Joseph Orson Turley

Male12 July 1845–29 December 1916

Brief Life History of Joseph Orson

Joseph Orson Turley was born on 12 July 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. He married Elizabeth Lightner on 13 December 1865, in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 29 December 1916, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Orson Turley
Elizabeth Lightner
Marriage: 13 December 1865
Elsie Elizabeth Turley
Mary Jane Turley
George Orson Turley
Ruthella Turley
Bertha Caroline Turley
Ernest Warren Turley
Lester Joseph Turley
Louise Turley

Sources (65)

  • Joseph Orson Turley in entry for Lester Joseph Turley, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Joseph Turley in household of Theodore Turley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • J O Turley in entry for Lester Joseph Turley and Nelle A Pendergast, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 December 1865Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1846 · First Nauvoo Temple Dedicated

    Age 1

    On May 1-3, 1846, the Nauvoo Illinois Temple was fully dedicated. It was the second temple that had been built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first temple with an angel Moroni on top, in the case of this temple it also doubled as a weather vane. Before the saints left Nauvoo they gathered in great numbers to go through.


    Age 20

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    Name Meaning

    Irish (Down): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Toirdealbhaigh, a patronymic from the personal name Toirdhealbhach, a personal name based on an Irish form of the Old Norse name Thórr ‘Thunder’ + the Gaelic word dealbhach ‘like, in the shape of’. Compare McCurley , from the lenited form of the same name.

    Altered form of German Thurley, from a personal name formed with Old High German tiuri ‘dear, valuable’ + līh (?), related to Gothic leiks ‘body, shape’.

    English (Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire): variant of Thurlow or Trillo .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Joseph Orson Turley b. 12 July 1845, Nauvoo

    Joseph Orson Turley was the son of Ruth Jane Giles. He was born in Nauvoo 12 July 1845. He was later adopted by Theodore Turley. On 13 December 1865 Joseph married Elizabeth Lightner in Beaver, Uta …

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