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Sophia DUFFIN

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Birthplace: Shaw, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Lava Hot Springs, Bannock, Idaho
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Daughter of James Duffin and Margaret Duffin
Wife of Marcus Devalson MERRICK
Mother of Devalson Marcus Merrick; Sean Leander Merrick and Amelia Maria MERRICK
Sister of Edward Duffin; Isaac Duffin; Mary Ann Duffin; Mariah Duffin; Jacob Duffin and 1 other
Half sister of Abraham Duffin

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About Sophia DUFFIN

Sophia Duffin Merrick - Part 1 - Biographical Sketch from Family Search.org:

BORN: 14 July 1837, Shaw (a Parish in Crompton) Lancashire, England

DIED: 5 October 1924, Lava Hot Springs, Bannock, Idaho

BAPTIZED: Into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1845, in England

ARRIVED: in New Orleans, 7 April 1852, On the ship Ellen Maria

ARRIVED: in “Zion”, Salt Lake City,, Salt Lake, Utah, 3 September 1852

REBAPTIZED: Right after getting to Salt Lake City by Isaac Duffin, Performed in the 6th Ward

RESIDENCE: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah and Ogden, Weber, Utah, Worked to pay back the Perpetual Emigration Fund money.

MARRIED: Marcus Devalson Merrick 1 March 1857 - Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah

MOTHER OF: Eunice Sophia, Amelia Maria, Ida Margaret, Nellie, Devalson Marcus, and Leander Merrick

Shortly after the firth of their son, Devalson Marcus, they moved to Franklin, Oneida, Idaho. Their residence between 1910 and 1920 was in Lava Hot Springs, Bannock, Idaho.

She had the first sewing machine in the town, Franklin, and thus the first in Idaho.

Marcus was handsome, a scholar, and refined. He ran a grocery and mercantile store, did freighting and taught school.

Sophia was Relief Society President for many years in Franklin. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to those more unfortunate than she. She was handy where there was sickness and often went to help. She divorced Marcus Merrick in 1870 (not documented as of November 23, 2012), and she then married Leonidas Clinton Mecham. She was not happy and did not live with him very long. Sophia was a hard worker, ran a boarding house for teachers, made quilts, took in laundry, made rugs, did fancy and work and ran a farm. She did not complain about circumstances. She never weighed over 100 pounds, was short, had white hair when older and red hair when she was young. She always wore a dark dress with a white collar to church. At home she wore a white apron. She lived to be 87 years old. She remained faithful to her church until her death.

Heber C. Kimball sat in the Kirtland Temple. Joining him on his bench was the Prophet Joseph Smith who called him to be in charge of a missionary group who would go to England and open that country to missionary work. This mission would be an outgrowth of one to Canada in which the Fielding family was baptized. Joseph, Mercy and Mary had a brother in Preston England, James, who wanted to know of the American Church. Bro. Kimball asked for Willard Richards, his great friend, to accompany him along with Joseph Fielding and several other missionaries. They arrived in Liverpool, England July 23, 1837. Immediately they started north toward Preston Lancashire England a distance of 30 miles. They preached 2 times that 1st day in the Independent Church of James Fielding who was the minister. Within a week 9 people were baptized in the River Ribble. Thus began the small stone that would roll throughout the nations proclaiming the truth of the gospel. From July 1837 to April of 1838, 2000 people were baptized into the church.

In 1841 the gospel reached the home of the widow Margaret (Peggy) Gledhill Duffin who was living in Shaw, Lancashire, England. In June of 1842, she was baptized along with a brother, James Gledhill. Mary Ann, a daughter, had been baptized in May of that year. Isaac followed being baptized 8 April 1843 by Levi Riggs. Later he did labor as a missionary with Elder Riggs, bringing others into the fold.

Within a week of the time that the missionaries arrived in England. a baby girl was born to the widow Peggy Duffin, July 14 1837. She would be Sophia Duffin. Sophia, pronounced with a long “i”, was born in Shaw Lancashire, England . Her records and those of her siblings were recorded in the historical Oldham parish. Margaret Gledhill Duffin was the daughter of John Gledhill and Sarah Whittaker. The little girl, Sophia, would never know her father James Duffin who had died May 1, 1837. It was the father of James, James Senior, who had testified that the true church was not upon the earth but would come during the lifetime of his children. The gospel was restored to the earth but did not reach England until after the death of James. Hezekiah, a son of Isaac, a brother to Sophia, stated the testimony of James thusly: “He was a student of the Bible and taught his family religious concepts and that there was no authorized church of Christ on the earth, but the time would come when the true church would be organized with apostles and prophets as it was in the days of the Savior. He [James Duffin, Sr.] prophetically remarked, 'I will not live to see the church so organized but some of my children will. This was literally fulfilled. Peggy and her children would benefit from the restoration of the gospel. The temple work for James would later be done so he, too, would be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many of their ancestors.

