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Turner, William Harrison

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 25, credited to Coventry, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: enl 9/18/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. H, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63

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VITALS

Birth: 08/31/1837, Coventry, VT
Death: 08/26/1905

Burial: Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 75483886

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary S., 12/12/1905, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Grandfather of Betty Turner White, Worcester, VT

Great Grandfather of Vernon Turner, Amherst, MA

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Tombstone

Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin, VT

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Biography

William Harrison Turner, generally known by his middle name, the son of Samuel Cook and Almira Munson Turner of Duxbury, Vermont. As a young man he moved to Coventry Gore (now part of Newport, Vermont) where he cleared himself a farm and found a wife, Lucy Ann Cole of Newport. He enlisted in September, 1862, at Coventry, as a nine-months man, and served until August, 1863. He was at Gettysburg, but his company was assigned to guarding supplies during the battle so he did not see action. He returned to Coventry Gore where he continued to farm and raised a family of 5 children. In 1878 his wife was killed in a road accident; he remarried 5 years later, to Mary Kingsley. In 1884 he bought a farm in Berlin, Vermont, where he lived the rest of his life. He died in 1905.

Source: Courtesy of his great-grandson, Vernon Turner, Amherst Mass.

Obituary

BERLIN MAN'S BODY FOUND
William H. Turner, a Well Known Farmer
PROBABLY AN ACCIDENT

Likely That He Fell From Bridge to Rocks, 12 Feet Below, During a Fit of Epilepsy Saturday Afternoon.

William Henry Turner, a farmer residing in the town of Berlin, was killed on Saturday afternoon by falling from a bridge near his home and striking his head on the rocks 12 feet below. No one witnessed the accident, but it is supposed that he fell during a fit of epilepsy, to which he was subject.

Mr. Turned started out soon after noon to cut bushed from the side of the road. It is probable that he was crossing the bridge at the time he was taken with the fit. His head struck squarely on a rock, and the skull was crushed. Death must have been instantaneous. The body was discovered late in the afternoon by Fred Keegan and Don DeCollaines of Montpelier, who were driving past.

The deceased was 55 years of age and leaves a widow and three children. He was quite prominent in Berlin. The funeral will be held from the church at Berlin tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Source: Barre Daily Times, August 28, 1905
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.