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Donald Carre Turner Genealogical Research Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-201
The collection consists primarily of the contents of binders assembled by Donald C. Turner in his research on the genealogy of his family. Turner meticulously documented his sources, and included copies of most of the relevant papers. The names of the files in Series 1 are those used by Turner. Most of the material consists of notes and copies of documents, but there are a few original records.

These have been retained as arranged by Turner. Series 2 and 3 consist of personal papers and memorabilia of Donald C. Turner, his wife, and earlier generations of the Turner and Carre families. Photographs received with the collection have been processed and housed separately as PA collection.

Dates

  • 1856-1990

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

4.75 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Overview

Donald Carré Turner (1909-1989) was a construction executive, a genealogist, and an alumnus of Swarthmore College. After his retirement in 1972, Turner devoted much of his time to genealogy. The Turner family was from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and came to this country from England in the seventeenth century. Earlier generations were members of Third Haven and Cecil Monthly Meetings. Lineal surnames include Carré, Birch, Caulk, Betterton, Wilson, Jefferey, Homestead, Course, Sinclair, Williams, and many others. The collection consists primarily of the contents of binders assembled by Donald C. Turner in his research on the genealogy of his family. Turner meticulously documented his sources, and included copies of most of the relevant papers. The names of the files in Series 1 are those used by Turner. Most of the material consists of notes and copies of documents, but there are a few original records.

Biographical / Historical

    BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL
  • Donald Carré Turner (1909-1989) was a construction executive, a genealogist, and an alumnus of Swarthmore College.
  • 1926-1931Donald Carré Turner was born in Jenkintown and raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He joined a dance band, the Highlanders, in 1926 and played banjo and rhythm guitar. After his graduation from Swarthmore with a degree in Economics in 1931, he toured with the band and appeared at the Skytop Resort in the Poconos.
  • 1930s-1970s, 1963-1971Donald C. Turner was also an executive with the Turner Construction Company, founded by his uncle, Henry C. Turner, in 1920. The former served as the contract manager for the Philadelphia territory, and worked on a number of buildings in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. He was also involved in a number of professional societies and served as a member of the Upper Providence School District Authority from 1963-1971
  • 1972-1989After his retirement in 1972, Turner devoted much of his time to genealogy. The Turner family was from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and came to this country from England in the seventeenth century. Earlier generations were members of Third Haven and Cecil Monthly Meetings. Lineal surnames include Carré, Birch, Caulk, Betterton, Wilson, Jefferey, Homestead, Course, Sinclair, Williams, and many others.
Donald Carré Turner (1909-1989) was a construction executive, a genealogist, and an alumnus of Swarthmore College.
1926-1931
Donald Carré Turner was born in Jenkintown and raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He joined a dance band, the Highlanders, in 1926 and played banjo and rhythm guitar. After his graduation from Swarthmore with a degree in Economics in 1931, he toured with the band and appeared at the Skytop Resort in the Poconos.
1930s-1970s, 1963-1971
Donald C. Turner was also an executive with the Turner Construction Company, founded by his uncle, Henry C. Turner, in 1920. The former served as the contract manager for the Philadelphia territory, and worked on a number of buildings in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. He was also involved in a number of professional societies and served as a member of the Upper Providence School District Authority from 1963-1971
1972-1989
After his retirement in 1972, Turner devoted much of his time to genealogy. The Turner family was from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and came to this country from England in the seventeenth century. Earlier generations were members of Third Haven and Cecil Monthly Meetings. Lineal surnames include Carré, Birch, Caulk, Betterton, Wilson, Jefferey, Homestead, Course, Sinclair, Williams, and many others.

Arrangement

  1. Genealogical Notebooks and files.
  2. Donald C. and Agnes Reed Turner Papers
  3. Turner & Carré Family Papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: Thomas R. Turner, 1997; Accession number: 97-022, 97-036

This collection was the gift of Thomas R. Turner and came to the Library in two sections, the genealogical files (Series 1) which were delivered by Howard S. Turner on 5/8/97, and the family papers and memorabilia (Series 2-3) delivered by Thomas R. Turner on 7/14/97.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. FHL RG5/152, Turner Family Papers
  2. FHL Publications: Three Hundred Years of Baptist Witness (Cohansey Church, Roadstown, NJ.)
  3. Philadelphia Directory, 1819
  4. The "Eden" of the Eastern Shore

Separated Materials

Some photopgraphs and pictorial materials, originally part of the colelction, have been removed and added to a PA.

Processing Information

The collection consists primarily of the contents of binders assembled by Donald C. Turner in his research on the genealogy of his family. Turner meticulously documented his sources, and included copies of most of the relevant papers. The names of the files in Series 1 are those used by Turner. Most of the material consists of notes and copies of documents, but there are a few original records. These have been retained as arranged by Turner. Series 2&3 consist of personal papers and memorabilia of Donald C. Turner, his wife, and earlier generations of the Turner and Carre families. Photographs received with the collection have been processed and housed separately as PA
Title
Donald Carre Turner Genealogical Research Papers, 1856-1990
Author
POD
Date
1998
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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