Kerenhappuch Turner (Norman) (c.1715 - 1804) MP

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Nicknames: ""Heroine of the Battle of Guilford Court House""
Birthplace: Spotsylvania, Virginia
Death: Died in Richmond, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: thrown from her horse and suffered a broken neck
Occupation: Rev War-organized hospital corp aft Battle of Guilford Cthse
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DAR Ancestor #: A117148

According to Steve Norman, Kerenhappuch was born 1715 in Halifax, Virginia and died 1807 in Guiford Co., North Carolina."

Kerenhappuch Norman Turner carried dispatches for American patriot forces across enemy British lines when she was in her 50s or 60s. She is most famous for riding from Maryland to North Carolina on horseback to care for her son (or grandson) who was wounded at the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina, in the Revolutionary War. Her monument is erected on the battlefield there (outskirts of Greensboro). She rigged a bucket of water from the rafters of a cabin to allow water to drip on the wound of her son so as to eliminate the infection.

She is said to have died from a broken neck sustained in a fall from her horse while hunting with her grandsons. Whether she was 88 yo or 96 yo when this occurred depends on which record one is looking at. Reportedly (DAR), she knew herself to be a descendant of William the Conqueror.

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Kerenhappuch Norman Turner's Timeline

1715
1715
Spotsylvania, Virginia
1729
1729
Age 14
of,Halifax,Halifax,Virginia
1732
1732
Age 17
Of,,Orange,Virginia
1733
May 7, 1733
Age 18
Culpeper, VA, USA
1738
1738
Age 23
Halifax, Virginia
1738
Age 23
Culpeper,Culpeper Co,VA
1739
1739
Age 24
Culpeper,Culpeper Co,VA
1740
1740
Age 25
Of Spotsylvania
1742
1742
Age 27
Halifax,Virginia
1804
January 14, 1804
Age 89
Richmond, North Carolina, United States