Sarah Elizabeth Turley was the 7th of 10 children of Theodore Turley and Frances Amelia Kimberley. She was born in Churchville, Upper Canada on 24 September 1835 and was a little girl when her family joined with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They moved with many Canadian Saints to Kirtland, Ohio and then on to Nauvoo, Illinois. When Sarah Elizabeth was only 12 years old, her mother and 4 other family members died in the trying conditions at Winter Quarters.
Sarah Elizabeth and the rest of her family crossed the plains in the Silas Richards Company of 1849. In the next year, Theodore and part of his family, along with about 500 other Saints were sent to settle the San Bernardino area of California.
In 1857 Sarah and her family returned to Utah and in 1859, she married Stephen Franklin in the Salt Lake Endowment House.
In the 1860 Census, Sarah and Stephen Franklin were living in Beaver, Utah near her father Theodore Turley, and other family members.
Here is the rest of the Turley family on the next page:
From his obituary in 1898:
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 and 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.
From Letters from Dr. Joseph Soll Turley:
“Aunt Sara Elizabeth whom I had the pleasure of visiting several times in Colton, was in bed between the years of 1911 and 1914 when she passed away. She lived the longest of any of Theodore Turley’s children, aged 79. She had one son, George, who owned his own marble shop in Huntington Beach and whom I also had the pleasure of knowing. She had two daughters. The older, Elizabeth Miller, lived in retirement in San Bernardino. She had one son, a cowboy on the desert and a teen-aged daughter when I visited them in 1911. She was rather short but was very cheerful and pleasant to me and she lived in Colton with her other married daughter, Marianne, a wonderful woman. She had suffered a bad accident in her younger years and had to hobble around on crutches but was very cheerful and sweet and did all her housework in a two-story house and cared for her invalid mother and her husband. He was a veteran of the Civil War and his name was Brown, and was in the real-estate business.”
Death of Mrs. Franklin
Mrs. Sarah Franklin, for 37 years a resident of Colton, and therefore on of its earliest pioneers, died her tonight at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Brown.
Mrs Franklin was a native of Canada and was 78 years of age. She is survived by five children, Mrs. Brown of Colton, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and S. H. Franklin of San Bernardino, T. T. Franklin of Escondido and G. O. Franklin of Huntington Beach.
Funeral announcement will be made later.