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102. Orsamus TURNER29,34,41,59 was born on 23 July 1801 in Richmond, Ontario County, New York.34 He died on 21 March 1855 at the age of 53 in Lockport, Niagara County, New York.32,34

Said to be the sixth of nine children of Roswell Turner.

The name has been a curiousity to me. I did find that living in Richmond in Ontario Co about the time Orsamus was born, was one Oresimus Risden, a blacksmith.

Turner served as an apprentice printer on the "Palmyra Register" and the "Ontario County Repository" at Canandaigua. In 1822 he published the "Lockport Observatory". He was a Democrat and a Mason. Took the census as a U.S.Marshal in 1830.
Orsamus Turner was author of "Phelps and Gorham Purchase" and "The Holland Purchase" histories of Western New York.
On p.202 of "Phelps and Gorham Purchase" he mentions himself as "the author of this work" and a son of Roswell Turner.

In 1850, Orsamus was living in Lockport, Niagara Co NY. His family made their home in an Inn managed by Nathan Whillock. I suspect the ages may have been estimated in many cases. His age is given as 55, Eliza as 40, Julia 10 and William 15. All born in New York.

Buried in Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport NY.

Orsamus TURNER and Eliza BUSH were married on 10 February 1834 in Batavia, Wyoming County, New York.32,34 Eliza BUSH32,34,59 was born in 1806 in Batavia, Wyoming County, New York.32 She died on 11 January 1893 at the age of 87 in Illinois.32

Juliza said to be the daughter of William Bush, founder of Bushville and one of the earliest pioneers of Genesee Co NY. Her name also given as Suliza. The 1850 census plainly gives her name as ELIZA. Her age was 40, but I think this was perhaps the estimate of the Inn keeper where she was enumerated.

The marriage record as recorded in 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, 1809-1850, by Fred Q. Bowman, states Orasmus Turner, Esq. of Lockport married Julia Bush in Batavia, 21 Feb 1834.

Orsamus TURNER and Eliza BUSH had the following children:

184

i.

William B. TURNER32 was born in 1835 in New York.59

William was a printer in Buffalo, NY.

185

ii.

Julia TURNER32 was born in 1840 in New York.59

Orsamus Turner's daughter married George H. Harris and lived in Bloomington, IL. Her mother lived with them in her later years.