Picturing history: Morley's Settlement

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

During the Nauvoo period of Latter-day Saint history, a number of nearby settlements were established in a manner analogous to the spokes of a wheel with Nauvoo, Ill., as the hub. One of those “spoke” settlements was Morley’s Settlement, named after Isaac Morley, an early convert from Kirtland, Ohio. The settlement was also known as Yelrome, based on spelling “Morley” backward. Perhaps 400-500 Latter-day Saints lived here from 1839-46. About a year after the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, Morley’s Settlement became the target of vandalism and arson. One settler, Edmund Durfee, was shot to death while trying to put out a fire that had been deliberately set. Since the Latter-day Saint exodus to the west, the small town has been known as Tioga.

Kenneth Mays

During the Nauvoo, Ill., period of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' history, a number of nearby settlements were established in a manner analogous to the spokes of a wheel with Nauvoo as the hub.

One of those "spoke" settlements was Morley's Settlement, named after Isaac Morley, an early convert from Kirtland, Ohio. The settlement was also known as Yelrome, based on spelling "Morley" backward. Perhaps 400-500 Latter-day Saints lived here from 1839-46.

About a year after the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, Morley's Settlement became the target of vandalism and arson. One settler, Edmund Durfee, was shot to death while trying to put out a fire that had been deliberately set.

Since the Latter-day Saint exodus to the west, the small town has been known as Tioga.

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