From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 382, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana.
"JOHN M. TURNER, junior member of one of the leading firms of Monticello, is a native of the county in which he now resides, and was born February 1, 1847. His parents, WILLIAM and SUSANNA (IMES) TURNER were married in White County in 1843, and his mother, who was born in Greene County, Ohio, came to White County, Indiana, with her parents in 1836. MR. and MRS. TURNER removed to Montgomery Conty, Ohio, in about 1853, where MRS. TURNER died in May, 1878, and where MR. TURNER remarried and is yet living, engaged in farming. JOHN M. TURNER is one of five living children, in a family of seven, and besides receiving the common school benefits, has secured a good commercial education. At the age of seventeen, he began doing for himself, and in 1867 became a partner of J. H. McCOLLUM, at Monticello, which firm has continued with prosperity until the present. February 18, 1873, he was united in marriage with MISS ANNIE E. ANDERSON, who was born and reared in White County, and to them have been born two children - FRANK A. and MAY. MR. TURNER is a Democrat, a member of the I.O.O.F., and he has entire charge of the grain, hay and fuel business, while Mr. McCOLLUM hs supervision of the firm's large store on Main Street."