Joseph Weld Turner

Brief Life History of Joseph Weld

When Joseph Weld Turner was born on 17 May 1839, in Troy, Rensselaer, New York, United States, his father, Maj. Thomas Turner Jr., was 44 and his mother, Mary Ruggles Weld, was 43. He died on 20 February 1858, at the age of 18.

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Maj. Thomas Turner Jr.
Mary Ruggles Weld
Lois Sarah Turner
Thomas Turner
Harriet Corning Turner
Horace Weld Turner
Mary Weld Turner
Erastus Corning Turner
Emma Rathbone Turner
Joseph Weld Turner

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    Name Meaning

    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).

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

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