Charles Dennis Turley b. 4 August 1881, d. 13 January 1942

Turley, Charles Dennis with Myrtle, Jay & Pauline

Charles Dennis Turley with wife, Myrtle and daughter, Pauline.

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 266-268

Charles Dennis Turley, the tenth child of Isaac and Sarah Greenwood Turley, was born August 4, 1881 in Snowflake, Arizona. He lost his mother at the age of six years, and from that time on was raised by the loving mother of his brothers and sisters. Sarah had twelve children and Clara had twelve.

Father was very close to his sister Nellie (Clara Ellen) who was the same age. He was a very obedient boy and never gave his folks cause to worry. He taught his younger brother, Isaac. Jr., to milk and do the chores around the house, and never scolded his younger brothers and sisters. He loved them all very much.

Life was very primitive in the Colonies at this time. They lived in stockades and small homes. There were no streets or roads. Charles helped his father plant the first orchard in Colonia Juarez. The trees were brought in from San Bernardino. At 18, Charles went to work in the mines at Sonora. He be came a brick mason and helped build the mill at Pearson. He came back home after two years and his folks were very upset with him as he had taken up smoking. He married Myrtle Hatch, born January 10, 1884 in Pleasanton, New Mexico, in September of 1902. Myrtle passed away Sept. 5, 1919 leaving two children living: Jay and Pauline. [George Deville was also living.]

Turley, Charles Dennis b. 1881

Charles Dennis Turley

On February 19, 1920 Charles married Roberta Wood, born Nov. 6, 1901 in Colonia Juarez, daughter of Peter Cotton and Lucy Jane Flake Wood. She was twenty years younger than he and just four years older than Jay and seven years older than Pauline.

As you can see, we moved a lot. Daddy worked on the Temple in Mesa. He was foreman of the masonry work. He did the decorating work with the terra cotta, the Pioneers and Handcarts. We then moved to the Indian reservation and Daddy built hospitals and schools for the government at the following locations: Fort Wingate, Shiprock, Tohatchi, and Fort Defiance. We lived in Gallup and Daddy worked during the day and also at night, setting boilers at the mines at Camerco.

In Farmington we lived on a farm and raised our own food as well as some to sell. There was a very large apple orchard as well as other fruit. While in Farmington, Daddy also worked at the Chaco Canyon Indian ruins, helping to rebuild portions of them. We have visited them and it is well worth the trip to see such a magnificent city of ancient times. These were probably people of the Book of Mormon.

The last move as a family was in 1934 to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Daddy and Mother both worked here and we older children did some babysitting. Daddy was having a hard time getting work because of his age and also not feeling well. I believe the cancer had started growing by this time. Mother worked for the government, teaching the Indian women how to can, so Daddy stayed home and took care of the fields and livestock and we three youngest. I was old enough to help him and he taught me to do a lot of things, including the art of making bread. We worked in the fields, milked the cows, and drove a team of horses. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything. Father very seldom scolded us. I can’t remember him ever raising his voice in anger. He had the patience of Job.

Daddy was well liked by all who knew him. He worked hard all of his life, sometimes holding two jobs. We know that our father was a fine man and pray we are a credit to

Turley, Charles Dennis with Pauline on horse, Myrtle

Charles Dennis Turley with daughter Pauline (on horse) and Myrtle.


Children of Charles Dennis and Myrtle Hatch Turley:
Charles Dennis Turley. Jr.. July 21, 1903– July 23,
Jay L. Turley, born Oct. 19, 1905 in Colonia Juarez.
Pauline Turley, born Sept. 2, 1908 in Colonia Juarez.
George Deville Turley. Sept. 8, 1910–0ct. 8, 1960.
Sarah Marie Turley, Sept. 6, 1912–Sept. 14, 1912, at El Paso, Texas.
Charles Darwin Turley, May 4, 1914–May 17, 1914, at El Paso.

