William Turner

5 August 1698–12 August 1748 (Age 50)
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of William

When William Turner was born on 5 August 1698, in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Benjamin Turner, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Hawkins, was 28. He married Abigail Church on 2 January 1723, in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 12 August 1748, in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 50.

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William Turner
Abigail Church
Marriage: 2 January 1723
William Turner
Abel Turner
Abigail Turner
Ezekial Turner
Elizabeth Turner
Lydia Turner
Nathanael Turner

Spouse and Children

2 January 1723
Scituate, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America


    William Turner



    Abigail Turner


    Ezekial Turner


    Elizabeth Turner


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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, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001" [marriage]
  • Abigail Church in the Massachusetts, Compiled Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1700-1850 [marriage]
  • Benjamin Turner in entry for Ann Turner, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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