James Dillard Turner

1905–1991 (Age 85)
Missouri, United States

The Life of James Dillard

James Dillard Turner was born on 18 December 1905, in Missouri, United States as the son of Andrew Turner and Jennie Baird. He married Thelma Selia Van Dyke on 23 July 1927, in Orange, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1935 and San Antonio Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. He died on 23 May 1991, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 85.

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Family Time Line

James Dillard Turner
Thelma Selia Van Dyke
Marriage: 23 July 1927
Thelma Jane Turner
Billie Lee Turner
James Dillard Turner Jr

Spouse & Children

23 July 1927
Orange, California, United States


  • Thelma Jane Turner


  • Billie Lee Turner


  • Male1931–2014Male

Parents & Siblings

  • Andrew Turner


  • Jennie Baird




World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 1

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1931 · The Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks

Age 26

The Bagnell Dam on the Osage River was completed in 1931. The dam was built to generate hydroelectric power to the Osage Power Plant. The building of the dam created Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and over 1,000 miles of shoreline.

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)

  • Dillard Turner in household of David W Vandyke, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Turner, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James Dillard Turner in entry for Thelma Jane Turner, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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