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John Turner (bef. 1590 - 1621)

John Turner
Born before in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1615 (to 1620) [location unknown]
Died in Plymouth Colonymap
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John Turner b. c. 1690 (based on estimated births of children; d. winter of 1620/21.[1]

Before sailing on the Mayflower, John Turner was a resident of Leiden, as early as 1610[2]A merchant, he was granted citizenship 27 Sep 1610.[3]

It is known that he carried letters for Robert Cushman in 1620.[4]

John Turner was a passenger, along with his two sons, on the 1620 voyage of the historic Pilgrim ship Mayflower.[4]

That autumn he was a signatory to theMayflower Compact 11 Nov 1620.[5]

John Turner and his two sons all died the first winter in Plymouth.[4]

"He had a doughter came some years after to Salem, wher she is now living." "at Salem, well maried, and approved of."[4]

Robert S Wakefield suggested that the daughter may be Lysbet Turner, orphan from England living in Leiden in 1622. She probably left Leiden about 1629/30 with other members of the Leiden community. She may be the Elizabeth Turner who witnessed a deed with Ralph Fogg in Oct 1635, and there was an Elizabeth Turner who joined the Salem Church in 1637.[6]

Children of John by Unknown wife[1]

  • Unnamed son 1 b approx 1615, Leyden, Holland, died in the first winter, In 1651 Bradford reported that "John Turner and his two sons all died in the first sickness."
  • Unnamed son 2 b approx 1617, Leyden, Holland, died in the first winter.
  • (possibly) Elizabeth b 1619-1621.

Research Note

Unsourced: It is believed he may have come from Great Yarmouth in co. Norfolk, where there were several Turner families.[citation needed] This is not mentioned in any articles in the Mayflower Descendant.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anderson, Robert Charles. The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004)
  2. Banks, Charles Edward, 1854-1931. The English Ancestry And Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers Who Came to Plymouth On the "Mayflower" In 1620, the "Fortune" In 1621, And the "Anne" And the "Little James" In 1623. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1962. p. 91
  3. Caleb Johnson's Mayflower "John Turner and his two sons." Accessed 7 Apr 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston:, 1865) – passenger p. 449; death p. 454; letters pp 54, 55
  5. Morton, Nathaniel. New England's memorial. (Boston: Congregational board of publication, 1855) Originally published 1669.p. 26 Note: The original compact is gone. Morton furnished the earliest known list 1669 facsimile
  6. Wakefield, Robert S. "Mayflower Passengers Turner and Rogers: Probable Identification of Additional Children. The American Genealogist 52:110 (1976) Link at AmericanAncestors ($)

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