Children of Charles Dennis and Roberta Wood Turley:
Roberta Turley. born Dec. 22, 1920 at Colonia Juarez.
Jane Turley, born Dec. 21, 1921 at Colonia Juarez.
Josephine Turley (now JoAnn) , born Dec. 20, 1923 in Co1onia Juarez.
Charlene Turley, born Dec. 21, 1928 atGallup, New Mexico
Franklin Dennis Turley, born April 4, 1933 at Farmington, New Mexico

Turley, Charles Dennis family photos

Charles Dennis and Roberta Wood Turley Family photos


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Radley, Abingdon, England, Home of my Ancestors

Here are some photos of Radley and the Parish Church in Radley by Abingdon in England, where my Smuin ancestors are from. Many of my ancestors were christened, married, and buried in the churchyard here.

Mormon Missionaries came to Radley in the 1840s.  Many Smuin families living there joined the church and left Radley to gather to Zion.

Here is an aerial view of Radley today.  You can see where St. James the Great Church is.radley-google-earthradley-abingdon-map

Here are some old sketches of St. James the Great Parish Church:radley-parish-sketch-interiorradley-parish-sketch

And here is how it looks today:radley-parish-interior-1



Here is some more information about the church and a few photos I took when visiting there in 2003.

The parish church of St James the Great in Radley was built in 1290. It is a beautiful building with the original, and rare, wooden pillars still standing. In the Civil War a battle in and around the church led to the destruction of the north aisle and transept, giving a rather lop-sided feel to the church. There is a fine peal of bells and some interesting stained glass windows, many of which represent the connection with royalty established when the present rectory was a hunting lodge. The canopy over the pulpit came from over the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons during the Civil War.


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Bear Lake Boat Tragedy: Evelyn Bushman and Ephraim Harmon McAffee

McAffee, Evelyn and Ephriam boat tragedy news

Mava McAffee Russon “A Beautiful Blessing”

Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women, Vol. 3; compiled by Leon R. Hartshorn, Deseret Book Co., Salt Lake City, Utah, 1975, pp,215-217.

I came from a family that loved the great outdoors. Boating and fishing were just part of our lives.  I have a brother Boyd, who, three weeks after he married and was graduated from BYU, completely and totally collapsed with a rare muscle disease called myasthenia-gravis. Little was known of the disease at that time. He was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for three months of medical treatment. The doctors gave him little hope to live.

McAffee Ephraim Harman & Evelyn Yellowstone trip

Yellow Stone Trip, Nettie McAffee, Harman, Mava kneeling, Louise Schow and Evelyn.

A few months later my father’s vacation time came, and Dad and Mother both felt it would be good for Boyd if we took him with us on a little vacation to Bear Lake, Idaho.
On August 1, 1941, Dad asked Mother and me if we would like to pack a lunch and go across the lake for a day of fishing with him. We made Boyd comfortable at camp, and neighbors agreed to look in on him, since he didn’t feel well enough to go with us. Mother and I packed a lunch and off the three of us went and spent a great day together. We were returning at about six p.m. when a terrible, violent windstorm came up. Our fourteen-foot boat was capsized and we were thrown into the water. We had our life preservers, and we battled the storm and waves for what seemed like an eternity. The waves were the largest I had ever seen. A powerful wave would come down on top of us and knock us away from the boat; just as we would make our way back to the overturned boat, another big wave would come down on top of us and knock us away again. We battled like this until the storm finally subsided. Mother did not make it back to the overturned boat, and she drowned. It was getting dark and cold and we could not find her body.

Dad and I knew that Boyd would send someone looking for us when we didn’t return. Oh, how earnestly we prayed that long, cold night that we would be saved. At age sixteen, I had an unusual amount of faith in my Father in heaven and felt that we would be rescued.

During that long, cold night, our overturned boat began to sink from the weight of the two motors; the only part of the boat that didn’t sink was about sixteen inches of the bow, and this was all we had to hold on to. The only parts of our bodies that were out of the water were our heads.

Boyd was alarmed when we didn’t return, and a search party began looking for us at daybreak. After twenty-one hours in the water and one-half hour before rescuers found our boat, my father also drowned. I was still clinging to the overturned boat, suffering from shock and exposure. Mother’s body was found floating a short distance away.

Boyd was waiting on the pier for us. When he saw me he literally picked me up and carried me to the car and drove to the house trailer where we were staying. (Boyd received strength from our Heavenly Father when needed; up to this point he had hardly been able to stand up or feed himself because of his sickness.)

