About Margaret Turner
Margaret LEACHLAND - d. before Nov. 1662. As widow of Capt. TURNER, she married Samuel VANGOODENHOUSEN about 1647. They lived at New Haven, CT. (Some sources give Capt. TURNER's wife name as Elizabeth, and some indicate her name is unknown.) source: http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/olmsted.htm#NTurner
Nathanial Turner, (Capt.) Margaret Leachland
Full Index Ancestral tree 2646–2647. Nathanial Turner, (Capt.) was born in England about 1595, and died at sea aboard the Lamberton in January, 1646. He was living in New Haven at the time. Margaret Leachland was born in England in 1602, and died in Connecticut. They had six children:
i. Mary Turner She was born in England and died in Connecticut Colony on October 15, 1704. ii. Rebecca Turner [#1341]: She was born in—say—1629, and died in 1731. iii. Abigail Turner was born in—say—1631, and died in 1693. She married John Hudson on September 2, 1651, in New Haven. iv. Nathaniel Turner was born in—say—1633, and died before 13 Jan 1661/2. There is no record that he married or had children. v. Hannah Turner was baptized in New Haven Colony on November 17, 1639. She married Samuel Hopkins on December 5, 1667, in New Haven. vi. Isaac Turner was born in New Haven Colony on June 7, 1640, and died on March 27, 1699. On Wednesday, August 19, 1668, he and Mary Todd were married in New Haven. She is the daughter of Christopher and Grace (Middlebrook) Todd [#1332 and #1333]. Her second marriage was to Samuel Van Goodenhauser.
The Great Migration Begins has the following entry on Nathaniel Turner.
ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1630 FIRST RESIDENCE: Lynn REMOVES: New Haven 1638 RETURN TRIPS: Sailed for London in 1646 on ship which was lost at sea OCCUPATION: Soldier. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Chosen as one fit for the foundation work of the church at New Haven, 4 June 1639 [NHCR 1:16]. FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 and admitted 3 July 1632 (as "Mr. Nath: Turner) [MBCR 1:79, 367]. List of Freemen of the Court of New Haven [NHCR 1:9]. An original signer of the New Haven fundamental agreement [NHCR 1:17]. Took the oath of fidelity 1 July 1644 [NHCR 1:137]. EDUCATION: The wide range of high civil and military offices held by Nathaniel Turner indicates that he was well-educated. OFFICES: Constable of Lynn, 4 September 1632 [MBCR 1:99]; committee to set bounds between Charlestown and Cambridge, 7 November 1632 and 6 March 1632/3 [MBCR 1:94-95, 101, 102]; committee to lay out land for John Humphrey [MBCR 1:102]; captain of military company at Lynn, 4 March 1633/4 [MBCR 1:112]; deputy to Massachusetts Bay General Court for Lynn, 14 May 1634, 4 March 1634/5, 6 May 1635, 2 September 1635, 3 March 1635/6, 25 May 1636 [MBCR 1:117, 135, 145, 156, 164, 174]; committee to lay out fortifications, 3 September 1634 [MBCR 1:124]; committee to settle bounds between Boston and Charlestown, 4 March 1634/5 [MBCR 1:139]; appointed customs officer, 4 March 1634/5 [MBCR 1:142]; committee to establish bounds between Ipswich and Newbury, 6 May 1635 [MBCR 1:146]; committee to lay out farm for Mr. Dummer, 6 May 1635 [MBCR 1:146]; committee to establish bounds between Salem and Ipswich, and between Ipswich and Newbury, 3 March 1635/6 [MBCR 1:167]; magistrate for Salem court, 25 May 1636 [MBCR 1:175]; committee to levy country rate, 25 May 1636 [MBCR 1:175].
Deputy, 29 October 1640, 25 March 1644, 19 August 1644, 31 March 1645, 22 October 1645 [NHCR 1:44, 125, 146, 156, 171]. Deputy to the court of combination, 26 October 1643 [NHCR 1:111]. Deputy to the magistrate in all courts, 25 October 1639 [NHCR 1:21]. Committee (as "Captain Turner") to consider laying out lots for inheritance, 3 November 1639 [NHCR 1:24]. Committee (as "Captain Turner") to treat with the "Hartfordeshire men about their lots," 3 November 1639 [NHCR 1:24]. Arbiter, 3 April 1640, 7 September 1642 [NHCR 1:32, 77]. Viewer of lands, 1 May 1644 [NHCR 1:142]. Committee regarding the mill, 21 October 1644 [NHCR 1:148]. Captain of all martial affairs of the plantation, 1 September 1640 [NHCR 1:40]. Captain Turner to order and appoint the general trainings (with the Governor), 30 March 1645 [NHCR 1:160]. On 23 February 1645/6 it was discussed whether the "military affairs of the town may be comfortably carried on without a captain, or whether it were not convenient to choose a captain instead of Captain Turner, not knowing when he will return. After some debate, Mr. Malbon was chosen captain with liberty to resign his place to Captain Turner at his return [NHCR 1:187].
