Friday, March 7, 2014

Passport Application - Estill Turns - 1908

THANKS to Janice Brown!  She solved the mystery.  The last name is Turns, not Tarus. I have made the appropriate changes below.

MYSTERY:  I need some help on this person. I do not find a family with this name in the census records. I have tried several variations of spelling of the last name [spelled Tarus by] (please check the image of the application below and look closely at his signature). One clue is that in 1908 he stated he lived in Rochester, KY, which is in Butler County (right on the Ohio County/Butler County line).

Of course 1867 was right after the end of the Civil War and people were moving around a lot because there were no jobs. So, maybe his family didn't stay in Ohio County very long.

I also checked Joe Taylor's web site and did not find any connection. Also checked and with no success. Please contact me if you have any ideas or information.


Estill Turns, son of Joseph Calvin Turns and Elizabeth Jane Brownwas born at Hartford 23 February 1867. He applied for a passport to travel to Panama and he listed his occupation as mining engineer. Estill died 30 March 1937 in British Guiana, and that is where he is buried.

In the 1880 census he lived in Cromwell; in 1900 he lived in Monterey, California. In 1915 he applied for a second passport to travel to Peru, Columbia, and Argentina; also in 1915 he traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa; in 1910 he was living in Georgetown, Guiana.

Name:  Estill Turns
Birth Date: 23 Feb 1867
Birth Place: Hartford, Kentucky
Age: 41
Passport Issue Date: 3 Jul 1908
Residence: Rochester, Kentucky

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