Frances Amelia Kimberley Turley

Frances Amelia Kimberley (1800-1847) was a fellow Birmingham native and married Theodore there on 26 November 1821. Theodore and Frances moved their growing family first to London and then across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada. It was there that they met missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized in March 1837. Theodore and Frances experienced many trials as they joined with their fellow Saints, first in Far West, Missouri, and then in Nauvoo, Illinois. Frances was one of many Turley family members that succumbed to illness in Winter Quarters. She died 30 August 1847.

Theodore and Frances had ten children together: Theodore, Jr., Frances Amelia, Mary Ann, Priscilla Rebecca, Frederick, Obia, Sarah Elizabeth, Isaac, Charlotte, and Jonathan.

Mary Clift Turley

Mary Clift (1815-1850) was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England. She was the first of her family members to accept the gospel when it was preached to them by the Latter-day Saint missionaries, and she was in the group of 200 Saints that Theodore Turley led back to Nauvoo in 1840 at the end of his mission. Mary Clift’s plural marriage with Theodore is traditionally dated to January 1842, but that has been debated in recent years. Mary Clift was the only wife to travel with Theodore Turley across the plains to Utah. Unfortunately, she died from complications of childbirth within months of arriving in the Salt Lake Valley.

Theodore and Mary had four children together: Jason (paternity disputed), Ephraim, Theodoreus, and Frances Kimberley (named after Theodore’s first wife).

Eliza Georgianna Clift McArthur

Eliza Georgianna Clift (1813-1882) was the second of three sisters who married Theodore Turley as plural wives in Nauvoo, Illinois. Eliza had joined the Church with her family in England, and came to America with her parents in 1841. Eliza married Theodore on 6 March 1844 in Nauvoo and was sealed to him in the Nauvoo temple in 1846, but the marriage didn’t last. Instead of moving west with the other Latter-Saints, Eliza took her only living child, a baby girl, and moved 100 miles north to Davenport, Iowa. There she remarried (twice) and lived a long life.

Theodore and Eliza had two children together: Henrietta and Emma Georgianna.

Sarah Ellen Clift Selwyn Turley

Sarah Ellen Clift (1817-1847) was the third of three sisters who became plural wives of Theodore Turley while living in Nauvoo, Illinois. Sarah apparently had two children from a previous relationship prior to immigrating to America, though only one of her children accompanied her (George). Sarah married Theodore on 26 April 1844. Sarah was the first of Theodore’s wives to pass away, succumbing to illness in Winter Quarters on 4 May 1847 (only a few short months before Theodore’s first wife, Frances, suffered the same fate).

Sarah had two children from a previous relationship: Congrove Clift Selwyn and George Augustus Clift Selwyn. Theodore and Sarah had three children together: Princetta, Joseph Smith (twin), and Hyrum Smith (twin).

Ruth Jane Giles Turley

Ruth Jane Giles (1812-1880) was a native of Massachusetts who joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint with her sister, Mary Meek Giles. Ruth was likely a plural wife when she lived in Nauvoo, though we aren’t sure of her husband’s identity (her first child, Joseph Orson, was born in 1845). We don’t know exactly when Ruth crossed the plains with her son, but she was in Utah when Theodore became thrice-widowed with the death of Mary Clift. Ruth and Theodore were married 18 June 1850 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Theodore and Ruth would spent over twenty years together before Theodore’s death in 1871, helping to establish Mormon settlements in both California and Utah.

Theodore and Ruth had three children together: Joseph Orson (adopted by Theodore), Jacob Omner, and Alvin Hope.