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!