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Olney Turner (1787 - 1863)

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Olney Turner
Born in Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in West Bolton, Brome, Lower Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died in West Bolton, Brome, Canada Eastmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jul 2017
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Categories: American Immigrants to Quebec Eastern Townships.


Olney was born in Rhode Island in 1787. He was the son of Joshua Turner and Anna Tanner. His birth date is inferred from his death record, which states his age at death of 75 years, 5 months and 3 days.[1]

His father passed away when he was only 5 years old. His mother re-married Jonathan Duboyce in 1800 and in 1801, his mother, step-father decided to take the children i.e. Olney, his younger brother Palmer Turner, and his very young half-brother Martin Duboyce, and make the long journey northward from Rhode Island. In the first stage of their journey, they stopped and farmed for a while in Randolph, Vermont, before continuing the following year arriving 1802 in West Bolton, Brome County, Lower Canada.[2]

Olney married Lydia Clemmons in West Bolton, Quebec, about 1813. They had 12 children between 1814 and 1837, all in West Bolton. In the 1825 census, Olney is shown as head of household with 9 family members.[3] In the 1842 Census, Olney is shown as a Head of Household in West Bolton with 7 family members.[4] In the 1861 census, Olney is shown in the household of his oldest son James, although his age is shown (likely erroneously) at 78[5]

Olney passed away in 1863 at the age of 75, ten years after his wife, and they are both interred in Duboyce Cemetery in West Bolton, Quebec.[6][7]


  1. Quebec. Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968, Knowlton, Methodist Church, 1863
  2. Pg. 285, History of Brome County, Quebec, by Ernest M Taylor, Volume I. Montreal, 1908
  3. 1825 Canada Census, County of Richelieu, Township of Bolton, Pg. 733
  4. 1842 Canada Census, Pg. 2617, "West Part of the Township of Bolton"
  5. 1861 Canada Census, District No. 2 of the Township of Bolton, County of Brome, Pg. 12
  6. FindAGrave, Memorial #79844937, Olney Turner. Created by Graceti, Nov 4, 2011. [Photo included]
  7. Quebec. Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968, Knowlton, Methodist Church, 1863

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