My other brother, Don, and friends, neighbors, and relatives came from Salt Lake City to see if they could help in any way. Don headed the search party for Dad’s body. Every day for twenty-eight days they dragged the lake until they found his body.

During those days our house trailer was always filled with people. One day a man dressed in white came in while I was lying in bed, placed his hands upon my head, and gave me a beautiful blessing. I will never forget what he said to me: “If you will live the gospel the way should, the whys and wherefores this accident will be made known unto you.” No one saw him come in and no one saw him leave, but I know he was there and I will never forget what he said to me.

After the accident we were forced to sell our family home and move to another community. I became very bitter toward the Church and felt that if I had a Heavenly Father, he would have answered my prayers. Then I met Dale Russon, and through his love and understanding I was brought back into the Church. A few years later we were married in the Salt Lake Temple, and we are now the parents of four children.

Today I can honestly say that I know our accident was meant to be. Even though I didn’t know it at the time, I now know that my prayers were being answered. I know that my life was spared because my Heavenly Father wanted me to be a mother in Israel and rear a family. I also know that my dad lived through that night on Bear Lake to comfort me and give me encouragement to hang on to the boat until I was rescued.

I know also that had it not been for the accident I would never have met my husband. And had it not been for Boyd’s illness, he also might have drowned that day.

I am grateful for the reassurance I have that our Heavenly Father does not always answer our prayers in the way we think he should, but that he does answer them in a manner that is best for us. He has blessed me continually. I have a testimony of the gospel, and I love it with all my heart.

Mava McAffee Russon lived in Salt Lake City and later moved to Lehi, Utah, where she met Dale Russon.They were married in the Salt Lake Temple and are the parents of four children. They are now serving as missionaries, as President Russon presides over the California Oakland Mission [1975].

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Ephraim “Harmon” and Evelyn Bushman McAffee Tragedy at Bear Lake

McAffee, Ephraim Harmon & Evelyn

History of Lehi, Part II, Including Biographical Section up to 1950
Published by the Lehi Pioneer Committee
Written by Hamilton Gardner
The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1950
pp. 814-815

On August 1, 1941, a tragic boat accident at Bear Lake, Idaho, claimed the lives of a native Lehi couple. Their daughter, Mava, narrowly escaped death in the same accident. The news of the sudden death of Evelyn Bushman McAffee and Ephraim Harmon McAffee shocked the community because they were so well known in Lehi. The young couple had been reared and educated here.

Evelyn was the daughter of Elias Bushman and Margaret Zimmerman Bushman. She was born May 30, 1895, in Lehi. She was one of the early graduates of the Lehi High School. She was talented in dramatics and as a singer. Throughout her adult life she served her church and community through conducting musical groups and singing either solos or with others. At the time of her death, she was the director of the “Singing Mothers” of the Wasatch Ward of Salt Lake City. She was a devoted mother. Her home was always open for her children and their friends. Her high ideals were an inspiration to those with whom she came in contact.

Harmon was the son of Ephraim Smith McAffee and Annette “Nettie” Johnson McAffee. He was born December 1, 1895, in Pleasant Grove, but lived most of his life in Lehi. His father died in 1905. He lived with his mother and only brother, Reed, at a home where Wines Park now stands. They moved to a home at 231 East Fifth North Street. Harmon was very industrious. He helped his mother maintain the small family by working for farmers and giving his earnings to her. He caught fish in Utah Lake and sold them. As he grew older he worked at the Lehi Sugar Factory as a chemist. Later he worked on the railroad and as a salesman for Malin’s garage, an early Chevrolet dealer. He also helped Mr. Malin as a mortician. In 1921 he was employed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as an agent and worked for this company continuously until his death. Just before his death he was honored by the company for his twenty years service with them. His employment took him and his family to Ephraim, Spanish Fork, Provo, and Salt Lake City. Their last residence was in Salt Lake City.

Evelyn and Harmon were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 28, 1916. Three children were born to them at Lehi. They are Boyd, Don, and Mava.

