Princetta Turley
1845-1846

Born: 2 August 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois1
Died: 2 or 10 September 1846 in Winter Quarters (now Omaha), Douglas County, Nebraska2
Buried: Winter Quarters Cemetery in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska3
FamilySearch ID: KFGR-G79
FindaGrave Memorial ID:  35006238

Princetta was the daughter of Theodore Turley and Sarah Ellen Clift.

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Life Sketch

Princetta Turley was born 2 August 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois to Theodore Turley and Sarah Ellen Clift.4 She was the first child born to Sarah Ellen Clift in her plural marriage with Theodore.5

Princetta Turley in the Family Memorial for Sarah Ellen Clift

Princetta Turley died young in Winter Quarters (now Omaha), Douglas County, Nebraska. The timing of her death has inconsistencies. First, the Winter Quarters sexton records indicate that Princetta died on 2 September,6 but Theodore Turley’s handwritten records state Princetta died on 10 September.7

Princetta Turley in the Winter Quarters sexton records

The year of Princetta’s death also raises some questions. Both Theodore Turley’s handwritten record and the Winter Quarters sexton records indicate 1846 as Princetta’s death year, and her age is consistent with that date at one year and one month. However, Princetta is recorded among other individuals who died in September 1847. Her grave number is out of order (number 148, lower than the 200s that others who died in September 1847 were assigned), since Princetta was buried in the same grave as her mother. This could suggest that Princetta died after her mother. Sarah Ellen Clift died 4 May 1847 in Winter Quarters. 8 A likelier explanation, however, is that Princetta was originally buried elsewhere, and her body was later moved to be interred with her mother.

Princetta Turley on memorial plaque at Winter Quarters.

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Timeline

1845
August 5: Princetta Turley was born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, to Theodore Turley and Sarah Ellen Clift.9

1846
September 2 or 10: Princetta Turley died of fever at Winter Quarters (now Omaha), Douglas County, Nebraska. She was later buried with her mother, Sarah Ellen Clift, in grave number 148 at the Winter Quarters cemetery.10

Important Places

Nauvoo, Illinois: Princetta Turley was born in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1845.
Winter Quarters, Nebraska: Princetta died at Winter Quarters in 1846. She was later buried with her mother, Sarah Ellen Clift, at the Winter Quarters Cemetery in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

  1. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift; Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021.
  2. Winter Quarters sexton records clearly indicate that Princetta died on 2 September, but Theodore’s family memorial for the Sarah Ellen Clift family records that Princetta died on 10 September. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift; Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021.
  3. Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021; FindaGrave.com, memorial page for Princetta Turley (2 Aug 1845–10 Sep 1846), memorial no. 35006238, citing Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA.
  4. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift; Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021.
  5. Sarah Ellen Clift was married as a plural wife to Theodore Turley 26 April 1844 according to Theodore’s handwritten records. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift.
  6. Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021.
  7. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift.
  8. The grave number for Sarah Ellen Clift, number 148, is in numerical order with those in the sexton record who died in May 1847. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift; Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 30 of 51, Sarah E. Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=29, accessed March 2021.
  9. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift; Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021.
  10. Winter Quarters sexton records clearly indicate that Princetta died on 2 September, but Theodore’s family memorial for the Sarah Ellen Clift family records that Princetta died on 10 September. Family Memorial-Sarah Ellen Clift; Winter Quarters sexton’s records, 1846-1848, Record book, image 40 of 51, Princetta Turley, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=1647eb3e-6020-4669-91a2-603820678def&crate=0&index=39, accessed March 2021.