William & Melissa Turnbeaugh

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

WILLIAM MADDEN TURNBEAUGH

(miner, marshall)

BIOGRAPHY

William Madden Turnbeaugh was born June 15, 1847 in Pleasant Hill, Pike County, Illinois.

His mother died when he was five years old, and his father remarried and had another child. When his stepmother died a few years later, his father married a third time and had two more children. William ran away from home, but his father found him and brought him back. He ran away again at age 16 and joined the Army, changing the spelling of his surname to include the "e" so his family couldn't find him. After the war, he had to keep the spelling that was on his Army pension.

William enlisted in the Union Army in March of 1864. He was honorably discharged in Jul of 1865.

William married Melissa Cherizade Averett in 1871 in Washington, Utah Territory. She was the first white child born in Manti, Utah Territory. They were the parents of 23 children, including five sets of twins. Twelve of the children died as infants. One of her babies weighed fifteen pounds at birth. William also raised Melissa's two children by a previous marriage.

In 1880, William was a miner in Silver Reef, living with his wife and eight children. They were the largest family in town (although there were several families with six children).

William owned the mine called the "Silver Reef".

In 1890, William started receiving an Army pension of $12 per month. This was the maximum amount allowed by law, indicating that he was totally unable to earn a support by manual labor.

In 1895, William and a Mr. Beckman discovered the Turnbeaugh gold mine in Eureka District, Yavapai, Arizona. They sold half-interest in the mine to J. T. Dougine, a millionaire mining and milling man, for $20,000. They also sold him the Mormon Elder claim for $10,000. He owned the Pocahontas gold mine. William wanted to purchase a ranch on the Verde (probably near the United Verde Mine in Jerome, Arizona Territory). He and his family lived in Jerome for a while.

William was the town marshal in Washington for many years. He was known as the "town bull" (meaning policeman) as well as "Uncle Bill". William's home was at 250 North 300 East in Washington.

William died on June 13, 1915 in Washington and was buried in the Washington City Cemetery.


FAMILY


William's Parents and Siblings:
    John Cottel Turnbeaugh
    Ruth McLain Turnbeaugh
        James Robert Turnbaugh
        Nancy Ann Turnbeaugh
        Margaret Jane Turnbeaugh
        William Madden Turnbeaugh
        Melzenia Turnbeaugh
        John Turnbaugh


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(8/8/1829-2/14/1914)   (married Elizabeth Harpole)
(8/22/1836-4/18/1909)   (married George Washington Gill Averett)
(5/12/1838-xx/xx/1898)   (married Joseph Benedict Moore)
(6/15/1847-6/13/1915)   (married Malissa Cherizade Averett)
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(5/10/1861-3/30/1914)   (married Nancy Margaret Averett)

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PHOTOS

William Madden Turnbeaugh


REFERENCES

William Madden Turnbeaugh
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.

Find-A-Grave entry for Pvt William Madden Turnbeaugh

Find-A-Grave entry for Malissa Cherizade Averett Turnbeaugh

Memorial Day family History
A Fox 13 news report about a Turnbeaugh family reunion in 2013.