Delana Durfee Ford (Dudley) (1820 - 1896)

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Birthplace: Lennox, Madison, New York
Death: Died in Wallsburg, Wasatch, Utah, USA
Managed by: Peter Breed
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About Delana Durfee Ford (Dudley)

Pioneer: 13 Oct 1850. Edward Hunter Wagon Train

Birth Date: 14 Feb 1820 Birth Place: Lennox, Madison, New York Parents: Edmund DURFEE [1788-1845] and Magdalena [Lana or Delana] PICKLE [1788-1850] Death Date: 22 Jan 1896 Place of Death: Wallsburg, Wasatch, Utah

Spouse # 1: William Davis DUDLEY [-1842] Marriage Date # 1: 28 Oct 1838 Place of Marriage # 1: Far West, Missouri Death of Spouse: 23 Dec 1842 Place of Death: Adams County, Illinois Children: James Madison, (24 Dec 1840-). William Davis, (02 Mar 1843-)

Spouse # 2: William FORD [-1860] Marriage Date # 2: 03 Aug 1845 Place of Marriage # 2: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Children: Joseph Lewis, (02 Oct 1846-). Sarah Ann (Richens Keeler), (10 Apr 1848-) Pioneer: 13 Oct 1850. Edward Hunter Wagon Train

Delana was born in New York, 1820. She was the sixth of thirteen children. Her family were early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At least eight of her siblings came to Utah. They were living in Far West, Missouri, when, at age eighteen, she married Davis Dudley. They were living in Illinois when their first child was born. Then more tragedy struck. William passed away on December 23, 1842 in Adams County, Illinois, leaving Delana “Lana” a young widow with child. Their second child was born on March 2, 1843. Life was hard for Delana, for fortunately she was with her family. On August 3, 1845, she married William Ford in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. They suffered the persecutions in that area and were at Mt. Pisgah when their first child was born in October, 1846. They were in Council Bluffs when their second child was born, a daughter, they named Sarah Ann. Delana’s father had passed away in November, 1845 in Green Plains, Hancock, Illinois, and now her dear mother passed away in May, 1850 at Musketol Creek, Pottawattamie, Iowa. The Durfee, Dudley, and Ford families were on the move westward to join the Saints in Utah. William and Delana, along with the four children, joined the Edward Hunter Wagon Company leaving Kanesville, Iowa on July 4, 1850 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 13, 1850. They made their home in Provo. Delana was asked to live the law of plural marriage as William married Elizabeth Lucena Mecham in 1853 in Salt Lake City and Mary Jane March/Marsh on March 5, 1857. They suffered through the grasshopper plague, the Indian depredations and Johnston’s Army. Then tragedy struck again for Delana. William passed away on August 4, 1860 in Provo, Utah, Utah. Delana and family moved to Wallsburg to be near her family. She was active in her ward and worked hard to raise her family. She passed away at the age of seventy-five in Wallsburg, Wasatch, Utah, having been a widow for twenty-five years.

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Delana "Lana" Durfee Dudley Ford's Timeline

1820
February 14, 1820
Lennox, Madison, New York
1838
October 28, 1838
Age 18
Far West, Missouri, USA
1840
December 24, 1840
Age 20
1843
March 2, 1843
Age 23
1845
August 3, 1845
Age 25
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
1846
October 2, 1846
Age 26
Mt. Pigsah, Harrison, Ia, USA
1848
April 10, 1848
Age 28
1896
January 22, 1896
Age 75
Wallsburg, Wasatch, Utah, USA
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Wallsburg Cemetery, Wallsburg, Wasatch County, Utah, USA