ESTATE: Gave £10 toward construction of fort, 1634 [MBCR 1:113].
In the New Haven list of estates of about 1643 Captain Turner was credited with seven persons, an estate worth £800, fifty-seven and a half acres in the first division, eleven and a half acres in the neck, forty-three and a half acres of meadow, one hundred seventy-four acres in the second division, and a yearly rate of £3 6s. 6d. [NHCR 1:91]. About 1644/5 Captain Turner was granted the right to choose the location of his second division meadow "that he may the better attend the public service in his military office" [NHCR 1:195]. On 7 December 1647 Mrs. Turner declared to the court that she conceives her husband made a will and left all he had to her dispose, as two of her daughters can testify the same. Rebecka Turner saith, that when her father was to go away, her mother desired him to make a will, but he answered that he would make no will, but he judged her faithful and had found her faithful, therefore left all to her and wished her to be good to the children, and wished the children to bear witness. Abigaile Turner testifyeth the same [NHCR 1:337]. On 7 December 1647 "Mrs. Turner delivered into the court an inventory of the estate left by her deceased husband, Mr. Nathaniel Turner, which was read and delivered to the secretary to be recorded" [NHCR 1:336]. The estate totalled £457 7s. 3d., including £154 in real estate: "the house & lot & land at the town," £44; and "the housing, land & fences at farm," £110 [NHPR 1:15-16]. On 4 September 1649 Mr. Samuel Goodanhousen was called to give security for the portions of his wife's children. He said he had paid Mr. Yale £35, which he accepted in full satisfaction for his wife's portion, and that he had offered Thomas Meekes nineteen acres of land "for the portion of Rebecca Turner, now his wife" [NHCR 1:480]. The matter of the portions of the other children was to be taken up later. On 13 January 1661/2 a special court was held "for the issuing and settling the business concerning the portions remaining due to some of the children of Captain Nathaniel Turner deceased," which recounted the actions of the court of 5 March 1649/50, when portions were given to Nathaniel, Isaac, Abigail and Hannah Turner. "Nathaniell the eldest son ... being deceased, the court did now judge that it should be divided betwixt his brother & 4 sisters, in equal proportions.... Mr. Yale, Mr. Hudson, & Hannah Turner, resigned their parts to their brother Isaac ..., but Tho[mas] Meekes declared that he expected to receive what was his due out of the estate of his deceased brother-in-law, for the discharge of what was due to Isaac Turner" [NHTR 1:508-09; see also NHTR 1:15].
BIRTH: By about 1601 based on estimated date of marriage. DEATH: Died at sea in January 1645/6, having sailed in the ill-fated New Haven ship [WJ 2:336-37]. MARRIAGE: By 1626 _____ _____; she married (2) by 1649 Samuel Vangoodenhausen, who showed himself a merciful man in the matter of Rebecca Turner's 1649 fornication case [NHCR 1:471, 480]. She had died by 1662, for on 11 November 1662 Samuel Vangoodenhausen m. (2) at New Haven Elizabeth Parris [NHVR 1:17]. CHILDREN: MARY, b. say 1626; m. by about 1646 Thomas Yale. REBECCA, b. say 1629; with "Thomas Meekes," called before the court 3 July 1649 "to answer to their sinful miscarriage in matter of fornication, with sundry lies added thereto by them both in a gross and heinous manner" [NHCR 1:469-71]; m. by 4 September 1649 Thomas Mix [NHCR 1:480]. ABIGAIL, b. say 1631; m. New Haven 2 September 1651 John Hudson [NHVR 1:3]. NATHANIEL, b. say 1633; d. without issue by 13 January 1661/2 [NHTR 1:508-09]. HANNAH, bp. New Haven 17 November 1639; m. New Haven 5 December 1667 Samuel Hopkins [NHVR 1:26]. ISAAC, bp. New Haven 7 June 1640; m. New Haven 19 August 1668 Mary Todd [NHVR 1:26]. COMMENTS: The gap between the request for freemanship in October 1630 and admission in July 1632 may indicate that Turner made a brief trip back to England in 1631. (The record in MBCR 1:94-95 which is apparently dated 6 March 1631/2 is a duplicate of the record correctly dated 6 March 1632/3.)
