Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan



William “Riley” Turner was born 20 February 1951 in New York; his father was John Turner. Riley married Emma “Gertrude” Baker. Gertrude was born in 23 April 1857 in Kochville, Saginaw County, Michigan. Her parents were Amos and Mary Staples Baker. Gertrude's brother, John J. Baker, also lived in Lakefield Township.


Riley and Gertrude had the following children:

  1. John Riley Turner was born 15 August 1874 in Saginaw County, Michigan. He died on 1 July 1939 in Clear Water Township. Kalkaska County, Michigan. John died of Brights Disease. John is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Manton, Wexford, Michigan.

  2. Mary Jane Turner was born 15 May 1878 in Bridgeport, Saginaw County, Michigan. She married Frank Longtin on 3 November 1896 in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. George Amos Turner was born in April 1880 in Bridgeport, Saginaw County, Michigan. He married Lucy M. Luce on 27 April 1915 in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan. George also married Elizabeth May Bordner on 12 August 1920 in Bay City, Bay City County, Michigan.

  4. William Riley Turner Jr. was born in 1886 in Saginaw County, Michigan. He married Gertrude Sterling on 6 January 1909 in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan.

  5. Frank James Turner was born on 6 May 1894 in Lakefield Township. He married Inez H. Bocock on 7 June 1925 in Alta, Genesee County, Michigan.

  6. Alexander “Alex” C. Turner was born in 23 January 1898 Missaukee County (close to Wexford County), and died 11 August 1920 at Cedar Creek, Wexford County, Michigan. He was 22 years 6 months and 18 days old when he died. He died from Acute Rheumatic Pericarditis. Alex is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Manton, Wexford County, Michigan.

In 1890, Riley and Gertrude owned and operated 80 acres of land in Section 15 on Fenmore Roads between Roosevelt and Lakefield Roads.

By 1896, Riley and Gertrude owned and operated 40 acres in Section 3 on Merrill Road between Ederer and Swan Creek Roads.

Riley was elected or appointed to the following Lakefield Township Offices:

  1. Appointed to Highway Overseer Road District #6 in 1885

  2. Appointed to Highway Overseer Road District #6 in 1885.

  3. Elected as Highway Commissioner on 5 April 1886.

Riley and Gertrude started the following Chattle Mortgages in Lakefield Township.

  1. Mortgagor Riley Turner with Mortgagee Charles V. Johnson for $75.00 on 21 January 1885 due on 23 January 1886.

  2. Mortgagor Riley Turner with Mortgagee A.C. Melze for $16.00 on 3 October 1887 due on 7 October 1888.

  3. Mortgagor Gertie Turner with Mortgagee Elizabeth Haskins for $81.00 on 12 May 1892.

By 1900, Riley, Gertrude, John, William, James and Alex Turner are living in Central Lake, Atrim County, Michigan.

Riley died on 20 February 1932 in Star Township, Antrim County, Michigan. Gertrude died on 29 October 1932 in Lakefield Township. They are both buried in Fairview Cemetery, Manton, Wexford County, Michigan.


sources: 1890 Badgero Lakefield Township drain map; 1896 Lakefield Plat Map, Lakefield Township Records; Mary Jane and Frank James Turner's birth record; John, Mary Jane, George. A. James, William Turner's marriage records; John Riley and William Riley's WWI draft registration; William Riley's WWII draft registration; William Riley Sr., Emma G., John J. and Alex C. Turner's death record. Find-A-Grave.






Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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