Jacob Omner Turley
1852-1924

Born: 30 June 1852 in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California1
Died: 22 September 1924 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho2
Buried: 27 September 1924 at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise, Ada County, Idaho3
FamilySearch ID: KNXW-6KS
FindaGrave Memorial ID: 38212049

Omner was the son of Theodore Turley and Ruth Jane Giles.

Omner married Louise Ann Woodhouse on 4 July 1876 in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah.4 They had the following children:

  1. Omner Jay Turley (1877-1942) m. Urna Bradford Hickox
  2. Louis Alvin Turley (1879-1953) m. Anna Gertrude King
  3. Walter Guy Turley (1881-1966) m. Elizabeth Harrison DuVal
  4. Joseph Ingersoll Turley (1887-1973) m. Adelheide Emilie D’Oench
  5. Theodore Hope Turley (1890-1915)
  6. Creswick Roy Turley (1896-1906)

Omner and Louise A. Woodhouse divorced on 7 October 1898.5 Omner then married Addie (Barnwell) Bellus on 8 December 1910 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho.6 Their marriage was dissolved on 27 May 1912.7 Omner and Addie did not have any children together.

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…my father, Jacob Omner, born in S.B. January 30th, 1852, and died in Boise, Idaho in September of 1924, was his youngest son who lived to maturity and left seven sons of which I am the fifth and only one living

My two oldest brothers were born in Beaver, Jay on April 16, 1877, …. My second brother, Louis Alvin,…

My third Bro., Walter Guy, was born on the Holcomb Ranch five mi. above Boise, Idaho on the way to Yakama, Washington, October 4, 1881. My parents remained in Idaho because my oldest brother, then aged 4½ rode on a giant rutabaga for a hobby horse and my father said that any land that could produce such a giant vegetable was good enough for him; so he remained in So. Idaho. My parents spent their first winter there in charge of the Willow Creek stage station on the old Oregon Trail, 18mi. N.W. of Boise the first station on the way to Portland, Oregon. Without any cookbooks, our mother devised 38 different ways of cooking potatoes and her fame spread as far as San Francisco.

The next spring my father homesteaded on the Paytte R. 6 mi. west from Emmett. Then only a crossroads with only three of the four corners occupied, but now a thriving town of several thousand people. Our place where I was born August 3rd, 1887, was so far and isolated that there was only one house within sight and that was 1 and ¾ mi. away.

1971 letter from joseph soll turley to descendants of theodore turley

Biographical sketch from The Theodore Turley Family book (p. 547)

JACOB OMNER TURLEY was born Jan. 30, 1852 in San Bernardino, California to Theodore and Ruth Jane Giles Turley. He married LOUISA ANN WOODHOUSE on July 4, 1876 in Beaver, Utah. She was born Jan. 7, 1856 in Cedar City, Utah to Ann Creswick and John Woodhouse. LOUISA died March 31, 1939 in San Bernardino, California. JACOB OMNER died Sept. 22, 1924 in Boise, Idaho.

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  1. Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937, Filing no 46291-29000 (1924-1925), no. 46925, death cert. of Omner Turley, 22 Sep. 1924, image 641 of digital film 4192452 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6SKQ-QPH, accessed July 2021.
  2. Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937, Filing no 46291-29000 (1924-1925), no. 46925, death cert. of Omner Turley, 22 Sep. 1924, image 641 of digital film 4192452 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6SKQ-QPH, accessed July 2021.
  3. Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937, Filing no 46291-29000 (1924-1925), no. 46925, death cert. of Omner Turley, 22 Sep. 1924, image 641 of digital film 4192452 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6SKQ-QPH, accessed July 2021; FindaGrave.com, memorial page for Jacob Omner Turley (30 Jan 1852–22 Sep 1924), memorial ID 38212049, citing Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, United States.
  4. Idaho, Ada Co. District Court, Judgment docket vol. E, p. 536, Louise A. Turley vs. Omner Turley, image 338 of digital film 8302388 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-C9L9-Q, accessed July 2021.
  5. Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1962, Ada County, Marriage Record Vol. 9, p. 127, no. 33990, marriage of Omner Turley and Addie Bellus, 8 Dec. 1910, image 166 of digital film 4533335 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939Z-57KQ-S, accessed July 2021.
  6. According to court documents, Addie testified that Omner abandoned her on 29 April 1911. Per the judgment, Addie’s name reverted back from “Addie Turley” to “Addie Bellus.” She subsequently married Joseph C. Tousley on 15 Dec. 1914. Idaho, Ada Co. District Court, Judgment docket vol. J, p. 39-40, case no. 3307, Addie Turley vs. Omner Turley, images 555-556 of digital film 8302387 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-H7VR-G, accessed July 2021; Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1962, Ada County, Marriage Record Vol. 11, p. 532, no. 57660, marriage of Joseph C. Tousley and Addie Bellus, 15 Dec. 1914, image 252 of digital film 4533336 at FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939Z-5H9V-Q8, accessed July 2021.