|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1855|
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1946|
Harriet Elizabeth Stratton 1855—1946
Harriet Elizabeth Stratton was born in Draper, Utah April 5, 1855. Her parents were Pioneers. Her father, Oliver Stratton came from Nashville, Tenn. And her mother, Harriet Brown came from Pennsylvania. While still a small girl her father was called by President Brigham Young to go to Dixie to settle the southern part of Utah. Obeying the call he took his young family and leaving Draper went to Dixie in a covered wagon and ox team. They settled in what is now called Virgin City. At this time there were eight children, three more were born after they moved there.
Times were very hard but still they continued on in the faith. They lived in a tent for a year. They took up land and later built a home of logs, which they were very happy for. With seven boys and four girls their life was as much a pioneer life as the first pioneers who came to Utah. When they left for their new home they had a wagon an oxen team, two horses, but one got in the quicksand and after several attempts to get it out- it died in the mire. They had very hard times saving their animals as well as themselves from the quicksand.
Oliver (Harriets Father) did a lot of freighting at times. They needed money so badly and their land was not plain, so he had to leave home to find work. One time while he was working in Peoche Nevada a baby boy was born and died a week later on 24th of March 1865. Another time his wife took desperately ill, she had not recovered from that when she had a severe attack of what seemed to be stomach trouble, now know as appendicitis. The children wrote to his father to tell how ill she was but the mail transportation was so poor he never received the letters until she was dead. The little baby brother Frank Leon, age 2 and one half died thirteenth of April 13, 1871 and Harriet died fifth of April 5 1871. It was all over before the father got home. ‘Twas a very sad homecoming- Harriet Elizabeth became 16 the day her mother died, and an unhappy birthday.
They lived there till the father Oliver Stratton died and then one by one they moved north again. The oldest brother Albert stayed in Dixie his posterity is still living. Melissa moved back to Draper and married Johnson and Harriet went to live with her. Harriet met William Duffin at a dance 28th of November. She fell in love with him and was married March 1873. They were very happy even though they were poor. There first home was a wagon box and a dry goods box was their dresser. William left her to live with Melissa while he went sheep shearing. She went to Kaysville to meet him when he came home. This being his former home with John Smith whom he'd had lived with since 9 years of age. They stayed there until William went to work as Soda Springs. Harriet stayed and worked for Smith's daughter until her husband returned. They rented a farm and lived in Kaysville for two years. A baby girl was born to them and died at age of one day old and was buried without a name. (This baby was later named and sealed to Harriet and William Duffin).
They moved back to Draper where they homesteaded a farm, upon a flat on the East Side. They bought a log cabin, which had been used by the miners and moved it up on their land there were four other family's living close around who had homesteads on the same flat. They would gather each night at each other's place to celebrate with their families. They would put their children in wagons and go miles each Sunday to go to church. They had happy times together especially and Christmas and holidays!
Harriet Eliza died and was buried in Draper, November 1885. Shortly after this they moved to Glenwood where their last child was born.
In February 1893 there was an epidemic of diphtheria and their home has grief stricken when this terrible disease claimed two of their girls, Minnie and Ellen (known as Nellie).
Harriet was one of the good souls who was never to busy with her own sick to help a neighbor or someone in need. Her family always depended on her to come into their homes in sickness or when new babies came, and take over the housework and care for the families. She was quick and could always be seen running into her neighbors to see how they were. She was a lover of children and her many grand and great grandchildren brought her much happiness, and as she grew old they seemed to never bother her or make her nervous.
She had a hobby of making quilts and rugs, and as time passed she made crocheted footstools for all of her grandchildren, neighbors and friends. She was a relief society teacher for many years and dependable and loyal.
March 9, 1923 Harriet and Will celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and July 27 of the same year, William passed away quietly and very easy without illness. It left her alone and so lonely as they had had fifty years of happy life together. She became too old to stay alone after a severe sick spell and began living with her children. The three that were still living, Will, Lizzie, and Jim. Another son John had died of pneumonia years before.
William Oliver Duffin (1843 - 1924)
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)*
Plot: Row 4 Space 54
Created by: Sydney Roberts
Record added: Oct 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43228331