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William Turner (1778 - 1876)

William [uncertain] Turner
Born in Rowan County, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 28 Jun 1803 in Madison, Kentucky, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Mexico, Audrain, Missouri, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2011
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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[1] 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.[2] 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.


  1. Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965. Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2016. (Handwritten copy of marriage of intent for William Turner and Elizabeth Crooks
  2. Bryan, Wm. S. and Rose, Robert, Pioneer Families of Missouri, Bryan, Brand & Co. St.Louis, MO, 1876. Children of William Turner, p. 411-412 Part III Families of Audrain)
  • 1820 U.S. Federal Census Battalion 3 or Forks of the Yadkin, Rowan, North Carolina; Page: 368; NARA Roll: M33_81; Image: 20.
  • 1840 U.S. Federal Census Boone, Missouri; Roll: 220; Page: 123.
  • 1850 U.S. Federal Census District 8, Boone, Missouri; Roll: M432_392; Page: 375B;
  • 1860 U.S. Federal Census Rocky Fork, Boone, Missouri;
  • 1870; U.S. Federal Census Salt River, Audrain, Missouri; Roll: M593
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 (1829)
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 (1835)
  • U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

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The parents' "confirmed with DNA" relationship status indicators were removed because the DNA confirmation is undocumented.

Please see this G2G article on DNA confirmation for more information and guidance on how to provide the proper source documentation to confirm genealogy with DNA.

Also recall WikiTree Honor Code VIII: We cite sources. Without sources we can't objectively resolve conflicting information.

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P.S., As it states in the Help for Confirmed with DNA:

"If there isn't a proper source citation the "Confirmed with DNA" relationship status should be removed (by you or another member)."

posted by John Kingman
Turner-14809 and Turner-1653 do not represent the same person because: Different names, different parents
posted by Tim Stuart
Turner-15788 and Turner-1653 appear to represent the same person because: Trying to add to your tree by merging but can't. You can look at my tree a and can merge them.
posted by CaryAnn (Turner) Hess

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