The Family of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates

William Turley

Born: 1770 in Sedgley, Staffordshire, England1
Christened: Unknown
Died: 6 April 1841 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England2
Buried: 11 April 1841 at St. Paul’s Chapel in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England3
FamilySearch ID: L65Z-8W8

Elizabeth Yates

Born: 1775 in Edgbaston (part of Birmingham), Warwickshire, England4
Christened: 10 September 1775 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Edgbaston (part of Birmingham), Warwickshire, England5
Died: 6 March 1848 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England6
Buried: 12 March 1848 at St. Paul’s Chapel in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England7
FamilySearch ID: LZPV-XFQ

William Turley was the son of Joseph Turley8 and [unknown]9
Elizabeth Yates was the daughter of Joseph Yates and Ann Hart10

William Turley and Elizabeth Yates were married 9 June 1793 at St. Martin’s Church in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.11 They had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Turley (1794-1876) m. Michael John Walton
  2. Mary Ann Turley (1796-1871) m. Richard Mills
  3. Sophia Turley (1798-1875) m1. Howard Pearce, m2. William Davis
  4. Theodore Turley (1801-1871) m1. Frances Kimberley, m2. Mary Clift, m3. Eliza Georgianna Clift, m4. Sarah Ellen Clift, m5. Ruth Jane Giles
  5. William Turley (1804-1817)
  6. Ann Turley (1805-) m. Walter Goldfinch
  7. John Turley (1809-1877) m. Martha Izon
  8. Frederick Turley (1812-1830)
  9. Charlotte Bradbury Turley (1818-1891) m. Alfred Sowden Brown
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Known residences: Fordrough Street (1813), Exeter Row (1817, 1819), Horse Fair (1830), and Hurst Street (1840, 1841, 1848). Horse Fair and Hurst Street still exist on modern maps. All four streets were within a few blocks of each other.

Headstone and Footstone. Sacred to the memory of CHARLOTTE BRADBURY who departed this life February 4th 1822 aged 24 years. Also ANN BOUGHTON who died December 5th 1825 aged 67 years. WILLIAM TURLEY died April 6th 1841 aged 70 years. ELIZ.ETH wife of WILLM. TURLEY died March 6th 1848 aged 73 years. JOHN BOUGHTON died December 31st 1849 aged 84 years.

Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Monumental Inscriptions St. Paul’s Church, Hockley, Birmingham, p. 171.
William Turley’s Military Service

Historical records indicate that William Turley served in the British army, though the details are sketchy.12 In June 1813, William’s occupation was listed as a private in a garrison battalion. There were six garrison battalions serving the British army at that time. Unfortunately, we don’t know which unit William served in, but a likely option was the 3rd Garrison Battalion which included the old 9th Battalion of Reserve. This reserve battalion was raised in Worcester in 1803 and consisted of volunteers from Cheshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The 3rd Garrison Battalion was stationed in Ireland from 1807 to 1813. It then served in Malta until 1817 when it was disbanded.13 It appears that William Turley completed his military service prior the birth of his youngest child, Charlotte, as he was listed as a Fire Iron Maker on her 1819 baptism record.14

Some family members have suggested that William Turley participated in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.15 This is unlikely. None of the garrison battalions served at Waterloo. Also, the only William Turley listed on the 1815 Waterloo Medal Roll, commemorating those who served in that battle, was born about 1793 in Canterbury, Kent, England.16

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From Theodore Turley: A Biography by Richard E. Turley, Jr.:

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Timeline

1770
William Turley was born in 1770 at Sedgley, Staffordshire, England.17 His father’s name was Joseph Turley.18 The name of his mother is unknown.19

1775
Elizabeth Yates was born in 1775 in Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England. Her parents were Joseph Yates and Ann Hart.20
September 10: Elizabeth Yates was christened at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Edgbaston.21

1793
June 9: William Turley and Elizabeth Yates were married at St. Martin’s Church in Birmingham.22

1794
August 7: Elizabeth Turley, daughter of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. John the Baptist Church in Deritend.23

1796
March 20: Mary Ann Turley, daughter of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. John the Baptist Church in Deritend.24

1798
December 9: Sophia Turley, daughter of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. John the Baptist Church in Deritend.25

1801
May 29: Theodore Turley, son of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. Martin’s Church in Birmingham.26

1804
May 28: William Turley, son of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham.27

1805
June 7: Ann Turley, daughter of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham.28

1809
February 14: John Turley, son of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham.29

1812
November 2: Frederick Turley was born in Birmingham.30

1813
June 11: Frederick Turley, son of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham. The record states that the family resided on Fordrough Street in Birmingham. William’s occupation was a private in a garrison battalion.31