The other Duffin children were Richard Duffin, born 15 October 1820, Anna Duffin, born 12 May 1822, Edward Duffin, born 2 February 1824, Mary Ann Duffin, born 14 March 1825, Isaac Duffin, born 31 December 1826, Maria Duffin, christened 16 August 1928, Jacob Duffin, born 10 March 1832, Hezekiah Duffin, born 25 July 1834, James Duffin, born 16 July 1835. Some accounts say Hezekiah and James were twins. One or two of the above were raised by Peggy Duffin but who are said to have belonged to another wife. James was married to Sarah Greaves first. Peggy was his last wife.

Peggy Duffin tried to run the shop that her husband owned. However, the business was run down and eventually she moved the family to another place and began again. In 1851 they were residing with her eldest living son, Edward Duffin, in Audenshaw, a township in the parish of Ashton-Under-Lyme, about two miles east of Manchester, England.

Sophia had plenty of older sisters and brothers to watch over her as Peggy Duffin operated the family business. Isaac, an older brother, spoke of his mother as beautiful and who was able to keep food on the table.

In 1846 Ireland faced a devastating potato famine that caused the direct deaths of at least a million people in that country. England also had many people who were starving to death. Brigham Young announced to the church that they needed to find a way to bring the faithful saints to America and then onto Salt Lake City. In 1849 the Perpetual Immigration Fund was established to help those who could not emigrate to have the means to do so. Then when they reached Zion they would pay back the fund. It was a family plan to come to America but the family did not have money for such a voyage. Isaac left in the spring of 1848. Isaac worked for a year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earning enough funds for the tickets for his brother, Hezekiah, and that of his fiancé, Mary Fielding, daughter of James and Ann Henthorn Fielding. Isaac and Mary were married as soon as Mary arrived in America about 1949. Hezekiah, Isaac and Mary with their newborn daughter started west in the spring of 1850.

On the 10 of February 1852 Margaret Duffin and 4 of her children, Jacob, Maria, Mary Ann and Sophia boarded the ship, the Ellen Maria and set sail for America. Aboard were 369 converts and missionaries. Among the 182 of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund member passengers were the Duffin Family. Sophia Duffin in later years would say that they were a part of the furst Donation Company. The other passengers, under the direction of Elder John S. Higbee, boarded the ship, Kennebec, bringing the total of fund members to 252. The passengers on the Ellen Maria were under the direction of Elder Isaac C. Haight until they reached America. A. O. Smoot would then be in charge. The ship landed in New Orleans on April 7, 1852 for a total of 51 days on the Atlantic Ocean. St. Louis was at that time the point where many of the Saints from Europe made preparations for their long trek across the plains.

A.O. Smoot who went ahead made preparations for the saints by securing wagons, food and other supplies. He had gone north to Lexington to purchase cattle for the company when the "Saluda”, that he had been urged to use for the transportation of the saints up the Mississippi, blew up. This tragedy took the lives of 75 of the 175 passengers on board. Smoot remained to help the unfortunate victims for 8 days before purchasing oxen for a bargain price of fifty dollars per head and then returning to St. Louis.

The company laid over a few days at Kansas City, Kansas waiting for their wagons that proved to be of such a fine type that Brigham Young advised that the emigrates purchase their wagons of the same kind and from the same company as Brother Smoot had done. The Duffin family soon found that their money was gone causing them to suffer many hardships. Since they were a close family they helped one another very much. During the layover, the company was stricken with Cholera, which attacked about forty persons and proved fatal to more than fifteen of them. "This was a very sad affair. Here was a company of several hundred Saints, temporarily located among a people who were hostile to the whole Mormon Community, and who had assisted in driving the Saints across the river some years before and that they were on hand to go through the same performance again. But as the scourge in the camp increased, and the brethren and sisters were dying off, alarm spread through the surrounding country and the result was that Indignation Meetings were held, and propositions made to have the Saints removed. But as the scourge continued, they were afraid to go near the camp. Rude boxes of any kind were made use of and the dead laid away without much ceremony," described Isaac Brockbank, one of the emigrants

Two of the victims were Maria and her Mother, Margaret Duffin, who called Sophia to her bedside instructing her to take empty pails and pick all the berries that she and her siblings could find as they were plentiful at that time of the year. Before Sophia departed with Jacob and Mary Ann to pick berries, Margaret quietly spoke to her daughter, "Remember, always remain faithful in the Church." She was also reminded to be a good girl and look after her brother and sister. Sophia knew her mother was very sick but was too young to realize just how sick she really was.

