JAMES WOODWARD TURNER
1780 - 1862
James Turner was born in London. He married Ann Elizabeth Rockley and the couple had 7 children before Ann died in 1825. James married Ann's sister, Myriah and there was one child
from that marriage.
'I do not know how we shall get on for everything on board is so crowded and such confusion we have scarcely room to stir. My own cabins are nearly in total darkness and filth
and dirt in every hole and corner. I must have a general turnout of all things in our cabins and if possible to get a few more inches of space so as to turn round without breaking my
shins and I really now begin to find a great advantage in being a very little fellow with a very little wife and children, and yet our principal cabin is nearly three times the size of the
others. At present our living is as good as I could expect and wish it may continue so, excepting our wine which is very indifferent. There is only two sorts on board- a light Tenerifi
and a mixed cape Madeira. The company I have just had a taste of and am not quite so quick in coming to a judgement and must leave them to a future day. Mr Graves is leaving
us today and I sent you a letter by him which I have just written. I am extremely obliged to him for his kindness in accompanying my family from Gravesend to here. He is very
desirous of going forward with us and says he thinks he will follow us next year. Mr. Boot arrived on board with runaway Lacey who had soon found his way to London, but the boy
seemed to be so alarmed or so averse to the sea after the little taste he has had from London to this port that there is no persuading him and I find he has made out various stories I
made up my mind not to force him to go, but I am very sorry on Nancy's account, as her kindness in assisting him to go out in the manner he would have done I think would turn out a
most fortunate thing eventually for him. And he seemed so very anxious for it that I thought he would have been the last to have run away I have been obliged to go three times to shore
today all through him, and Mr. Graves and myself having unfortunately missed each other. They have been very busy today getting on board two horses and two cows with several
sheep and pigs, there is various reports on board that there is not sufficient Food and Water on board to last us to the Cape and it is in contemplation to make a complaint to the legal
James brought his family to Augusta along with the Molloys and Bussells and set about building a home and future for them. When the family arrived at Swan River there was no land
available and it was at the suggestion of Governor Stirling that Turner took up land away from the
main settlement. He mistakenly believed that the Government would not abandon him if he took up land where they had suggested.
1780 - Born January 30th. (1).
1805 - James married Ann Rockley. (1).
1825 - Ann died. The couple had 7 children. Sometime afterwards James married Ann's sister Myriah.
1827 - Myrah (spelled Maria in some sources)has her one and only child - James Augustus).
1829 - James and family (minus one daughter)migrate to Western Australia.
1830 - The family sails south from Swan River to Augusta to take up land.
1837 - The daughter who remained in England arrives in W.A.
1847 - James is reported to have gone back to England for a while.
1849 - The family abandon the settlement at Augusta and move to Perth.
1862 - Died June 14th.
(1) Records state that James W. Turner was born on January 30th 1780 and some state that he married in 1784. That would make him 4 years old when he married. The birth date appears to be correct and we would like to thank Julian DuFresne for providing us with information that James was actually married in 1805.
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