Turner Lee Elder Jr

12 January 1845–24 January 1937 (Age 92)
Missouri, United States

The Life Summary of Turner Lee

When Turner Lee Elder Jr was born on 12 January 1845, in Missouri, United States, his father, Turner Lee Elder Sr, was 26 and his mother, Mary Ann Rhoads, was 27. He married Minnie Brown on 19 February 1869, in Carroll, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Grape Grove Township, Ray, Missouri, United States in 1860 and Fresno, California, United States in 1880. He died on 24 January 1937, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Turner Lee Elder Jr
Minnie Brown
Marriage: 19 February 1869
Edith Elder
Della Elder
Jessie Elder

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 February 1869Carroll, Missouri, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 3
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    Age 15
    In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
    1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco
    Age 24
    The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: distinguishing nickname from Middle English and Older Scots elder ‘parent; older, senior person’, perhaps in some cases denoting the older of two bearers of the same personal name. It may have been used also to denote an elder of a church, a senior and respected member of the congregation. Compare Senior .English: in southeastern England, this may be a variant of Helder .Americanized form (translation into English) of German Elter , which has the same meaning as 1 above.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (28)

    • Turner E Ider in entry for Della Holden, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Turner Elder in household of Turner Elder, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Turner Elder, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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