Kenny (Kenney) (b. Abt. 1836 in Geneva, Ashtabula, OH – d. 1916 in Oneida, Nemaha, Kansas) In the 1880 census, Amasa and Sarah were farming in Denmark, Lee, Iowa.

ix. Dana Turk b. 02 Dec 1837 in Madison, Lake, Ohio; d. 19 May 1890 in Beaverdam, Pennsylvania; m. 9 Aug 1865 Wattsburg, Erie, PA to Lucy Jennie Gifford (b. 5 Mar 1839 in Venango, Erie, PA – d. 29 May 1910 in Beaver Dam, Erie, PA) In the 1880 census, Dana was a farmer laborer in Venango, Erie, Pennsylvania

Dana enlisted in Battery C, Ohio 1st Light Artillery on 9 Sep 1861. Mustered out on 23 Oct 1862 at Cincinnati, OH. Left Ohio for Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., October 1. Advance on Camp Hamilton, Ky., January 1–17, 1862. Battle of Mill Springs January 19–20. Moved to Louisville, Ky., thence to Nashville, Tenn., February 11-March 3. Moved to Savannah, Tenn., March 20-April 8. Advance on and Siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 12. March to Iuka, Miss., and Tuscombia, Ala., June 17–29; thence to Winchester July 29-August 7; thence to Dechard and Pelham Gap August 19–31. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., September 1–7; thence march to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg September 14–26. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1–15. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8 (reserve) [2 12-pounder Howitzers, 4 6-pdr M1841 James Rifle: Cpt Daniel K. Southwick] March to Gallatin, Tenn., October 20-November 7, and duty there until December 25.

Dana & Lucy Jennie Gifford Turck Family –  Minnie seated next to her father, James is standing next to his father, Martha is standing holding her sister’s hand and the baby Philip is seated in Dana’s lap.

7. Zachariah Turck

Zachariah removed from Schoharie Co, NY to Port Hope, Ontario, in 1820. Zachariah’s wife Rebeccah Decker was born in 1801 in Kingston, Ulster, NY. Rebecca died 27 Nov 1877 – Arcada, Gratiot, Michigan.

Zachariah was a tanner and currier.

Child of Zachariah and Rebeccah:

i. Henry Turck m. 25 Sep 1851 in Port Hope Ontario to Mary Warner – Hope license witnesses Wm. Jones & Clarissa Ormiston. Henry operated a tanning establishment in Clark township, Durham county, Canada.

ii. William Sisson Turck b. 7 Aug 1839 Port Hope, Durham, Ontario, Canada; d. Aft 1910 census Dunedin, Hillsborough, Florida; m. 14 Sep 1864 in Alma, Gratiot, Michigan to Louise Aurelia Purelia Ely b. 1845 in New York – d. aft 1916 when living at 1535 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, Florida) Her parents were Gen. Ralph Ely and Mary E. [__?__].

In the 1880 census, William and Louise were farming in Arcada, Gratiot, Michigan.

HON. WILLIAM S. TURCK, the vice president of the First State Bank ot Alma, Michigan, formerly conducted by the firm of W. S. Turck & Co., is one of the foremost citizens not only of that place but of the State. He is a pioneer of Gratiot county, has a record for splendid service and bravery in the Civil War, and has won general recognition for his ability in the field of industry and finance. He has also the honor of being a Mason of the longest continuous standing in the county, joining the order in 1861.

William S. Turck was born in Port Hope, Canada, August 7, 1839, the son of Zachariah and Rebecca (Decker) Turck. His father, a tanner and currier, was a native of the State of New York, as was his mother, who was born in Schoharie county. The boy’s education was only elementary, but at the age of sixteen he was apprenticed as a tanner to his brother Henry, who operated an establishment in Clark township, Durham county, Canada.

After four years of that employment he removed to Shelby, Orleans county, New York, where he remained until 1860, when he obtained employment as foreman of the gristmill at Indian Mills, Isabella county, Michigan, which was owned by the United States government. In the fall of 1861 he rented a saw and grist mill standing upon the present site of Alma, the incipient settlement then consisting of three log houses in the midst of a dense forest.

