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John Turner

John Turner

Male 1824 - 1911  (87 years)

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  • Name John Turner 
    Born 31 Jul 1824  Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Oct 1911  Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 03 Nov 1911  Elmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • John Turner was a most colourful character. He was a tall man with a flowing mane, full beard and moustache. He was adventuresome at an early age, leaving home to work in the wilds of northwestern New Brunswick. He became one of the Province's well known stagecoach "whips", and he used this expertise, together with a strong and fearsome entrepreneurial spirit, to start new businesses alone and with others. His limitless ambition and drive led to uprooting his family for a new life in Rivière-du-Loup. His enterprise became the basis for the family's wealth and its transformation into railroading.
      In 1848, he owned and operated the St. Mary's Ferry. In the 1850s and 1860s, he drove or operated a stagecoach service on a number of routes including Fredericton to St. Andrews and Fredericton to Woodstock. He also took over his father George cab service for the N.B. Assembly upon George's death. He was also a blacksmith in Fredericton.
      In 1868 he and his family moved to Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, where, in partnership with J.R. Tupper, he commenced a stagecoach/mail courier service along the Grand Portage Route to Edmundston. John took over ownership of the business in 1876 and continued through to the 1890s. It was a substantial operation with up to 28 horses, several drivers, coaches and sleighs, and stables at several points along the route. The service was vastly curtailed with the coming of the Temiscouata Railway along the same route in 1889.
      John and his wife Agnes Nicholson had nine children, two of whom died before reaching adulthood. Four of his five sons continued in transportation as railroad engineers.
      Agnes died in 189 in Rivière-du-Loup. John lived his remaining years, there and in Ottawa and Winnipeg, where he died in 1911.
      John's legacy was the lure and love of transportation that he instilled in his boys, that carried on in the careers of Turner men in three successive generations.
    Person ID I857  Cullen family tree

    Father George Hutchinson Turner,   b. 1788, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1860, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catherine Russell,   b. 1799, Kingsclear, York County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1841, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 21 Jan 1817  Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F545  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Married 31 Dec 1847  St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Fredricton York County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Agnes Turner,   b. 1848, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1851, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 2 years)  [natural]
     2. John Turner,   b. Oct 1850, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1860, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)  [natural]
     3. Francis Ebenezer Turner,   b. 19 Jun 1853, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Oct 1927, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     4. George Holden Turner,   b. 29 Sep 1855, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1938, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     5. Henry Alfred Turner,   b. 13 Nov 1856, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1922, Whitworth, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     6. Frederick James Turner,   b. Apr 1860, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1915, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)  [natural]
     7. William Edward Turner,   b. 21 May 1862, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1944, Breakeyville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     8. Sarah Tupper Turner,   b. Feb 1865, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1937, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)  [natural]
     9. Myra Florence Turner,   b. 18 Nov 1867, Fredericton, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1954, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F523  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Fredericton map of Turner properties 1801-1867
    Fredericton map of Turner properties 1801-1867
    John Turner c1880
    John Turner c1880
    John Turner, Sarah Turner White, Leslie Turner White c1906
    John Turner, Sarah Turner White, Leslie Turner White c1906
    George, John , Agnes and Margaret Turner c1883
    George, John , Agnes and Margaret Turner c1883
    John Turner seated with granddaughter Agnes; John's son George and his wife Margaret Rowan

    Histories
    George Hutchinson Turner - Our Transportation Pioneer
    George Hutchinson Turner - Our Transportation Pioneer
    George is our second generation Turner ancestor and our first known entrepreneur in the transportation business.

    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 13-21 and 163-178

    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

    Turner ancestors – A Melding of Cultures Volume 1: Our Turner Ancestors
    Turner ancestors – A Melding of Cultures Volume 1: Our Turner Ancestors
    Table of contents, forward, coats of arms, introduction, structure, acknowledgements and bibliography.


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


    Albums
    George Hutchinson Turner and Catherine Russell Family
    George Hutchinson Turner and Catherine Russell Family (8)
    John Turner family
    John Turner family (18)

  • Sources 
    1. [S110] York County NB GenWeb.

    2. [S155] Government of Manitoba Vital Statistics, death certificate reference no. 1911-006189.

    3. [S108] Winnnipeg Free Press, November 3, 1911.

    4. [S57] Ancestry.ca Drouin Collection.

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