from Union Co, KY History, 1886, p. 294:
After marrying in NC, he retuned to Va. in 1841 where he farmed. In Oct. 1845 he retuned to NC and remained there until 1856 when he came to WV, where he remained one year, coming to KY in September 1857. During eleven years of this time he was preaching in the Christian Church.... he has 184 acros of land, 80 acores of which is cultivated. His store 2 miles s. of Boxville is filled with a good line of general merchandise, such as dry goods, groceries, boots, s hoes, etc. According to a letter written by James H. Yarborough in 1952 to his grandaughter Susan, James Albert Turner was 'a brilliant, self-educated man and had many leather bound books on history, psychology, and other sciences... a man once told me he was the greatest natural orator he ever heard speak. As a young man he was a conductor on one of the first trains ever ru n in the U.S. The end of the line was Raleigh, NC...'