William Turner was born in Rowan County, in North Carolina on January 10, 1778. He was the ninth child of Thomas Turner and Catharine Smith of Virginia who settled on the Yadkin River, in North Carolina after their marriage in 1754 William was five when his mother died at the age of 48 in Yadkin, Rowan County in 1783.
In 1790, twelve year old William and his siblings moved to Madison, Kentucky with their father where Thomas married his second wife, 30 year old Nellie Dill.
On June 28, 1803 William, 25, married 17 year old Elizabeth Crooks in Madison County, Kentucky where they had 14 children: Thomas, James, Clinton, John, Samuel, Silas, Mary, Lucinda, Nellie, Sarah, Margaret, Narcissa, Elizabeth and Catherine. In 1837, William, a farmer and four of his brothers: Smith, James, John and Thomas moved their families to Missouri where they settled in Rocky Fork, Boone County. The 1860 US Federal Census shows William and Elizabeth living with their daughter Narcissa's family (the Hulens) in Rocky Fork, Boone County.
Elizabeth died in Mexico, Audrain, Missouri on Jan 26, 1870 at the age of 85. Three months later on March 28 her daughter, Narcissa Turner Hulen, died in Boone County, Missouri at the age of 45. William, now 92 went to live his son Samuel's family in Salt River, Audrain, Missouri. . William passed away Sep 7, 1876 in Audrain County at the age of 98. It was noted in his obituary that William throughout all his moves remained a member of the Old Baptist Church for seventy-six years.
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