Jesse Turpin

Jesse Turpin (1816-1854) was born 22 Jun. 1816 in Stewart Co., Tennessee. He was the son of James Turpin and Nancy Tatum. He married Eliza Ann Boggess on 24 Dec. 1840 in Harrison Co., Virginia; separated about 1845. He married Jane Louisa Smith on 16 Apr. 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois. He was baptized by Wilford Woodruff on 14 Apr. 1836 in Henry Co., Tennessee. He attended the Academy Branch in Henry Co., Tennessee in 1835 when Wilford Woodruff was a missionary there. He died in Jun. 1854 in Nebraska Territory.


Jesse Turpin (KWVM-HS3), “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed 25 Jul. 2022). Jesse Turpin, Wilford Woodruff Papers (, accessed 25 Jul. 2022). Norman B. Higley, Jesse Turpin Pioneer (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah: FamilySearch International), p. 8, 122, 130; digital images, FamilySearch (, accessed 27 Jul. 2022). "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (, accessed 25 Jul. 2022); Jesse Turpin, 15 Sep. 1852, Great Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory, certificate 5674; citing United States, Immigration and Naturalization Service, “Passport applications, 1795-1925; Indexes, 1830-1831, 1850-1852, 1860-1923,” image 1403/1504; DGS 7545462. "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (, accessed 27 Jul. 2022); James Turpin and Nancy Tatum, 3 Aug. 1803, Madison Co., Kentucky; citing Madison Co., Kentucky, Clerk of the County Court, “Marriage records, 1786-1983,” image 979/1107; DGS 4542885. "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970," database with images, FamilySearch (, accessed 28 Jul. 2022); Jesse Turpin and Eliza Ann Boggess, 24 Dec. 1840, Harrison Co., West Virginia, p. 145; citing Harrison Co., West Virginia, Clerk of the County Court, “Marriage records, 1784-1970,” image 545/684; DGS 4011517. Sybil Gibson Higley and Lori Higley White, The Descendants of James Turpin and Nancy Ann Tatum of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Utah (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah: FamilySearch International), p. 19; digital images, FamilySearch (, accessed 27 Jul. 2022). "Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961," database with images, FamilySearch (, accessed 28 Jul. 2022); Jesse Turpin, 20 Sep. 1854, Great Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory, file no. 24; citing Salt Lake Co., Utah, District Court, 3rd District, “Probate case files, District Court (3rd District, Salt Lake County) [Utah], 1852-1894,” image 516/902; DGS 5413061.

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    October 6, 1836 ~ Thursday Oct 6th Spent the day at Elder Alexanders 2 miles October 7, 1836 ~ Friday 7th Rode in company with Elder Alexander & Warren Smith & their families to Paris & Perhaps the last time that I shall visit the place From thence to Mr Jonathan Alexanders Preached at his house at candle light distane 30 m[iles] October 8, 1836 ~ Saturday 8th Rode {with Elder Alexander} to Br ...
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    water & also with strong drink or spirits this not by commandment but from choice We then accor ding to commandment clensed our hands and feet and bore testimony unto God against the Ben- ton County mob & also against Paris & many others who had rejected our testimony We enjo yed a solumn, spiritual, & interesting Season We retired from the water in the spirit of God & spent the night for the last time at Brother Levi Taylors & ...
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    October 22, 1836 ~ Saturday Oct 22 Preached at Br Beaty & Baptised 1 Mrs Beaty October 23, 1836 ~ Sunday 23rd Sunday Preached at Beatys & Baptised 1 his Daughter Also Ordained Brother James Beaty to the Office of a Priest he had been a Preacher of the Christian order for several years. Communed with the Sains had a spiritual time & it was the last meeting that I held in the South within the limits of the Tennesse ...
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    Ohio falls passed through three locks arived at Louisville at 6 P.M. Paid $2.50 cts passage aboard the Havana, KETON Capt The Havana run about 10 miles per hour distance of the day 100 m[iles] their was 12 steamers at anchor at Luisville Priest Turpin went aboard a bout for Cincinnati & Elder Smoot & myself left Luisville to visit his kinsman in Owington that he had not visited since he was five years of age We took the Fran- ...
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    November 17, 1836 ~ Thursday Nov 17th Went to Covington Crossed the Ohio River into Cincinnati visited the city & saw Conway & Webster who informed me that Brother Asahel H Woodruff had located himself in Terrehaute Indiania & traiding in Books in company with Robert Smith. I Also saw the Dead & wounded carried from off the Steem Boat FLORA. 3 dead & 10 scalded by the bursting of her pipes Spent the night at Cincinnati ...
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    December 2, 1836 ~ Friday Dec 2nd I Wrote a Letter to Br Azmon Woodruff it being the first communication between us for two years I also Wrote a Letter to col Joseph Rowlett at Owengton Owen County KY. December 3, 1836 ~ Saturday 3rd Traded with Brother Bump in goods $12.89 December 4, 1836 ~ Sunday 4th Sunday I went up to the house of the Lord to worship Elder
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    January 7, 1837 ~ Saturday Jan 6 [7]. Wrote a Letter to Brother Asahel H Woodruff January 8, 1837 ~ Sunday 8. Sunday went up to the house of the Lord to worship we had an interesting meeting. their was about fifteen hundred people assembled their was two discourses deliver'd from the Aaronic Priesthood one from coun cellor Knight & the other from Priest Willey Priest Willey had much of the spirit of ...
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    April 3, 1837 ~ Monday April 3rd The day had now arived for preperations for the solumn assembly the annointing & the endowment of the Elders of Israel or at least for those that were not endowed in Kirtland the strong hold of the daughter of Zion in the spring of 1836 & as I was absent at that time my day is now come & my time at hand for those blessings & I shall record the events of each day of the endowment for ...
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    & other interesting subjects, he has appeared occasionally in the midst of the Saints which has been a great comfort to the Saints but I was deprived of attending s as I was confined with sickness. [FIGURE] I wrote a letter to Br Webster in answer to one I received from him [FIGURE] I also received a letter from Br Turpin September 19, 1842 ~ Monday Sept 19th I commenced work this day for the first time for 40 days I ...
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    John Jackson was expeled by the conference Sister Jackson & Howard Williams had their names with drawn from the church by their request & the voice of the church. Deacon Abel B Wilson & Jesse Turpin was ordained Priest & Albert Petty [a] Teac her under the hand of Elder W Parrish the move was made by the chairman & a unanimous vote given by the church for the above ordinations A vote ...