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Amasa Turner

Full Name: Amasa Turner
Birth date: November 9, 1800
Death date: July 21, 1877

Terms of Service

  • House, 5th Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
  • House, 4th Legislature
    11/3/1851 - 11/7/1853

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Amasa Turner, age 53, native state Massachusetts, emigrated from Alabama in [1835], farmer, postoffice Oakland, Lavaca County. House Journal .

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860 - Amasa Turner, Hallettsville, Lavaca County, age 59, born circa in Massachusetts, farmer, living in household with Julia Turner. FamilySearch . 1860
  • TURNER, AMASA (1800-1877). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Mentioned in OAKLAND, TEXAS (Colorado County). "When [the town of Prairie Point] could not secure a post office because of the town's nearness to other post offices, Amasa Turner agreed to move his post office in Lavaca County to [the Prairie Point] location on the condition that the post office retain the name Oakland, which Turner had chosen in honor of David G. Burnet's home. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Texas Army, Texan forces defending Gonzales in September 1835, lieutenant with Capt. Robert M. Coleman's Bastrop Company in the siege of Bexar, recruiting officer, fought at the battle of San Jacinto. Command of 1st Regular Infantry Regiment, promoted to Colonel in May 1837. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Obituary, Col. Amasa Turner, "They Are Passing Away," The Gonzales Inquirer, 7/28/1877, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Born 11/9/1800 near Boston, Massachusetts. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch. The Kemp Sketches, Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History .
  • Biographical sketch, Colonel Amasa Turner, pp. 425-426. The Encyclopedia of the New West 1881.
  • 1860 Lavaca County, Texas Slave Schedule. Lavaca County, TXGenWeb Project .

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