Theodoreus Turley
1848-1848

Born: 28 May 1848, location unknown.1
Died: 31 December 1848, location unknown. Likely in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.2
Buried: Location unknown.3
FamilySearch ID: LCJ1-SXS
FindaGrave Memorial ID:  None

Theodoreus was the son of Theodore Turley and Mary Clift.

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Life Sketch

Theodoreus Turley was born 28 May 1848, but it is unclear if he was born in the original Winter Quarters settlement (now in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska) or across the Missouri River in Iowa.4 His birth occurred when Latter-day Saints were abandoning Winter Quarters, in the spring and early summer of 1848.5 The Turley family subsequently settled in Ferryville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.6

Theodoreus died 31 December 1848.7 His death was later noted in a letter from Orson Hyde to church leaders in Salt Lake City. “The winter was not as healthy as the summer,” Hyde reported. “There [have] been a number of deaths… Theodore Turley lost his youngest child.”8 Theodore recorded that Theodoreus was buried at Winter Quarters near Council Bluffs Missouri River.9 This has been interpreted as a reference to the Winter Quarters Cemetery (now in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska) where many other Turley family members were buried. Theodore’s extra note about the Missouri River, however, likely indicates that the baby was buried in Ferryville where the family resided.10 The Ferryville branch was also called the Ferry branch or River branch.11

Theodoreus Turley on Mary Clift’s family memorial.
Theodore Turley lost his youngest child.
“Theodore Turley lost his youngest child.” Excerpt from April 1849 Orson Hyde letter to Brigham Young recounting deaths in the area over the winter.

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Timeline

1848
May 28: Theodoreus Turley, son of Mary Clift and Theodore Turley, was born.12
December 31: Theodoreus died,13 likely in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. His burial location is unknown, but the family resided in Ferryville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.14

Important Places

Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Theodoreus was born in May 1848, possibly after the Turley family moved with other Mormon settlers to the east side of the Missouri River. He died in December of that year.

  1. Mormon settlers began abandoning the settlement at Winter Quarters in mid-March 1848 and continued through early summer. It is not clear when the Turley family moved to the Iowa side of the river. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  2. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  3. Theodore Turley recorded that Theodoreus was buried at Winter Quarters near Council Bluffs Missouri River. This could be a reference to the Winter Quarters Cemetery (now in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska) where many other Turley family members were buried. Theodore’s extra note about the Missouri River, however, likely indicates that the baby was buried in Ferryville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where the family resided. The Ferryville branch was also called the Ferry branch or River branch. Family Memorial-Mary Clift; Edwin Rushton family collection, circa 1833-1966, Edwin Rushton letter to Thomas Bullock, 30 Jun. 1849, digital image, MS 24401, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/49e904a7-bc7f-4a4e-a1d3-bae7b05b9b0c/0/2?lang=eng; “Ferry/River Branch,” Mormon Places, https://mormonplaces.byu.edu/data/entities/480700.
  4. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  5. Richard E. Bennett, Mormons at the Missouri: Winter Quarters, 1846–1852 (Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004), 166.
  6. ; Edwin Rushton family collection, circa 1833-1966, Edwin Rushton letter to Thomas Bullock, 30 Jun. 1849, digital image, MS 24401, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/49e904a7-bc7f-4a4e-a1d3-bae7b05b9b0c/0/2?lang=eng.
  7. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  8. Orson Hyde letter to Brigham Young, 5 Apr. 1849, images 31-32 of 39, CR 1234 1, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/6589f825-bcd9-45e1-b11a-abdfe91a85ac/0/31.
  9. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  10. Edwin Rushton family collection, circa 1833-1966, Edwin Rushton letter to Thomas Bullock, 30 Jun. 1849, digital image, MS 24401, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/49e904a7-bc7f-4a4e-a1d3-bae7b05b9b0c/0/2?lang=eng.
  11. “Ferry/River Branch,” Mormon Places, https://mormonplaces.byu.edu/data/entities/480700.
  12. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  13. Family Memorial-Mary Clift.
  14. Theodore Turley recorded that his son was buried in Winter Quarters near Council Bluffs Missouri River. This could be a reference to the Winter Quarters Cemetery (now in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska) where many other Turley family members were buried. Theodore’s note about the Missouri River, however, likely indicates the baby was buried in Ferryville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where the family resided. The Ferryville branch was also called the Ferry branch or River branch. Family Memorial-Mary Clift; Edwin Rushton family collection, circa 1833-1966, Edwin Rushton letter to Thomas Bullock, 30 Jun. 1849, digital image, MS 24401, Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/49e904a7-bc7f-4a4e-a1d3-bae7b05b9b0c/0/2?lang=eng; “Ferry/River Branch,” Mormon Places, https://mormonplaces.byu.edu/data/entities/480700.