Randolph  County,  Indiana

Muncie Star, November, 1985.
Rena Mae Turner, 90 -- ECONOMY Ind. --

Rena Mae Turner, 90, died Saturday in Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, after a long illness. She was a former resident of Farmland. She attended the Economy Methodist Church. Her first husband, Alton Jones, and her second husband, Otis Turner, preceded her in death. A son, a daughter, a sister and three brothers, also preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Ruby Ludwick, Parker City; four stepsons, Paul Turner, Richmond, Clarence Turner, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Alden Turner, Indianapolis, and Albert Turner, Osberg, Fla.; a sister Bertha Hinshaw, Pennville; two brothers, Harvey Fields, Montpelier, and Ralph Fields, Albany; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services will be 3 P.M. Tuesday in Thornburg and Davis Funeral Home, west of Farmland, with Rev. Charles Aigner officiating. Burial will be in Saratoga Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are an hour before the service on Tuesday. Memorials may be sent to the Little Red Door, Muncie.

Funeral Card for Rena Mae Turner

          Rena Mae Turner, 90, a resident of Economy, Indiana, died Saturday evening, November 23, 1985 at the Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, following an extended illness. She was born December 27, 1894 in Saratoga, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Sampson and Alice (Warren) Fields. Mrs. Turner was a former resident of Farmland, Indiana, moving to Economy in 1966. She attended the Economy United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alton Jones and her second husband Otis Turner. She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Ludwick of Crystals Country Home in Parker City, four stepsons; Paul Turner of Richmond, Indiana, Clarence of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Alden of Indianapolis and Albert Turner of Osberg, Florida, eight grandchildren; Mrs. Carroll (Juanita) Barrett of Selma, Mrs. Julia Haisley of Muncie, Mrs. Jeff (Diana) Rinker of Muncie, Delbert Patty of Dorsey, Illinois, Leroy Ludwick of Saratoga, Donald Ludwick of Yorktown, Mrs. Olus (Melanie) Lykins of Union City and Mrs. George (Marilyn) Willoughby of Fairview Acres, near Redkey, thirteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, one sister, Bertha Hinshaw of Pennville and two brothers, Pearl (Harvey) Fields of Montpelier and Ralph Fields of Albany. She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, one sister, and three brothers.
Contributed by Ann Smart, Corvallis, Oregon

The  Evening  Times
Union City, Indiana
March 11, 1924
Page 1   Column 5
          A death occurred at South Salem Sunday night at 10 o’clock, the news of which, when it became generally known about town, proved a great shock to our citizens. For some reason it did not become known that he had died, to many in this city until this morning. Mr. Turner had been sick for twelve weeks, and Sunday those about him knew that the end was nearing, and at 10 o’clock at night surrounded by his relatives, he passed to that Great Unknown realm whence none return. His age was 83 years, 5 months and 25 days.
          John M. Turner was the eldest son of William and Margaret (Monks) Turner, who was born in White River township, Randolph County, Indiana, Sept. 14, 1840. His father was born in Virginia in 1860 [error in date in original] and with his widowed mother came to Randolph County in 1833 where he grew to manhood married and reared eleven children, ten of whom survive.
          John M. Turner’s boyhood days were spent on the home farm and his education was obtained in the public schools. When John M. was 10 years of age his father entered a new farm in section 15, Wayne township, with few improvements, and here John went to work manfully to help clear and improve the same.
          In August 1861, like a true patriot should, he answered his country’s call and enlisted in the 84th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the army of the Cumberland and served 11 months when, on account of disability he was discharged and returned home. He lived with his father until he was 24 years of age, and then went to farming for himself. He entered part of his present farm land and cut the fields himself right out of the green, starting with 22 acres, and by persevering industry has made additions until he now had a total of over 1,000 acres of good land under high state of cultivation in Wayne and Greensfork townships.
          Mr. Turner raised and fed hogs quite extensively until 1878 and since then has paid much attention to both hogs and cattle, and had a much better grade of stock than the average farmer. The land he purchased at first was obtained at very reasonable price, but that which was later purchased came at a higher price.           In politics Mr. Turner was a republican, proudly claiming the distinction of having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, for his second term. He did his full share of party work, attending both county and state conventions. He served one term as trustee of Wayne Township in 1867. In 1886 he was elected Randolph County Treasurer and filed the position with perfect satisfaction. He has for years been an active member of the Christian Church. On June 4, 1865, he was married to Mary J., daughter of John Hartman of Wayne township. To this union were born three daughters and one son. Their names are Effie, wife of John Shockney; Minnie A., deceased wife of John Morris; Irene, wife of Ernest Thornburg, Loftus Orville, a farmer, married to Mollie Smith. The children all live in Wayne township. Mr. Turner’s wife died in 1878, and in 1881 he was married to Nannie, daughter of Silas Hinshaw, of Washington township. To this last union have been born three daughters and two sons, Mary J., Ada G., John, Goldie and Lester.”
          John Turner was one of the best men that ever was reared in Randolph County. Though he began life as a farmer, he was a man who improved every opportunity to improve his mind, especially along the lines of business and commerce so that there was not a better posted man in this section. He was one of the founders of our splendid Union Loan and Trust Co. bank, of which he was the president for several years, and his honest methods and great experience in money matters did much to help establish this sterling institution as one of our soundest and at the same time most progressive banking institutions.
          When he asked to be relieved from the responsible position of president he retained his large holdings in the bank and remained on the director’s board, a position he held at the time of his death.
          He was a man among men and he will be long remembered as a good husband and father, a real christian, a true friend and a man who retained a genial disposition, and his pleasant countenance will be missed from his large circle of friends and his place can never be filled. The Times joins the host of friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives. The funeral announcement will be found elsewhere in The Times.
Contributed by Tony Meeks

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
        TURNER, Julia, d/o Wm & Margaret (Monks) who m. 11/7/1839. She d 9/8/1879 ae 30y.
Contributed by Sandra Mumah

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
        TURNER, Mary J., died 3/9/1879 ae 36y 2m 26d Born Darke Co. 1/13/1844 d/o John & Louisana Hartman. Married John Turner 6/1865.
Contributed by Sandra Mumah

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