William Pressley Turner

21 February 1877–17 September 1951 (Age 74)
Illinois, United States

The Life of William Pressley

When William Pressley Turner was born on 21 February 1877, in Illinois, United States, his father, Thomas Ebenezer Turner, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Malcenia Stephenson, was 31. He had at least 2 sons with Effie Elizabeth Hart. He lived in Boone, Indiana, United States in 1935 and Adams Township, Hamilton, Indiana, United States in 1940. He died on 17 September 1951, in Kirklin, Kirklin Township, Clinton, Indiana, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Elizaville, Clinton Township, Boone, Indiana, United States.

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William Pressley Turner
Effie Elizabeth Hart
Thomas Edwin Turner
James Turner

Spouse and Children



    Thomas Edwin Turner


    James Turner


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Ebenezer Turner


    Elizabeth Malcenia Stephenson




    Mary E. Turner


    Maggie Turner


    Frank Turner



World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 4

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 8

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 21

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

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, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William P Turner in household of Thomas ? Turner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William P Turner, "United States Census, 1940"

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