Philip Turner & Anne Taylor
As we have seen, the Turner family came from the Crowland area in the Fens of Lincolnshire. Anne's family were probably from West Lynn, where Anne was born, or Pinchbeck, where Philip and Anne were married in 1825.

Philip and Anne's children were born in the fens area, including Wisbech, Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton.

From the mid-1830s they lived in the West Lighthouse at Guys Head on the Nene River near Sutton Bridge.

Guy's Head West Lighthouse
Guy's Head West Lighthouse, home of the Turner family.
Not much is known of the family. Philip worked on the Nene cut which was opened in the 1830s. As he later lived in one of the two lighthouses built to commemorate the opening of the cut, we can surmise that he was a manager or supervisor for the work.

A number of their sons became sailors, perhaps due to being raised on the river, only a few hundred meters from the sea at the Wash and the port of Sutton Bridge. However it is possible that the Turner family had a tradition of sea-faring.

Philip Turner and Ann Taylor
G4 Philip Turner
(ca 1793 - 1869)
= 1825 Ann Taylor
(ca 1805 - 1888)
G4 Rebecca Ann
(bef 1828 - )
(1828 - 1829)
(1829 - )
Mary Ann
(1830 - 1842)
(1831 - 1922)
= 1856
Edward Taylor
(1832 - )
Elizabeth Anne
(1834 - )
Caroline Anne
(1835 - )
(1836 - 1897)
(1837 - )
(1838 - )
Sarah Bothway
(1840 - )
(1841 - 1842)

Philip and Ann lived in Sutton Bridge until they died in 1869 and 1888 resp.

Grave of Philip and Ann Turner, St Margaret's, Sutton Bridge (courtesy Alister Smith)
William Turner
William was a sea captain and in 1869 sailed to New Zealand as Captain of the Kate Waters. He left the ship in New Zealand (legally or not??) and lived in New Zealand until his death in a fire in 1897. He was the captain of a number of small coastal vessels (his own?) sailing out of Nelson and then New Plymouth. He then became the captain of the dredge at New Plymouth and died when the hotel he was living in burned down.
Notes & References
  1. I am indebted to my cousins Alister Smith, Richard Laurie and in particular Geoffrey Ray, for much of the information on these pages. Geoff has been researching these families for many years and through his painstaking research he has assembled a considerable part of their history.
  2. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the late Mervyn Bull, another cousin. Unfortunately much of this has been lost, but the remnants have proven extremely accurate and have helped greatly in assembling this information.
  3. IGI
  4. England Censuses for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
  5. Historical Directories