Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lisa and David, Private Eyes Inc.

I got the following email from Lisa a couple days ago with some great pictures to share. Thanks for all the work Lisa and Dave, these are great! As always, click on the photos to see them larger.
Hi Jesse,
Lena had a basketball tournament in Elizabeth PA. Dave and I went exploring for some Turnbull History there. Some of these photo's may already be on the Turnbull Clan Blog.
We spoke to Uncle Paul before we went "hunting". We are pretty sure we found the original house in this picture from his description. He also sent us to Round Hill Cemetery for the grave site. Dave thought the white painted building on the corner below the house in town would have been your Grandma Ruth Martin's family Funeral Home. You may have to ask your Dad or Uncle Hugh about this (Hugh confirmed this). I thought it interesting that if it is the old Martin Funeral Home , now it is called Ella's Boutique.
Hope everyone is well in your family. The Walton Clan Members are all doing well.

Turnbull Family & Baby Sally in Elizabeth PA
( This version of the photo is actually one from Aunt Dot that I have been working on cleaning up -Jesse)

Round Hill Cemetery Elizabeth, PA

218 Fifth Street Elizabeth,PA

View from Fifth Street
Site of Martin Funeral
John Cox was an employee of your Great Grandfather J. Will Martin.
The website said that after your grandfather died , John became the owner of the funeral home. Now it is Ella's Boutique.

Dave and I think that the church in the middle is the UP Church
that your Great Grandfather may have preached in Elizabeth Pa.
(postcard dated 1915)

These two collages were very cleverly pieced together by Lisa to create a really interesting effect. Well done!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Uncle Bob in the 1950 Penn State Yearbook

Aunt Dot was able to find Uncle Bob's entry on the Penn State website. This is from the Penn State's 1950 yearbook:

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Sadly, we were not able to find Dot's entry from the 1949 edition, but we will keep you updated if it surfaces. If you would like to look through the catalog of Penn State yearbooks it is available online here:

Photos from Hugh and Josh's trip to Scotland

Here are some photos and descriptions from Hugh and Josh's Scotland adventure last year. Thanks Uncle Hugh!

HT, Ross Irvine and JT. Ross is proprietor of newly opened deli in downtown Hawick, the largest town in The Borders.

JT in front of Jedburgh Abbey

Bedrule Kirk. Bedrule is where the Turnbulls came from. William of Rule saved Robert the Bruce from a charging bull and was later knighted Sir Turn e Bull and granted lands at Bedrule. The Borders is dotted with wonderful little churches like this!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Photos from Aunt Dot

I got an email today from Aunt Dot...

Hi Jesse,
Here are some family pictures that I thought you might want to include in the family blog. The one on the top was taken in 1924/1925 and the one on the bottom around 1926/1927.

In the earlier picture Sara is the baby- Top row from left to right: David, Ruth Johnson, Frank, David R., Bill. Bottom row left to right: Thomas, Mary, Sara, Jean, and Bob.

(later picture)- Top row L to R: Mary, Jean, Frank, Bill, David. Bottom row L to R: Ruth Johnson holding Ruth, Thomas, Bob, David R. holding Sara. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Aunt Dot

Thank you for the contribution Aunt Dot! If anyone else has pictures or stories to contribute, please let me know.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Bull's Eye Bull_E_Tin

One more little post for the day...
I did a random google search for "David Russell Turnbull" and got a link to a pdf from, which is an international Turnbull news source straight from Scotland. They have been doing a Turnbull newsletter for years and apparently backlogged the older ones on their site. So the search above was referencing this small blurb:

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This newsletter was from the year 1981. If you haven't seen the Turnbull Clan website take a look, there are some interesting things to look through:

Paul Horne Turnbull

Here is another entry from the Penn State yearbooks. This is Paul Horne Turnbull, brother of David Russell Turnbull I. He use to come visit my dad and uncles often when they were young which my father talks about fondly. According to my dad, Paul would pile into a horse drawn wagon with several of his classmates for the morning commute to classes. This entry is from 1912:

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Post from George Turnbull

I got an email from George Turnbull (Thanks!) concerning the Turnbull Winery in Oakville, California. I am not a big wine drinker, but I know my parents had a bottle of their wine at some point and enjoyed it. Here's the message from George:

Hello Jesse,
I am George, the fourth son of Tom and Mary Jane Turnbull. I have two items that you may include on your blog if you feel the items are worthy.

For folks that would be interested in wine, clothes, wine glasses or... with the Turnbull name on it. Their wine is good, but it is expensive to ship wine to most states. Shirts and hats might be the fun choice.

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Four of Tom and Mary Jane's grandchildren. From the left: Michelle(Turnbull) Francis, Thomas BeveridgeTurnbull IV, Alexander Jordan Turnbull, Timothy Nathan Turnbull in front of the Tunbull Wine Cellars sign. Photo taken Dec 2007

George & Mary Turnbull

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Notes from Tim Jessen

When Elma (Frank's daughter) and I moved to Indiana 8 years ago, we tried to find out information about (great-great-...) grandmother Jean Horne, who according to our family records was raised in Scotland, Indiana, where her father, William, was a minister (about 1840).
We went to the little town of Scotland (still exists) found the Presbyterian Church (now closed) and the cemetery, but no record of any Hornes! Checked with the county seat Church at Bloomfield (Greene County), and they could find nothing. We gave up our search.
Then last fall I was called to "pulpit supply" a Presbyterian Church in Hanover, Indiana where there is a Presbyterian College and several "Covenanter" congegations nearby.
Inlaws of our son Paul had done some geneology research and found the Hornes had located in Switzerland County, close to Hanover and the larger town of Madison, Indiana.(in the southeast corner of the state, close to the Ohio River).
Then we discovered there is a small "Caledonia" Presbyterian Church (Caledonia being another name for Scotland) which still exists! It was originally Covenanter, but is mainline Presbyterian now. Sure enough, looking at those records in the Hanover College archives, we found all about the Hornes, William and his daughter Jean.
So that's why the records we had said they lived in "Scotland" -- because "Caledonia" equals Scotland! Perhaps the Scotland post office name was already taken, and they therefore chose Caledonia. Haven't researched that, but it solved a mystery that we had been unable to solve in all our years in Indiana.
Tim (and Elma Turnbull) Jessen, Bloomington, IN

Thanks for the info Tim!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Back again!

Hi Everyone!
Well, its been a long long while since I posted anything on the blog, but my Uncle Hugh pointed out something pretty cool I thought I could share. Apparently Penn State has digitized their old yearbooks and Hugh was able to find a picture of my grandpa (David) in the '32 edition.

1932 yearbook cover
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I was also able to find Ruth in the '48 book...
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If anyone else has any alumni in their family, the interface on the site is pretty easy. There is a search engine on this page that you can start with:
There are about 20 results for "Turnbull". I will look through some and see if any familiar faces pop-up. Let me know if you find anyone of interest!

Friday, August 8, 2008

New addition to the Turnbull Clan

On July 12 I finally got married in my hometown of Lititz, Pa. My new wife, Deanna Staffo, and I had a really great day with close friends and family. I am sorry I could not extend invitations to extended family; we were trying to keep the event on the small side. We just got back from our honeymoon on Wednesday. We flew into the northern tip of California, rented a car and drove all the way down the coast, leaving from LA. We fit in a lot and had a fun time. If you'd like to see more pictures from the wedding or honeymoon feel free to check them out here: