Turpin was born into slavery on November 15, 1836, in Goochland County and was one of the nine children of Edwin Turpin, a white planter, and his enslaved woman Mary James. Their father freed all but one of them in a deed dated December 13, 1857, and recorded two days later. His elder sister Martha Catherine, who had been freed the previous year, was the wife of William P. Moseley, later a member of the Convention of 1867–1868 and the Senate of Virginia. In November 1863, Turpin paid his father $400 to purchase twenty-five acres of land adjacent to his father's place of residence in Goochland County.
November 15, 1836 - Henry Turpin is born into slavery in Goochland County.
December 13, 1857 - Edwin Turpin, a white planter, frees eight of his enslaved children, including Henry Turpin.
November 1863 - Henry Turpin pays his father, Edwin Turpin, $400 to purchase twenty-five acres of land in Goochland County.
October 21, 1871 - Henry Turpin wins the Republican Party nomination to replace a white Republican as the nominee for Goochland County's seat in the House of Delegates.
November 7 ,1871 - Henry Turpin, a black Republican, defeats the white Conservative candidate for Goochland County's seat in the House of Delegates.
1873 - Henry Turpin attends the Republican State Convention, where is elected to the party's state central committee.
October 1873 - Henry Turpin is nominated for a second term in the House of Delegates.
November 1873 - Henry Turpin, an incumbent black Republican, loses to a white Conservative for Goochland County's seat in the House of Delegates.
1886 - Henry Turpin and Sarah J. (surname unknown), a Virginia native, marry in Bronx, New York.
September 7, 1908 - Henry Turpin dies at his home in Bronx, New York. He is buried in that city's Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Tarter, B., & the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Henry Turpin (1836–1908). (2018, July 24). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Turpin_Henry_1836-1908.
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Tarter, Brent and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. "Henry Turpin (1836–1908)." Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 24 Jul. 2018. Web. READ_DATE.
First published: July 24, 2018 | Last modified: July 24, 2018