The Old Turner Place

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The Old Turner Place


The Old Turner Place is a ruined farm house on the Russell Broaddus farm on Tates Creek Pike. I am indebted to Mr. Broaddus and to George T. Turner for information on the house.

This Turner family came to Kentucky from North Carolina and trace themselves back to a John Turner who came on the Mayflower. His son, William went to North Carolina in 1630. Edward Turner was accused of being a Tory and lost his land in North Carolina. His son, John, and grandson, Thomas, were American Revolutionary soldiers and received land grants in Kentucky. The house on the hill above Tates Creek was built near the end of the 18th century. On a ridge across Goggins Creek, on the same side of Tates Creek, lived the Carsons, to whom on Christmas Eve 1809 was born a son Christopher, called Kit. The Carson cabin is gone, but a marker stands in memorial to the famous explorer.

The Turner family attended and John and Edward joined the Tates (Republican) Baptist Church. Andrew Tribble was the pastor there at that time and his granddaughter, Mary Jane Tribble, married James Berry Turner. In 1852 this couple sold the Turner place and moved to Missouri (Richmond). There is a burial ground near the house which holds the remains of John, Edward, and Ann Berry Turner. Thomas Turner is buried in the Richmond graveyard.

The children of James and Mary Jane Turner were Betty Ann (Pinky) born 1842, Matilda born 1844, Thomas born 1848, Dudley born 1850, Ammelia born 1852 and Brown born 1853. James went on from Missouri to the California gold fields in 1849, but did not strike it rich. He made money in the ferry business, but it was stolen from him in San Francisco.

The house, log with clapboard, had two chimneys at one end. The chimneys still stand but the frame part has fallen in since it was abandoned about 1945. A beam from the old house was incorporated into the new Barry Baker home constructed in 1973 about 1/4 mile from the Old Turner Place. Thus, while time may destroy one of Madison County’s oldest houses, a part of it will live on. I wonder if, 175 years from now, someone will write an article about the Old Baker Place?


Dr. Fred Engle




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Dr. Fred Engle, “The Old Turner Place,” Madison's Heritage Online, accessed March 29, 2023,