Almous Turner born circa 1860s died Nov. 1891 in Chautauqua Co., NY

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He is the biological father of my grandmother, Vera Estella Turner, so I know almost nothing about him other than what his widow testified to in Vera's adoption proceeding. I am estimating his birth based on his marriage in Nov. 1888 to Anna or Ann (surname not known) in Chautauqua Co., NY. Both may have been immigrants. Almous does not appear in any US census records. They may have had a son, probably born around 1889 or 1890. Almous may have worked for the railroad. By 1891, they were living in Janesville, Rock County, WI where Vera was born, in the local hospital, on June 13, 1891. Apparently they traveled back to Chautauqua Co., NY in November 1891 presumably to visit relatives. Almous was killed in a fall from a ladder while painting a house near Thanksgiving 1891. His widow returned to Janesville and found work as a maid in the home of a Mrs. Boub. She agreed to a private adoption with Thomas Sumter Nolan and Jessie Maria Murdock for Vera in 1893. The Nolans did not want to adopt her son. His fate is unkown. Anna appeared in the city directory for Janesville in 1892 as the widow of Almous and was working as a dressmaker. After that, she disappeared. I cannot locate a marriage record for her in WI or IL. I have taken the full sequence mitrochondrial DNA test (Family Tree DNA)  but have no matches close enough to give me any leads on Anna. I took the autosomal test (FTDNA) and did match Turners located in the Southern US (VA, TN). None have a person named Almous or anything close. I suspect Almous may have been the descendant of a Tory Turner who fled to Canada during the Revolutionary War.

I have Vera's original birth certificate. There was another Turner family living in Chautauqua Co., NY with a dauther named Vera (about 8 years older than my grandmother). Charles Turner, who indicated on the state census that he was from Germany. I do not know if he ties in or if this was merely a coincidence.
in Genealogy Help by Cathy Cline G2G Crew (340 points)

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