W. B. TURNER, farmer, and a pioneer of Menard Co., was born in Tennessee, March 1, 1802, and was raised principally in Madison Co., Ohio; he is the son of John and Hannah (Balenger) Turner; his parents removed from Tennessee to Madison Co., Ohio, while he was quite small, and after he became grown he was put to the trade of a tanner, which business he has followed some twenty-five years in Illinois; his parents came to Illinois, locating where W.B. now lives, in an early day; his parents were married when they were but about 19 years old, and lived together as man and wife for about seventy years, and died within a few months of each other. W.B. was married to Miss Joanna Bracken, of this county, Oct. 16, 1828; she was born in Bath Co., Ky., Nov. 29, 1808. They are the parents of eleven children, only our of whom are now living, viz., Alfred, born May 23, 1830; Robert L, Feb. 23, 1834; Lucinda R., Aug. 31, 1839, now Mrs. E. Worth; William A., Sept. 2, 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Turner have long been members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Turner has been a Deacon for upward of forty years. They are well-to-do and respected citizens, and now live to see the usefulness and prosperity of their children.