1817
October 2: Sophia Turley married Howard Pearce at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England.32
October 17: William Turley, Jr., was buried at St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham.33
November 24: Mary Ann Turley married Richard Mills at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham.34

1818
April 28: William and Elizabeth’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth, was married to Michael John Walton at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham.35
September 24: Charlotte Bradbury Turley was born in Birmingham.36

1819
July 14: Charlotte Bradbury Turley, daughter of William and Elizabeth Turley, was christened at St. Philip’s Church in Birmingham. The Turley family lived on Exeter Row, and William’s occupation was Fire Iron Maker. Interestingly, Charlotte was christened on the same date and location as her nephew, George Frederick Mills, son of Richard Mills and Mary Ann Turley. The Mills family lived on Gough Street and Richard Mills was a Drawing Master.37

1821
November 26: Theodore Turley and Frances Kimberley were married at St. Peter’s Church in Harborne.38

1827
August 8: William and Elizabeth’s daughter, Sophia Turley Pearce, married William Davis at St. Mary’s Church in Handsworth, Warwickshire, England.39

1830
July 28: Frederick Turley was buried at St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham. This was the same chapel where his brother, William, was buried in 1817.40

1832
April 23: John Turley married Martha Izon at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Aston.41

1837
May 13: Ann Turley married Walter Goldfinch at St. George the Martyr Church in Southwark, London.42

1841
April 6: Theodore Turley’s father, William Turley, died in Birmingham.43
April 11: William was buried at St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham.44
April 12: Notice of William’s death was published in Aris’s Birmingham Gazette. “DIED.—…On the same day [Wednesday last], after a short illness, aged 70, Mr. William Turley, of this town.45

1844
February 18: Charlotte Bradbury Turley married Alfred Sowden Brown at St. Peter’s Church in Harborne. Charlotte was twenty-five years old at the time of her marriage, and her residence was in Harborne. Her father, William Turley, was noted as deceased. His occupation was given as whitesmith. The groom, Alfred Sowden Brown, was a twenty-seven-year-old gun maker who resided in Harborne. His father, George Sowden Brown, was also a gun maker.46

1848
March 6: Elizabeth Yates Turley died in Birmingham.47
March 12: Elizabeth was buried with her mother and husband at St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham.48
March 13: Notice of Elizabeth’s death was published in Aris’s Birmingham Gazette. “On Monday last, aged 73, Mrs. Elizabeth Turley, of Hurst-street.”49

