Laura Matilda Guernsey

Female13 September 1817–30 December 1866

Brief Life History of Laura Matilda

When Laura Matilda Guernsey was born on 13 September 1817, in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont, United States, her father, Chauncey C Guernsey, was 43 and her mother, Lucy E Hoyt, was 37. She married William Harrison Turner on 15 October 1841. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died on 30 December 1866, in Mount Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Harrison Turner
Laura Matilda Guernsey
Marriage: 15 October 1841
Laura Guernsey Turner
Mary Ann Turner
George Juler Turner
Julia Eva Turner

Sources (7)

  • Laura Turner in household of William Turner, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Laura M Turner, "BillionGraves Index"
  • Laura Gurnsey in entry for Mary A Schribmer, "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 October 1841
  • Children (4)

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    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 2

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1820 · Making States Equal

    Age 3

    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 15

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    English (southern): habitational name from the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The name of the island is from the Old Norse ey ‘island’, with an uncertain first element, perhaps the male personal name Grani in the genitive case with original -ar, or from a genitive case form of grǫn ‘pine’. This surname is now rare in Britain.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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