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James S. and Eunice (Gregory) Turvey, Kirk

James Stevenson Turvey was born in Whiteside County, Illinois in 1856. When he was a young man he moved with his parents to Des Moines, Iowa. He married Nellie Louise Gregory January 21, 1884. To this union was born seven children. Eunice Hull was born in Adams County, Iowa, David R. in Minehaha Co. Dakota Territory, Mary Duncanson in Omaha, Nebraska, Lottie Hurlburt in Adams County Iowa. Jay G. Turvey Adams County, Iowa, Forest E. (Pete) Turvey Montgomery County, Iowa, Daniel E. Turvey Montgomery County. Iowa.

The family moved to Loup City, Nebraska a few years later, and then to Arcadia, Nebraska. After farming and ranching there for several years they moved to Kirk, Colorado to be near their daughter Mrs. Dwight Duncanson (Mary Turvey). This was the year of 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Turvey and the daughter Eunice came by train, and Dave, Forest and Dan moved their belongings with eight head of horses and two wagons. They settled on the Jack Shaw Ranch north of Kirk where they farmed and ran cattle for several years. Their two married children Mrs. Wesley Hurlburt, and their little son Ralph and their son Jay and his wife and two little daughters four years and one seven months, drove to Colorado in 1918 to visit the grandparents and their sister Mrs. Duncanson. Jay came down with the flu soon after their arrival and passed away in a few days. His body was sent back to Arcadia. Nebraska to his hometown for burial. One week later, the brother David passed away with the flu. Most everyone was ill with the disease. and the closest place was the Olivet Cemetery, so that is where he was buried.

The Turveys continued ranching for a few years, and then moved to a place west of Kirk. They then lived west of Joes, Colorado. and from there southwest of Kirk where they built a home. They moved to Stratton after a few years where they continued to live until their death.

Their daughter Mrs. Duncanson (Mary Turvey) lived at Kirk until 1946 when they sold their place and moved to Denver, Mrs. Hull moved to Denver, Dan moved to Yuma, Forest moved to Bridgeport, Nebraska, and Mrs. Wesley Hurlburt always lived at Arcadia, Nebraska.

The Turveys were generous people and always enjoyed their neighbors, and lots of company. They celebrated their golden wedding in Stratton in 1934. Two years later in 1936, Mrs. Turvey passed away at the family home. Mr. Turvey continued to live in the home, and he passed away in December of 1938. By request, both were buried at the Olivet Cemetery north of Kirk. Many people will remember their kindness and goodness to others.

In 1917, two years after the Dwight Duncansons settled in Eastern Colorado, Mary Duncanson's (Turvey) parents - the James Turveys - moved to eastern Colorado. Grandpa and Grandma and Aunt Eunice came- by train and Dave, Pete, and Dan drove through with horses. They had three rack loads of furniture and other belongings and also brought extra horses. They lived on the Jack Shaw ranch northwest of Kirk where they ran cattle and did some farming.

Most of the ground was natural pasture and a creek ran through it. In 1918, the year the flu was so bad, their daughter Lottie Hulbert and her husband Wes and little boy Ralph, and Uncle Jay Turvey and his wife and 2 girls 4 years old and 1 year old, came to visit Grandpa Turveys. My Uncle Jay took ill with the flu and passed away in a few days. Uncle Wes Hurlburt came down to my parents(Mr. and Mrs Dwight Duncanson) to tell them about the tragedy, which upset my folks very much. Uncle Wes was chilling badly and of course he was coming down with the same thing. Dad had a pint of whiskey and he gave him a little in a glass of hot water. Anyway, Uncle Wes never did get very bad with the flu. A few days later, my parents get it and Dad never thought about the whiskey, and he and Mother had the flu pretty bad.

My dad was a teetotaler, he would use the liquor for medicine only. A week to the day after Uncle Jay passed away, my Uncle Dave died. He was buried at the Nazarene Cemetery about 7 miles northeast of Kirk. So many were ill, it was hard to get anyone to dig the graves. Grandad Turvey sent Uncle Jay's body back to Nebraska where he was buried at a cemetery near Arcadia.

