Theodore Wilford Turley b. 1863 “The race is not to the weak or the strong, but to he that endureth to the end.”


From the Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 100-105.

Theodore Wilford Turley

Theodore Wilford Turley, son of Isaac and Sarah Greenwood Turley was born in Minersville, Beaver County, Utah, August 17, 1863. His ancestors were of English and Canadian birth. His grandfather, Theodore Turley. who was”the first ancestor to join the church, came to Canada from England as a minister of the Methodist Church. Two missionaries, Parley P. Pratt, and Isaac Russell asked Theodore if they could use his Chapel for a meeting. He loaned the Chapel and also invited his congregation to attend. They sang, prayed and listened to the message. Theodore said to himself “That is the truth and I shall be condemned if I do not accept.” In the words of Theodore Turley, “He (Isaac Russell) came to me and said he had been inspired in a dream that he must come to my house and preach. I received the truth the first time I heard it, and my wife also was baptized on the 1st of March 1837 into the L. D. S. Church.”

When Theodore Wilford was two weeks old his parents moved to Beaver, Utah. They lived there until the fall of 1877. He was fourteen when they were called to go to Arizona. Leaving Beaver, they went to St. George, Utah, and worked on the Temple six weeks until they received orders to go on.

They arrived in Lehi, Arizona, in February 1877. Here they made ditches and put in crops. In August of the same year they went back to Utah to get the rest of the family and on their return trip they came back in company with the William J. Flakes. Here he met Mary Flake who afterwards became his wife.

Theodore drove cattle. It was a very hard trip coming over the mountains in the winter with so much ice and snow. On New Year’s night it was so cold that seven calves froze to death. The only way the men could keep from freezing was to build large fires letting them burn about four hours, then scraping the coals away and making their beds on the warm ground.

This time they located in Joseph City, 1878, living in the United Order three years. Here Theodore acted as messenger boy for Brother Richards, taking letters etc., to Brother Lot Smith who lived in Sunset. These had to be taken at night so that he could help them in the daytime making dams.

He lived in Joseph City in the fall of 1881. When they moved to Snowflake in the fall of 1882 he made another trip to Utah but for a different reason than before. He and Mary Agnes Flake, daughter of William J. Flake and Lucy Hannah White Flake went to get married in the St. George Temple. They went by team and wagon; the trip took them 21 days each way. When they arrived at St. George they called on Brother Snow who informed them that their recommends had not been signed by the President, and that they would have to be sent back to Salt Lake City. This would take a week. Of course their hopes fell, for they would be at an expense waiting so long. However, Brother Snow decided to take the responsibility upon himself. He sent a telegram to Salt Lake City to President Taylor and they were married after one day delay.

Theodore gave Mary a wedding ring he had made from a 25 cent piece. When this ring wore thin and finally broke, Mary showed it to Theodore and he said “I won’t have to stay with you any more, our bargain is broken.” He didn’t say anything but went outside and came back with a heavy black ring from a shoe and said, putting it on her finger, “When this wears out I will give you my permission to leave.”

Upon coming back-to Snowflake, they cleared out a chicken coop belonging to her brother James and began house keeping. All the furniture they had was just those things which were absolutely necessary, such as, two spoons, two plates, and a bed. For a broom they took rabbit brush and tied it together. They used this kind of broom for six months.
Theodore and Mary started out in very humble conditions but were always happy and contented and looked on the bright side of life. Theodore was a very hard working man and had to begin at the very bottom. He worked at blacksmithing, farming, freighting, storekeeping and any honest labor that would bring in a living. They ran a trading post at Adair for four years, taking care of the Post Office and store for travelers and Indians.

He and Mary were willing to share with others. Several times they had money saved up to put in a bank or to invest in something when they would have to spend it on some one else. His mother died in Mexico and five of his brothers came to him for help. The youngest being two years old and the oldest twenty-one, they were all barefooted and in very destitute condition, but they were given a home and help. He helped to finance two brothers’ wedding trips, by team, to Utah. One made their home with him for several years. They didn’t help people grudgingly. Theodore was called on a mission to the Southern States. He hadn’t been well for sometime before he left. Perhaps on this account his health was not very good, and after staying ten months in the mission field he came down with chills and fever and had to lie in bed 41 days, so he had to return home. He had to sleep out in the dew and rain so many nights not being able to get a bed.

While on his mission he traveled without purse or script and only paid out seventy five cents in the ten months for meals and bed, but he often went hungry and had to sleep out in the damp without anything but an umbrella over him. Quite often he found a haystack he could crawl into.

