|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1810|
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1884|
The second son of Rev. Miles and Fanny Turpin of "Dovetail" in Henrico County. A silvermith. In 1832, he enrolled in the Virginia Baptist Seminary. John was ordained in 1833 and became the pastor of Four Mile Baptist Church in Varina, where his father had served in a similar capacity for ten years. After a brief hiatus teaching in a seminary for young women, Dr. Turpin devoted his life entirely to the ministry. In 1836, he married Miss Martha Brown of King William County. Soon, Dr. Turpin had a preaching circuit that consisted of Four Mile Church and three others in King William – Old Beulah Meeting House, Aquinton and Cattail Churches, both old colonial buildings. In 1841, Dr. Turpin moved to King William with his wife and two sons, and shortly took on the pastorship of yet another congregation, Sharon Church. He was pastor of this church for thirty-eight years. Dr. and Mrs. Turpin eventually had nine children, only one of which was a daughter. When the Civil War broke out, three of their sons enlisted as privates in the Confederate Army. He was present one day when a distinguished lawyer used an oath. When he realized the pastor was present, the man immediately turned to apologize. Turpin acknowledged him merely by pointing skyward and saying "Ask pardon up yonder". The physician who attended him at his deathbed described the scene as ‘one surpassingly pathetic and impressive.' Dr. Turpin's body was laid to rest at Beulah Church in the presence of a large crowd of white and black people and "beneath the shade of the tree to which he had tied his horse every other Sunday for almost half a century."
Martha Brown Turpin (1819 - 1893)
William A. Turpin (1840 - 1917)*
John O. Turpin (1845 - 1912)*
Robert B. Turpin (1847 - 1884)*
Josiah Ryland Turpin (1857 - 1928)*
For 48 years a Faithful Minister of Christ. The Pastor of Beulah 43 years, Along with Sharon 38, & Hebron 5 years.
Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery
King William County
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jul 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28048271