Theodore Turley (1801-1871) was an early member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon pioneer. Theodore helped oversee the evacuation of the Saints from Far West, Missouri, during the Mormon-Missouri War of 1838, and he later built the first Latter-day Saint home in Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1839, he accompanied the Twelve Apostles on their mission to his native England. Theodore crossed the plains with the Silas Richards Company in 1849. He was one of the original settlers of San Bernardino, California, in 1851. After the Saints were called back to Utah in 1857, he resided in Cedar City, Washington, and Minersville before finally settling permanently in Beaver, Utah. Theodore died in 1871.
Theodore Turley had five wives, twenty-two children, and two stepsons.
Additional biographical resources:
- Life Sketch: More detailed overview of Theodore’s life.
- Theodore’s Personal History: Theodore’s life sketch written in his own words at the end of his mission in 1840.
- Theodore’s Biography by Ella Mae Judd: Originally written by Ella Mae Judd in 1951, and later updated in 1997. lthough some of the stories are likely family folklore, it’s still a valuable resource.
- Theodore Turley: A Biography by Richard E. Turley, Jr.: A continuing series of newsletter articles by Richard E. Turley, Jr., begun in 1995 that will form the basis for an official biography of Theodore Turley.
- Other resources:
–Theodore’s biography at the Joseph Smith Papers website.
–Theodore’s biography at BYU’s Mormon Missionary Diaries database.
–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.