James Derbyshire Turner

1863–1945 (Age 82)
City of London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of James Derbyshire

James Derbyshire Turner was born in 1863, in City of London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom as the son of Samuel Turner and Charlotte (Christina) Gardner Collier (Collyer). He married Sophia Helps on 16 July 1890, in Plympton, Lambton, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada for about 5 years and Alberta, Canada in 1916. He died in 1945, in Sarnia, Lambton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 82, and was buried in Sarnia, Lambton, Ontario, Canada.

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Family Time Line

James Derbyshire Turner
Sophia Helps
Marriage: 16 July 1890
William Turner
Stanley Turner
Edgar Turner
Charlotte Turner
Mary Beatrice Turner
William Turner
Florence Hazel Turner

Spouse & Children

16 July 1890
Plympton, Lambton, Ontario, Canada


  • William Turner


  • Stanley Turner


  • Edgar Turner


  • Female1893–1980Female

  • Female1895–1978Female

+2 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Samuel Turner


  • Charlotte (Christina) Gardner Collier (Collyer)




World Events (8)

1867 · Ontario Founded

Age 4

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

Age 21

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1886 · First Workmen's Comp Act

Age 23

In 1886, Ontario passed its first Workmen's Compensation Act. This was in response to the number of railway workers that were being injured.

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).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • James Turner, "Canada Census, 1916"
  • James Turner, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • James Derbyshire Turner, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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