When Lois Sarah Turner was born on 27 February 1818, in Troy, Rensselaer, New York, United States, her father, Maj. Thomas Turner Jr., was 22 and her mother, Mary Ruggles Weld, was 22. She married Watts Sherman on 26 February 1835, in Albany, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died on 4 August 1838, at the age of 20, and was buried in Menands, Colonie, Albany, New York, United States.
English: occupational name from Middle English t(o)urnour, turner ‘turner’ (Old French to(u)rn(e)our), mainly denoting someone who fashioned small objects of wood, metal, or bone on a lathe, but also a variety of other occupations, including turnspit and translator or interpreter. This surname may have become confused with Toner . In North America, it is also very common among African Americans.
English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English turn-hare, a compound of Middle English tournen ‘to turn, direct, steer’ + hare ‘hare’, a name for someone in charge of the greyhounds in hare coursing or an exaggerated compliment for someone who could run fast. See also Turnbull .
English: perhaps also from Middle English t(o)urn(e)our ‘jouster, one who takes part in a tournament’ (Old French tornoieor, tournoieur).
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