The Turveys continued to live on the ranch for a few years and did quite well. Dan married and left home and Pete continued to stay with his parents for a few years. Aunt Eunice didn't marry until she was 38 so she was still. with Grandpa and Grandma. Finally, they sold their cattle and moved to Joes, Colorado, where they lived for a couple of years. They then moved out toward Cope, Colorado, where they lived for three years, then moved to a small tract out near Uncle Alva and Aunt Ethel. They built a new house and remained there for 5 years, then moved to Stratton where they spent the rest of their lives. They had their Golden Wedding in 1938. Two years later, Grandma passed away and three years later, we lost Grandpa. Grandmother always requested that they be buried at the Nazarene Cemetery north of Kirk so the family abided by their wishes.

By Mrs. Nellie Manley
In 1920 Yuma County, James S. Turvey is 63, Nellie L. 59, with Eunice M. 33 and Forrest E. 21.

James proved up 90 acres in section 35, 5 1/2S 48W and section 1, 6S 48W in 1926.

July 1931 "Mrs. Akin and daughter Pearl of Corning, Iowa, are here visiting Mrs. Akin's brother, J.S. Turvey and other near relatives. The above mentioned took Sunday dinner at the D.D. Duncanson home."

January 25, 1934

April 11, 1935 "J.S. Turvey of Strtton, father of Mrs. D.D. Duncanson, who suffered a paralytic stroke several weeks ago, had not been as well as usual the past week. His son Earnest and family of Bridgeport, Nebraska were here recently to see him."

March 19, 1936

March 26, 1936 "J.S. Turvey of Stratton has been staying with his daughter, Mrs. Mary Duncanson, since the death of Mrs. Turvey a week ago. The Forrest Turey family of Bridgeprot, Nebraska, Mrs. Wesley Hulbert of Arcadeia, Nebraska, and Mrs. Elizabeth Akins of Creston, Iowa, who were called here by the illness of Mrs. turvey, returned to their respective homes during the past week."

August 4, 1938

December 15, 1938 "Mrs. Dwight Duncanson received phone calls from Stratton both Monday and Tuesday calling her to Stratton because of the serious illness of her father, Mr. Turvey."


Eunice M. (Turvey) Hull is buried in Cope, Colorado, with Clarence Hull 1880-1975


Lottie (Turvey) Hurlburt 1892-1983 is buried in Arcadia, Nebraska, with Samuel W. Hurlburt 1895-1982.


James is buried in Keokuk County, Iowa 1895-1918, and his spouse Opal (Webb) (Turvey) (King) Harrison 1897-1986 is buried in Independence, Missouri.


Mary (Turvey) Duncanson 1890-1956 is buried in Grand Junction, with Dwight Dunccanson 1882-1958

February 13, 1958


David Robert Turvey registered for WWI in Idalia precinct, Yuma County.

David 1888-1918 is buried in Yuma County.


October 6, 1942 "Norma Jean Hubbard, niece of Mrs. Cecil Van Metre, and Gerald Turvey, son of Mr. and April 8, 1943 "Miss Vernice Hubbard of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and James W. Gowen, youngest son of Mrs. Mattie Goewen, were married March 27 at St. Francis, Kansas. The young lady is a sister of Mrs. Gerald Turvey of the Eckley community nd is employed at Mustain's store in Yuma."

"The home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Turvey, south of Eckley, was the scene of a gathering of freinds and relatives Sunday, September 27.
All the elder Turveys' children were present, including Garnet Turvey and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Turvey, Mr. adn Mrs. Genee Campbell of Fort Morgan, and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Farmer."

November 17, 1949

September 28, 1961
April 1974 "Mrs. Mary Meade returned home Sunday after being in Denver with her son, Gerald Turvey, who has been seriousy ill in the Veterans Hospital."


December 6th, 1928 "Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Turvey are the proud parents of a new son, who arrive din their home oThansgiving deay. Mother adn son are doing nicely."
July 4, 1938

July 7, 1938

December 22, 1938

Forrest E. Turvey 1898-1974 is buried in Scottsbluff, Nebraska # 79400938.

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