John Duncan Turner

Brief Life History of John Duncan

When John Duncan Turner was born on 17 March 1838, in Canton, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John D Turner, was 36 and his mother, Lydia A Sellard, was 25. He married Elmira L Spencer on 29 November 1865. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Canton Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Union Township, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. He died on 28 September 1917, in Canton, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Canton, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States.

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John Duncan Turner
Elmira L Spencer
Marriage: 29 November 1865
James L Turner
Emma Isabelle Turner

Sources (5)

  • John D Turner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Duncan Turner, "Find A Grave Index"
  • John D. Turner in entry for Guy R. Spencer and Belle Turner, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"

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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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