He thus continued until the fall of 1862, when his patriotic spirit forced him from the channels of industry into the military field. Mr. Turck was mustered into the Union service as second lieutenant of Company D, Twenty-sixth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Capt. Lafayette Church, and was fortunate in being thus attached to one of the most famous bodies of skirmishers in the Federal armies. It went into rendezvous at Jackson, and in December was assigned to provost duty at Alexandria, Virginia, and in the spring following was ordered to Suffolk, then threatened by General Longstreet. The regiment was highly commended for its discipline, intelligence and soldier-like work displayed at New York City during the progress of the draft riots in 1863, and for the balance of the war it was attached to the Army of the ‘Potomac, First Brigade (General Miles), First Division, Second Army Corps. The regiment was mustered out June 4, 1865.

In following Captain Turck’s private fortunes the records show that he was promoted to the first lieutenancy April 15, 1863, and to the captaincy of Company D August 12, 1864. He participated in twenty-eight engagements, and at the battle of Spottsylvania was wounded in the head by a minie ball, which necessitated a retirement from duty for ten days. Upon the occasion of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House Captain Turck was in charge of the brigade skirmishers.

Captain Turck returned to Alma and engaged in lumbering during the winter ot 1865-66. From 1866 to 1872 he held the position of county treasurer, but his army experience had so impaired his health that he found it necessary to buy a farm and engage in outdoor occupations. He passed the succeeding eight years in its improvement, then returning to Alma, where, in association with A. W. Wright and others, he founded the banking house of W. S. Turck & Co. He was one of the stockholders and held the positions of cashier and manager.

In 1883 the bank was reorganized, and upon the formation of the establishment of Steel, Turck & Co., at Ithaca, he became a stockholder therein. In 1901 the bank at Alma was merged into the institution known as the First State Bank of Alma, of which, as stated Mr. Turck is vice-president. In 1881 Mr. Turck built a flouring-mill at Alma, the business being conducted under the name of the Alma Milling Company. He sold his interest in the enterprise in 1885. William S. Turck has always been a Republican, his career as a State leader and a member of the House of Representatives of the Legislature commencing with his nomination to that position in the fall of 1876. He was chosen by a handsome majority and his service on the committees on Local Taxation and Drainage, as well as in the general chamber, was of so high a standard that he was re-elected in 1878, again running in advance of his ticket. At that session he wan appointed chairman of the Railroad committee and member of the board of managers of the State school at Coldwater. For four years he has also served as a member of the board of management of the Michigan Soldiers Home.

Brief reference has been made to Mr. Turck’s Masonic career. It may be added that since 1861 he has taken twelve degrees, acted as high priest of Chapter No. 70, of Ithaca, and finally reached the office of grand high priest of the grand chapter of Michigan.

On September 15, 1864, Mr. Turck was married to Miss Louisa R. Ely, a native of New York State, born July 18, 1845, the daughter of Gen. Ralph and Mary E. Ely. General Ely was acknowledged to be the founder of Alma, was immortalized for his bravery in connection with the famous Eighth Michigan Regiment during the Civil

8. Thomas Hendrik (Henry) Turk

Henry’s first wife Abigail Swartwout was born 10 Sep 1797 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, NY. Her parents were Cornelius Swartwout and Sara Ter Bos. Abigail died in bef. 1851 in Schoharie, NY.

Henry’s second wife Catherine Bloomburg was born about 1794 in New York.

1850 census – Schoharie Co., NY: Summit, p. 322A, 36/51 [age 53; b. NY] [TERK].

1860 census – Schoharie Co., NY: Fulton, p. 50, 366/381 [age 72; b. NY] [TURK].

In the 1870 census, Henry and Catherine were farming in Prattsville, Greene, New York

Children of Henry and Abigail:

i. Thomas Henry Turk Jr. b. 25 Oct 1819 in Summit, Schoharie, NY; d. 26 Apr 1887 Lutheranville, Schoharie, NY; m. 4 Nov 1849 to Helen Van Buren (b: 26 Jun 1824 in Rensselaer, Rensselaer, NY – d. 13 April 1896) In the 1860 census, Thomas and Helen were farming in Summit, Schoharie, New York

ii. Sarah Maria (Sally) Turk b. 26 May 1822 in , Schoharie, NY; d.  1 Apr 1894 in Charlotteville, Schoharie, NY; m. Isaac Truax b: 18 Apr 1825 in Schoharie, NY In the 1880 census, Isaac and Sarah were farming in Jefferson, Schoharie, New York

iii. Cornelius Turk b. Abt. 1824 in Jefferson, Schoharie, NY; d. 1901 in Medusa, Albany County, New York; m. 1849 to Maria Spore (b. April 1830 in Summit, Schoharie County, New York – d. Medusa, Albany County, New York) In the 1870 census, Cornelius and Maria were farming in Durham, Greene, New York.