While on his way home he had quite an experience. When the train stopped in Kansas City he got off to get a drink of ice water. When he returned to the train he couldn’t find his ticket. He even turned his pocket where he kept the ticket inside out, but it wasn’t there. He went back to where he had a drink of water and the train had left him. So he went over to the hotel, and got him a room so he could lie down. Soon after he felt in the same pocket and to his joy there was his ticket. The train that left him was wrecked, so he has always felt that the Lord had taken this way to take care of him. This has been a testimony to his family.

He was bedfast for three months after he came home. The next few years brought them very hard luck. All three horses died, also six head of milk cows. Every six months a cow would die, but “The race is not to the weak or the strong, but to he that endureth to the end.” At times they felt discouraged but they kept struggling on, both working very hard trying to educate and care for their family. They had a family of 10 children: 4 girls, 6 boys (the last being twin boys.) Two children died in infancy.

Theodore and Mary both liked camping trips so quite often they would take their family and go to the mountains. For years Theodore hauled freight from Holbrook to Fort Apache. He had two wagons and four or more horses. He would go to Holbrook one week to load it, taking three days to go down, load up, and back to Snowflake. The next week he would leave early Monday for Fort Apache and it would take all week to make the trip. One of the boys, Ormus or Barr, would drive one of the teams. The men were great hands to trade horses. One day while freighting he met a man who wanted to trade him horses. Father asked “Is he any good?” “Well,” the man replied, “he doesn’t look very good.” (He had long shaggy hair). Theodore made the trade and in traveling that afternoon the horse stumbled quite a bit. When they unharnessed that night they found the horse was blind, Theodore decided that “He doesn’t look very good” had a different meaning than he thought. He took it as a joke, thinking the man was very clever.

On another trip, Ormus was driving a mule and horse and was back of his father and his load when they came to a long steep hill. The mule decided to go down the hill in a hurry so he circled around Theodore’s wagon and ran down the hill as fast as he could. Ormus was trying to get the brake on and was still hanging to it when they reached the bottom. He was uninjured. Theodore said that if he had had a gun he would have tried to shoot the mule when he passed him because he thought for sure Ormus would be killed.

Theodore, Mary, Barr and baby Roberta went up to Taylor, 3 miles above Snowflake for some hives of bees. Coming home, one of the hives tipped over and the bees came out fighting. Theodore threw a quilt over Mary and the baby; the bees were on the horses and they were running and plunging. Theodore climbed down from the wagon and with a great effort unhitched the horses and took them back to Taylor. Mr. Lewis had come out and smudged the bees so all was quiet by the time Ormus got there.turley-mary-agness-flake-with-twins-harvey-and-harry
Mary Agnes Flake with twins, Harvey and Harry b. 1905.

Outstanding in Theodore’s life was the camping trips he took with his family. Although he had to work hard he did take time off each year for an outing. He always encouraged his children to take their friends. They would go in wagons and horse back. One time there was 72 in the group at the White Mountains. He was a great foot racer, although he was born with a crooked foot. He would challenge a man or woman or girl for a race (after he was old) and he nearly always won. He had a way of getting in front and holding them back so they couldn’t pass him. Mary had a hat shop and the women liked to have Theodore there to tell them which hat to buy; he had good taste.

Finally, as all of his land had washed away, they decided to homestead up in the mountains near Heber, Arizona. They were the first homesteaders and were about twenty miles from Snowflake. They spent two summers there, building a log house. They moved to town for the winters. They had many a good time.

Theodore’s greatest sorrow came when the second summer Mary became ill at the Ranch. They moved to town but she gradually became worse and on Dec. 19, 1909 she died, being just 43 years old. But she had lived a full life.

Turley, Sarah Ann Salina Smithson
He married Sarah Salina Smithson May 31, 1911. They had one child, Nina, who died at two years of age. Aunt Saline was a mother to the children at home and a good helpmate for Theodore. She had raised her own brothers and sisters after her mother’s death.
Theodore served as Sunday School Superintendent at Adair, now Showlow, for one year, 1891-1892. He was President of Y.M.M.I.A. for 2 years in Snowflake. He was one of the finest Mutual Missionaries ever sent from Snowflake Stake, serving 3 months.

While at Joppa he was the first Sunday School Superintendent, serving two years and was released to be presiding Elder for two years.turley-theodore-wilford-60th-birthday-familyTheodore Wilford Turley’s 60th Birthday

When he moved back to Snowflake he was chosen as Superintendent of Sunday School for 3 years and in that time he only missed two Sunday Schools. One of them he was in Miami Sunday School and the other one he was in Mesa, Arizona to Sunday School. At the time of his death on November 15, 1930, he was mayor of Snowflake and a very good one. He was buried in Snowflake. At his funeral they spoke of him as “The Village Blacksmith” and brought out “He was an honest man.” He was very strict with his children always being on time to anything they went to. I don’t think he was ever late in his life.

Theodore had 146 living descendants in 1959.
Children of Theodore and Mary Agnes Flake Turley:
James Theodore Turley, 1883-1884.
Pearl Turley Frost, 1885-1970
Sarah Turley, 1886?-1887.
Lucy Turley Bates, 1888-
Ormus F1ake Turley,1890-
Lowell Barr Turley, 1892-
Frederick Andrew Turley, 1895-
Roberta Turley Tanner, 1898
Harvey I. Turley, 1905
Harry William Turley, 1905

Children of Theodore and Sarah Ann Salina Smithson Turley:
Nina Turley, 1912-1914.

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Anna Priscilla Turley Van Wagoner b. 14 August 1892, d. 23 March 1935

Turley, Anna Priscilla in fur  

Turley, Isaac FamilyTurley, Anna Priscilla, young

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 463-465

Anna Priscilla Turley was born Aug. 14, 1892 in Colonia Juarez to Clara Ann Tolton and Isaac Turley. Her father was a polygamist, having two wives. Anna was the youngest of twenty-four children.

Turley, Anna Priscilla on right

Clara Ellen and Anna Priscilla Turley

Colonia Juarez today

Colonia Juarez today

Her early life was spent in Colonia Juarez where she attended school and took an active part in Church activities and attended the Juarez Stake Academy. Her father died when she was in her teens, leaving her mother to care for the children. In 1912, at the time of the exodus, her widowed mother took her brother and Anna to Beaver to stay with her uncles, Walter and Frank Tolton. Here she attended the Murdock Academy. She taught one year of school there prior to going to Wasatch County with her cousins, Grace and Amy Skinner. Here she taught in the public schools in Midway for four years. She was thorough in her work and an easy disciplinarian. She had the love and respect of all the children and the good will of the patrons. She was especially efficient in domestic art, needle work, and physical education. She sang in quartets and was a counselor in the MIA in Midway. She boarded with the families of Clark and Ruby Bronson, Bishop Henry and Emily Coleman, also Bishop Jacob Probst, and William and Eliza Bonner.

Turley, Anna Priscilla with Albert Van Wagoner

It was here in Midway that she met her husband, Albert Van Wagoner. He and his brother Dean were in the grocery business and also operated the picture show house where Anna sold tickets for them. They were married in the Manti Temple on Jan. 2, 1918, making the trip from Heber to Manti by train. It was a beautiful, warm day. When their friends met the train on the 5th of January, they were waiting for them in a bob sleigh.

Van Wagoner, Albert b. 1899

Albert had purchased a furnished home which they moved into upon their return. She continued to teach school for two years because of a shortage of teachers, due to World War I. Here their first child, Maxine, was born, as well as a pair of twins (a boy and a girl–7 1/2 and 8 lb. babies) who were stillborn. At this time Anna was very ill. Albert later sold this house and built a lovely brick house, one of the nicest in the valley where their second pair of twins were born: twin girls, Anita and Alberta who were nice, healthy babies.

In 1926 they sold this home and moved to Pleasant Grove where they built the Alhambra Theater and a furniture store and cafe. They were both very active and held responsible positions in the Church organizations; and Anna taught Seminary when it was first started. They took their family to the dedication of the Mesa Temple in Arizona in Oct., 1929 when they made a trip to Mexico. This was Anna’s second trip, since her marriage, to visit her mother and family. Her first trip home was in 1920, two years following her marriage.

In June, 1930 a baby daughter, Shirley, was born to them. In November of the following year they moved to Lehi where Albert operated a theater and also a grocery store in partnership with his brother, Dean. Anna continued to teach Seminary in Pleasant Grove for half a day. She was Social Science leader in Relief Society; taught the deacons in Sunday School; gave the lesson in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers; and was a counselor in the MIA. She was highly respected and loved by all who knew her.

She caught cold which developed into pneumonia. She had been ill for several months prior to this time. She passed away on Saturday morning, March 23, 1935 and was buried in the cemetery at Midway, Utah on March 26, 1935.

Turley, Anna Priscilla (m. Van Wagoner) b. 1892

Children of Anna Priscilla Turley and Albert Van Wagoner:
Grace Maxine Van Wagoner Powell
Norman Van Wagoner (stillborn)
Norma Van Wagoner (stillborn)
Anita Van Wagoner Fitzgerald
Alberta Van Wagoner Eastmond
Shirley Van Wagoner Dunn

Van Wagoner Anna Priscilla and Albert

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Remembering Sarah Ann Turley b. 1883, d. 1883, Snowflake, Arizona

Sarah Ann Turley was the only daughter of Isaac Turley and Sarah Greenwood Turley.  Isaac and Sarah had 11 sons.  Sadly, Sarah Ann was born and died in 1883 in Snowflake.

There is no headstone still standing in the Snowflake Cemetery for Sarah Ann.

The Theodore Turley Family Book, p. 92

The United Order in Joseph City lasted only three or four years. Isaac came out with only part of that which he had put in, but with that, he was able to make a new start for himself in Snowflake, 45 miles away, where he moved with his families on May 7, 1881. There he bought three city lots: one for each family and one for a blacksmith shop. He bought a dry farm 22 miles away in the mountains and raised good crops of corn, wheat, etc., and herded their horses at Mormon Lake. He did blacksmithing, farming and stock raising during the five years they lived in Snowflake. He was Deputy Sheriff there, and the children attended public school. They built homes, planted gardens and orchards, and were happily situated during the time they were there.


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Theodore Turley’s 23 Children and 88 Grandchildren

Theodore Turley died on this day in 1871 of cancer in the throat and mouth.  He left a wonderful posterity, numbering today in the thousands.  But he also suffered great family loss.

1871-8-12 Theodore Turley death in Memorial

Theodore Turley Family Memorial

Theodore Turley was the father of 23 children (3 were adopted).  He had 88 grandchildren.  At the time of Theodore’s death, 12 August 1871, eleven of his children, and fifteen of his grandchildren had already died.  He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).  Thirty of his children and grandchildren died at age 5 or younger.  Seven more died in their youth (6-23 years at death).

Adding to his family loss, Theodore’s first wife and fourth wife died in 1847, and his third wife left him. Then in March 1850, Theodore lost his second wife.

His last living grandchild, Viola Olive McIntosh died at age 90 in 1978.  She lived in Riverside, California.


Here are all of Theodore’s children and grandchildren.  Their ages at the time of death are shown in red.

Children and Grandchildren of Theodore 70 and Frances Amelia Kimberley 47:

1. Theodore Turley (1822-1837) 15

2. Frances Amelia “Franny” Turley (1824-1846) 22

3. Mary Ann Turley (1827-1904) 77 and John James Cook

Henry Theodore Cook (1853-1941) 86
John Edward Cook (1855-1855) 0
Mary Effie Cook (1867-1942) 84
Isabel Priscilla Cook (1860-1860) 0
Caroline Owena Cook (1862-1945) 82
Sarah Ann Cook (1863-1933) 70
Charlotte Thankful Cook (1867-1867) 0
Jonathan Cook (1868-1868) 0
Marinda Maria Cook (1869-1946) 76

4. Priscilla Rebecca Turley (1829-1904) 75 and Amasa Mason Lyman

Theodore Kimberley Lyman (1853-1925) 72
Ira Depo Lyman (1855-1917) 62
Isaac Newton Lyman (1857-1858) 0
Albert Augustus Lyman (1859-1860) 1
Stephen Alonzo Lyman (1865-1930) 64
Frances Priscilla Lyman (1868-1892) 23

5. Frederick Turley (1832-1875) 42 and Amelia Louisa Council

Amelia Sophia “Milly” Turley (1857-1945) 88
Jonathan Frederick “John” Turley (1859-1920) 60
Janetta Rosette Turley (1862-1925) 62
Priscilla Rosilla Turley (1862-1937) 75
Margaret Elizabeth Turley (1866-1868) 2

6. Obia Turley (1834-1834) 0

7. Sarah Elizabeth Turley (1835-1914) 78 and Stephen Harmon Franklin

Charlotte Elizabeth Franklin (1856-1922) 66
Frances Catherine Franklin (1860-1888) 28
Mary Ann Franklin (1861-1921) 59
Stephen Harmon Franklin (1863-1937) 73
Thomas Theodore Franklin (1866-1916) 50
George Omner Franklin (1873-1929) 56

8. Isaac Turley (1837-1908) 71 and Sarah Greenwood

Isaac Marion Turley (1861-1876) 14
Theodore Wilford Turley (1863-1930) 67
William Henry Turley (1865-1896) 30
Herman Turley (1868-1869) 1
Alma Reuben Turley (1869-1938) 68
Joseph Hartley Turley (1872-1941) 69
Frederick Turley (1874-1875) 0
Hyrum Turley (1876-1946) 70
George Albert Turley (1878-1908) 29
Charles Dennis Turley (1881-1942) 60
Sarah Ann Turley (1883-1883) 0
John Andrew Turley (1885-1951) 66

Isaac Turley and Clara Ann Tolton

Edward Franklin Turley (1869-1940) 71
Esther Turley McClellan (1871-1963) 92
Frances Turley Romney (1873-1973) 80
Ernest Turley (1875-1957) 82
Ida May Turley (1877-1877) 0
Mary Ann Turley (1878-1880) 2
Clara Ellen Turley Walser (1881-1933) 52
Moroni Turley (1883-1885) 2
Rachel Turley (1885-1889) 4
Isaac Turley Jr. (1888-1977) 89
Walter Turley (1891-1891) 0
Anna Priscilla Turley Van Wagoner (1892-1935) 42

9. Charlotte Turley (1840-1899) 59 and Jacob Bushman

Priscilla Elizabeth Bushman (1858-1859) 1
Charlotte Amanda Bushman Sabey (1860-1928) 67
Theodore Martin Bushman (1863-1937) 73
Frances Ann Bushman (1866-1874) 7
Sarah Erminnie Bushman Fowles (1869-1947) 78
Mary Emma Bushman (1871-1872) 0
Grace Honor Bushman Lundquist (1873-1912) 38
Jacob Isaac Bushman 1876-1939) 63
Ida Roxana Bushman Anderson (1879-1970) 90
Ella Isadora Bushman Barker (1884-1956) 72

10. Jonathan Turley (1842-1846) 3

Children of Theodore Turley and Mary Clift 34

1. Jason Turley (1842-1843) 1

2. Theodoreus Turley (1843-1848)  5

3. Ephraim Turley (1845-1845) 0

4. Frances Kimberley Turley (1850-1914) 64 and Benjamin Franklin Parsons

Frances Isabel Parsons (1865-1926) 60
Benjamin Franklin Parsons Jr. (1868-1947) 78
Netty Parsons (1871-1871) 0
Theodore Augustus Parsons (1875-1943) 67
Maude M. Parsons (1875-1944) 69

Frances Kimberley Turley and Thomas William McIntosh

Sarah Estella McIntosh (1880-1968) 88
Lee Jackson McIntosh (1882-1941) 58
Clarence Colton McIntosh (1886-1946) 60
Viola Olive McIntosh (1887-1978) 90

Children of Theodore Turley and Sarah Ellen Clift 29

1. Congrove Clift Selwyn (1839-1932) 92 adopted

2. George Augustus Clift Selwyn (1841-1894) 53 adopted

3. Princette Turley (1845-1846) 1

4. Joseph Smith Turley (1846-1847) 0

5. Hyrum Smith Turley (1846-1847) 1

Children of Theodore Turley and Eliza Georgiana Clift 69 

1. Henrietta Turley (1845-1846) 0

2. Emma Georgiana Turley (1847-1902) 55 and Peter Napoleon Littig

Laura Ruberta Littig (1870-1926) 55
John A. Littig (1872-1936) 64
Louis Arthur Littig (1874-1956) 81
Eugene Napoleon Littig (1876-1881) 4
Henry Clifton Littig (1886-1958) 72

Children of Theodore Turley and Ruth Jane Giles 68

1. Joseph Orson Turley (1845-1916) 71 adopted and Elizabeth Lightner

Elsie Elizabeth Turley (1866-1948) 81
Mary Jane Turley (1869-1944) 75
George Orson Turley (1872-1872) 0
Ruthella Turley (1875-1934) 58
Bertha Caroline Turley (1877-1936) 59
Ernst Warren Turley (1880-1882) 1
Lester Joseph Turley (1883-1956) 72
Louise E. Turley (1885-1964) 78

2. Jacob Omner Turley (1852-1924) and Louisa Ann Woodhouse

Omner Jay Turley (1877-1942) 65
Louis Alvin Turley (1879-1953) 74
Walter Guy Turley (1881-1966) 85
Joseph Ingersoll Turley (1887-1973) 86
Theodore Hope Turley (1890-1915) 24
Creswick Turley (1896-1906) 9

3. Alvin Hope Turley (1855-1872) 16

Turley Sisters Sarah Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Priscilla

Theodore Turley daughters: Sarah Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Priscilla

You can find stories and photos about many of these family members here on Ann’s Stories blog.  Stories are often scheduled for publication on a family member’s birthday, and are written and waiting for publication up to a year in advance, so check back!

If you have any family stories, photos or information about any of these family members, please send them to me, Ann Lewis, at  I would love to honor and remember them here in these story collections.  Thank you very much!

Ann Laemmlen Lewis < Grace Helen Smuin < Ruby Grace Lundquist < Grace Honor Bushman < Charlotte Turley < Theodore and Frances Turley


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History of Martha Ann Smuin McFarlane b. 8 Aug 1847


Martha Ann Smuin McFarlane was born 8 August 1847 in Abbington, Berkshire, England. Her parents were John Smuin and Jane Honey Smuin. She was the second child. The first child, Harriet, died when four years old. There were thirteen children born to the parents, but only four grew to maturity. They were Martha, John, Jane, and Louise. When Martha was five years old, the family moved to London, where they lived until they came to Utah. The parents and the grandparents, William Smuin and wife, and several of their sons and daughters had been baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as early as 1844, and their greatest desire was to come to Zion.

They were poor people and it was hard for them to save much from their scant earnings. Martha went to work at a very young age, and found employment in the home of a wealthy general of the British army. He was away from his home much of the time. The officer’s baby, when a month old, was given into the care of Martha. The graduate nurse remained in the home another month giving Martha instructions on the care of the baby. The mother was very young and knew very little about the care of children, or home keeping, but that was beautifully taken care of by expert help, cook, butler, first, and second maids, so the home life was very orderly and pleasant.

After two years, a little girl was born. She too, was placed in Martha’s care. The time came when she had saved enough money to pay her emigration to Utah. She was the first of the family to leave for Utah. Her parents went with her to Liverpool to see her on board ship. Two of her girl friends were going with her and they were to travel in the care of Brother and Sister Andrews, who were close friends of her parents. They had two young daughters, Angie, who in later years became the wife of M. H. Walker, a Salt Lake banker, and Louie, who married a young man by the name of Raymond, of Kaysville, Utah. Both have passed on.

Martha’s parents remained in Liverpool overnight, as the ship, or sailing vessel, did not set sail till the next day. They spent a sleepless night, for they knew there was a long, hard jurney before their daughter. Still they were happy to have her go and they expected to follow soon; yet the parting was hard. As soon as it was daylight they went to the docks, hoping they would be permitted to go on board the ship to see her once more, but found the ship had been released from anchor and was moving out to sea. They could only wave farewell to her from the dock.

The company was presided over by Elder John Nicholson, with Joseph Rawlings, as chaplain. It was in the early spring of 1866 that their great journey started toward the promised land, which was to be their future home.

Martha frequently told her children how rough the sea was, at times, during the long voyage. Often, when their meal was prepared, the ship would give a lunge and food would be scattered on the floor. And what a clatter; for the dishes were all of tin. But they were a happy band of Saints. Only on one occasion were they all in deep sadness. A little child had passed away, and after brief services, the little body was wrapped in a blanket and lowered into the sea. Every heart was sad and the parents broken-hearted. There was nothing they could do, but accept the sorrow with humble hearts and pray to God for comfort.

The sailing vessel was six weeks in crossing the ocean and to see and set their feet on land again made them happy once more. They didn’t fully realize the long hard jouney yet ahead of them when crossing the plains.

They were met at Florence, Nebraska, by teamsters and covered wagons drawn by oxen, with provisions and food for the trip. Only the aged and little children could find places to ride while all the men and young people had to walk all the way. Their shoes were worn out long before the journey was over. They had to wrap their feet in any kind of heavy cloth they could get. At night their feet were often sore and bleeding from the thistles, rocks, and hot sand they had traveled over in the long hours of the day.

Camp was made by the wagons forming a circle. After the evening meal, the Saints would gather for prayers, and they would sing the songs of Zion; “Come, Come Ye Saints” was a favorite.

They had a great deal of trouble with the Indians. Sometimes the teamsters would arise in the morning to find part of their cattle had been driven off by the Indians, although the guards were watching the animals all night. It required a great deal of judgment and diplomacy to get their cattle back without a fight.

It was during the pilgrimage that her life’s romance began. Because her shoes were worn and thin, James McFarlane noticed her predicament. He was driving a yoke of oxen, having been called on a mission to go to Florence, Nebraska, and bring a load of freight to Zion. He invited her to ride on his wagon and a few years later they were married.

Sometimes it was hard to find water for the cattle and the people. They spent June, July, August, and September on the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City about 1 October 1866, and made camp in the tithing yard, where the Hotel Utah now stands.

Mother often related an experience she had on the last day of the journey to the promised land. Her shoes had worn out and her feet were raw and bleeding when thy made camp the last night before entering the Salt Lake Valley, but she still had her pride. So while the camp was asleep and as soon as the stores were opened, she purchased a new pair of shoes and went back to meet the caravan as it moved toward the city.

If the Saints had relatives, or friends, in Utah, they were met by them and taken to their homes until places and work could be arranged for them. Those who had no one to meet them were placed in care of the Church Committee who helped them to get located. Sometimes it would take a week, or so to get them all located. The covered wagons still provided shelter for them.

Martha was met by her cousin, Bishop George Smuin, and taken to his home in Mound Fort, Ogden. Work was soon found for her in the home of Brother and Sister Miles Jones, who lived on Canyon Road, and were members of the Ogden Third Ward. The Jones’ had one child and were expecting the second. So very soon. Martha found herself serving as housekeeper and nurse.

She managed both very well and gave perfect satisfaction to the family. She was quite young, having spent her 18th birthday on the plains.

In the spring of 1867, she went to the home of Bishop Chauncey West where she remained until October 5th, when she was married to James McFarlane in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Traveling in a wagon three days was the time taken in making the trip to and from.

There were six young people making the trip together. They were George T. Odell, Florence Grant, James McFarlane, and Martha Smuin. These young people were married October 5, 1867. The other couple, Annie Odell Wright and Gilbert Wright, were married in Ogden some time before, but had their endowments and were sealed the same day as the others.

They all returned to Ogden to continue to make their home. James and Martha had their home on Franklin Street (so named for Franklin D. Richards, a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles). Later it was named Lincoln Avenue.

Peter McFarlane, father of James, owned a large piece of property and he gave James one-half acre and there he made his home. Martha had received one dollar and a half per week wages which she had saved for her wedding trousseau. She paid one dollar a yard for white material for her dress and it took 12 yards. Thread was twenty-five cents a spool. Later on she used the material to make window curtains and the layette for her first baby.

She and her husband loved music. He played the coronet in the Ogden City band and in the orchestra which furnished music for the dances and entertainment in the wards. They were both members of the Ogden Tabernacle Choir and the Third Ward’s choir for many years.

They were active members of the Ogden Third Ward. Winslow Farr, Bernard White and James Wotherspoon were the bishops of the ward during their residence there.

Her husband, James, worked for the Union Pacific Railroad Company many years as Baggage Master and Depot Master. Later, he was transferred to Salt Lake City, where he held the same position until called to fill a mission to England.

Ten children were reared to man and womanhood, one child having died at age three. Martha continued active service in Relief Society and temple work in Salt Lake City until her death 13 November 1913.

March 13, 1980

From a history of Martha Ann Smuin – written by Betty McFarlane Sorenson

(on file with D. U. P. at Museum Library in Salt Lake City.)

She was 5′ 2″ tall and weighed 105 pounds. She had dark brown hair, blue eyes, shiny lips, and a pleasant personality.

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Martha Ann Smuin b. 8 August 1847, d. 13 November 1913


Taken from Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, compiled by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Vol. III, p. 1940, 1999.

Martha Ann Smuin McFarlane was born in England.  She was the second child of thirteen children.  Only four grew to maturity.  Martha Ann was the first of the family to leave for Utah.  She was eighteen years old.  Her parents went with her to Liverpool, England to see her board the ship.  Two of her girlfriends were going with her.  They traveled in the care of Brother and Sister Andrews who were close friends of Martha Ann’s parents.  It was in the early spring of 1866 that their great journey started.  The ship was six weeks in crossing the Atlantic Ocean.  They were met at Florence, Nebraska by teamsters and covered wagons with provisions and food for the trip.

It was during the journey that her life’s romance began.  Because her shoes were worn and thin, James McFarlene noticed her predicament.  He was driving a yoke of oxen, having been called on a mission to go to Florence, Nebraska and bring a load of frieght to Utah.  He invited Martha Ann to ride in his wagon.  A few years later they were married.  Martha Ann often related an experience she had on the last night before entering the Salt Lake valley.  Her shoes had worn out and her feet were raw and bleeding.  When the people of the camp were asleep, and as soon as it was light enough to see, she set out for the City.  As soon as the stores were opened she purchased a new pair of shoes and went back to meet the caravan as it moved toward the City.

Martha Ann and James had eleven children; a son died when he was but three years old.  They made their home in Odgen where Martha Ann was a member of the Ogden Tabernacle Choir.  When her husband was transferred to Salt Lake City in 1896 they made their home there.  In 1896, as Utah entered statehood, the Salt Lake Women’s Democratic Club was organized.  Martha Ann was one of the original members of this club.  Martha Ann was five feet two inches tall.  She weighed about 105 pounds.  She had dark brown hair, blue eyes, thin lips and a pleasant personality.  She served in the Relief Society for more than forty years.  She also did a great amount of Temple work.  Martha Ann died 13 November 1913.


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Frederick Andrew Turley b. 4 August 1895, Snowflake, AZ

Turley, Frederick & Wilma

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 128-129

Fred was born August 4, 1895 at Snowflake, Arizona. Wilma Fillerup Turley was born March 8, 1900 at Colonia Diaz, Mexico. They were married June 1, 1920, and started “ranching” at Airpine with Fred’s brothers Ormus, Barr, Harvey, Harry, and their father Theodore. Right after the war things were sky high, especially cows, so they thought they could make it big. They did, BIG in DEBT. The slump came on, spring of 1921, the bottom fell out and we were left with the burden of a staggering debt. All got discouraged and moved from the Ranch but Fred and Barr, and they, with their wives, decided to make it go.

We did make it work, struggling along, enjoying the while our children as they came into our Home, five of them. Working and playing together has been such a delight through all the years. We had school on the Ranch for them to attend, often just barely enough to get a teacher, but our children did well under such conditions and all graduated from high school with honors, and attended universities. They were all married in the Temple to fine companions and now are rearing their children in the Gospel, being active in their wards and stakes.

In the depth of the depression, 1923, the Bank took all our cows at $20 per head with calves thrown in, so we had to turn to something else to make a living until we could get back into cattle. Fred got the mail contract from Holbrook to Heber, for 8 years, and that gave us a little cash, We desired a rich, full life for ourselves and children, so we decided to develop a Ranch for Boys. Sundown Ranch for Boys, we called it.

Through faith and prayers and hard work, we promised the Lord that if he would help us to get the right contact we would pay an honest tithing and teach the Gospel as much as we could and try to make a life long friend of all who came to the Ranch. Our prayers were answered, and Bill and Viola Kurtz of New York City came into our lives and we started Sundown Ranch for Boys, summer of 1927. It was so successful that in 1930 we established Sundown Ranch for Girls which Barr and Grace and cared for.

October 1941 another dream to come true, Stan was called to the Eastern States Mission where Fred filled his Mission in 1915-17. War drums beat again that year, Dec. 75h and Grant enlisted in the Air Corps. He didn’t come back; he went down with his plane the first daylight raid over Berlin, March 6, 1944. What a price for peace, and yet there is no Peace!

We ran the Boy’s Ranch until summer of 1944 when we sold it to Alma Bigler and spent all our time with cattle. That summer Wanda and her sisters took Promontory Tower to watch for fires on the forest. It was a good experience for them. Grant was missing and Stan was in the Air Force, the war intensified and the days went by with stress and strain for all the world.

Building up our range and cattle was such a delight to us, improving our herd of good Herefords year after year, and the proof was in the sale of our yearling steers the fall of 1950 when they weighed out 800 pounds at the Snowflake Stockyards after being driven all day.

August 1951 the call came for a Mission to Texas-Louisiana. Fred said, “I can only do one thing at a time,” so we SOLD THE RANCH. It was hard to do, but the Lord blessed us for it. Since then we have spent our entire time in the Church, and Life is good.

Missions for Fred and Wilma as a team: Texas-Louisiana 1951-53; Arizona Temple 1955-57; K6 Ranch Florida 1957-58; President Southwest Indian Mission 1958-61; Arizona Temple 1961-63; First Counselor in Arizona Temple Presidency Aug. 1963-April 1966.

Turley, Fred with Monita Fred with Monita

Children of Fred and Wilma:
Stanley Frederick Turley b. 1921
Grant Marion Turley b. 1922
Wanda May Turley Smith b. 1926
Monita Turley Robison b. 1930
Marilyn Turley Larson b. 1931

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