This is my 3rd great grandfather, Theodore Turley. I’ve spent several years trying to uncover the details of his life. In a few days I’m going to Toronto, Canada to walk where he walked and to search for evidence of his life there. In about 1826 he and his wife, Frances Amelia Kimberley left Birmingham, England and sailed to Upper Canada with two small children, hoping for a better life. For nearly 20 years, Theodore was a Methodist preacher and a metal worker. He and his family, now numbering 10, found that better life when Mormon missionaries came calling.
They called upon Theodore to seek permission to use his chapel. He not only loaned his chapel but also asked the members of his congregation to stay to hear what the Elders had to say. After hearing their message, Theodore said to himself, “That is the truth and I shall be condemned if I do not accept it.” Theodore later would write, “I received the truth the first time I heard it & my Wife also was baptized the 1 of March 1837.” The next year they joined with a group of Latter-day Saints, left Canada, and traveled with teams and wagons to Far West, Missouri.
Theodore and Frances are my heroes. I love them. I revere and honor them. Because they listened to what those missionaries had to say, the lives of their posterity, numbering now more than 20,000, have been blessed. I am just one of those many, many descendants, but my life is different than it might have been if Theodore and Frances had not listened and recognized truth when they heard it.