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Service: Former slave.
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Birth: 1845, Port Royal, VA
Burial: Village Cemetery, Grafton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 112170035
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Village Cemetery, Grafton, VT
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Alexander Turner, former slave
Turner, Alexander of Grafton, Vt., departed this life on Thursday, December 30, 1923 at 9:30 p.m. at the age of 78 years. Even until the last, his faith never failed. He was born in Port Royal, Virginia, son of Robert and Rose (Berkely) Turner. His father was Negro, his mother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. Mr. Turner was born a slave and remained so until the Country was freed. He was a faithful husband, a good father, and a kind neighbor, and will be greatly missed. He was a favorite among members of the G.A.R. for many years. He leaves his wife, nine daughters, and one son, William Turner, who was unable to be here, several grandchildren, and one brother, George Turner of Washington, DC. Funeral services were held at his home on Highland Avenue Sunday at 2 p.m. , Rev. W. E. Lombard, pastor of the Saxtons River Baptist Church officiating. Miss Helen L. Greene and John Grant sang "My Saviour First of All." Eight of the daughters acted as pall bearers and all dressing in white. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Burial was in the village cemetery. Those outside the family attending the funeral were Mrs. Lucy Greene and daughter Helen of Medford, Mass., Arthur Wheeler and Dr. William A. Barnes of Lexington, Mass., and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bemis of Athens, Vt. --
'No tender yet, sad farewell, From his quivering lips were heard. So softly he crossed that quiet stream That not a ripple was stirred. He was spared the pain of parting tears, As he left the world of strife; It was scarcely dying - he only passed, In a moment to endless life. Weep not for the swift release, From earthly pain and care, Nor grieve that he reached that home of rest, E're he knew that he was there. But think of that sweet surprise, The sudden and strange delight. He felt as he met the Saviour's smile, In that beautiful home of light."
Source: The Vermont Tribune, Ludlow, Vermont. Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Windsor County researcher.