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)


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.

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). 


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.



  • Birmingham
  • London


  • York (Toronto)

United States

  • California
    • Sacramento
    • San Bernardino County Sun
  • Illinois
    • Nauvoo Register
  • Utah
    • Deseret News
    • Salt Lake Tribune
    • Salt Lake Herald

Census Records

U.S. Federal Census Records – includes 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses.

California Census Records

Illinois Census Records

Property Records


United States

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