|William Oliver Duffin, Sr|
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|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1843|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1924|
William Duffin 1843—1924
William Duffin was born in Hampshire England, July 13, 1843. A son of Moses Duffin and Eliza Payne. They had two sons: William and Stephen. His Father died in England and his Mother married again to a man named Alexander, they had three children, two were James and Elizabeth.
They must have joined the church in England as William remembered being baptized in a river and losing one of his shoes. He was nine when they migrated from England, Saturday, February 4 on the ship called Jolconda. It sailed under Captain Dorr P. Curtis. Arrived at New Orleans, March 18 1854. While crossing the ocean, one of the children died and was buried at sea, and while crossing the plains to reach Utah his Mother died. She was buried on the plains in a red flannel petticoat.
The children came on with their stepfather to Utah. After they arrived William was taken to live with a very good man and friend, John A. Smith. With all the sorrow of losing his parents and the trip across the sea and plains, all together he lost track of all his people and so little is known of his record and genealogy.
He lived with John A. Smith until he grew older but still made this his home when he was around. He did a lot of freighting and sheep shearing in the spring.
He never had much of this worldly goods in the line of money, but he was always a free big-hearted fellow who as long as he had a dollar was willing to share with a friend.
On March 9, 1873 he married Harriet E. Stratton and lived in Kaysville Utah for a while, later moving to Draper where they homesteaded a farm and did pretty well at it. They buried their first child there. They had six children while they lived in Draper but here they also left another child, little Eliza Harriet died at age seven, November 1885.
Later they sold their home in Draper and moved to Glenwood where they bought them a little home and lived there until his death. They brought their five children: Elizabeth, Ellen, William, John and Minnie. Here their last child James was born.
William had to work hard here to keep his family. His work consisted mainly of sheep shearing in the spring and gardening in the summer. Doing odd jobs he could do between times. But he was a natural gardener and raised all kinds of lovely vegetables and also he raised and sold raspberries for many years. As the children grew older they all had to seek work for themselves to help ease the load on the father and mother.
In February 1893, sadness again entered their home. Two little girls, Minnie and Ellen were taken from them with the dreaded disease Diphtheria. The disease took many in Glenwood.
They were always very loving parents, nothing was too good for their children. William loved his home and as he grew older he loved to sit by the fire and pop corn. They loved going out for little visits. They would put a handful of corn in their pockets and walk down to the dances and enjoy watching and dancing and visiting with old friends.
He loved fishing, and his spare time in the summer would be spent up in the creek above town with his fishing pole and line, and so often some sick person or friend would enjoy a trout for their supper or breakfast.
People loved to chat a moment with him as they passed by, or if they came for a pan of fine peas he had raised or a bunch of carrots or berries which he would always be willing to give.
As he grew old he spent much of his time in the shade shelling peas for dinner or take a cup of berries to someone who was ill. He could always find something useful to do, and always had a kind word for those he met.
His children all went one by one in their turn from his old home to marry and bring their families for visits. Lizzie, as Elizabeth was called, married Paul Beutler and had twelve children. William or Bill married Alice Sorenson and they had seven children. John married Elsie Olsen and had seven children. James married Hazel Foy and had four children.
He didn't live to know all his Grandchildren but he left his wife to watch the rest come and grow to man or womanhood.
On March 9, 1923 they celebrated their golden wedding. All the children and grandchildren were there. On July 27, 1924 he died without a struggle and never being ill at all beforehand. His family all missed his kind greetings and him in general, but thankful he could leave so easily.
Eliza Payne Alexander (1818 - 1854)
Harriet Elizabeth Stratton Duffin (1855 - 1946)*
Elizabeth Duffin Beutler (1881 - 1964)*
Ellen Duffin (1883 - 1893)*
William Oliver Duffin (1884 - 1986)*
John Henry Duffin (1887 - 1923)*
Minnie Melissa Duffin (1889 - 1893)*
James Stephen Duffin (1892 - 1978)*
William Oliver Duffin (1843 - 1924)
Elizabeth Alexander Parker (1850 - 1947)*
James Alexander (1852 - 1932)*
Plot: Row 4 Space 51
Created by: Sydney Roberts
Record added: Oct 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43228259
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