On 2 September 1640 a difference between Mr. Craine and Captaine Turner was referred to arbiters [NHCR 1:41]. On 4 August 1641 "so far as Captaine Turner hath reference to the civil state and employed therein, provided that his place be supplied in his absence, the Court hath given free liberty to him to go to Delaware Bay for his own advantage and the public good in settling the affairs there" [NHCR 1:57]. Mr. Malbon was chosen to order the watches and all martial affairs in Turner's absence [NHCR 1:70]. On 2 August 1643 the court decided that since Margaret Poore, alias Bedford, now wife to Nicholas Gennings, had run away and gotten married before her time of service to Captain Turner was up, her husband Gennings was to make two-fold restitution to Turner [NHCR 1:105]. On 3 June 1645 John Meggs admitted his error in charging Capt. Turner, Thomas Pell and Thomas Robinson with extortion or sinful unrighteousness [NHCR 1:163]. On 3 December 1645 Turner had a formal disagreement with Mrs. Stolion about cloth [NHCR 1:175].
From Families of Ancient New Haven, page 238, comes:
The Pequot War The Pequot War, fought in 1637, the year before New Haven was settled, was participated in by 130 Connecticut men of whom not more than 95 have been identified. The best authority on this subject is James Shepard's pamphlet entitled "Conn. Soldiers in the Pequot War," Meridan, 1913. The following veterans of the Pequot War later became proprietors of New Haven:— ...
5. Turner, Nathaniel ( –1646); of Lynn, Mass., 1630, where he was constable, 1634; enlisted from Lynn; an original proprietor of New Haven, 1639; Captain (ranking officer) of New Haven train band, 1640; m ______; 6 children.
From Turner Family:
Nathaniel Turner was a captain in the Piquot War. He was of Lynn, New England; admitted as a freeman in 1632; was a representative of the first court 1634 and 1635. Moved to New Haven, N.E., in 1638; was one of the purchasers of Stamford, N.E., from the Indians in 1640. He was lost at sea in 1646 and left a large family.
In Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John, 1630 is an entry: "Margaret Lechland — She m. _____ Turner." Her brother, William, was born in 1608 so her date of birth is consistent with this entry. If this is, indeed, the Margaret Leachland of this family, then this book provides five generations of her ancestors (recent to past):
Roger Lechland and Margaret Jones; she was the daughter of William Jones and Jane Bishop of Bridgewater, Devonshire. Thomas Lechland and Alice Viney; she was the daughter of William Viney of Somerset. John Lechland and Agnes Starre of Beare, Devonshire. John Lechland married first, Isabell _____; second, Johane _____. (No indication which is the mother of John, Jr.) _____ Lechland and _____St. Lowe of Devon. Thanks to Roy Aber for finding this information . From a reference to History of Lynn, Massachusetts, Annals of Lynn, is taken the following.
In 1639, Capt. Turner, in connection with Rev. Mr. Davenport and four others, at New Haven, was appointed to have "the disposing of all house lotts, yet undisposed of about this towne, to such persons as they shall judge meete for the good of the plantation ; and that none come to dwell as planters here without their consent and allowance, whether they come in by purchase or otherwise." In 1640, Capt. Turner, as agent for New Haven, made a large purchase of lands on both sides of the Delaware river—sufficient for a number of plantations. The purchase was made chiefly with a view to trade, though the establishment of Puritan churches was an object. Trading houses were erected, and nearly fifty families sent out. In all fundamental matters the Delaware colonies were to be under the jurisdiction of New Haven. In the same year he made the purchase of the Indian territory of Rippowams—Stamford—as noted by Mr. Lewis, partly of Penns and partly of Wascussue, another chief. He gave for the whole, twelve coats, twelve hoes, twelve hatchets, twelve knives, two kettles, and four fathom of white wampum." In a sale to the people of Wethersfield, a while after, the tract was valued at thirty pounds sterling.
In a list, made in 1643, giving the names of a hundred and twenty-two New Haven planters, with the number of their families—including only parents and children— and the value of their estates, the family of Capt. Turner is put down at seven, and his estate at 800 pds, the latter being as high as any on the list, with the exception of ten. But the land speculations of New Haven do not seem to have turned out in any degree profitable. The Delaware trade was not successful; and the Dutch were troublesome at Stamford. And she seems literally to have struck a vein of ill-fortune, in which she was destined to struggle for some time. It was under a desperate effort to retrieve ber fortunes, that the planters sent to Rhode Island* and had a ship of a hundred and fifty tons built, hoping to open a profitable foreign trade. By joining their means, the planters were able to freight her in a satisfactory manner. Capt. Turner, with five others of the principal men embarked, and she sailed from New Haven in January, 1647. Nothing was ever heard either of the vessel or any on board, unless the apparition which appeared in the harbor, the next June, immediately after a great thunder storm - the renowned phantom ship be regarded as tidings. Capt. Turner, had kept alive his friendship for the people of Lynn, and while New Haven's heart was sad," there were many here to mourn his fate.
