Turner family in America

Elijah Anderson Turner – Biography

ELIJAH ANDERSON TURNER. One of the stirring and successful men of Shelby county, Ala., is Mr. E A. Turner, of Calces. He is one of the “first” men of his town in more ways than one. He was the first man to step off the train when it made its first stop; he was the first man to erect a building in the town; he was the first postmaster, the first merchant, the first official of the town, which dates its growth since 1898. He is a native of Dadeville, Tallapoosa county, Ala. His birth was on Oct. 21, 1856; he is the son

of Jesse Morgan and Sarah Page (Vaughan) Turner. Jesse was the son of Bartholomew and Sallie (Morgan) Turner, he a native of Georgia, she of Tallapoosa county, Ala., where they both lived and died near Dadeville, the wife being a daughter of Col. Morgan, a noted character of that county in early days. Jesse Turner was born in Georgia and married in Alabama. He was a farmer during his life, a Mason and a Democrat. He married Sarah, daughter of James and Sarah Vaughan, both natives of Virginia. They reared a family of six children, three now living. The father died August 12, 1871, the mother July 20, 1903. After receiving a good common school education, Mr. Turner entered on his business career as a clerk. Following this for a time he gradually drifted into the business of buying and selling horses, always being successful in his ventures. He finally became interested in the manufacture of lime, and was for twelve years superintendent of the Lime Works at Chewacla, Ala. Upon the opening of quarries in the vicinity of Calces, he severed his connection with the Chewacla works and gave his whole attention to .the development of the new town. He sold the lime quarry now operated by the Tennessee Coal & Iron company with a force of some two hundred men to T. H. and W. M. Spencer. He has built the greater portion of the houses in the town of Calces, which he had the honor of naming. Under his enthusiastic lead it has developed wonderfully, and bids fair to make quite a commercial point at no distant day. Mr. Turner is a man of family. He married Stella Shepard Nov. 9, 1879. She is a daughter of Dr. John F. and Sarah Cosper Shepard, the latter a widow living at Dadeville. To Mrs. Turner have been born Elijah Albert, born in Dadeville, Sept. 30, 1880, educated at Auburn in the Alabama Polytechnic institute and at Massey Business college, and now superintendent of G1ewacla Lime Works; married Hettie Daniel,
of Shelby county; and John Morgan, our subject’s second son, born March 17, 1883; educated at Auburn .in the Alabama Polytechnic institute, and now a clerk in his father’s store. Mr. Turner is a Democrat in politics and he and his family are members of the Methodist church. He also affiliates with the Knights of Pythias and Knights of Honor.

One of the founders of the Calcis Store, Quarry, and community.

— Cathy

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  1. wonder if you could help me my mothers last name was keller,i think i might be jewish, my fathers last name was young if you have any information please let me know. thanks..

    Comment by william young — July 17, 2012 @ 12:31 am | Reply

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