Cornelius Turk Portrait

Maria Spore Turk Portrait

iv. Cooper T. Turk b.  Mar 1828 in Richmondville, Schoharie, NY; d. 24 Jun 1902 in Jerome, Schoharie, NY; m1. 4 Nov 1849 in Summit, Schoharie, NY to Sarah Ann Van Buren (b: 1829 in Summit, Schoharie, New York – d. 1875) m2.  Rosanna Waldorf b: 13 May 1827 in  NY; m3.  Margaret Stone b: Aug 1845 in NY. In the 1870 census, Cooper and Sarah were farming in Fulton, Schoharie, New York.

v. Rebecca M. Turk b: 1830 in NY  In the 1870 census, Rebecca was living with her parents in Prattsville, Greene, New York.

vi. Katherine Ann Turk b. 10 Jul 1832 in Jefferson, Schoharie, NY; d. Jan 1926 in Worcester, Otsego, NY; m1. Herman Shafer b: Nov 1831 in Jefferson, Schoharie, NY; m2. James Kniskern b: 1828 in Jefferson, Schoharie, NY

vii. George H. Turk b. 10 Nov 1833 or abt. 1835 Delaware New York; d. 25 Oct 1907 Brooktondale, NY; m. Jane Marie Cole (b. 24 Jan 1842 in Colchester, Delaware Co., New York – d. 22 Oct 1895 in Brooktondale, Tompkins, New York) In the 1880 census, George and Jane were farming in Caroline, Tompkins, New York

George enlisted as a Private in Company G, 144th New York Infantry Regiment on 21 Sep 1864.
Transferred into Company C, 1st New York Volunteer Engineers Regiment on 6 Oct 1864.

viii. Hannah Margaret Turk  b: 10 Aug 1835 in Schoharie, NY; d. 1 Jan 1896; m. 28 Feb 1854 in Cobleskill, Schoharie, NY to George Hamilton Simpkins (b: 2 Apr 1829 in Berne, Schoharie, NY – d. 1 Jul 1893 – Worcester, Otsego, New York)

ix. Darcie Turk b. ABT 1836 in , , NY

10. Jannetje (Jane) Turk

Jane’s husband Isaac Brooks was born 17 Sep 1794 in New York. His parents were Thomas Jefferson Brooks (1776 – 1840) and Rebecca Merriam or Andrus (1774 – 1824). Isaac died 5 Feb 1875 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

Jane and Isaac moved to Saybrook, Astabula, Ohio right after they were married in 1816.  Jane’s  brother Philip moved to Astabula later. In the 1850 census, Isaac and Jane were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

Saybrook township is located on the northern edge of Ashtabula county along Lake Erie

Saybrook Township was originally part of Austinburg Township and contained a settlement called Wrightsburg.  In 1816 just about the time Isaac and Jannetje  arrived, Saybrook became a separate township of its own. The township and community continued to be called Wrightsburg until 1827 when the name was changed to Saybrook, its new name coming from Saybrook, Connecticut. The early settlers are listed in the 1820 census for Ashtabula County with the township recorded as Wrightsburg.

The Saybrook Township lands were originally owned by Connecticut Land Co. investor, William Hart. Hart then sold the entire township, with the exception of one lot, to Josiah Wright and his son Samuel Wright of Pownal, Vermont in 1811. The deed for this sale is recorded in the Ashtabula County Courthouse in Jefferson, Ohio.

Even though the Wrights were early owners of Saybrook Township, they were not the first settlers.The first settler in Saybrook Township was George Webster, a New Yorker who came in 1810.

In the 1850 census, Isaac and Jane were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.  Their household was 14  people including Isaac and Jane’s eldest daughter Polly Lapham, a widow with young four children.  The Lapham children were still in the household in the 1860 census, but Polly was not.

