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Dobbins Turner

Obituary of James A. Turner, St. Louis, Missouri.

On March 31, 1916, James A. Turner passed away at his home, in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of seventy-eight years. He fell on February 25, fracturing his right hip; and owing to his advanced years, he did not respond to treatment. He was born February 11, 1838, in Faytette, Howard County, Mo., where his parents had gone from Kentucky nearly a century ago. The family removed to Carroll County, Mo., in 1842. In May, 1861, James Turner enlisted as a Confederate soldier and served as second lieutenant of Company C, 1st Regiment, 4th Division, Missouri State Guard, under Gen. Sterling Price, in the battles of Wilson Creek, Carthage, Lexington and other important engagements. He was a member of Camp 684, U. C. V., of Carrolton, Mo., and attended the reunions regularly until the last few years of his life. He read a great deal, always looking forward each month for the Confederate Veteran, in which he took great delight.

Mr. Turner was formerly widely known in Democratic political circles in Missouri, having held the position of enrolling clerk in the legislature at Jefferson City for five successive sessions, and he was Secretary of the State Board of Equalization for several years. He was known as a loyal party worker and a man of great efficiency in his term of public service.

He was truly a Christian gentleman and a member of the Baptist Church. On June 30, 1863, he was united in marriage to Miss Susan Frances Dobbins, who, with eight children, survives him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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