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Harold Dent Turner

Harold Dent Turner

Male 1907 - 1912  (5 years)

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  • Name Harold Dent Turner 
    Born 11 May 1907  Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Nov 1912  Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 11 Apr 1913  St. Joseph's Parish, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Harold Turner died by drowning in the Rideau Canal.

      In 1912, Louis and Laura were living with 5 year old Harold and 2 year old Albert at 59 Waverley Street, about one block from the Rideau Canal. On November 30th the boys strayed from home, fell through the ice and drowned. Albert's body was recovered that afternoon. It was front page news for a week while the search continued for young Haroldís body. In the meantime Albert's funeral was held. Extensive recovery efforts continued. The water level in the Canal was lowered and the ice broken up, but the body was not located. As time slipped by, rumours were that Harold had not drowned but had been kidnapped. These were put to rest in the following April, when the body was discovered about two blocks from the site of the drowning. Harold's funeral was held on April 11, 2013. Both are buried in Notre Dame Cemetery.
    Person ID I5511  Cullen family tree

    Father Louis Joseph Adelard Turner,   b. 22 Feb 1885, Hintonburg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1964, Aylen Lake, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Laura Jean Dent,   b. 05 Nov 1887, Rockland, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Nov 1918, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 21 Jul 1906  Sainte Famille, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    The Drowning of Harold and Albert Turner 1912
    The Drowning of Harold and Albert Turner 1912
    Lou Turner's 2- and 5-year-old sons drowned in the Rideau Canal in 1912.

    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis Volume 1 Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013, Appendix 4, pp 212-214


  • Sources 
    1. [S102] Ancestry.ca Drouin Collection, Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1911, St. Patrick's Parish, Ottawa, 1905-1913, 50.

    2. [S10] Ottawa Citizen, Dec 2 1912, Page 3.

    3. [S102] Ancestry.ca Drouin Collection, Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1911, St. Joseph's Parish, Ottawa, 1912-1924, 37.

    4. [S55] Rep. de Mariages Comte Ottawa-Carleton 1873-1986 Club de Genealogie deLongueuil, 402.