John" Little John" Turner

1813–1885 (Age 71)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

The Life of John" Little John"

When John" Little John" Turner was born on 9 August 1813, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, his father, Elias Turner, was 29 and his mother, Sarah Price, was 24. He married Annie Irene Goss on 19 November 1835, in Lumpkin, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Dawson, Georgia, United States in 1860 and District 830, Dawson, Georgia, United States in 1880. He died on 6 June 1885, in Amicalola, Dawson, Georgia, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Dawsonville, Dawson, Georgia, United States.

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John" Little John" Turner
Annie Irene Goss
Marriage: 19 November 1835
Martha A. Turner
William Marion Turner
Sarah C. Turner
Malinda E. Turner
John Wilson Turner
Benjamin Jackson Turner
Mary Irene Turner
Nathaniel Washington Turner
Berry Benson Turner
Andrew C Turner
Millicent Louisa Turner

Spouse & Children

19 November 1835
Lumpkin, Georgia, United States


  • Martha A. Turner


  • Male1838–1917Male

  • Female1839–1931Female

  • Malinda E. Turner


  • John Wilson Turner


+6 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Elias Turner


  • Female1789–1857Female



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 6

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1822 · Slave Rebellion

Age 9

"On June 16, 1822, Denmark Vesey a free and self-educated African American leads a slave rebellion called ""the rising."" The interesting thing about this rebellion is that it does not really happen. The only thing the judges have to go on is the testimony of people that witness it."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 19

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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)

  • John Turner, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Turner, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Turner, "United States Census, 1840"

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