Important Places

Birmingham, England
Sedgley, England

  1. Theodore Turley Mission Journal, 1839-1840, p. 23, 1 Feb. 1840, Mormon Missionary Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/MMD/id/59528/rec/2, accessed March 2021.
  2. The newspaper notice of William’s death gave his death date as the previous Wednesday, April 7th. According to the monumental inscription at St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham, William Turley died on 6 April 1841 at the age of 70 years. Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, Monday, 12 Apr. 1841, p. 3, BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk; Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Monumental Inscriptions St. Paul’s Church, Hockley, Birmingham, p. 171.
  3. Birmingham, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1964, Birmingham, St. Paul, 1836-1844, p. 376, no. 3013, burial of William Turley, 11 Apr. 1841, image at Ancestry.com.
  4. Theodore Turley Mission Journal, 1839-1840, p. 23, 1 Feb. 1840, Mormon Missionary Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/MMD/id/59528/rec/2, accessed March 2021.
  5. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Edgbaston, St. Bartholomew, 1635-1812, baptism of Elizabeth Yattes, 10 Sep. 1775, image at Ancestry.com.
  6. Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, Monday, 13 Mar. 1848, p. 3, BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk.
  7. Birmingham, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1964, Birmingham, St. Paul, 1844-1852, p. 293, no. 2349, burial of Elizabeth Turley, 12 Mar. 1848, image at Ancestry.com.
  8. In his mission journal, Theodore Turley stated that his father was born in Sedgley parish and his grandfather’s name was Joseph Turley who died about 1819. This matches the information for a Joseph Turley who was buried at Sedgley parish on 6 July 1819 at the age of 85 years. Staffordshire, Sedgley, All Saints, burial record of Joseph Turley, 6 Jul. 1819, transcribed at FreeReg.org.uk, https://www.freereg.org.uk/search_records/586b3d16f493fdc9f670d06d/joseph-turley-burial-staffordshire-sedgley-1819-07-06?locale=en, accessed March 2021; Theodore Turley Mission Journal, 1839-1840, p. 23, 1 Feb. 1840, Mormon Missionary Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/MMD/id/59528/rec/2, accessed March 2021.
  9. There are several possibilities for the wife of Joseph Turley (1734-1819) of Sedgley.
  10. Joseph Yates and Ann Hart were married 24 Jan. 1775 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Edgbaston, St. Bartholomew, 1773-1802, p. 12, no. 43, marriage of Joseph Yates and Ann Hart, 24 Jan. 1775, image at Ancestry.com.
  11. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Birmingham, St. Martin, 1778-1796, marriage of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates, 9 Jun. 1793, image at Ancestry.com.
  12. Frederick Turley’s 1813 christening record gave his father’s occupation as a private in a garrison battalion. This appears to confirm Joseph Ingersoll Turley’s recollection of William Turley’s occupation listed as a member of the Royal Battalion on Theodore Turley’s 1814 indenture. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1813-1818, p. 78, no. 624, baptism of Frederick Turley, 11 Jun. 1813, image at Ancestry.com; 1971 Letter from Joseph Soll Turley.
  13. The 3rd Garrison Battalion was renamed the 1st Garrison Battalion in November 1814 with the disbandment of the previous 1st and 2nd battalions. A. S. White, “Garrison, Reserve and Veteran Battalions and Companies,” Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research Vol. 38, No. 156 (December 1960), pp. 156-167, https://www.jstor.org/stable/44225024.
  14. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1818-1821, p. 252, no. 3813, baptism of Charlotte Bradbury Turley, 14 Jul. 1819, image at Ancestry.com.
  15. 1971 Letter from Joseph Soll Turley.
  16. William Turley of Canterbury’s service records indicate he enlisted in 1813, was originally assigned to the 2nd battalion of the 52nd Foot, then transferred to the 1st battalion of the 52nd Foot in 1814. UK, Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900, 52nd Foot Soldiers, 2nd Battalion, 1812-1815, William Turley, 1 Apr. 1813, database at Ancestry.com; UK, Waterloo Medal Roll, 1815, 52nd Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion, Captain George Young’s Company, Private Wm Turley, database at Ancestry.com.
  17. Theodore Turley Mission Journal, 1839-1840, p. 23, 1 Feb. 1840, Mormon Missionary Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/MMD/id/59528/rec/2, accessed March 2021.
  18. In his mission journal, Theodore Turley stated that his father was born in Sedgley parish and his grandfather’s name was Joseph Turley who died about 1819. This matches the information for a Joseph Turley who was buried at Sedgley parish on 6 July 1819 at the age of 85 years. Staffordshire, Sedgley, All Saints, burial record of Joseph Turley, 6 Jul. 1819, transcribed at FreeReg.org.uk, https://www.freereg.org.uk/search_records/586b3d16f493fdc9f670d06d/joseph-turley-burial-staffordshire-sedgley-1819-07-06?locale=en, accessed March 2021; Theodore Turley Mission Journal, 1839-1840, p. 23, 1 Feb. 1840, Mormon Missionary Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/MMD/id/59528/rec/2, accessed March 2021.
  19. There are several possibilities for the wife of Joseph Turley (1734-1819) of Sedgley.
  20. Theodore Turley Mission Journal, 1839-1840, p. 23, 1 Feb. 1840, Mormon Missionary Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/MMD/id/59528/rec/2, accessed March 2021; Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Edgbaston, St. Bartholomew, 1773-1802, p. 12, no. 43, marriage of Joseph Yates and Ann Hart, 24 Jan. 1775, image at Ancestry.com.
  21. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Edgbaston, St. Bartholomew, 1635-1812, baptism of Elizabeth Yattes, 10 Sep. 1775, image at Ancestry.com.
