Below are links to images and/or transcripts of many original documents relating to Theodore Turley available on our website or other online databases. We hope they will be of benefit to descendants and researchers. (Note: this page is still under construction.)

Vital Records

Christening Records – includes 1801 Christening record of Theodore Turley (Birmingham, England), 1822 Christening record of son, Theodore Turley, Jr. (Birmingham, England), and 1826 Christening record of daughter, Frances Amelia Turley (London, England).

1821 Marriage Record of Theodore Turley and Frances Amelia Kimberley Turley (Harborne, England) – Note: Harborne is in the greater Birmingham area.

1850 Marriage Record of Theodore Turley and Ruth Jane Giles (Salt Lake City, Utah) – transcript only.

Family Memorials – Theodore’s personal handwritten family group sheets documenting his marriages and children with Frances Amelia Kimberley, Mary Clift, and Sarah Ellen Clift. (We are not aware of any family memorials documenting his marriages and children with Eliza Clift or Ruth Jane Giles.) 

1872 Probate Record for Theodore Turley (Beaver County, Utah)

Journals

Theodore Turley’s Mission Journal (Also check out Theodore’s autobiographical life sketch, likely written as a part of his mission journal in 1840. Transcript only.)

  • Related: The Theodore Turley: A Biography series by Richard E. Turley, Jr., relies heavily on Theodore Turley’s mission journal as a source.

Wilford Woodruff’s Journals – Theodore Turley accompanied members of the Twelve Apostles, including Wilford Woodruff, on their mission to England in 1840.

  • Related: installments 13 through 45 of the Theodore Turley: A Biography series by Richard E. Turley, Jr., relate to the 1839-1840 British Mission.

William Clayton’s Journal – William Clayton was in the group of British converts that Theodore brought back to Nauvoo in 1840.

Offline: Amasa Mason Lyman Journals – full transcript available in the book Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman, 1832-1877, edited by Scott H. Partridge (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2016). 

Correspondence

1837 Letter from Theodore Turley to Isaac Russell (Churchville, Ontario)

1848 Letter from Theodore Turley to Brigham Young (probably Winter Quarters, Nebraska)

1849 Letter from Silas Richards to Brigham Young giving a status report on their journey from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake City (transcript and original). Mentions Theodore Turley among the company members. See also the Camp of Israel schedule and report for the Silas Richards company.

1855 Letter from Theodore Turley to Hosea Stout (San Bernardino, California)

1864 Letter from Theodore Turley to his children in California (Minersville, Utah). Published in June 2012 Theodore Turley Family Organization Newsletter.

1971 Letter from Theodore Turley’s grandson, Joseph Soll Turley, to descendants of Theodore Turley (Tujunga, California). 

Newspapers

1825 British Newspapers — Notices of dissolution of Theodore’s business partnership with William Lindon.

1827-1829 Canadian Newspapers — Theodore’s advertisements in the York (now Toronto) newspaper The Colonial Advocate.

United States Newspapers (Coming Soon)

Census Records

1840 United States Federal Census (Hancock County, Illinois)

1850 United States Federal Census (Utah County, Utah)

1852 California State Census (San Bernardino County, California)

1860 United States Federal Census (Beaver County, Utah)

1870 United States Federal Census (Beaver, Beaver County, Utah)

Property Records

Canada

United States

  • California
  • Illinois
  • Missouri – has anyone found records relating to Theodore’s property in Far West, Missouri?
  • Utah