Joseph Orson Turley

Born: 12 July 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois1
Died: 29 December 1916 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah2
Buried: 31 December 1916 in Provo, Utah County, Utah3
FamilySearch ID: KWJF-CSJ
FindaGrave Memorial ID: 57661742

Joseph was the son of Ruth Jane Giles and the adopted son of Theodore Turley

Joseph Orson Turley married Elizabeth Lightner on 13 December 1865 in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah.4 They had eight children.

  1. Elsie Elizabeth Turley (1866-1948) m. William Henry Barrett
  2. Mary Jane Turley (1869-1944) m. George Bond
  3. George Orson Turley (1872-1872)
  4. Ruthella Turley (1875-1934) m. Louis Otto Lieber
  5. Bertha Caroline Turley (1877-1936) m1. Thomas Abraham White, m2. Howard M. Scott
  6. Ernest Warren Turley (1880-1882)
  7. Lester Joseph Turley (1883-1956) m. Nelle Amanda Pendergast
  8. Louise Turley (1885-1964) m. Charles Reynolds Creal
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Joseph O. Turley Passes Away at Home of His Daughter at Ripe Age

Colton people will hear with deep regret of the death this morning at Ogden, Utah, of Joseph Turley, formerly a resident of this city.

Mr. Turley was about 73 years of age. He went to Ogden some months ago on account of failing health, with the idea that the change might be of benefit. Some twelve years ago he moved from Colton to Los Angeles, where some of his children lived. While here he made friends of all who knew him because of his innate kindness of heart and cheerfulness, coupled with the qualities that make a valuable citizen. He was loyal to his friends as well as having a most generous and progressive spirit that made him highly esteemed for his personal worth.

Deceased leaves a wife and five children. The latter are Mrs. Mamie Bond, Mrs. Ruth Heber and Mrs. T. A. White of Los Angeles; Mrs. C. R. Creel of Colton and Lester Turley, whose home is in Los Angeles.

“former colton man dies in ogden,” colton daily courier, Friday, 29 Dec. 1916, p. 4, col. 5,

TURLEY—Joseph O. Turley, aged 72 years, died at the family residence, 2221 Grant avenue, this morning at 7:50 o’clock. Deceased is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. E. E. Barrett of Ogden, Mrs. Mary Bond, Mrs. Lieber, Mrs. Bertha White and Lester J. Turley, all of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Charles Creal of Colton, Utah. Deceased was a member of the L. D. S. Church, the Maccabees and the Knights of Pythias lodges of Colton. The remains were removed to the Kirkendall funeral parlors to be prepared for shipment to Provo. Services will be held in the Fifth ward meeting house and interment made in the Provo cemetery. The time of shipment will be announced later.

“Deaths and funerals,” the ogden standard, friday, 29 Dec. 1916, p. 3, col. 5,

TURLEY, At 116 South Berendo, January 26, 1927, Mrs. Elizabeth Turley, mother of Elsie E. Barrett, Mary Bond, Ruth Leiber, Bertha White, Louise Creal and Lester Turley.

Funeral services at Bresee Brothers’ chapel, 855 Figueroa, Saturday at 1:30pm.

“deaths,” los angeles daily times, Saturday, 29 Jan. 1927, p. 18, col. 5,

Former Resident of Colton Dies at Los Angeles Home

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Turley, mother of Mrs. Charles Creal, were held this afternoon at 1:30 at the Bresee Undertaking Parlors, in Los Angeles. Mrs. Turley died on Wednesday, January 26, at her home in Los Angeles. Her husband, Joseph Turley, died several years ago.

The family formerly resided in this city. Deceased leaves five daughters—Elsie Barrett, Mary Bond, Ruth Leiver, Bertha White, Louise Creal, and a son, Lester Turley.

“Former resident of colton dies at los angeles home,” Colton daily courier, Saturday, 29 Jan. 1927, p. 1, col. 3,

Biographical sketch from The Theodore Turley Family book (p. 546)

JOSEPH ORSON TURLEY, born July 12, 1845 in Nauvoo, Ill., was the adopted son of Theodore Turley and Ruth Jane Giles Turley. He married ELSIE ELIZABETH LIGHTNER, born April 3, 1849 in Hudson, Wisconsin to Adam and Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner. They had eight children[.]

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November 4: sold Beaver Co. land to E. F. Bingham $10, Plat A Lot 2 Block 8 in Minersville (Beaver field trip, recorded 8 March 1890)

April 14: sold Beaver Co. land to William Wood, Jr. $175, Plat B Lot 4 Block 23 in Minersville (Beaver field trip, recorded 28 June 1890)

June 28: sold Iron Co. land to Matthew Cullen (Iron Co. property records, recorded 28 July 1892)

December 22: sold Iron Co. land to Iron County (Iron Co. property records, recorded 17 Jan 1898)

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Winter Quarters, Nebraska(?)
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Bernardino, California
Cedar City, Utah
Washington, Utah
Minersville, Utah
Colton, California
Los Angeles, California
Ogden, Utah

  1. Utah, U.S., Death and Military Certificates, 1904-1961, Weber Co., 1916, cert. no. 433, death cert. of Joseph Orson Turley, 29 Dec. 1916, image at
  2. Utah, U.S., Death and Military Certificates, 1904-1961, Weber Co., 1916, cert. no. 433, death cert. of Joseph Orson Turley, 29 Dec. 1916, image at
  3. Utah, U.S., Death and Military Certificates, 1904-1961, Weber Co., 1916, cert. no. 433, death cert. of Joseph Orson Turley, 29 Dec. 1916, image at;, memorial page for Joseph Orson Turley (12 Jul 1845–29 Dec 1916), memorial ID 57661742, citing Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States.
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