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Cornelius Turner (1742 - 1830)

Captain Cornelius Turner
Born in Hanover, Plymouth, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 8 Dec 1768 in Hanover, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married 1782 in Bristol, Lincoln Co, Maine USAmap
Husband of — married before 1811 in Maine, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 87 in Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine USAmap
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Cornelius Turner was born on May 5, 1742, in Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, the son of Caleb and Ruth Turner.[1]

He married on Dec 8, 1768 his first wife Michal Sylvester daughter of Michael Sylvester. Secondly he married a Soule. [2]

Cornelius was a ship builder and is listed as Waldoboro, Maine Selectman 1786,1790, 1794, 1796, 1804.

War Record: 6th Co., Col. William Jones (Lincoln Co.) Regt.-Army-Revolutionary War. Enlisted 8 May 1776-Rank As Captain.

He operated Turner's Tavern (now the Nickels-Sortwell House, a National Landmark) in Wiscasset, Maine. Library of Congress [1]

"From 1830 to 1837, the Nickels-Sortwell House was operated as Turner’s Tavern, after the name of the new owners. In 1838, the Turners changed the name of the hotel to the Mansion House." [2]

He passed away in 1838 at the age of 97. [3]


  1. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Cornelius Turner, 05 May 1742; citing HANOVER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0874289 IT 2.
  2. History of the town of Hanover, Massachusetts: with family genealogies Dwelley, J., Simmons, J. F.; Hanover, Mass.: 1910. Page 421
  3. Unsourced family tree handed down to Ann (Turner) Whitman.

Library of Congress [3]

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Turner-24960 and Turner-18 appear to represent the same person because: Cornelius married first, Michal/Mical Sylvester 1768. They had 2 children. Barden and Mary or Polly.

He married Abigail Cole 1782. They had 5 children, Nathaniel, Michel, Caleb, Barker, & Bardin. Cornelius was a ship builder in Maine, and later owner of Turner's Tavern in Wiscassett. He is listed as Waldoboro, Maine Selectman 1786,1790, 1794, 1796, 1804. War Record: 6th Co., Col. William Jones (Lincoln Co.) Regt.-Army-Revolutionary War. Enlisted 8 May 1776-Rank As Captain. He was the son of Caleb & Ruth (Barker) Turner. He lived to 97 years of age. He is buried in the Ancient Cemetery Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, USA.

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