- There is good evidence that New Haveners built the ship themselves, but attributed it to Rhode Island to "cover their tracks in its walty construction."
The Phantom Ship Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In Mather's Magnalia Christi, Of the old colonial time, May be found in prose the legend That is here set down in ryhme. A ship sailed from New Haven, And the keen and frosty airs, That filled her sails at parting, Were heavy with good men's prayer. "O Lord if it be thy pleasure"— Thus prayed the old divine— "To bury our friends in the ocean, Take them, for they are thine!"
But Master Lamberton muttered, And under his breath said he, "This ship is so crank and walty, I fear our grave she will be!" And the ships that came from England, When the winter months were gone, Brought no tidings of this vessel Nor of Master Lamberton. This put the people to praying that the Lord would let them hear What in his greater wisdom He had done with friends so dear. And at last their prayers were answered: It was in the month of June, An hour before the sunset Of a windy afternoon, When, steadily steering landward, A ship was seen below, And they knew it was Lamberton, Master, Who sailed long ago.
On she came, with a cloud of canvas, Right against the wind that blew Until the eye could distinguish The faces of the crew. Then fell her straining topmasts, Hanging tangled in the shrouds, And her sails were loosened and lifted, And blown away like the clouds. And the masts, with all their rigging, Fell slowly, one by one, And the hulk dilated and vanished, As sea-mist in the sun! And the people who saw this marvel Each said unto his friend, That this was the mould of their vessel, And thus her tragic end. And the pastor of the village Gave thanks to God in prayer, That, to quiet their troubled spirits, He had sent this Ship of Air. From The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut, which cites The mystery of the phantom ship, comes:
As early as 1644 Theophilus Eaton, Stephen Goodyear, Thomas Gregston and perhaps other merchants at New Haven entrusted the construction of an ocean-going vessel to John Wakeman, Joshua Atwater, Jasper Crane and Richard Miles. Though ill built and very "walt-side," in due course the ship was completed. Entrusted with a cargo of wheat, peas, hides, beaver and peltry and manuscript writings of John Davenport at New Haven and Thomas Hooker at Hartford, about the middle of January, 1646, the vessel ploughed its way through three miles of ice in New Haven harbor and tackled the stormy Atlantic. On board were Thomas Gregson, Nathaniel Turner, George Lamberton, the wife of Stephen Goodyear, and Francis Austin. After many months, a mirage of the ship was said to have appeared over the harbor at New Haven, but the vessel itself neither reached its destination nor returned to its port of departure. Despite this initial setback, on October 7, 1646, a second vessel was about to be launched at New Haven; in the summer of 1648 a third vessel was under construction; and in the spring of 1661 Charles Glover laid a fifty-foot keel at Southold. Two of Capt. Turner's daughters contributed directly to this genealogy and a son contributed indirectly. Mary Turner married Capt. Thomas Yale and Rebecca Turner married Thomas Mix; these two lines joined four generations later with the marriage of Enos Atwater and Lois Alling in 1773. His son, Isaac, married Mary Todd, daughter of Christopher Todd who is also an ancestor of Lois Alling.
Sources: Anderson, Robert Charles;The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol I–III found on the web site of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. Citations within the item include: [MBCR]: Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England 1628–1686, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., 5 volumes in 6 (Boston 1853–1854) [NHCR]: Hoadly, Charles J., ed.; Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, 1638–1649, 1653–1664, 2 volumes, (Hartford 1857–1858) [NHTR]: Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, ed.; New Haven Town Records, 3 volumes, (New Haven 1917–1962) [NHVR]: Vital Records of New Haven, 1649–1850, 2 volumes (Hartford 1917, 1924) [WJ]: Savage, James, ed.; John Winthrop, The History of New England from 1630 to 1649, 2 volumes (Boston 1853). Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families in Ancient New Haven; vol. 1 McQuiston, L. B., Turner Family, 1945 The Mary and John Clearinghouse, Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John, 1630, vol. 17, pp. 64–67 O'Clery, Helen, The mystery of the phantom ship New York: F. Watts, 1961. 218 p Mormon family record sheet, including reference to: Dillon Ancestry LDS Family Search web site (source of all information about Margaret Leachland; no references given)
Immigrated in 1630 with the Winthrop fleet First settled in Lynn, Massachusettes 1638 - moved to New Haven, Connecticut Widowed in 1647 Married Samuel VanGoodenhousen in 1648
Margaret Turner's Timeline
Probably Derby, Derbyshire, England
Derby, Derbyshire, England
New Haven, New Haven, CT
November 17, 1639
New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA
New Haven, New Haven Colony
August 31, 1650
New Haven, New Haven Colony