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Turner Family Background
Parents of the Turner Sisters:
Alonzo Turner (born 1827 in NY, carpenter, lived in Columbus, Georgia by 1850, died 1904, buried in Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, GA)
Sarah E. Yarborough (born about 1838, birthplace given variously but probably Georgia, apparently was living with another family in Columbus, Georgia in 1850, married Alonzo Turner in Russell County, Alabama in 1856, had at least 7 children, was still in Columbus, Georgia with Alonzo in 1880, was living with daughters in New York City in 1900, death so far unknown)
- Clara A. Turner, born May 7, 1858 in Georgia, married James F. Marcrum Sept. 7, 1880, had at least 2 children, was widowed in 1885, ran a boarding house in New York City in 1900 (where her mother and sisters were living), died in 1905 and was buried in Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.
- Alonzo Turner, born c. 1859 in Georgia, apparently died before 1870.
- John Turner, born c. 1862 in Georgia, was a carpenter in 1880, was an inmate in a Washington, DC psychiatric hospital in 1900, died in probably the same hospital in 1927 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton.
- Harriet Mercedes Turner, born c. 1864 in Georgia, lived with sister Clara in New York City in 1900, lived in Bedford, MA in 1910, was a singer and, as part of a “Southern” act with her sister Estelle, performed in Europe and the United States, went solo after Estelle’s marriage. She eventually hit hard times. Lived with her sister Estelle in Acton in the years before her death in Concord, MA on Feb. 23, 1938. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton.
- Leola Turner, born c. 1867 in Georgia, apparently died before 1880.
- Walter Turner, born May 27, 1873 in Columbus, GA. Served in the army in the Spanish American War, enlisting in Binghamton, NY, although his residence at the time may have been Washington, DC. At some point he moved out to San Francisco and then to Chicago in 1916. Married Mary A. ___, no children. Died Chicago, Illinois on Nov. 5, 1916. Buried Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago.
- Estelle Bushnell Turner, born c. 1875 in Columbus, GA where she grew up, lived in New York in 1900 with sister Clara, lived in 1910 in Bedford, MA with sister Harriet. After her singing career, she married Charles Edmund Davis (born March 22, 1886 in Acton to Charles L. and Lucy C. (Reed) Davis) in Belmont, Nov. 1, 1916 and moved to Acton where the couple lived for many years. Estelle had a stillborn son on July 8, 1917. Charles worked as a farmer and a real estate broker. Charles died in February, 1958 in Valdosta, GA, and Estelle died there on April 24, 1961. Both were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton, in a lot with their baby and with Estelle’s siblings Harriet and John.