Thomas Turner, Admiral (1807 - 1883)

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Birthplace: Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Potter, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: US Navy
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About Thomas Turner, Admiral

VETERAN Mexican War, 1847, War for Southern Independence, UNION 1863.

Appointed Midshipman USN, 1825, Lieutenant 1835, Commander 1855, Captain July 1862, Commodore Dec. 1863, Rear Admiral 1868.

On the Union side in the War for Southern Independence, he commanded frigate New Ironsides in the attack on the Forts Sumpter, Moultrie, and Beauregard in Charleston Harbor.

Listed in the 1840 Federal Census, Philadelphia Cedar Ward, Philadelphia, PA as age 30-40, having also in the household one male under 5, one female age 15-20, one female age 30-40, and one female age 50-60; lists one family member as being employed in the navigation of the ocean.

Listed as a captain in the U.S. Navy in the 1860 Federal Census, Philadelphia Ward 7, Philadelphia, PA (age noted as 50).

Listed as a rear admiral in the USN in the 1880 Federal Census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; no children listed; "Delancey Place" notated in the margin.

17 April 1872: Turner, Thomas, rear-admiral. Report, favorable, of Committe on Naval Affairs, on bill (S. 409) for relief of Rear-Admiral Thomas Turner. April 17, 1872. [42 cong., 2 sess. S. rpt., 132.] [Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury pay to Rear-Admiral Thomas Turner six thousand seven hundren and forty-one dollars, out of any prize-money in the Treasury, in full for his claim to prize-money realized upon the condemnation and sale of the vessels Cherokee, Aries, and St. John.]

A Navy Destroyer was named for him.

OBITUARY: Rear Admiral Thomas Turner, U. S. N., died a few days ago, at his residence in Glen Mills. (Tuesday, April 3, 1883, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Sources: 1. Genealogies of Virginia Families, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, 1981. 2. 1860 Federal Census, Philadelphia Ward 7, Philadelphia, PA. 3. 1880 Federal Census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 4. "The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps," Lewis Randolph, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1870. 5. "A contribution to the bibliography of the history of the United States Navy, Memorials" Charles Thomas Harbeck, Agnes C. Doyle, Riverside Press, 1906. 6. Tri-Counties Genealogy & History, Joyce M. Tice. 7. "Ship Names of the United States Navy, Their Meaning and Origin" Robert Wilden Neeser, Moffat, Yard & Co., 1921. 8. Bills and Resolutions, Senate, 42nd Congress, 2nd Session.

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Thomas Turner, Admiral's Timeline

1807
December 23, 1807
Virginia, USA
1842
1842
Age 34
PA, USA
1845
1845
Age 37
PA, USA
1848
1848
Age 40
PA, USA
1850
1850
Age 42
PA, USA
1855
1855
Age 47
PA, USA
1858
1858
Age 50
PA, USA
1883
March 24, 1883
Age 75
Potter, Pennsylvania, USA
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