James A M Turner Family Group Record

Family Group Record of James Ashmer Mullen Turner (01 May 2016) James Ashmer Mullen TURNER b. Between 1830 and 1836, Jamaica, Long Island, Queens, New York, USA d. 26 May 1895, Wellington, New Zealand +Mary ROACHE b. Betw 1833-1835, New York, New York, USA m. 1857, New York, New York, USA d. Bef 1870, prob…

TURNER Part 4a: James Turner, Watchmaker

James Turner arrived in Hokitika with three young children in tow, only a few months after the start of the rush. James was about 31 years old. During my research, a number of letters were discovered in the archives of the West Coast Times from September 1865 that seem to bear out the following story:…

TURNER Part 4: Hokitika 1865 – 1867

When James arrived in Hokitika 1865 over it’s notorious river bar, 67 of its 246 buildings were hotels. The rush on the West Coast coincided with the decline of the Otago rush, and additional miners were attracted from Victoria, Australia where the gold rush there was also near an end. This new rush coincided with…

TURNER Part 2: Melbourne, Australia, 1858-1863

3rd Draft 15 May 2016 When James, Mary and Mary’s son William left New York for Melbourne in about 1858 there was great uncertainty in America due to the looming Civil War.  Jamaica, Long Island was well connected to New York and the city itself was bustling.  It is easy to assume that there were any number…

TURNER Part 1: New York USA, 1833-1858

James Ashmer Mullen TURNER>Alfred Robert TURNER>Eric Doull TURNER>Malcolm Eric TURNER First published 16 Aug 2014 James Ashmer Mullen TURNER was born in Jamaica, Long Island in New York, USA in the early 1830’s. When I discovered this fact (from his death certificate in New Zealand) I was stunned.  Whilst researching the ancestors of maternal grandfather,…