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Edmund Durfee, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1788
Death: Nov. 15, 1845

Morley’s Settlement or Yelrome, 1839-1846, was a settlement of log homes and cabins, fenced farms and corrals of 400-500 Mormons spread out for more than a mile northeast, north and west of Lima, Illinois. Edmund Durfee (Durphy), one of these residents, was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, in 1788. A farmer, carpenter, and millwright, he married Magdalena Pickle. They became the parents of thirteen children. The Durfees joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1830s in Ohio. They moved to LDS settlements in Missouri and then to Morley’s Settlement. In September 1845, anti-Mormon arsonist targeted Morley’s Settlement. The Durfee home was the first of dozens burned down. The Durfees, with other homeless residents, fled to Nauvoo for safety. Edmund and other men returned to Morley’s Settlement to harvest their crops on November 15,1845. They lodged with Mormon Solomon Hancock in his unburned home about one-half mile northeast of Lima. Late that evening, nightriders set fire to hay in the Hancock barnyard. Awakened, Mormon men rushed outside to fight the fire. Edmund Durfee, age 57, was shot and killed. Durfee’s attackers were identified and arrested, but never brought to trial, even though “their guilt was sufficiently apparent,” according to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford. Edmund was buried near his brother, James Durfee, in Nauvoo’s Parley Street Cemetery. Edmund’s family participated in the Latter-day Saints’ forced exodus from Nauvoo in 1846. During the hard journey across Iowa, widow Magdalena died near present-day Council Bluffs, and daughter Tamma Durfee Miner buried a baby, Melissa, at Montrose, and husband Albert Miner in Iowaville. Eight Durfee children – Martha Durfee Stevens, Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis, Dolly Durfee Garner, Delana Durfee Dudley, Abraham Durfee, Jabez Durfee, Mary Durfee Carter, and Nephi Durfee – went west with the Latter-day Saints and settled in Utah. 
 
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 Parents:
  Perry Durfee (1765 - 1800)
  Annie Martha Salisbury Durfee (1766 - 1867)
 
 Spouse:
  Magdalena Pickle Durfee (1788 - 1850)*
 
 Children:
  Martha Durfee Stevens (1811 - 1874)*
  Tamma Durfee Miner-Curtis-Curtis (1813 - 1885)*
  Edmond James Durfee (1815 - 1861)*
  Dolly Durfee Garner (1816 - 1885)*
  John Durfee (1818 - 1850)*
  Delana Durfee Dudley Ford (1820 - 1896)*
  William Short Durfee (1822 - 1845)*
  Ephraim Durfee (1824 - 1825)*
  Jabez Durfee (1828 - 1883)*
  Mary Ette Durfee Carter (1830 - 1885)*
  Nephi Durfee (1835 - 1880)*
 
 Siblings:
  Eliza Durfee Lott (1784 - 1876)*
  Edmund Durfee (1788 - 1845)
  Jabez Durfee (1791 - 1867)*
  James Durfee (1793 - 1844)*
  James Durfee (1793 - 1844)*
  Annie Durfee Brown (1795 - 1872)*
  Perry Durfee (1797 - 1872)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds
Nauvoo
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Redriver
Originally Created by: John Warnke (inactive)
Record added: May 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10973899
Edmund Durfee, Sr
Added by: John Warnke (inactive)
 
Edmund Durfee, Sr
Added by: John Warnke (inactive)
 
Edmund Durfee, Sr
Added by: John Warnke (inactive)
 
 
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