CHARLES TURNER, farmer, section 33, Norwich Township, was born in Oxford Co., Can., Sept. 16, 1839. He is a son of John and Syrena (Smedley) Turner, natives of the State of New York. They moved thence to Oxford Co., Can., and afterward to Laporte Co., Ind. where the father died. The mother returned with her family to Canada.
Mr. Turner attended the common schools during the winter months only, and remained with his mother until he was 18 years old, when he set out for himself in life, obtaining employment as a farm hand. He was married in 1865 to Marhta, daughter of Christopher and Jane (Smith) Stockdale, who was born Jan. 2, 1843, in Oxford Co., Can. Her parents were natives of England. Of tyhe children of Mr. and Mrs., George D. and Nettie are living; Mary and LaFayette are deceased. Mr. Turner resided in the Dominion one year after his marriage, removing thence to Ingham Co., Mich., where he bought 30 acres of land, which he improved and occupied as a homestead six years. In the spring of 1871 he moved to Newaygo County, and bought the farm he now owns in Norwich Township, containing 80 acres of land, and at once entered upon the labor of its improvement; 40 acres is now well improved - all accomplished by his own hard labor. In politics Mr. Turner is a Republican, and has held the position of Highway Commissioner.