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 Tamma <I>Durfee</I> Curtis

Tamma Durfee Curtis

Birth
Lenox, Madison County, New York, USA
Death 30 Jan 1885 (aged 71)
Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 27 Lot 2 Pos. 1
Memorial ID 62167 · View Source
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Born March 6, 1813, in Lennox, Madison County, New York, Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis Curtis, was the daughter of Edmund Durfee and Magdalena (Lana) Pickle. At the age of nine, the family moved to Amboy, Oswego County, New York, where her father built a home on a small farm and worked at his trade as a carpenter and millwright. Eventually the family moved to Ruggles, Huron County, Ohio, where the family heard Solomon Hancock preach about the Angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith in a vision. Following her marriage to Albert Miner on August 9, 1831, she joined the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints). The family followed the Saints to Kirtland, Ohio and Farr West, Missouri where, as Tamma wrote in her autobiography, we "were plundered, smitten and driven from our homes, our lives were threatened and were ill-treated on every side by our enemies – enemies to the truths of heaven. They would come one to five hundred right to our houses and nobody around but women and little children, take our men prisoners without any cause whatsoever only because they were Mormons and believed in the truths of the Gospel. They wanted to know if we had any guns or pistols or ammunition or butcher knives and all such things. No one can describe the feelings of the Saints and what they passed through. No tongue can express the depredation – only those that experienced it and were eye witnesses when they came to our houses in this kind of way." Forced to leave Missouri, the family moved to Lima, Illinois and later to Nauvoo, where persecution continued. Her father, Durfee, Edmund, Sr, was killed instantly in November 1845 by a mob that had burned his home the previous September in "Father Morley's Settlement." Forcing the Saints to leave Nauvoo in 1846, the Miners moved to Iowaville where Albert worked at hauling and running a ferryboat. On January 3, 1848, Albert Miner, who was Joseph Smith's bodyguard in Kirtland, Ohio, died. He was born in the state of New York, Jefferson County, 31 March 1809, the son of Asael Miner and Sylvia Monson. Being anxious to go to Council Bluffs and keep up with the Church, Tamma and her five boys and two girls moved there. After staying about two years, on June 10, 1850, they started with one hundred wagons crossing the plains with ox-cart teams. Landing on the first of September in Salt Lake City and without any home or anyone to even hunt them, they were indeed very lonesome. Enos Curtis, whom she had known in Lima, married Tamma on October 20, 1850. Living on the Jordan River the first winter, the family moved to Springville, Utah the following spring. There they began to farm, raise wheat and stock and paid their tithing. On June 1, 1856 Enos passed away. On 7 April 1857, Tamma married Enos's son, John White Curtis. She had five boys and four girls by Albert Miner, four girls by Enos Curtis, and one girl by John White Curtis. At the age of 71 years, 10 months, 24 days, Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis, died on January 30, 1885 leaving 9 children, 77 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

Children with Albert Miner:
1. Polly Miner
2. Orson Miner
3. Moroni Miner
4. Silva Miner
5. Mormon Miner
6. Matilda Minner
7. Alma Lindsay Miner
8. Don Carlos Smith Minner
9. Melissa Miner

Children with Enos Curtis:
1. Carissa Curtis
2. Belinda Curtis
3. Adelia Curtis (twin)
4. Amelia Curtis (twin)

Child with John White Curtis:
1. Mariette Curtis

Bio by: John Warnke


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  • Maintained by: htigerlily89
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62167
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tamma Durfee Curtis (6 Mar 1813–30 Jan 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62167, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by htigerlily89 (contributor 47576048) .