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John Turner, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Fuller’s Point; one of the first settlers and pioneers, was born in Virginia Dec. 16, 1812; came to this State and settled in Coles Co. in 1830; his first settlement was in what is now the township of Paradise; he cannot tell now that the township at that time had a name, and through it there was no mail-route; in 1835, he removed to North Okaw; this section of country was at that time all called Okaw; it derives its name from the two streams running through it; Mr. Turner is now the oldest living settler in the township. He was married to Miss Elsie J. Robison; they have four children, viz., Mary J., John W., Francis M. and W alter W.; he was previously married to Miss Matilda F. Simms, now deceased; they have had one child, viz., Rebecca J. The farm of Mr. Turner consists of ninety-two acres, valued at $2,000; since his residence in the township, he has held the offices of Assessor, Supervisor and Collector.