THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   HENRY O. TURNER was born June 17, 1847, in the town of Fenner, on the farm he now owns and occupies. He is of English descent. His grand-father, having been born in Yorkshire, England, emigrated to this country in 1799, where he settled first in the town of Cazenovia, remaining but three years there, then moved to the town of Fenner, journeying with ox-teams. He was one of the very first to make his home here. The first mill in this place was called the "Waterville Mill," and was situated on the Chittenango Creek. In this unsettled country Mr. Turner cleared a farm of two hundred acres. He died at the age of fifty-five years. His wife survived him many years, dying at the age of eighty. They reared a family of three sons and one daughter, who have all passed away.
   Robert, one of the sons of the emigrant, and his wife, Jane (Parkin) Turner, were the parents of our subject. The father was born in the town of Fenner, and in his boyhood attended the district schools. He settled on the ancestral farm in this town about 1831, where he remained until his death, in 1882, at the age of seventy-six years. He was one of the men who built the turnpike from Cazenovia to Chittenango. On his farm of eighty acres he raised grain and fruits, and also dealt largely in fine stock. His wife was born in England, and was but an infant when her parents came to America. She died in 1891, at eighty-two years of age. To herself and husband were born five sons and one daughter, of whom only three are now living: William, a farmer in Minnesota; DeWitt, living at Baldwinsville, N. Y.; and our subject, Henry 0. The others were: John, a farmer in Minnesota, who died at the age of fifty-six; Myron, at the age of twenty-five; and Margaret, at sixteen years.
   Henry 0. Turner was educated in the town of Fenner, with the exception of a short time of attendance at Cazenovia Seminary. He remained at home until about nineteen years of age, afterward taught school for one winter, and then for a few years worked at various callings. He went to Minnesota, but remained there only a short time, when he returned to the State of New York and rented land. In 1883 Mr. Turner moved to the old home farm, where he carries on general farming, making hay the main crop. He also manages a dairy of Guernsey cattle. He has a fine, productive farm, on which he has made many improvements, thus placing himself in the first rank of successful agriculturists in the town. In February of 1870 he married Miss Ellen R. Canfield, of Cazenovia Village, daughter of Professor A. B. and Jeannette (Ives) Canfield, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Turner have been blessed with two children: Minnie R., born in 1872; and Robert B., born in 1883. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.
   In the fraternal orders Mr. Turner is connected with Farmers' Grange, and is a charter member of Cazenovia Grange, No. 601. He is also Inspector of Elections. In politics he is a Democrat. As an honorable, upright citizen, having many noble qualities of mind and character, he is accorded an unstinted measure of respect. His fireside is always a hospitable gathering-place for his many friends and acquaintances.

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