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John Turner (abt. 1612 - aft. 1690)

John Turner
Born about in Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1630 [location unknown]
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Died after after about age 78 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Information about him is published in the History of Taunton by Samuel Hopkins Emery. [1] Son of John Turner of Lynn, MA. He is mentioned as working at the Lynn ironworks in 1654, and is among those working at the forge in Taunton by 1656. His birth date is approximate. He was living on Nov 3, 1681 when he and Thomas Leonard purchased land from Richard Thayer in Taunton,MA, and he appears on the company books of the Taunton forge as late as Jun 13, 1690. [2]

From, "The Godfrey Family 12 Generations", 1997 by Shirley Waldera and Lewis Abbott, the TURNER family is mentioned on pg 1 and 2. Pg 1 starts with RICHARD GODFREY Born 1631, in England, Died 16 Oct 1691, In Taunton, Bristol Co, Massachusetts. "The first reference to him is in a 1652 deed in which the Leonards mention that their property was bounded by land of Richard Godfrey. This indicates his property was located near the Old Forge, In Taunton, now Raynham. His close Proximity to the iron-works of forge was perhaps a factor in his marriage to JANE TURNER as a JOHN TURNER was clerk of and one of the owners of the iron-works." on pg. 2, referring to Richard Godfrey, "He married, first, JANE TURNER in Taunton, MA about 1650. Jane was the daughter of JOHN JR and JANE, born about 1632, died before March 1670. JANE's father, JOHN TURNER JR, was born about 1612. He was connected with the ironworks in Taunton MA as early as 1653, being, "at the bloomery" in that year. He was "working the forge" in 1656, the year that the Taunton works began the manufacture of iron, and his name appears on the books of the company down to 13 June 1690. He was listed among the heads of families in Taunton in 1675, and held office of surveyor in the same year. JOHN TURNER , Sr., was one of the workmen employed at the ironworks that started operations in Lynn, Mass in 1643. The Saugus Ironworks Restoration is a reconstruction of this first American Ironworks, at the original site.

The village near the blast furnace and forge where the workmen lived was called Hammersmith, after the place in England, not far from London, from which many of the workmen came. It is quite possible that JOHN TURNER was among the group that came from there. No record has been found of JOHN TURNER's wife. Presumable she died in England, and he came to this country with his two grown sons, JOHN JR and LAWRENCE, whose names appear in the court records. There is no reference to JOHN TURNER Sr, and none to either of his sons in Lynn after 1654." Several lines from RICHARD GODFREY moved to Rhode Island, East Greenwich, North Kingston, Warwick, JOHN TURNER [truncated here, please edit.]


Name: John /Turner/[3]


Date: EST 1600[4]


Occupation: Clerk of Iron Works[3]
Occupation: Superintended/Foreman of the Forge 1656-13 June 1690
Date: 1656[3]


  1. History of Taunton
  2. Memorial #52299904.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) Ullman, Helen Schatvet, "Richard Godfrey of Tauton, Massachusetts," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; Volume 162(2008):187-198 @ p. 188.
  4. Source: #S2309 pp. 1225-6
See also:
  • Source: S2309 New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation Editor: Cutter, William Richard Publication: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1915
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