Since you appear to be quite knowing of the "Dykes" of Campbell Co., TN .. I'm hoping you can help me with a 'burning' question. In 1886 a Mary Turner married Robert Dyke. Mary was born ca 1868. According to my records,her father was James Harvey Turner. His Civil War Pension states he married Ann Pebley in 1865. I believe Mary Turner Dyke was a daughter. The pension record states Ann died in Jun 1876, two years after her last child Sarah was born. In the 1870 Campbell Co., census however, James H. is living in the household of his parents with no mention of a wife or small children. What happened to Ann as she was still apparently living and bearing children! Oddly, in that same 1870 census next to the John Turner residence [J.H.'s father] is an Anna Pearce/Pierce with two small girls, Mary 3 and Nancy 3 mos. [b. March], with no mention of a husband. In the prior census, living next to John Turner was Jacob Pearce/Pierce and wife Martha with family... so, from this I doubt if the enumerator errored in recording the last name in 1870 [?]. James H. Turner married Martha Moore in Sep 1876, .. a Mary and Nancy show up in the same birth order and the right age in J. H. and Martha Turners 1880 census household. I'm perplexed as to who was this Anna Pierce that was living beside of John Turner in the 1870 census! Was it Anna nee Pebley, where was her husband, did he abandon her, or did he die young and she was now a widow. Ann Pebely Turner had TWO more children after 1870 [before she died] supposedly. Why was she listed as a Pierce, why is J. H. Turner living at home in 1870! It's all very stange ... are there adoption records available that early in Campbell County that may tell the story??
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