Isaac and Jane Brooks Gravestone – Bates Cemetery Saybrook Ashtabula County Ohio

Children of Jane and Isaac:

i. Polly Brooks b. 1817 Dutchess, NY; d. bef. 1860 census when three of her children were living with their grandparents; m. 30 Aug 1838 Age: 21 in Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio to David Lapham (1814-1848) In the 1850 census, Polly and her four children were living with her parents in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

ii. Thomas H Brooks b. 10 Oct 1819 in Ohio; d. 18 Sep 1904 in Mentor, Lake, Ohio; m. 20 Apr 1850 Age: 30 in Lake, Ohio to Miranda Williams (b. 20 Apr 1832 in Sheffield, Ashtabula, Ohio – d. 29 Jun 1902 in Mentor, Lake, Ohio) In the 1870 census, Thomas and Miranda were farming in Madison, Lake, Ohio.

iii. Roderick K. Brooks b. 1822 Ohio; d. 25 Jul 1873 Burial: Saybrook Cemetery Geneva Ashtabula County Ohio; m. Cynthia E Tallcott (1830 Ohio -1882) In the 1870 census, Roderick and Cynthia were living in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio where Roderick worked as a carpenter.

iv. Isaac Brooks b. Sep 1824 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; d. 27 Nov 1903 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; m. 1848 to Roxy Steward (b. 1826 Ohio) In the 1880 census Isaac and Roxy were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

v. Alvah Brooks b. 1826 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; d. 31 May 1909 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; m1. 1850 to Cevilla (Cervillia) Lovilla Cleveland (b. 1830 Ohio) Her parents were Orrison Cleveland and Sylvia Stinson; m2. Aft 1886 to Ellen Burr In the 1870 census, Alva and Cessilla were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

vi. John A Brooks b. 1829 Ohio; d. 4 Jan 1917 Ashtabula, Ohio; m. Helen T [__?__] (b. 1840 NY – d. 8 Aug 1925 Ashtabula, Ohio) In the 1870 census, John was a carpenter in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

vi. Benagor Brooks b. May 1831 in Ohio; d. 3 Apr 1920 Erie, Ohio; m. 1865 to Susan Pauline Owen (3 Jul 1836 Ohio – 27 Sep 1906 Huron, Ohio) Her parents were Joseph Porter Owen (1795 – 1851) and Annie Gates (1800 – 1864). In the 1880 census, Beneger and Susan were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio.

vii. D. Wallace Brooks b. 1834 in Ohio; d. 23 May 1911 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; m1. 1859  to Rachel Whiting (b. 1842 Ohio); m2. 23 Jan 1868 in Ashtabula to Alice A. Ontus (b. 1848 NY) ; m3. 4 Dec 1897 – Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio to Nellie Hellen Butler (b. 1840 NY – d. 8 Aug 1925 Ashtabula)

Alice’s father Eliphalet S. Ontis enlisted at the age of 42 in Company F, Ohio 29th Infantry Regiment on 28 Sep 1861. Mustered out on 12 Nov 1862 at Frederick, MD.

In the 1870 census Wallace and Alice were living in Ashtabula where John was a carpenter.

viii. Mary Jane Brooks b. 1836 in Ohio; d. 26 May 1909 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; m. 1856 in Ashtabula to Wesley Harvey (b. 1835 New York). In the 1880 census, Mary Jane and Wesley were living in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio near Mary Jane’s brother John. Wesley was working as a stone mason.

ix. Hugh Brooks b. 22 Jun 1838 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; d. 11 Jan 1921 Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; m. 12 May 1861 to Melissa Dady (b. 1845 NY – d. Aft 1910 census ) In the 1880 census, Hugh and Melissa were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio

x. Martha M Brooks b. 1840 Saybrook, OH; m. 25 Oct 1860 to Henry Harrison Lyons (b. 1841 Ohio) In the 1880 census, Martha and Harrison were living in Imlay, Lapeer, Michigan where Harrison was a druggist.

xi. James K. Brooks b: Sep 1844 in Saybrook, Ashtabula, OH; d. 14 Oct 1914 – Saybrook, Ashtabula, OH; m. 1866 to Francis Dette Harvey (b. Aug 1846 New York) In the 1880 census, John and Deette were farming in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio next to his brother Hugh. John’s mother Jane (age 83) was living with the family







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  6. markeminer says:

    Updated Hendrik’s 43 grandchildren, first cousins to our ancestor Mary Ann Turk, 18 of whom lived in Ashtabula, on the northeast corner of Ohio next to lake Eire and Pennsylvania.

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