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Thomas Turner, Esq.

Male 1670 - 1721  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Thomas Turner 
    Suffix Esq. 
    Born December 1670  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Lawyer 
    Died 1721  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • In the Vital Records of Scituate, this Thomas Turner was called Thomas Turner, grandson of Humphrey, to distinguish him from Thomas Turner Sr. (no relation to this Thomas Turner).

      Thomas was a lawyer of notoriety in 1690, and later. He resided near the Harbour.

      From Genealogy of the descendants of Humphrey Turner:
      Thomas was a distinguished lawyer of facetious memory, and cotemporary with and a familiar friend of Michael Wanton, a leader of the society of Friends. Turner was often playing off his jests and sarcasms upon Wanton, who, thought not so witty, perhaps, yet had his pertinent answer, and always received Turner’s raillery with good humor. On one occasion Wanton had been quite successful on a fishing excursion, and, on his return to White’s Ferry, he found an assemblage of gentlemen attending a reference trial, and among them Esq. Turner, who thus addressed him, ‘Friend Wanton, you are like the apostle Peter; in the first place he was a fisherman, and so are you; he was a preacher, and so are you; he denied his Lord, and so do you.’ Wanton was so much pleased with the witticism that he cause an entertainment to be perprared of his fish, and invited the whole company to dine. Tradition has it that the company, after partaking of the feast of fat things, and notwithstanding their high appreciation of the sarcastic wit of the lawyer, decided that Wanton had the advantage on that occasion, his display being much more substantial and useful.

      From L. Vernon Briggs’ History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family:
      Thomas began to practice law in 1690, and became a lawyer of note, a contemporary of Judge John Cushing, the first, and of Judge Joseph Otis. He was likewise contemporary with the Quaker preacher, Michael Wanton, and although of different religious beliefs, they became very friendly. In 1711 Thomas Turner was a Representative to the Provincial Legislature, and served on various committees. He was a member of the committee for promoting the trade of the Province; to take account with the Treasurer and destroy torn and defaced bills of colonial currency, etc. He was returned as Representative in 1718 and 1719. [1, 2, 3, 4]
    Person ID I408  Schirado
    Last Modified 24 July 2013 

    Father Thomas Turner,   b. about 1627,   d. November 1688, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Mother Sarah Hyland,   b. about 1634, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. November 1688, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married 6 January 1651/2  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F665  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Hannah Jenkins,   b. 21 July 1679, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 February 1693  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Ephraim Turner,   b. 9 February 1693/4, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1709  (Age < 14 years)
    +2. Rev. David Turner,   b. 5 May 1695, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 August 1757, Rehoboth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +3. Hannah Turner,   b. 15 June 1697, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before May 1736  (Age < 38 years)
     4. Thomas Turner,   b. 31 March 1699, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Relief Turner,   b. 8 June 1701, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ruth Turner,   b. 6 March 1703, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Sarah Turner,   b. 19 January 1704/5, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 February 1775, Rehoboth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +8. Jemima Turner,   b. 7 January 1706/7, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 February 1775  (Age 68 years)
    +9. Ephraim Turner,   b. 17 March 1708/9, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1765, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +10. Lettice Turner,   b. 17 April 1711, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1786, Windham, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     11. Abigail Turner,   b. 15 August 1714, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +12. Mary Turner,   b. 2 July 1717, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F319  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] (NEHGS, Boston, 1909).

    2. [S3] L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).

    3. [S6] Samuel Deane, (Loring, Boston, 1831).

    4. [S43] Jacob Turner, (D. Turner, Boston, 1852.).

    5. [S14] Plymouth Colony vital records, Transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.


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