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Kerenhappuch Turner (Norman)

Also Known As: "Heroine of the Battle of Guilford Court House", "Kerenhappuch Norman Turner"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Halifax, Virginia
Death: Died in Richmond, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: thrown from her horse and suffered a broken neck
Place of Burial: Guilford Court House, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Isaac Norman and Frances Norman
Wife of James Turner; James Turner; James Turner and James Turner
Mother of Mary Edson; Mary Morehead; Karenhappuch TURNER; Sarah Turner; Elizabeth Morehead and 9 others
Sister of Courtney C. Norman, Sr. b.c1705; Joseph T. Norman; Keziah Hillen; Isaac Norman, Jr.; Jemima Norman and 4 others
Half sister of Kesiah Staples

Occupation: Rev War-organized hospital corp aft Battle of Guilford Cthse
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About Kerenhappuch Turner

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. 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 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.


KERENHAPPUCK NORMAN m. James Turner 1733.

In 1765 James Turner and wife Kerenhappuck sold their dwelling and former residence with 100 acres of land to William Lightfoot. This was described as the land Isaac Norman gave James Turner on his marriage to Isaac's daughter. Kerenhappuck. According to their descendants, they moved to Halifax County, Va. Kerenhappuck Nonnan Turner was a heroine of the Revolutionary War. A monument erected in her honor stands in Guilford Battlefield Park, Guilford, North Carolina. The history of the Morhead Family tells of her organizing the hospital corps after the battle of Guilford Courthouse and of how she found her grandson on Guilford battlefleld and nursed him back to health in the New Garden Quaker Meeting House. In her old age, she is said to have spent much time with her daughter on Little River in Richmond County N.C. She rode horseback and hunted with her grandsons. It was on one of these hunts that she was said to have been thrown off and her neck broken.

Issue of Kerenhappuck Norman Turner and James Turner (according to family records)

1. Sarah Turner b.1724 m. James Smith of Charles Co. Maryland. From them. Dr. Jean Stephenson of Washington, D.C. former National Chairman of Genealogical records of D.A.R., is descended. Her grandfather John Smith Napier was trained for a doctor because his great-grandmother Kerenhappuck had asked that he be so educated.

2. Elizabeth Turner m. Joseph Morehead of Fauquier County, VA.

Their grandson was John Motley Morehead, Governor of North Carolina and also a national figure. His home "Blandwood" in Greensboro, North Carolina has been a show place in the state for years.

3. Mary Turner m. Charles Morehead of Fauquier County.

Their son Charles Morehead, m. Margaret Slaughter, went to Kentucky and served in the legislature. His son, Charles Slaughter Morehead, was Governor of Kentucky and four years ir. U. S. Senate. Armistead Morehead’s son, James Turner Morehead, was also Governor of Kentucky and U. S. Senator. A great-grandson of Charles and Mary Turner Morehead was General Simon Bolivar Buckner, U.S.A.

4. Kerenhappuck Turner m. 1759, James Sanford.

Had six children. One of whom was James Turner Sanford, Congressman from Tennessee in l824.

5. James Turner, Jr. born 1757 went to Halifax County, Va. according to tradition. He appears to have married Sarah Irby in 1780. According to some information from North Carolina, he seems to have gone to Montgomery Co. N.C. and lived near his brother-in-law, James Smith, who lived on Smith Mountain in Richmond County, N.C.

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Kerenhappuch Turner's Timeline

1715
1715
Halifax, Virginia
1729
1729
Age 14
of,Halifax,Halifax,Virginia
1737
1737
Age 22
Halifax, Virginia
1738
1738
Age 23
Halifax County, Virginia
1738
Age 23
Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States
1739
1739
Age 24
Culpeper,Culpeper Co,VA
1740
1740
Age 25
Of Spotsylvania
1740
Age 25
Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States
1742
1742
Age 27
Halifax,Virginia