Captain Robert Turney and Elizabeth Holly


My 9x Great Grandparents, Robert Turney and Elizabeth Holly lived in Fairfield, CT. Robert, baptized 15 June 1633 in Soulbury, Buckingham, England and is the son of Benjamin Turney and Mary Odell. The family came to America around 1639 and first settled in Concord, MA then moved to Fairfield, CT in 1644.

Elizabeth Holly was born around 1640 in Cambridge, MA to John Holly and Mary Waitsill. The family moved to Stamford, CT around 1645.

Below is Fairfield county. This is where a lot of my ancestors lived. Elizabeth’s family lived in Stamford and Robert’s lived in Fairfield.

Robert and Elizabeth married around 1660 and lived in Fairfield, CT. They had considerable land in the area adding to what he inherited from his father. They had 9 children: Abigail 1661, Sarah 1663, Ruth, Elizabeth 1668, Rebecca 1671, Mary 1673, Martha 1676, Benjamin 1679, and Robert. Robert was named the Captain of the Fairfield Train Band in 1685. Train Bands were groups of men that served in a militia. There would be 3 elected officers a captain, lieutenant and ensign. In times of war, men would be selected from the train bands to form military units.

Robert was named in his father’s will in 1648 and Elizabeth was named in her father’s will in 1681.

Robert Turney died in 1690 and 7 of his children were named in his will along with the husbands of his deceased daughters Abigail and Sarah. Elizabeth received half the home to be shared with Benjamin plus half his movable estate. Below is his signature on the will.

It is unknown how much longer Elizabeth lived and I have found no will for her but since she lived with Benjamin, he most likely received the entire home upon her death.


Robert Turney married Elizabeth Holly their daughter,

Rebekah Turney married Timothy Wheeler their daughter,

Rebekah Wheeler married Joseph Bostwick their son,

Joseph Bostwick married Bette Hurd their son,

David Bostwick married Currence Hard their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Robert Turney, 15 Jun 1633; citing Soulbury, Buckingham, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,999,453.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: S-Z
By James Savage, John Farmer, Orrando Perry Dexter

Jacobs, Donald Lines History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1 page 620.

Robert Turney Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 Death: Abt 1689 – Connecticut, USA

The History of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, from the Settlement of the Town 1639 to 1818. By Elizabeth Hubbell Godfrey Schenck

4 thoughts on “Captain Robert Turney and Elizabeth Holly

  1. I can’t imagine what they would think if they saw what Stamford is like today. When I went to college in the 1970s, it was still a relatively small city. Now it’s a booming metropolis! (I used to take the train back to college from the Stamford train station, though we lived in Westchester County in NY.) Have you ever been there?

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    1. I have not been to that part of Connecticut. When we drive through to get to NJ we take 84. I have been keeping a list of things to look up and after I get the outline done on this branch of the family I’m going to plan a trip (or more) to the area to dig deeper.

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