  22. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Birmingham, St. Martin, 1778-1796, marriage of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates, 9 Jun. 1793, image at Ancestry.com.
  23. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Deritend, St. John the Baptist, 1700-1797, p. 220, baptism of Elizabeth Turley, 7 Aug. 1794, image at Ancestry.com.
  24. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Deritend, St. John the Baptist, 1700-1797, p. 229, baptism of Mary Ann Turley, 20 Mar. 1796, image at Ancestry.com.
  25. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Deritend, St. John the Baptist, 1797-1812, p. 25, baptism of Sophia Turley, 9 Dec. 1798, image at Ancestry.com.
  26. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Birmingham, St. Martin, 1795-1811, baptism of Theodore Turley, 29 May 1801, image at Ancestry.com.
  27. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1786-1811, baptism of Willm Turley, 28 May 1804, image at Ancestry.com.
  28. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1793-1812, baptism of Ann Turley, 7 Jun. 1805, image at Ancestry.com.
  29. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1793-1812, baptism of John Turley, 14 Feb. 1809, image at Ancestry.com.
  30. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1813-1818, p. 78, no. 624, baptism of Frederick Turley, 11 Jun. 1813, image at Ancestry.com.
  31. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1813-1818, p. 78, no. 624, baptism of Frederick Turley, 11 Jun. 1813, image at Ancestry.com.
  32. Elizabeth Turley and Richard Mills were witnesses to the ceremony. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Edgbaston, St. Bartholomew, 1816-1827, p. 232, no. 694, marriage of Howard Pearce and Sophia Turley, 2 Oct. 1817, image at Ancestry.com.
  33. The burial record misstates William’s age as 6 months. William is noted as the son of William and Elizabeth Turley, and the Turley residence is listed as Exeter Row. This matches the information on Charlotte Bradbury Turley’s 14 July 1819 christening record below.
  34. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1813-1837, p. 61, no. 180, marriage of Richard Mills and Mary Ann Turley, 24 Nov. 1817, image at Ancestry.com.
  35. Elizabeth’s sister, Sophia, and her husband, Howard Pearce, were witnesses to Elizabeth and Michael’s wedding. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1813-1837, p. 104, no. 304, marriage of Michael John Walton and Elizabeth Turley, 28 Apr. 1818, image at Ancestry.com.
  36. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1818-1821, p. 252, no. 3813, baptism of Charlotte Bradbury Turley, 14 Jul. 1819, image at Ancestry.com.
  37. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919, Birmingham, St. Philip, 1818-1821, p. 251-252, nos. 3812-3813, baptisms of George Frederick Mills and Charlotte Bradbury Turley, 14 Jul. 1819, image at Ancestry.com.
  38. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Harborne, St. Peter, 1820-1822, p. 69, no. 206, marriage of Theodore Turley and Frances Kimberley, 26 Nov. 1821, image at Ancestry.com.
  39. Sophia’s sister, Mary Ann Turley Mills, was one of the witnesses to the wedding. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Handsworth, St. Mary, 1824-1827, p. 266, no. 797, marriage of William Davis and Sophia Pearce, 8 Aug. 1827, image at Ancestry.com.
  40. Frederick’s parents were given as William and Elizabeth Turley, and their residence was on Horse Fair. Frederick was seventeen years old. Birmingham, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1964, Birmingham, St. Paul, 1830-1836, p. 22, no. 175, burial of Frederick Turley, 28 Jul. 1830, image at Ancestry.com.
  41. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Aston, St. Peter and St. Paul, 1827-1832, p. 273, no. 818, marriage of John Turley and Martha Izon, 23 Apr. 1832, image at Ancestry.com.
  42. This is the same London church where Theodore and Frances christened their daughter, Frances Amelia Turley, in August 1826. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932, Southwark, St. George the Martyr, 1826-1837, p. 65, no. 195, marriage of Walter Goldfinch and Ann Turley, 13 May 1837, image at Ancestry.com.
  43. “WILLIAM TURLEY died April 6th 1841 aged 70 years.” Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Monumental Inscriptions St. Paul’s Church, Hockley, Birmingham, p. 171.
  44. William’s burial record gave his age as 71 and residence as Hurst Street. Birmingham, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1964, Birmingham, St. Paul, 1836-1844, p. 376, no. 3013, burial of William Turley, 11 Apr. 1841, image at Ancestry.com.
  45. The newspaper notice of William’s death indicated he died the previous Wednesday, April 7th. According to the monumental inscription at St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham, William Turley died on 6 April 1841. Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, Monday, 12 Apr. 1841, p. 3, col. 3, BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk; Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Monumental Inscriptions St. Paul’s Church, Hockley, Birmingham, p. 171.
  46. Birmingham, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937, Harborne, St. Peter, 1843-1847, marriage of Alfred Sowden Brown and Charlotte Bradbury Turley, 18 Feb. 1844, image at Ancestry.com.
  47. “ELIZ.ETH wife of WILLM. TURLEY died March 6th 1848 aged 73 years.” Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Monumental Inscriptions St. Paul’s Church, Hockley, Birmingham, p. 171.
  48. Birmingham, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1964, Birmingham, St. Paul, 1844-1852, p. 293, no. 2349, burial of Elizabeth Turley, 12 Mar. 1848, image at Ancestry.com.
  49. Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, Monday, 13 Mar. 1848, p. 3, col. 4, BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk.