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Turner Name Study

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Date: 16 May 2021
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How to Join

Please contact the project leader Jennifer Turner directly to let me know you are joining the study. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

Note: I only respond to messages through WikiTree messaging so you must be a WikiTree genealogist


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname TURNER and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

How to participate in the study ("Task List")

1 - Please message me directly Jennifer Turner to alert me you are joining the Turner Name Study here on WikiTree. Welcome. (I only respond to messages through WikiTree so you must be a WikiTree geneologist)

2 - Visit the Turner Name Study Project Page (you are here) and add yourself to the members list below

3 - Add the Name Study Project Template Code to all your Turner profiles. This helps us raise awareness and increase collaboration by adding a project template to each profile included in the name study.

Name Study Project Template Code:

This profile is part of the Turner Name Study.

One Name Study | name =Turner | category =Turner_Name_Study (insert {x2 and }x2 bracketing to complete the code)

4 - Visit the Turner Name Study Project Page to collaborate and add your questions or research details to the bulletin board.

5 - Help to define Turner Name Study sub-Project areas of interest and help to drive the direction of this name study.


Occupational name for one who worked with a lathe, derived from Old English turnian "to turn", of Latin origin.

Related Surnames

ie potential misspellings, variants, etc.



Please add your name here and what "Turner" area(s) you are working on

Study Lead:

Jennifer Turner (study lead) - Turners from Aberdeenshire, Scotland and western Canada

A to Z Members:

Kathy Alvis Patterson - Turner family descended from James Turner, who died 1743 Caroline Co VA. Also Turner family descended from Roger Turner of Frederick Co VA, who died 1778 Surry Co NC.

Suzy Cairns My Turners start at my 3rd Great Grandmother Elizabeth Turner (1833-1908). My Turners are mostly in either East Lothian or the Scottish Borders.

Elinor (Philip) Clunie

Turner Collins Turners in Hall, Floyd, and Dawson Counties Georgia. William Daniel Turner, ca. 1828, SC, d. nov. 1974, Dawson County, GA. Also searching his wife, Eliza Ann Defreese, b. ca. 1832, SC, d. 1905, GA. Seeking any information on parents or siblings of this couple.

Deborah Dunn - Turners that are the ancestors of John ? and Sarah Nancy ?? Turner born in the 1790's in SC/NC. This family moved from SC in the late 1820's and moved into Gwinett Co. GA then on to Calhoun/Cleburne County AL in the 1840's. I descend from a son of this family. We don't know John or Sarah's parents or any siblings. (2) A second line of Turner Ancestors that lived in Illinois in the 1850/60's of Georgia Ann Turner born 1855 in Illinois, her parents died when she and her brother were children and were raised by unknown family. Georgia married S. C. Godwin in IL/AR and she died in Savannah Tenn. We have so many unknowns in our line.

Janine Duran -

Carolyn GiaMarco -

Richard Hollenbeck -

Rebecca McCall - Turner family from Georgia, United States

Tony Mitchell -

(Turner- 13269) Sherry (Turner) O'Neill - My 3rd great grandfather was Abraham Turner (1839-1909) from Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. I know his parents are John Turner and Julia Housman from his death certificate, but can't find the right John from New Jersey. He fought at the Battle of Antietam.

Bruce Paulson - Quaker, patriot & immigrant Turners in 1850's Pennsylvania who moved through 1820's New York, originating 1740's Connecticut (so far). Surely, there are earlier beginnings...

Dianne Turner -

James Turner -

Jennifer Turner (study lead)

Sharon Wetzel -

Theresa (Turner) Stewart - My Great Grandparents, Harry and Sarah Ann Turner came to Ontario Canada about 1912, from Yorkshire England. My Turner line as far as I haver gone back has been from Yorkshire.

Bev Weston -Turners from Castle Acre, Norfolk, England. Henry Turner and wife Lucy Springle came to Canada in 1903 from Norfolk, England.

Jill Snelling - researching my paternal grandmother's Turner line, have traced the line back to my 3rd great grandfather, born in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania in the 1820's, and am chipping away at the Turner brick wall

Crystal Stevenson - My 4th gr grandfather, William Turner, and his brother, Obadiah, were born in SC 1804 & 1809. They moved to Hickman TN around the same time the Forresters, Reeves, and Dunaways moved. Mine married Richard Forrester & Elizabeth Cotham's daughter Lucinda. His brother Obadiah married Lurannah (Rainey) Reeves. I have been unable to nail down who their Turner parents were. My grandfather is in his 90s and I am testing his Y dna this week. We have been accepted into the Turner DNA project, so hopefully that will give us some answers.

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Please add me to the Turner study. I'm researching my 3G Grandmother Elvira Turner Couch who was born in Virginia about 1821 and moved to Missouri around 1845. I'm trying to find evidence linking her to parents and siblings; she might be a daughter of John Turner and Nancy Burnett.
posted by Roxanna (Kelly) Malone
Mother was a Turner from Hillsdale Ontario Canada - Alberta May (turner) Measor Can supply more family info to someone looking for connections
posted by David Measor
I would like to join the Turner project, my Turners are mostly from London, England.
posted by Hazel (Ward) Archer
Hi jennifer,

My paternal grandmother was Williamina Turner. You have the date of her death wrong it was 16/04/1998. She was also called mima not mina.

posted by Elinor (Philip) Clunie

Have you had a chance to review the Trusted List request I sent a week ago on 4 Aug 18?

posted by Ros Haywood
Surname Database has some fun information on the Turner surname, if anyone else is interested: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Turner
posted by Rebecca McCall
I would like to join the Turner project. I have three different Turner families in my ancestry.
I ask to join the Turner Name Study. I have many Turner relatives in Georgia. My GG Grandfather, Jesse M. Turner, is proving difficult to trace. I believe he was born in North Carolina, moved to and married in South Carolina, and ultimately ended up in Newton County, GA. His wife was Prisilla (surname unknown).
posted by Jim Turner

I'm interested in helping with this project, if I can. Are you looking for specific profiles to add the project tag to, or just any Turner profile? I have a few Turner profiles that I'm the manager for, and one of them is currently a brick wall ancestor. My Turner family is in Georgia, United States. Thanks, Rebecca McCall

posted by Rebecca McCall
Jennifer, I want to join the Turner Surname Project ! I have two Turner lines in my Heritage and both are dead ends with Brick Walls. One Because of DNA has been proven wrong connections in AL, and the other Turner line the Parents died when the daughter was a child and relatives raised her and siblings from Illinois.
posted by Deborah (Turner) Dunn