1893 text

Jane, daughter of John Pepys of South Creake, Norfolk, married to John Turner, Sergeant-at-law, Recorder of York; their only child, Theophila, frequently mentioned as The. or Theoph., became the wife of Sir Arthur Harris, Bart., of Stowford, Devon, and died 1686, s.p.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

7 Annotations

First Reading

language hat  •  Link

Description of Jane Turner
from Bryant's Pepys bio:

"Jane Turner... who had been so kind to him as a child... had inherited her father's house in Salisbury Court, where she lived with her husband (a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer), and a brood of merry children... Mrs Turner had lost nothing of her youthful taste for larks and escapades or of her kindliness, though the latter had taken a slightly devotional turn; she was a great pillar of St Bride's Church."

vincent  •  Link

According to this family history there was a son charles:(1652-1719) a year younger than Theo?
Jane ( 1614-84?)married John Turner son of John Turner and Elizabeth Colthurst about 1648 in Kirkleatham, Yorkshire, England.

Pauline  •  Link

Jane Turner (1623-86) provided her cousin Sam with the safe and recuperative environment in which to have his stone surgery in 1658, the large house in Salisbury Court she shared with her lawyer husband and their children.

The children of Jane (nee Pepys) and John Turner:

Charles, married Margaret, daughter of Sir William Cholmley, Bt

Theophila "The" (b. 1552) married Sri Arthur Harris of Hayne, Devon in 1673

William, married Mary, daughter of Sir David Foulis.

Elizabeth "Betty", married William, son of Sir William Hooker.

Second Reading

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

The Kirkleatham connection means that means that Pepys' Turners are related to Mr Turner the draper (mentioned on 11th January1662 and in other places), who was in fact Alderman Sir William Turner, later Lord Mayor of London. I would guess that John is Sir William's brother as their father bought the Kirkleatham estate. Sir William was a great philanthropist, both in London and Yorkshire. He died without issue, but his collateral heirs built upon his wealth. Sir Charles Turner, possibly Jane's descendent, gained a baronetcy in 1782. The Turners, like the Pepyses, were a yeoman family on the rise.





Third Reading

Ruslan  •  Link

I'm confused. The 1893 text states:

"Jane, daughter of John Pepys of South Creake, Norfolk, married to John Turner, Sergeant-at-law, Recorder of York; their only child, Theophila..."

Yet Pauline (above) and other annotators (elsewhere in the diary) refer to "their children" and provide details of said offspring.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Hi Ruslan -- My guess is that more baptismal and death records have become available in the last 150 years, so additional children have been identified, and Mr. Wheatley has been over-ruled.

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