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Francis Ebenezer Turner

Francis Ebenezer Turner

Male 1853 - 1927  (74 years)

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  • Name Francis Ebenezer Turner 
    Born 19 Jun 1853  Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 06 Oct 1927  Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 08 Oct 1927  Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Railroading in Canada was in its heyday in the 1880s and Rivière-du-Loup was a hub of rail activity. Frank Turner took advantage of this opportunity to transform his career and resettle his family in Ottawa, becoming the progenitor of many Turners living there today. Frank was tall with a strong face, featuring the quintessential Turner Greek nose and a pronounced chin. In his later years, he sported a bushy, grayish-white moustache. Frank was a family man, a man of faith, principled and resolute. And he was well known and popular in the Ottawa railway scene.
      Frank was born into a stagecoach transportation family in Fredericton, and at an early age was helping his father as a driver. The family relocated to Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec in 1868 where his father John commenced a daily mail stage operation to Edmundston, New Brunswick. Frank was stationed in Edmundston c1875 and the next year married Emma Lapointe of Ste. Rose du Dégelé. They moved to Ottawa in 1882 where Frank was a locomotive fireman for the CPR. He joined Canada Atlantic Railway
      as an engineer in 1889 and remained with them and successor railways until his retirement in 1910.
      Frank and Emma had 11 children of whom seven reached adulthood. He died in Ottawa in 1927.
    Person ID I835  Cullen family tree

    Father John Turner,   b. 31 Jul 1824, Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1911, Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Agnes Nicholson,   b. 09 Jun 1825, Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1894, Rivière du Loup Station, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 31 Dec 1847  St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Fredricton York County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F523  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Anastasia Lapointe,   b. 31 Mar 1856, Notre Dame du Portage, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1955, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 02 May 1876  Edmunston, N.B. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Agnes Frances Turner,   b. 23 Jan 1877, Edmundston, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1877, Edmundston, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     2. John Alexandrer Turner,   b. 15 Jan 1878, Edmundston, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 May 1879, Edmundston, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     3. Francis Henry Tancrede Turner,   b. 30 Nov 1879, Edmundston, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1898, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary Florence Eugenie Turner,   b. 04 Sep 1881, Ste-Rose-du-Dégelé, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1969, Stoney Creek, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     5. Joseph George Turner,   b. 02 Jan 1884, Hintonburg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1977, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
     6. 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)  [natural]
     7. Mary Ida Turner,   b. 04 Sep 1887, Aylmer, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1981, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
     8. Katherine Loretta Turner,   b. 05 Mar 1890, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 12 Apr 1968, Vero Beach, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     9. Frances Emma Turner,   b. 05 Jun 1892, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1988, Belleville, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  [natural]
     10. Mary Amaryllis Turner,   b. 04 Dec 1894, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1981, North Bay, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     11. Edward Chalmers Turner,   b. 04 Jan 1897, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1898, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F1968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    Frank and Emma Turner Family Photo Album
    Frank and Emma Turner Family Photo Album
    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis Volume 1 Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013, pp 54-61

    Additional photos courtesy of Steve de Grosbois

    The Rideau Canal Railway Accident 1891
    The Rideau Canal Railway Accident 1891
    This report of a railway accident in 1891 alleges the involvement of Frank Turner.

    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 201-202

    Pierre Alexandre Lapointe (1825-1900) and Anastasie Gagné (1825-1900)
    Pierre Alexandre Lapointe (1825-1900) and Anastasie Gagné (1825-1900)
    Pierre Alexandre Lapointe was our most successful entrepreneurial French Canadian ancestor. He was a carpenter, blacksmith, farmer, builder and repairer of sawmills and grist mills, dealer in farm implements, and, importantly, prominent as a founding settler, land owner and mill owner of Sainte-Rose-du-Dégelé in Temiscouata.
    John Turner (1824-1911) and Agnes Nicholson (1825-1894)
    John Turner (1824-1911) and Agnes Nicholson (1825-1894)
    John Turner, our great-great grandfather, was a colourful horseman and stage operator for more than 50 years in New Brunswick and the Temiscouata region of Quebec.

    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures, Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis Volume 1 Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013, pp 23-36, 179-195 and 265-267

    Francis Ebenezer Turner (1853-1927) and Emma Lapointe (1856-1955)
    Francis Ebenezer Turner (1853-1927) and Emma Lapointe (1856-1955)
    Frank Turner, born in Fredericton, worked in the family stagecoach business before becoming a railroad engineer in Ottawa. In marrying Emma Lapointe in 1876, Frank formed the first link to our extensive French Canadian heritage.

    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures, Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis, Volume 1: Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013 pp 37-53, 267-269 and 197-211


  • Sources 
    1. [S213] Notre Dame Cemetery Register, Ottawa Archives, 1927, #675.

    2. [S57] Ancestry.ca Drouin Collection.

    3. [S2] Marjory McGillivray Waters OLA, Page 126.

    4. [S101] Turner family bible.