I’m happily home again, grateful for a Wonderful Week that brought me closer to more than one family member, one of them being Frances Amelia Kimberley Turley, Theodore’s wife who was born in Birmingham, England 213 years ago today. The ancestral women in our families often remain silent. To help me remember them, I keep the artwork above by Joseph Brickey above my computer where I work every day. Frances and Theodore had two young children before leaving England sometime in 1826-27. Six more were born in Toronto (York) and Churchville, and the last two were born in Nauvoo, including my great great grandmother, Charlotte.
These were frontier women who did hard things. Their faith and grit sustained them. Their love and watch-care for their children and for me, is equally sustaining. I suspect I, too, have been carried in the arms of Frances’s love.
You can read more about Frances Amelia Turley here: