Moroni Turley b. 20 July 1883, d. 1885 in Snowflake, at age 2

Snowflake, AZFrom the History of Clara Ann Tolton Turley written by her son, Isaac Turley Jr., and assisted by his daughter, Viola Turley Haws.

Clara Ann endured those times of uncertainty with faith and courage. She was a wonderful mother, and was very loyal to her family. She had twelve children, seven girls and five boys; namely, Edward, Esther, Frances, Ernest, Ida May, Mary Ann, Clara Ellen (“Nellie”), Moroni, Rachel, Isaac, Walter and Anna Priscilla. Besides Ida May, who died on Buckskin Mountain, they buried four other children at very early ages: Mary Ann, one year old, passed away in Joseph City, Arizona, in 1880; Moroni, at two years of age, died in Snowflake in 1885; Rachael died at age four in Colonia Juarez on October 7, 1889; and Walter died at five months of age in Colonia Juarez, in 1891. Clara Ann and Isaac raised seven children to maturity. Sarah, Isaac’s first wife, [also] had twelve children. Some of them, also, died at early ages. The children in those two families, who grew to maturity and have families of their own, raised good, strong families. Many prominent Church leaders, such as Mission Presidents, Stake Presidents, Bishops, Relief Society Presidents, and missionaries, have come from the posterity of Isaac Turley and his two wives, Clara Ann and Sarah.

Pictured above:  an old homestead in Snowflake, Arizona.

Moroni was the son of Isaac Turley and Clara Ann Tolton Turley.  Moroni was born 20 July 1883 in Snowflake, Arizona.  He died in 1885 in Snowflake.

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Preaching, Theodore Turley “created a perfect furor in the neighborhood,” Upper Canada 1837.

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The Credit River near Theodore Turley’s home in Churchville, Peel, Upper Canada

On 16 July 1837,  a few months after his own baptism (1 March 1837) Theodore Turley baptized George A. Hicks and his wife in Peel County by Ontario, Upper Canada.

Here is a short history from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (p. 163).

Hicks, George Barton baptized by TT 16 July 1837 LDS BioEncyc

And here is an account in George A. Hicks’ own words:

Excerpts from the Personal History of George Armstrong Hicks
By George Armstrong Hicks

In the early part of the year 1837, just 7 years after the organization of the new church, my father and mother were living quietly in the back woods of their farm, when a strange man came to their settlement and told them the “glad news that he was an authorized preacher of the Gospel of Christ.”

The name of the man was Theodore Turley. He spoke with great eloquence and power. He told the people they should know for themselves if they would ask God whether the doctrine he taught was from Heaven or of men. He created a perfect furor in the neighborhood.

Many believed the new doctrine and among them were my father and mother. In the month of July, A.D. 1837, they gave up the religion of their forefathers and were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints. It was not long before they were fully satisfied that this new religion was really from Heaven. My mother received the gift of tongues, and other spiritual gifts were made manifest in the small branch of the church which had been established there.

James and I got whooping cough “very badly” and the Elders of the Church being sent for, laid hands on them, healing them immediately. My father became a very active member of the church, and he was very zealous in finding ways and means whereby the Gospel might be preached in his town and adjoining neighborhood, and men might follow his mode of worshipping the “unknown God.”

I have felt sorrow because friends whom I have loved have become alienated to the Religion that I was taught to believe in, but I never felt any malice in consequence of such a change in sentiment as “a man’s a man for that.” I know that honest men may have and hold different opinions on the same subject; (then why should they quarrel about theories of religion when it is absolutely impossible to know what the future reward of any religion will be an hundred or a thousand years hence, for it is given to mortal men to know very little of the future.

After baptism and other first principles of the gospel had been obeyed by my parents, the “gathering” was preached. The headquarters of the Mormon church at that time was in Jackson Co., Missouri. The elders taught the new converts it was their duty to gather up to Zion. The indignation of the Almighty was about to be poured out on the nations of the earth. My parents with the rest believed it was their duty to sell their possessions and go to the new Zion and live with the people of God. They got all things in readiness and in the year 1838, in connection with others who had joined the church, started for Jackson Co., bidding farewell to Canada forever.

I have a distinct recollection of our family bidding adieu to our home in Canada and starting for the far west. It was certainly a great undertaking, not as to distance, certainly, but their confidence must have been great or they never could have undertaken so great and self–sacrificing an act to lay all, as it were, upon the Altar of their faith and go “not knowing whither they went.”

Hicks, George & Elizabeth (TT Converts UC)

George Armstrong Hicks and his wife, Elizabeth, converts of Theodore Turley in 1837, Peel County, Ontario, Upper Canada

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Clara Ellen Turley Walser b. 13 July 1881, d. 28 September 1933

Turley, Clara Ellen and Anna Priscilla

Clara Ellen “Nellie” and Anna Priscilla Turley

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 421-423

Clara Ellen Turley Walser (Nelle), daughter of Isaac and Clara Ann Tolton Turley, was born July 13, 1881 in Snowflake, Arizona. She was the seventh of twelve children born to Isaac and Clara. When four years of age, she with her father’s family moved to, and made their home in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, a Mormon colony then being established by a group of families of that faith. In her early childhood she went through many of the hardships and privations incident to early pioneer life and gained an accumulation of experiences that assisted her in solving problems in later life.

Nelle attended school under successive teachers, viz. John M. MeFar1in, Annie C, Romney, Dennis E. Harris and wife. She attended this school until the Colonies in Mexico were organized into the Juarez Stake, and the Juarez Academy was established in 1895. Nelle was a member of the first graduating class four years later. At the age of 14 she became a member of the Juarez Ward Choir, which was also the Stake Choir, under the direction of John J. Walser. She also was a member of the Colonia Juarez Dramatic Association under the direction of Miles Romney. At the age of sixteen she was sustained as secretary of Colonia Juarez Sunday School, which position she held until she left to go to Salt Lake City, Utah for medical treatment in 1904. Her treatment proved successful.

Colonia Juarez, Youth 1887

Clara Ellen’s older brothers are in this class picture of the youth in Colonia Juarez ca. 1887.

Turley, Isaac FamilyTurley, Clara Ellen b. 1881

She was married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 29,1904 to George Jasper Walser, son of John Jacob Walser and Annie Elizabeth Louisa Schaerrer Walser.

Walser, George Jasper and Nelle Turley

Four of their eleven children were born in Colonia Juarez. In Sept. 1909 George found it necessary to go to Miami, Arizona to seek employment to help pay for the home they had purchased in Mexico. Early in 1910, Nelle and the four children joined George in Miami. The reunion was soon saddened by the death of their son Gordon on April 19, 1910. He was buried the following day in the cemetery in Globe, Arizona, seven miles from Miami.

Miami Arizona 1917

Miama, Arizona 1917

Miami Arizona

Miami, Arizona

In May, 1910 a fire broke out in a house near theirs and was not brought under control until it had destroyed nineteen other houses including their own. They lost practically everything but their clothing and bedding. Until they could procure a place to live, George’s sister Matilda and her husband, Albert C. Wagner, provided a place for the family to stay. Within a few days a two-room tent-house was built and made ready to move into. This served nicely until Autumn. Enough money had been saved during this time to finish payment on the home in Mexico. By this time the Madera Revolution had broken out, and as their home in Colonia Juarez was unoccupied, the decision was made to have the family return to Mexico to look after things and take care of any situation that might arise. In early spring of 1911, George returned to Mexico to be with his family.

It soon became apparent it would be unsafe to remain in Mexico with the families until the Revolution should be terminated, for the country was being overrun by irresponsible roving bands of rebels. On July 17, 1912 Nellie Eva was born. Due mostly to the exciting times caused by the political situation, Nelle didn’t get along well after the birth of this child. It was decided that all the Colonists would leave July 29 for the United States, to remain there until the country quieted down, so Nelle was taken aboard the train on a cot. They arrived in El Paso, Texas in the morning of July 30 and were taken to a large enclosure which had previously been used as a horse corral and a lumber yard. As that was no fit place for a sick wife and new infant, a large house was obtained temporarily where the family as well as George’s parents and three other families were housed. In a short time, all began to recuperate from the strain and make plans for the future. Within a month they returned to Miami where employment and housing had been procured.

On Nov. 8, 1913 Robert Eugene was born and six months later on May 26, 1914, he died following an illness of chicken pox, complicated by boils. He was buried the following day in the Final Cemetery, Miami, Arizona. Paul Leroy was born March 10, 1915, the fifth son and seventh child. On Dec. 18, 1916 Joseph Jasper was born. On April 3, 1919 Karl Loraine was born. When about eighteen months of age he became suddenly ill with colitis and died on Sept. 10, 1920 and was buried the next day in the Final Cemetery. January 13, 1921 Aubrey Charles was born and Anthon Harold, the last child, was born Aug. 26, 1922.

Nelle was quite active in Church, civic, and social organizations. She was instrumental in establishing the Parent-Teacher Organization in Miami, becoming its president in the high school. She later was an organizer of P.T.A. in Greenlee, Gila, and Graham counties. She was in the presidency of the Relief Society; teacher in the Genealogical Society; President of the Woman’s Club and Literary Society; Director of the Girl Reserves of the YWCA; etc.

Walser, George Jasper b. 1878

In 1933 she began to show signs of failing health. She failed to improve under the care of the doctors in Miami so went to Mare Island, California on Sept. 3, 1933 to be with her daughter, Ruth, who was a nurse in the U.S. Navy stationed at the hospital there. Upon examination by the doctors, surgery was deemed necessary for removal of a toxic goiter. She was hospitalized in hopes of improving her physical condition prior to the operation. On Sept. 28 surgery was performed and she died later that day, after a sudden change in condition. She was taken home to Miami for the funeral and burial Oct, 3, 1933. All of her family were present when she arrived home. There were represented at the funeral fifteen different religious, civic, fraternal, political, and social organizations who attended in bodies or groups. It was the largest funeral ever held in Miami up to that time. She was laid to rest in the family plot beside two of her sons who preceded her in death. She was a beloved wife and mother and was greatly missed.

Walser, George Jasper & Margaret Layton

George and Margaret

Her husband, George Jasper Walser, married Margaret Layton, a school teacher, on June 1, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was born Aug. 7, 1882 in Kaysville, Utah to Christopher and Jane Elizabeth Bodily Layton. Margaret died May 21, 1956 in Salt Lake City and was buried in Kaysville, Utah. George died June 25, 1965 in Salt Lake City and was also buried in Kaysville.
George Dion. Walser, born 1905
Ruth Walser Breillatt, born 1906
Maurice Edward Walser, born 1908
Gordon Kimberley Walser, 1910-1910
Nellie Eva Walser Newman, born 1912
Robert Eugene Walser, 1913-1914
Paul Leroy Walser, born 1915
Joseph Jasper Walser, born 1916
Karl Lorraine Walser, 1919-1921
Aubrey Charles Walser, born 1921
Anthon Harold Walser, born 1922

Walser, Clara Ellen (Nelle) Turley, Vallejo CA

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Life Sketch of Isaac Turley Jr. & Ida May Lake Turley, m. 4 July 1912 in Colonia Dublan, Mexico

Turley, Isaac Jr, young man   Turley, Isaac Jr. and Ida Mae
By Viola Haws, daughter

Isaac was one of the first children born in the settlement that became Colonia Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico. He was born on April 11, 1888 to Clara Ann Tolton Turley and Isaac Turley Sr. named for Isaac Russell who baptized his parents, Theodore Turley and Frances Amelia Kimberly in Churchville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1837.

Some of Isaac’s earliest recollections include the primitive lifestyle which surrounded his childhood, such as the crude shelters, hauling water from the creek one-half mile away, clearing the land of mesquite brush and wild growth of trees, and leveling the ground; in preparation for the construction of homes, outbuildings and fences.

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Isaac Turley, Jr. seated front row on the left.

At a very young age, he was given responsibilities of helping his father care for farm animals and assisting his mother with household tasks such as scrubbing clothes over the wash board and sweeping floors.

In his youth, Isaac was active in his priesthood quorums, and sang in the ward choir. For seventy-two years he sang in various ward and stake choirs. He developed a love for art, and was privileged to study with Sister Maggie Ivins Bentley, a very noted artist who resided in Colonia Juarez.

Isaac’s father took a three-month journey by triple-bed wagon and a four-mule team to San Bernardino, California to bring a great variety of fruit trees to the colony for the needs of the people. That was the beginning of the fruit industry which today is the main source of income for the present day colonists.

Isaac helped his father in the fields and orchards, in the blacksmith shop and in carpentry. He had many talents, and was a hard worker.

Ida May Lake was born on December 8, 1890 in Colonia Dublan, Chibuahua, Mexico to Mary Edda Foster and George Lake, the first Mormon pioneers to settle in Colonia Dublan. She was the twelfth daughter and thirteenth child of her polygamous father.

Ida May was seven years of age when her father died. He had been the only doctor in the area of Colonia Dublan, Nuevo Casas Grandes and neighoring settlements. He was a blacksmith and a shoemaker. The last pair of shoes he made before his death were those worn by Ida May.

Shortly after the death of her father, a flood overflowed the banks of the Piedras Verdes River, and destroyed their home. Her eldest sister and young nephew passed away–all within three months, Ida May’s mother and the family of young children endured many trials. Her mother had to take in washings to support the family.

Ida May assisted her mother as much as possible, lifting heavy buckets of water and scrubbing clothing on the wash board for neighbors and other people, all of which affected her health the rest of her life. Her schooling was limited because of the stresses at home. However, she was an apt student and demonstrated her great desire for learning and later attended high school at the Juarez Stake Academy in Colonia Juarez, a colony eighteen miles west of Colonia Dublan.

Because of modes of travel–horse and buggy or horseback–there was very little communication or interchange of social activities between the colonies. On Ida May’s first day of school at the Academy, as she was walking down the sidewalk, a handsome young man, later known to her as Isaac Turley, Jr., was tying his horse to the tie-rail in front of the Co-op Store, across the street. They exchanged glances and as their eyes met, it seemed that their destiny was sealed. Shortly before they saw each other Isaac had received his Patriarchal Blessing in which he was promised that the first time he would see the one that he was to marry he would recognize her by the same familiar feeling that he had for her in the pre-existence. That was verified when he saw beautiful black-haired Ida Mae Lake.

They soon became acquainted and enjoyed a six-month courtship, preparing for their wedding, which took place in Ida May’s home in Colonia Dublan, on July 4, 1912. Bishop A. D. Thurber performed the ceremony.

Turley, Isaac Jr, Ida Mae, Viola Mae

The Mexican Revolution of 1912 was in progress, and it was unsafe for travel between colonies. The colonists had been advised by Church Leaders to leave the colonies at once. Thus, three weeks after their wedding, Ida May with her mother and mother-in-law and many other women and children and elderly men boarded the flat cars of the Nor-Oeste train in Colonial Dublan and traveled to El Paso, Texas. The young men and boys walked or rode any available horse across the Chihuahua prairies to meet their loved ones who had previously departed.

Turley, Isaac family home Beaver

Isaac and Ida May and their mothers spent the next seven years in Beaver City and St. George, Utah. It was in St. George that they were sealed in the temple, and three children were born to them, namely, Melvin Isaac, August 31, 1913, George Lake, December 16, 1916, and Viola May (Haws), January 26, 1919. (A fourth child, a stillborn was later born in Colonia Juarez.)

In November 1919, Isaac re-established his family in Colonia Juarez after the rumblings of the revolution had subsided. Upon his return, he served as a counselor in the bishopric, and in subsequent years filled seven stake missions–four of which were served jointly with Ida May.  Isaac was an avid sportsman, hunter, and horticulturist. He was sought after for his healing arts, and he and Ida May together cared for numerous sick and down-trodden people, frequently opening their home for weeks at a time to the distressed. Many people were converted to the gospel through their diligent teaching and kind and loving service.

Isaac and Ida May took up residence in Mesa, Arizona in the summer of 1961. There they were called as temple workers. Five years later, Ida May’s health began to decline which led to her death on December 18, 1968.

Turley, Isaac Turley Jr with Ida, Esther, Pearl and Sarah

Left to right: Annie Sariah Martineau, Ida Lake Turley, Isaac Jr, Pearl Frost Turley, and Esther Turley McClellan seated.

Isaac continued his work in the temple and shared Books of Mormon with his non-member friends and acquaintances. His health began to deteriorate due to cancer, and he passed away September 16, 1977 while living with his daughter, Viola May, and her husband, David Y. Haws, in Los Animas, Colorado. He was buried beside his dear wife, Ida May, in the Mesa City Cemetery.

The memory of the unselfish service rendered by Isaac and Ida May Turley will forever endear them to their family and friends, and to all whose lives they touched.

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Robert Merton Turley b. 3 July 1920

Turley, Robert Merton Family

From Unflinching Courage by Adele Bushman Westover and J. Morris Richards, pp. 608-609

On July 3,1920, Robert Merton Turley was born in Joseph City, weighing six pounds. He is the grandson of Isaac and Sarah Greenwood Turley and the grandson of Johanna Westover. His playmates were the Randall children and his cousin James Richards.

He attended grade school in Joseph City. When he was in the 8th grade he won a medal being best tennis player. Don Moffitt was the principal. He attended high school in Holbrook, graduating in 1938.

At twelve years of age he went with his family to live in San Diego for a year. After graduating from high school Robert worked for Babbitt’s in Holbrook, delivering freight to the southern towns of the county.

July 24, 1939, he was married to Orlean Bentley at Flagstaff. They lived a year in Holbrook, where a son was born July 19, 1940, whom they named Robert Derry.

Robert accepted a job as fireman on the Santa Fe Railroad and moved to Gallup in August 1940 where they have lived since.

Another son was born July 24, 1947 whom they named Dennis Michael.

In May 1951 they moved into a modern home at 140 Sunset Drive in Gallup.



From The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 284-285
Robert Merton Turley

Robert married Orlean Bentley, daughter of Fred and Ora Pate Bentley on July 24, 1939 in Flagstaff, Ariz. They live in Gallup, New Mexico, having worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 33 years, being an engineer most of those years.

Their children:
Robert Derry Turley, born June 19, 1940 in Holbrook; married Beverly Ann Barber March 29, 1969.
Dennis Michael Turley, born July 24, 1947 in Gallup, New Mexico. Married Lura Ann McGhee on February 24, 1969.

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Theodore Turley in Joseph Smith’s Red Brick Store

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Joseph Smith Jr’s Red Brick Store by Roger D. Launius and F. Mark McKiernan
Western Illinois Monograph Series, Number 5
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

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Below are some excerpts from Roger D. Launius and F. Mark McKiernan’s book (found in Google Books), or the full text can be found here:

The Red Brick Store, built by Joseph Smith, Jr., in Nauvoo, Illinois, during the heyday of the Latter Day Saint sojourn there, is a unique building. One of the most important structures in the city, around it revolved much of the economic, political, religious, and social activity of the Mormon stronghold. After the exodus of the majority of the Mormons in the city in the mid-1840s, the building declined in importance and deteriorated. It was eventually torn down and its brick used to construct other buildings in the community.

For nearly ninety years all that was left of the store was its foundation. Because of the intense historic reconstruction effort in Nauvoo, however, in 1978 the Reorganized Church, owners of the Red Brick Store site, decided to reconstruct the building as part of its 1980 sesquicentennial celebration. Since that time it has been an important stop for visitors to historic Nauvoo. This monograph contains a recapitulation of the structure’s history from its first building through demolition to reconstruction. It also contains a portion of the daybook used to record business transactions in the store during the first two years of its existence. We have sought to write the history of the building with candor, for within its walls both triumphant and tragic events occurred.

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Joseph Smith’s desk upstairs in the Red Brick Store, Nauvoo

Storekeeping in Nauvoo

During the bitter winter of 1838-39 some 5,000 Latter-day Saints crossed the Mississippi River from Missouri and settled in western Illinois. Since its inception almost ten years before, this group of religious pioneers, led by Joseph Smith, Jr., had been the brunt of political rhetoric, social ostracism, and in some cases mob violence. These people came to Illinois in 1838 and 1839 not as ordinary settlers, but as religious refugees from neighboring Missouri, the state’s population expelling them following a brutal and deadly conflict.

In Illinois during the early 1840s these people built one of the most impressive and powerful cities in the wilderness, the community of Nauvoo, erected with dedication and sacrifice by the Mormons on a limestone flat by the banks of the Mississippi River some fifty miles north of Quincy.  Throughout the first half of the 1840s Nauvoo dominated Hancock County with its wealth, population, cultural achievements, and military and political power. For the Saints, the rise of this mighty religious commonwealth was the fulfillment of the shattered dreams of previous church-dominated communities at Kirtland, Ohio, and Independence and Far West, Missouri . They believed that God had finally enabled them to begin the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.

The prophet did a brisk business in the Red Brick Store from the very outset. Many of the Saints on the south end of town had accounts there and the only extant daybook of the store, maintaining records for the period between June 23. 1842, and June 22, 1844, contained all the prominent people of the community. Indeed, it read like a “who’s who” of early Mormonism. A particularly busy day for the store took place on Saturday, July 2, 1842, as the Saints prepared for a huge Independence Day celebration the next Monday. The following list was representative of this day’s trade:

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Here is another entry for Theodore Turley made 27 June 1842:

1842-6-27 Red Brick Store, TT purchases

Here is some visitor information from the RLDS Church for visitors to the Red Brick Store today:

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Stephen Franklin, b. 29 June 1829, husband of Sarah Elizabeth Turley–Explosion in Colton 12 March 1889

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The Theodore Turley Family Book, p. 83

Sarah Elizabeth Turley was born September 24, 1835 in Churchville, Toronto, Canada. She married Stephen Franklin in 1855. He was born June 29, 1829 to Nathaniel and Catherine Franklin. Sarah died on March 24, 1914 in Colton, California.

Children of Sarah and Stephen Franklin:
Charlotte Elizabeth Franklin, m. John Norman Miller; d. 1922.
Frances Catherine Franklin, b. 1860; m. Welch; d. 1888
Mary Ann Franklin, b.1861; m. Dec 25, 1898, Angus McKinley
Stephen Harmon Franklin, b.1863
Thomas Theodore Franklin, b.1866; d.1916

Census records say he was a carpenter in 1870 and a blacksmith in Colton in 1886

The Daily Courier, San Bernardino, California 12 March 1889
An explosion occured yesterday about one half mile south of Colton, at the blacksmith shop of Stephen Franklin, which demoralized the building completely and bruised Mr. Franklin up considerably, though he fortunately and miraculously escaped severe injury. In a corner of the shop he had a box of giant powder [TNT] and some caps, and while at work, a spark flew into the powder. It commenced burning and he saw it. He picked up a bucket of water to throw on it, but a spark flew into the caps and the whole thing went off. The building was blown to splinters and the shock was distinctly heard at Colton. Mr. Franklin had his face badly cut and one of his limbs injured, but not so badly but that he can walk about, and will only feel the effects a few days.

The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, CA
Sunday 17 April 1898, p. 3

Stephen Franklin a well known pioneer of this county died at his home in Colton on Tuesday last April 12th, of apoplexy of the brain.

Mr. Franklin was born in Antworth, Jefferson county, New York, June 29th, 1830, and came to San Bernardino In the spring of 1852 and has been with slight interruption a citizen of this county ever since, well known as a quiet und honorable citizen, and following the occupation of a blacksmith. In the year 1853 he married Miss Sarah E. Turley, with whom he lived a happy life. Five children survive him and were In attendance at the funeral, Mrs. John Miller, Mary A. Franklin, Stephen Harman Franklin, Thomas T. Franklin and George O. Franklin, All resident of this county, except Stephen, whose home is in Riverside county.

The cause of his death occurred about nine years ago, when 60 pounds of giant powder were accidentally exploded in his blacksmith shop, which blew the building to pieces and injured him so that he gradually declined, ending with his death on Tuesday last. He was buried in the Colton cemetery, the Baptist minister of Colton officiating and a large number of friends and neighbors and many old pioneer friends attending to manifest their admiration of the many noble qualities possessed by him who had passed away, and; to express the deep sympathy entertained towards the widow and family in this their hour of affliction


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