Frank TURNER and Emma LAPOINTE
from New Brunswick to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada c. 1882
February 26, 2014:
Here is a brief bio of my great grandparents, Frank and Emma Turner who lived in Ottawa commencing 1882.
I would be obliged if you could set up a new page for them on bytown.net. Many thanks.
... Mark Cullen
Francis Ebenezer Turner (1853-1927) and Emma Anastasia Lapointe (1856-1955)
Frank Turner and Emma Lapointe and their family settled in Hintonburg c. 1882. Frank was the son of John Turner,
who operated a mail, passenger and freight transportation service by stagecoach between Fraserville Station, Quebec
and Edmundston, New Brunswick from 1868 to 1890. They were descendants of Holden Turner of Glasgow, Scotland,
a British Army private who served in the American Revolutionary War and settled in the Fredericton area with
the Loyalists (UEL)in 1783. Emma was a descendant of Nicolas Audet-dit-Lapointe and
Madeleine Despres, early settlers of Ile d’Orleans in 1670.
Her father, Alexandre, founded Lapointe Village c. 1865 near Ste.-Rose-du-Degele on Lake Temiscouata.
Frank was born and raised in Fredericton, where his father was a well-known “whip” (stagecoach driver).
At a young age, Frank also became involved in horse-drawn transportation, helping his father in his business.
In 1868, he moved with his family to Fraserville Station (later Riviere-du-Loup) where his father established
the Turner Mail Line, which provided return freight cartage and mail and passenger transportation from the
Grand Trunk terminal to Edmundston via the old Grand Portage route. Frank worked for the firm and operated
the terminal in Edmundston. In 1876, he married Emma Lapointe in Edmundston; they lived there until 1880.
By that time, Fraserville had become a busy rail hub with terminals for the Grand Trunk and Intercolonial railways.
The industry held promise for good careers and had already attracted Frank’s three younger brothers to the
Intercolonial Railway. It is thought Frank also joined ICR about 1881. All four would become career locomotive
engineers. As well, two of Frank’s sons, George and Louis, and several nephews and grandsons, would continue
the Turner tradition in railroading.
Frank Turner c1908 Emma Lapointe c1945
5 Salisbury Place George Turner c1945
Frank was likely recruited to Ottawa in 1882 by the CPR, which in that year had acquired the Quebec, Montreal,
Ottawa and Occidental Railway, thereby extending their national route eastward (via the Quebec side) to Montreal.
Initially, Frank was a fireman working out of the old Broad Street Station. By 1885 he had been promoted to engineer.
About 1887, the family moved from Hintonburg to Aylmer, Quebec for two years, after which they
returned to Ottawa where Frank joined the Canada Atlantic Railway. J.R. Booth, the lumber baron,
controlled both CAR and the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. These railways had a combined 400 mile
system from Depot Harbour on Georgian Bay to the Vermont border and were a major transporter of logs, lumber
Frank and Emma lived for a year in Ottawa on Gladstone Avenue, then in Ottawa East Village, before moving to
Neville Street (now Waverley), and finally, in 1994, to a new house at 5 Salisbury Place where they resided
for 10 years. All of these addresses were near CAR’s rail yards which were located on the west side of the
Rideau Canal near today’s Pretoria Bridge. CAR’s main line bridged the Canal approximately
at the Queensway overpass.
In 1904 the family moved to Rockland, where Frank worked for CAR’s Central Counties Railway, servicing Rockland,
Clarence Creek, Hammond, Cheney and Limoges, where it connected to the CAR main line. He retired about 1909
and bought a 40 acre mixed dairy farm 1 mile south of Rockland. By 1919, they had returned to Ottawa and, in
the ensuing years until his death in 1927, Frank held a variety of jobs as a stationery engineer. Following
Frank’s death, Emma lived with her daughter on Blackburn Avenue and was a committed gardener and prize-winning
horticulturist. She died in 1955 at age 98.
Frank and Emma had 11 children:
Agnes Frances (1877-1877) – born and died Edmundston, NB
John Alexander (1878-1879) – born and died Edmundston, NB
Francis Henry Tancrede (1879-1898) – born Edmundston, NB; died Ottawa, ON
Mary Florence Eugenie (1881-1969) – born Ste.-Rose-du-Degele, QC; died Stoney Creek, ON
Joseph George (1884-1973) – born Hintonburg, ON; died Ottawa, ON
Louis Joseph Adelard (1885-1964) – born Hintonburg, ON; died Aylen Lake, ON
Mary Ida (1887-1981) – born Aylmer, QC; died Victoria, British Columbia
Katherine Loretta (1890-1968) – born Ottawa, ON; died Vero Beach, Florida
Frances Emma (1892-1988) – born Ottawa East Village, ON; died Belleville, ON
Mary Amarylis (1894-1981) – born Ottawa, ON; died North Bay, ON
Edward Chalmers (1897-1898) – born and died Ottawa, ON
Sons George and Louis settled in Ottawa and had long careers as engineers with CNR. They each had large
families and many of the Turners living today in the Ottawa metropolitan area are descendants.
The foregoing is adapted from "A Melding of Cultures, Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis, Volume 1 -
Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark L. Cullen, 2013.
... Mark Cullen
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