William Turner

30 July 1810–1881 (Age 70)
Gateshead, Durham, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Turner was born on 30 July 1810, in Gateshead, Durham, England, United Kingdom, his father, Joseph Turner, was 36 and his mother, Margaret Davidson, was 33. He married Jane Finkle on 23 March 1837, in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. In 1861, at the age of 51, his occupation is listed as ships carpenter in South Shields, Durham, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1881, in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 71.

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William Turner
Jane Finkle
Marriage: 23 March 1837
Jane Turner
James Turner
Thomas Finkle Turner

Spouse and Children

23 March 1837
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom


    Jane Turner


    James Turner


    Thomas Finkle Turner


Parents and Siblings



    Ann Turner



    Rachel Turner


    Joseph Turner


    Margaret Turner


World Events (6)


Age 5

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Age 13

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Age 20

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

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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Sources (3)

  • William Turner, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • William Turner in entry for Thomas Turner, "England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950"
  • William Turner in entry for Thomas Turner and Margaret Watson, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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