John Leon Turner

1874–1963 (Age 88)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of John Leon

When John Leon Turner was born on 16 December 1874, in North Carolina, United States, his father, John Walter Turner, was 32 and his mother, Martha Cummings, was 17. He had at least 3 sons with Florence Williams. He lived in Alma, Bacon, Georgia, United States in 1930 and District 1390, Bacon, Georgia, United States in 1940. He died on 5 February 1963, in Bacon, Georgia, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Alma, Bacon, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Leon Turner
Florence Williams
James Moultrie Turner
Garland Turner
John Alton Turner Sr.

Spouse & Children

  • Male1874–1963Male

  • Florence Williams




  • Male1905–1963Male

  • Garland Turner


  • John Alton Turner Sr.


Parents & Siblings

  • John Walter Turner


  • Martha Cummings




World Events (8)

1877 · Last Troops Leave

Age 3

In 1877, the last of the troops that were occupying North Carolina left.
1893 · The Last Public Hanging in Georgia

Age 19

The last public hanging in Georgia was on September 28, 1893. The General Assembly prohibited public executions in December 1893. Prior to this law, Georgians commonly traveled to witness scheduled public executions.
1906 · The Atlanta Race Riot

Age 32

The Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 occurred on the evening of September 22 through September 24. A newspaper reported the rapes of four white women by African American men. Fueled by pre-existing racial tensions, these reports enraged white men who then arranged gangs to attack African American men. Over the next few days, several thousand white men joined in and in the end, 26 people were killed and many were injured.

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 Leon Turner in household of John W Turner, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Leon Turner in household of John Turner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • J L Turner, "United States Census, 1930"

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