Mercy Turner

28 May 1738–
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Mercy

When Mercy Turner was born on 28 May 1738, in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Benjamin Turner, was 39 and her mother, Mercy Turner, was 34. She married Benjamin Stetson on 14 June 1763, in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters.

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Benjamin Stetson
Mercy Turner
Marriage: 14 June 1763
Lucy Stetson
Mercy Stetson
Benjamin Stetson
Joseph Stetson

Spouse and Children

    Benjamin Stetson



14 June 1763
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


    Lucy Stetson


    Mercy Stetson



    Joseph Stetson


Parents and Siblings



    Benjamin Turner


    Lucy Turner



    Benjamin Turner


    Joseph Turner


+4 More Children

World Events (6)


Age 38

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 38

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 62

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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)

  • Mercy in entry for Lucy Stetson, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Mercy Turner Jun., "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Mercy Turner, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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