Hezekiah Turner, farmer, section 27, Norwich Township, was born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., Feb. 25, 1830. His parents, John and Syrena (Smedley) Turner, were natives of New York. The father died leaving a large family of children dependent on their own and their mother's exertions for a livelihood; consequently Mr. T. grew to manhood with but few educational advantages save such as acquired by necessity and observation, a kind that fits a man to do noble pioneer ser-
vice, and fill as honorable a, position in the world as though he were trained under more favorable influences.
Mr. Turner was married in 1860, to Matilda J. Turner, a native of New Brunswick, by whom he has
had eight children: Charles W., Syrena E., Octavia E., Alice R., Ida L., Ada, B., Lucretia A. and John C. The two latter are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Turner remained in Canada four years after their marriage, when they moved to Michigan, bought a farm in Ingham County, and devoted themselves to its improvement. In 1875 they sold it and bought a farm in Newaygo County, containing 80 acres, with 35 acres now improved. (See sketch of William Turner.)