Biographical information for Theodore.
- Life Sketch: Brief overview of Theodore’s life.
- Theodore’s Personal History: Read Theodore’s life sketch written in his own words at the end of his mission in 1840. Also, learn how these precious pages were brought to light after many years.
- Theodore’s Biography by Ella Mae Judd: Those who are aware of the 1978 Red Book (The Theodore Turley Family) will recognize this biography originally written by Ella Mae Judd in 1951. The version here is from Frances and Wally Gray’s family history website. Ella Mae Judd retyped her biography of Theodore Turley in 1997, incorporating Olive Turley’s corrections and additions. Although some of the stories are likely family folklore, it’s still a valuable resource.
- Other resources:
–Theodore’s biography at the Joseph Smith Papers website.
–Theodore’s biography at BYU’s Mormon Missionary Diaries database. (Don’t forget to check out images of Theodore’s missionary diary while you’re at it!)
–Theodore’s profile in the Church History Department’s Early Mormon Missionaries database.
–Photos, documents, and stories about Theodore uploaded to FamilySearch’s Family Tree database (login required). Theodore’s personal ID is KWJV-HKX.
–Stories about Theodore at Ann Lewis’ family history blog.
Theodore Turley: A Biography by Richard E. Turley, Jr.
Begun in 1995, this continuing series of articles by Richard E. Turley, Jr., will form the basis for an official biography of Theodore Turley. These installments will be revised, incorporating newer data from the Theodore Turley Papers project, prior to publication.
Fact vs. Fiction
Was Theodore really friends with the King of England? What about his involvement in the White Horse Prophecy? We might need to reexamine much of the family folklore we grew up with. Learn about some of the more common myths and misconceptions about Theodore.
For decades, family members were passing around photocopies of Theodore’s photo, unable to locate an original. Read about how, in 2014, one descendant stumbled across the earliest known copy of Theodore’s portrait.
Theodore Turley Papers
A complete collection of all known documents relating to Theodore’s life is set to be published in the next few years. The work is modeled after the Joseph Smith Papers project, showing detailed facsimiles, transcriptions, and descriptions of each document. Even better, the editors of this incredible project are all descendants of Theodore Turley.