Eliza Georgianna Clift McArthur

Born: 2 July 1813 in Clifton, Gloucestershire, England
Christened: 1 August 1813 at the Redland Chapel in Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire, England
Died: 8 October 1882 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Buried: Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, Scott, Iowa
FamilySearch ID: LCFM-549
FindaGrave Memorial ID:  37277961

Eliza was the daughter of Robert Clift and Elizabeth Cantle.

Eliza married George Fidler in the summer of 1841, while en route from England to Nauvoo, Illinois. The marriage ended quickly, as indicated in the life sketch below.

Eliza became a plural wife of Theodore Turley on 6 March 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. Theodore and Eliza were sealed on 3 February 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple. Their children were:

  1. Henrietta Turley (1845-1846)
  2. Emma Georgianna Turley (1847-1902) m. Peter Napoleon Littig (Note: Emma adopted the surname of her mother’s first husband, Fidler, in many official Iowa records.)

Eliza separated from Theodore and moved to Davenport, Scott, Iowa, with her father, Robert Clift, sometime before August 1850. After a few years, she married George Summerfield (exact marriage date unknown, they are together in the 1856 Iowa state census).

Eliza’s last husband was widower John McArthur, who she married on 21 August 1861 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. (User-submitted data indicates they had three children together, all of whom died in infancy, but I’m having trouble finding historical records to confirm that.)

Life Sketch

Life sketch coming soon.

Note: Eliza’s first marriage was to George Fidler in the summer of 1841 while en route to Nauvoo, Illinois. A fellow British Mormon immigrant, Mary Ann Weston Maughan, wrote in her journal, “[W]hile here we had a Wedding in the Co. a young man George Fidler, and Eliza Clift decide to get Married Eliza began dressing for the Ceremony and then told her Mother she was going to be Married her Mother sent for her Father, and they wept and pleaded with their daughter not to marry the young Man. but she went with him to a Magistrate were Married, and soon repented of it[.]” (Book 1 Page 17)

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