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Re: Elizabeth Gleaves - Davidson Co, TN
Posted by: Dennis Glaves Date: May 15, 2000 at 10:33:09
In Reply to: Elizabeth Gleaves - Davidson Co, TN by Heidi Graham Aparicio of 231

Hello Heidi,

I have quite a lot of info on Elizabeth's father, Michael Glaves. During his life he recorded his name without the second "E". After his death, his sons appear in court records with the spelling "Gleaves", not sure which is correct.

Here is what I have on Elizaeth.

Elizabeth is the only one of the children that is not mentioned in Michael Glaves' will. She is identified through the codicil attached to the original document. It is clear that she was treated less generously than the other children were. It is not known if Michael had a falling out with his daughter or possibly, he had provided for her and her family previously. She was to receive, "$200, in cash to be held in hands of my executors to be paid to her for her benefit and her children, and if she should die before she receives it, my executors are bound to let her children have $200 when they are in want"

This was the only portion of the estate in which she was to have an interest. All monies collected from debts and the sale of personal assets of the estate were to be divided among the children "except Elizabeth Turner".

The earliest record of Elizabeth is her marriage to Arthur Turner, which occurred in late 1800 or early 1801. The marriage license was issued in Davidson County, Tennessee on December 29, 1800.

Little is known about Arthur other than some information contained in a boigraphical sketch done years later on his grandson. "Arthur Turner, father of M. G. Turner, came from Halifax, N. C.; married a Miss Gleaves near Nashville; volunteered and accompanied Gen. Jackson to New Orleans and was killed during the defense January, 1815."                             
History of Cheatham County, Tennessee

There is a report of five children being born to Arthur and Elizabeth. Only two children have been identified by name, Michael Gleaves Turner, mentioned in a biographical sketch of his son Rufus, and Rachel, who is mentioned in Michael Glaves' will. The will was written in 1811, which would establish her date of birth between 1801-11. The codicil establishes the relationship between Michael and Rachel, "A little yellow slave named Cynthia I give to my granddaughter, Rachel Turner".

Elizabeth Turner vs. Isaac Pierce

The widow Elizabeth Turner married for a second time on July 18, 1822. The groom was a widower named Isaac Pierce. The marriage would prove to be short lived.

On November 2, 1826, in Sumner County, Isaac petitioned the Tennessee State Legislature to dissolve the marriage. An extract of that petition, complete with spelling errors, is contained here. "Isaac Peairs was married in 1822 to Elzabeth. Isaac was then about 54 years old, having 13 children. Elizabeth was the widow of Arthur Tinnon, with 5 children. Isaac and Elizabeth separated for nearly two years and then went back together and have been together 12 or 18 months. Isaac has made a provision for Elizabeth that she and her brother, Thomas Gleaves, Jr., have accepted. Isaac and Elizabeth cannot get along, and want a divorce."

Divorce was a rarity during the first half of the 19th century with less than 750 granted in the state of Tennessee from 1797-1858. It appears that Isaac's petition was granted later that same year. A second, undated entry reads; "Isaac Pearce and his wife Elizabeth Pearce, have separated by mutual consent. They are to be divorced upon proof." Acts of Tennessee, 1826, p.134               Tennessee Divorces 1797 - 1858

This author does not have any documented information regarding the date or location of Elizabeth's birth, although it is assumed to have occurred at Ft. Mansker. It is assumed that given the date of her marriage, she was born sometime before 1786. This author has not found records that would document Elizabeth's dates of death.

Heidi, the info I have on Elizabeth's father, Michael Glaves and his family is far too extensive to post here, but if you are interested, I have a MSWord document from a family history I have been writing. If you have an interest, I would be happy to forward a draft to you. I can be reached at

The only info I have on Michael Gleaves Turner is that he was killed early in the Civil War. Can you provide any additional facts?

I have a copy of Rufus S. Turner's biography from Goodspeed's History of Cheatham County, Tennessee. If you have not seen this document, I would be happy to forward a copy to you.

Hope this helps? Good luck with your research.


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