The Theodore Turley Family Book, published in 1978, was a labor of love decades in the making. Members of the Theodore Turley Family Organization worked for years to record what they could find about the lives of Theodore Turley and his descendants through the 1970s. The volume has well over 500 pages, and, because of it’s distinct cover, is often referred to simply as the “Red Book.” Physical copies are limited and can be expensive, but digitized versions of the book have since been created (family members may contact us for the most recent PDF). A text-only version of the book is available online via FamilySearch.

Much of the material in the Red Book can be found in the “Memories” section in FamilySearch for Theodore Turley’s descendants. Some family members have also reproduced extensive material from the Red Book (plus additional research) on their own family history websites, such as Ann Lewis and Frances & Wally Gray. We have also reprinted an updated version of Ella Mae Judd’s biography of Theodore Turley from the Red Book on our website.

We recently obtained permission from Nancy Romans Turley to post chapters of the Red Book here on the TTFO website. Where chapters contain information about individuals believed to be living as of September 2020, only the biography of the primary chapter subject is posted (these PDF files are noted with an asterisk). Corrections to The Theodore Turley Family Book are noted at the bottom of this page. Please contact us to note further corrections.


p. 398: Individual misidentified in photo. Caption should state “From Left: Bernice and Claude Quackenbush, Centenna and Ernest Turley, Beatrice and Wilson Turley.” Photo was likely taken in 1955 (celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ernest & Centenna Turley) rather than 1945.1

  1. Correction requested by Beatrice’s granddaughter who recognized the error and contacted the TTFO. Walter Wilson Turley married Beatrice Stone (his second wife) on 29 Sep. 1953.