Francis Amelia <I>Kimberley</I> Turley

Francis Amelia Kimberley Turley

Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Death 30 Jun 1847 (aged 47)
Winter Quarters / Florence, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Grave #20
Memorial ID 35004541 · View Source
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Daughter of Thomas Kimberley and Sarah Hitchens

Married Theodore Turley, 27 Nov 1831

Their family consisted of five sons and five daughters.

Theodore and Frances Amelia [Daniel] were born in England.

Mary Ann [Cook], Priscilla Rebecca [Lyman], Frederick, Obia, Sarah Elizabeth [Franklin] and Isaac were born in Canada.

Charlotte [Bushman] and Jonathan were born in Nauvoo.

Frances Amelia Turley Daniel (1824-1846), Obia (1834-1834) and Jonathan (1842-1846) preceded their mother in death.

History - Theodore, Francis, and their two children emigrated to Canada in 1825. After moving, she quickly accepted the Gospel and was baptized with her husband in March of 1837. Theodore was then called on a short mission to build the church in Canada. He converted seventeen members in only three weeks.

In 1837 and 1838, Francis and Theodore immigrated to Far West, Missouri. They were desirous of settling their family in peace, far from the noise of war, etc., and with the advantage of communion with the people of God. From that time forward it was the lot of the family to suffer hardships and persecution that followed the saints in those days. Why were they willing to make the sacrifices? They had a burning testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an assurance that the Spirit of the Lord was with them.

On April 20, 1839, the last of the saints left Far West. Mobbers had broken into saints' homes, breaking clocks, tables, chairs, looking-glasses, and windows while Bogart (the county judge) looked on and laughed. Francis left her beautiful home with a stable, a garden, a well, a shop that was well fitted up, ten acres of timberland, two town lots, and other conveniences. They took their six children and journeyed 200 miles. It was very wet yet they were forced to live in a tent for thirteen weeks.

After arriving in Nauvoo it was neccessary to plant a garden of corn, potatoes, etc., before starting to build their home. "After accomplishing the same began to get logs, stone, etc. My family having the expanse of firmament for a covering besides a tent made of factory cotton. Frequently when I come home I find my family wet through to the skin, and the fire all washed away and my dear little children cuddled under their mother's cloak. Myself as wet as possible, and no fire to dry our clothes. Sometimes the bed wet when we would rise in the morning, this would try the faith and patience of all (quote from Theodore Turley)." In the fore part o June 1839, Theodore raised the first house built by the saints in Commerce (Nauvoo) on Lot 4, Block 147, the same block on which Joseph Smith built the Nauvoo Mansion.

On August 4, 1839, the Church passed a revolution for the Twelve to proceed on their mission to the isles of the sea; Theodore was asked to assist them. The saints were to provide for their families in their absence. We can imagine the stress and hardship this put on Francis Amelia as she was already worn out from the previous events of her life. Theodore's return home must have been a joyous occasion for the family, as well as himself.

Elder Amasa Lyman paid Francis a tribute when in 1839 he said, "I boarded with Brother Theodore Turley's family. Sister Turley was most kind and unremitting in her attention to my comfort. Under her treatment I regained my health and remained until March 1839."

It was mentioned before that Francis was a very brave woman. When mobs tried to steal her stock in Far West, Francis told her father to give her Old John, and she climbed on him with a loaded blackwhip (handle loaded with buckshot). She rode into the heard, got the stock, and hit one of the mobbers with the blackwhip. She brought back the cows and the bull. Another time, Francis took her father and his friends to a meeting in Nauvoo in a sleigh. On her return, the buffalo robe blew up in front of the horse, causing him to run away. She jumped on the horse and brought it to a stop. A man that watched the procedure joked with Theodore and offered him a thousand dollars for Francis. At this it is said that Theodore acted very indignant.

Theodore and Francis were sealed for time and all eternity on December 20, 1845. Records show that more wives were sealed to Theodore in the weeks following.

Sometime before November 20, 1846, Theodore and his family arrived at Winter Quarters (Florence, Nebraska). On August 22, 1848, Francis Amelia passed away from the vigor of her life. Seven other members of Theodore's family also died in Winter Quarters.

Be it said to her everlasting honor that she accepted the doctrines of the Church and was faithful and true to her husband to the end.

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