William Turner

16 January 1746–1808 (Age 61)
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William

When William Turner was born on 16 January 1746, his father, Charles Turner, was 40 and his mother, Eunice James, was 39. He married Elizabeth Betty Oakman on 27 April 1769, in Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died in 1808, in Turner, Androscoggin, Maine, United States, at the age of 62.

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William Turner
Eunice Clapp
Marriage: about 1771
Zoa Turner
Charles Lee Turner
Stephen Turner
Eunice Turner
Frances Turner
Oriens Turner
Nancy Turner
Aphia Turner
George Turner

Spouse and Children


    Eunice Clapp


about 1771
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States



    Charles Lee Turner


    Stephen Turner


    Eunice Turner



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World Events (6)


Age 26

Historical Boundaries - 1772: Cumberland, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America; 1776: Cumberland, Massachusetts, United States; 1805: Oxford, Massachusetts, United States; 1820: Oxford, Maine, United States; 1854: Androscoggin, Maine, United States

Age 30

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 35

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, from Anglo-Norman French torner (Old French tornier, Latin tornarius, a derivative of tornus ‘lathe’). The surname may also derive from any of various other senses of Middle English turn, for example a turnspit, a translator or interpreter, or a tumbler.2 English: nickname for a fast runner, from Middle English turnen ‘to turn’ + ‘hare’.3 English: occupational name for an official in charge of a tournament, Old French tornei (in origin akin to 1).

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

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Story Highlight

Excerpt: "A History of Turner, Maine"

Page 40-45 "There was still some difficulty in the selection of a name for the new town. ...but the proprietors felt a strong predilection for the name of Turner, from the consideration that Charles …

Sources (3)

  • William Turner, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • William Turner, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • William in entry for William Turner, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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