Francillo Durfey, Sr. (c.1812 - 1871)

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Birthplace: Lincoln, Addison, Vermont, USA
Death: Died in Beaver Dam, Box Elder, Utah, USA
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About Francillo Durfey, Sr.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Mormon Battalion Sick Detachments (1847) Age 34


Departure: 24 May 1847 Arrival: 29 July 1847 Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Silas Richards Company (1849) Age 37


Departure: 10 July 1849 Arrival: 25-29 October 1849

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Birth: May 17, 1812 Lincoln Addison County Vermont, USA

Death: Feb. 15, 1871 Beaver Dam Box Elder County Utah, USA

Son of Ebenezer Durfee & Newton Sarah

Married Miriam Jones, 4 May 1831, Vermont

Married Cynthia Harrington, 4 May 1849, Salt Lake City, Utah

Durphy [Durphee or Durphey], Francillo – born 17 May 1812 in Vermont. He married Marion Jones in Vermont and to his union was born five children between 1831 and 1839 in Vermont and New York, and one born in March of 1845 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Six months later the mother died at Nauvoo. In the flight from Illinois, the family crossed Iowa where Durphee was mustered on 16 July 1846 as a Pvt. in Co. C at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He with his companions marched to Ft. Leavenworth and then on to Santa Fe. At this point on October 15, 1846, he was assigned to Capt. Brown's sick detachment and went to Pueblo located on the Arkansas River in present day Colorado. In May of 1847 the sick detachments were ordered to march to California, and they traveled north to Ft. Laramie. Durphee and a dozen of the soldiers were chasing some horse thieves and learned that Brigham Young's Pioneer Company was just ahead of them. They hurried to catch the Pioneer Company and caught up with them on July 4th at the junction of the Big Sandy and Green rivers. Durphee returned to the sick detachment and they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 29th. Thomas Bullock, clerk of the Pioneer Company, recorded the names of those coming from Pueblo and on his list was the name of "Francilias Durfee." The soldiers were discharged from the service at Salt Lake City in late July of 1847. Little is known of his subsequent activities except he married Cynthia Harrington on May 4, 1849. He moved to Providence in Cache County in the early 1860s. In 1867 or 1868, he and some other Providence residents relocated to an area of Box Elder County just out of Cache County which came to be called "Beaver Dam" after the dams built by beavers in a nearby creek. Durphy became the presiding church leader in the small settlement established initially for stock raising. He died at Beaver Dam on 15 February 1871, and his body was buried in the Providence-River Heights Cemetery.

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Spouses:
  • Cynthia Harrington Durfey (1811 - 1883)*
  • Marion Jones Durfey (1809 - 1845)*
Children:
  • Myron Bushnell Durfee (1831 - 1895)*

Burial: Providence City Cemetery Providence Cache County Utah, USA Plot: A2418

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Francillo Durfey, Sr.'s Timeline

1812
May 12, 1812
Lincoln, Addison, Vermont, USA
1845
March 18, 1845
Age 32
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
1850
February 1, 1850
Age 37
Weber, Utah, USA
1871
February 15, 1871
Age 58
Beaver Dam, Box Elder, Utah, USA
February 18, 1871
Age 58
Providence, Cache, Utah, USA
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