Handwritten redress petition by Theodore Turley describing his losses in Far West, Missouri.

In this document, dated 7 May 1839, Theodore Turley records the financial losses he and his family sustained during the Mormon-Missouri war. It is signed by the Circuit Court Clerk of Adams County, Illinois.1 See also “8: Fleeing Far West, 5-18 April 1839” by Richard E. Turley, Jr.

Reference: Mormon Redress Petitions, 1839-1845, Claims: T-V, Theodore Turley, image 32 of 47, MS 2703, Church History Library (https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/26d66a2a-3cf0-434d-ad62-f9a967d1535f/0/31?lang=eng : accessed 16 April 2024).

Church History Library collection summary: Statements pertaining to grievances suffered by the Mormons in Missouri, 1833-1839. The majority are petitions collected for the purpose of presentation as redress bills before the United States Congress.

Notes: Transcription by Mary Ann Clements.

May 7th 1839
State of Mo Dr To Theodore Turley

Loss Sustained in Colwell Co one Blacksmith
Shop one GunSmith Shop — $500.00
Loss of 10 acres of Land near Town [$]100.00
Loss of house & Garden well Stable &c. &c. — [$]300.00
Loss of Town Lot — — [$]40.00
Loss of 2 horses Bridle & Sadle &c. — [$]150.00
Loss of Harness Taken by men calling themselves Militia [$]20.00
Loss of Tools taken by [men calling themselves Militia] — [$]40.00
Loss Sustained by braking up my Buisness — [$]1000.00
Loss Sustained by abuse in famely & myselfe
& Driving from the State — 10 pirsons [$]1000.00
[Total] $3050.00

I hereby certify the above account to be just and
true according to the best of my knowledge
Theodore Turley

Sworn to before me this 7th day of May AD 1839
C M Woods Clerk Circuit Court
Adams County State of Illinois

  1. Mormon Redress Petitions, 1839-1845, Claims: T-V, Theodore Turley, image 32 of 47, MS 2703, Church History Library (https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/26d66a2a-3cf0-434d-ad62-f9a967d1535f/0/31?lang=eng : accessed 16 April 2024).