Thaddeus T. Turner
A highly respected citizen of Marion township, Fayette county, Ohio, is Thaddeus T. Turner, who is an enterprising farmer, owning one hundred and seven acres of fine farming land on the Turner road, nine miles from Washington C. H. He comes from an excellent family, his father having been a lawyer, teacher and farmer, while he himself followed teaching for several years. As a matter of fact, public school work has interested the various members of this family for at least three generations. Not only was the father of Mr. Turner a teaclier, but Mr. Turner's children are also school teachers.
Thaddeus T. Turner, the son of James W. and Sarah (Evans) Turner, was born October 13, 1846, near Ringgold, Ohio. His father was a native of Loudoun county, Virginia, and was the son of Lewis and Uriah (McKnight) Turner. Lewis Turner came to Morgan county, Ohio, from his native state with his parents when he was eleven years of age. Lewis Turner was the son of John Turner, a native of Wales, and an early settler in Virginia. Lewis Turner was a soldier of the War of 1812. James Turner and wife reared a family of eleven children, Alonzo J., Theresa, Thaddeus T., Clarence F., Tell A., Marion B., Flora E., Sarah, Elmer, Theodore and Mary. Of these children Thaddeus T., Tell A., Marion B., Flora E. and Mary are living, while the others are deceased.
Thaddeus T. Turner went to school to his own father, who was a public school teacher in the district schools of Morgan county, Ohio. His father was an excellent teacher and also practiced law. By the time he was old enough to teach school, Mr. Turner had no ditficulty in securing a teacher's license, and then taught school in Morgan county until he was twenty-six years of age. In 1872 Mr. Turner came to Fayette county, Ohio, and taught school in various parts of the county, at one time being a teacher in the high school.
Mr. Turner was married in 1880 to Sarah Dick, the daughter of Charles and Jane (Hankins) Dick, of Pickaway county, Ohio. To this union three children have been born, Florence, Clara and Orville. Florence married W. Boyer, and has two children, Walter and Wendell, and lives at Good Hope. Ohio. Clara and Orville are still at home and are public school teachers in Fayette county.
The Republican party has claimed the hearty support of Mr. Turner and he has taken an active part in his township and county in political affairs. It is but natural that he should be interested in educational matters, and as president of the school board of his township he has done efficient service for the educational interests of his community.
From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)