Harmon, affectionately known as “Mac” to his numerous friends, was a great lover of nature. He fished and hunted throughout the western United States. Evenly and the three children accompanied him on many trips. They loved it too. It was on one of these trips that tragedy struck and the last trip for Evelyn and “Mac” was over.

They loved children but never lived to be called “Grandma” and “Grandpa” by the eight children that have been born to their own sons and daughter.

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Arthur Eugene “Gene” Barker b. 29 July 1917, d. 5 Oct 1999

Arthur Eugene Barker

Arthur Eugene Barker

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 538-39, published 1978

In a small cozy home nestled in the Sanpete Valley just north of Fairview, Utah on July 29, 1917, was born the youngest son of Rufus Orrin and Ella Bushman Barker. Arthur attended the elementary schools in Fairview and graduated from the North Sanpete High School in Mount Pleasant, Utah. As a senior he was a member of the high school Bookkeeping Team in the State Commercial Contest. Upon graduation, he attended Utah State College, BYU, and LDS Business College.


Arthur Eugene Barker, Missionary from 1939-41 in the Central States Mission.

Arthur was called to serve a mission from 1939-41 in the Central States Mission, with headquarters in Independence, Missouri. His labors sent him into the following cities: St. Joseph, Clinton, and Kansas City, MO; and also to Enid, Shawnee, and Duncan, OK. After returning from his mission he was called to the Superintendency of the Fairview North Ward Sunday School; and he also served on the North Sanpete Stake Aaronic Priesthood Board.

World War II found him working for Remington Arms Company where he met Marian Madeline Anderson, whom he had known on his mission. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 20, 1943. To their family has since come six lovely girls. They moved to American Fork, Utah in 1947, where he owned and operated a jewelry store for eight years. He was a member of the American Fork Rotary Club. Under his direction, as a board member and president of the club, improvements on the city park were made. Arthur is presently employed at Hercules Powder Co. as a meteorologist.

His life has been filled with dedicated service to the Church in American Fork. He served eight years as a president in the 67th Quorum of Seventy, taught Sunday School, has been ward financial clerk for six years, and served in the Sunday School presidency of the American Fork First and Fifth Wards for six years.


Children of Arthur Eugene and Marian Anderson Barker:

Linda Rae Barker
Turley Jean Barker Mortensen
Sheryl Barker Crosby
Janell Marian Barker Rimington
Glenna Lynn Barker
Karen Kay Barker

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The Jacob Bushman extended family

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Jacob Bushman, b. 27 July 1830: Signature, Cattle Brand, and interesting facts about his life

Today is the birthday of Jacob Bushman, my 2nd Great-grandpa.  He is one of my heroes. Here are a few pieces of trivia about Grandpa Jacob:

Bushman, Jacob Portrait with glasses

Jacob had blue eyes and light brown hair.

He was born in Pennsylvania.

When he was 18, he went alone to Missouri, where he worked until the Spring of 1851.

When he was a teenager, he worked on the Nauvoo Temple every 10th day.

His reputation for reliability made him a preferred teamster and farm hand.

His youngest brother, Elias Albert, was born when he was 19.

Jacob crossed the plains at age 20.

During the trek West, Jacob did not remain with the family, but drove a four yoke ox team across the plains for Henry Kearns, in the Isaac Allred Company, which reached Utah a month before the Kelsey Company with which the rest of the family came.

In the Spring of 1852, he drove a baggage wagon to Carson Valley, Nevada, for Major Hollman, the Indian agent.

He worked for Theodore Turley in San Bernardino in 1855.

He was about 6 feet tall and he weighed about 175 pounds.

Jacob was near-sighted.

He married Charlotte Turley in 1857 in California.  They had 10 children.

In 1871 went on a four month mission to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

In 1884 he and his family were Pioneers to St. Johns Arizona for 4 years.

Jacob loved farming, and was active in his garden.

Jacob’s signature:
Bushman, Jacob

Jacob’s cattle brand:Bushman, Jacob cattle brand 1900.Bushman, Jacob cattle brand 1900

Here is Jacob’s home in Fairview as it stands today:Bushman, Jacob and Charlotte home and ranch Fairview, Utah Aug 2008 (51)

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