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Stories and information on Huron County Townships taken from the book The Settlement of Huron Countyby James Scott, 1916. Ryerson Press, 1966
The township is bounded on the north by the County of Bruce, on the east by Howick, with the townships of Grey, Morris and East Wawanosh forming the southwest side to make this a triangular shaped township. The Maitland River flows through it and the land is of good quality. The smallest of the townships with 30,000 acres. It was abundantly wooded with pine in the early days which led to a flourishing lumber industry.
Probably the first arrival in Turnberry was John Messer who came in the fall of 1853 and chose lots 39, 40 of Concession 1 for his home. Also in the spring of 1854 several other settlers arrived, among these were Jacob Cantelon, Alexander Duncan and James McCullough who settled where the village of Bluevale now stands.
In the eastern section of the township the earliest settlers were James Henning and Robert J.Duff. About the same time land was taken up by John Gallagher, Alexander Thompson, Andrew Mitchell, John McTavish, William Morris and William Bennett. A man called Beckett arrived about the same time and erected a sawmill at the place which later became known as Zetland. After the land sale there was a concentration of settlement along concession 1 which included the following families: Thomas Jenkins Robert Hogg Eligah Martin Daniel McIntosh George and David Moffatt James Dardiner Alexander Hislop James McCully Samuel Black Andrew Grey In the following year F.W. Irwin, the founder of the village of Belmore, located on Concession C.