Along with Jacob and Mary Ann they picked beries all day, returning in the evening to learn that their mother and sister, Marie, had passed away with cholera and were already buried. Samuel Adams later told the family Margaret and Maria were buried in the same grave at the truck of a large tree at Kansas City that was at the time Westport. Other sources quote Samuel Adams as saying that Sister Duffin was buried 4 miles west of Westport (now Kansas City) in a neck of the woods and Maria buried about 8 miles west of Westport or 12 miles from the Missouri River. 1852 was one of the very worst years for cholera along the Missouri River. Many other Pioneers would fall victim to this dreaded disease. One could be fine in the morning and dead by the evening. Why some were ill and could not recover and others stayed well is not known. Modern medicine suggests that drinking lots of water helped the body from dehydrating and thus prevented death.

This was a distressing time for Sophia, Jacob and Mary Ann. Sophia, an orphan now, was only 14. She was broken-hearted. There is no doubt that because Margaret, Maria and others like them died, the rest of the wagon train survived. Without cholera the bragging men just over the hill would have swooped down for the intent of ridding the countryside of all Mormons. As Sophia walked west she probably thought of the sacrifice that her mother and others had rendered in giving their lives for the protection of the rest of the company. Captain Smoot was stricken with the same disease. His condition was so critical that he was not expected to recover so he wrote his will. However the wagon train was stopped and the company fasted and prayed for their leader. Although he had lost 75 pounds, we was made well.

A.O. Smoot had a real challenge getting this company across the plains. Few companies were as green as this group of English immigrants. "It took some two weeks to get ready. Brother Smooth hired one American ox teamster, who drove the commissary wagon on drawn by six yoke of oxen. There was 33 wagons in the company, and if any of us ever seen a yoke of oxen before our arrival at Kansas City, I am not aware of it, for we knew no more about cattle than cattle knew about us. There was considerable manauvering in getting everyone to know just what to do, but Brother Smoot and C. Layton had to use a great deal of patience while showing us what to do and how to yoke up the cattle. They were all unbroken except a few yoke which he purchased for leaders."

"One brother a Welshman tried to yoke up his team with the bows in the yoke, it was a yoke of Texas cattle. They had extra long horns. He tried until he was petered out endeavoring to put the heads of his cattle through the bows in the yoke without taking them out. It is useless to say that he was unsuccessful. He then went to Brother Smoot and asked him if he had a saw. He asked what he wanted to do with a saw. The teamster replied innocently in broken Welsh that he was going to cut off the horns of his oxen, but Brother Smoot did not reprove him but simply said take the bows out of the yoke." (Recorded by James Thomas Wilson who had kept a journal during his trip.)

"All now being ready, a meeting was called for the purpose of organizing our company according to the pattern led down by our great prophet Joseph Smith. All voted for A.O. Smoot, the Captain was sustained by unanimous vote. Christopher Layton, Captain of fifty was sustained by unanimous vote. Thomas Smith, Captain of the Second fifiy was sustained by unanimous vote. There was ten persons to each wagon and a captain of each ten. One cow and one tent to each ten, and each ten were only allowed 10 lbs. of flour per day on the frontiers and three or four weeks starting we were allowed some sugar, bacon and fish, so we got along very well till those were no longer to be had. There were also men and boys appointed to drive the loose stock through the day and among this number I was selected, and all had to walk except our worthy captain. He had three animals, 2 mules and 1 horse and a young man by the name of Weeks had charge of the horse. I think it was the 15th day of May we struck tents and headed to the west," James Wilson continued.

"Everybody loved our Captain," spoke James Wilson. "He was both thoughtful, polite, considerate and although our wagons were loaded to the bows, when we would see any of the company lagging as they trudged wearily along with stick in hand to aid them in their locomotive powers and he was convinced they were not putting it on, he would tell them to ride. The rule was that all able bodied men, women, and youth should walk. There was to be no favorites who rode just when they pleased, while some who were more deserving had to trudge on."

Many scenes greeted the travelers. It was humorous to see the teams bolt out of line and run out on the Prairie. Men were running after them moving as fast as they could to try to stop them. "It was laughable to see men with a big club on his shoulder, a heavy coat on and a stiff stove pie hat on, his coat tails in mid air. Then the man with the whip slashing at them and in place of striking the team he would get it tangled around his head and neck, then stop to undo it and after them again, the team running at full speed, making circles and semicircles in quick time, the men puffin and blowing like a purpose." James Wilson recorded.

During the summer the heaviest emigration came from Council Bluffs. 10,000 Saints left there that year. Smoot's company traveled on the south side of the Platte River with the other Saints on the north side. By the time the Saints reached Fort Kearney their supplies of sugar, coffee, bacon, and fish had begun to disappear. Their main food now was flour and milk.

One experience caused havoc as John Calvin returned to camp after having found his dog that got lost. He came into camp whooping it up, which promptly caused a domino effect to begin as 9 teams began running like a cyclone had struck. No one was hurt although some were int he stampede. The result was broken wheels and tongues of the wagons and scrapes of the cattle. A layover was necessary to complete repairs. During this time the women did the laundry.

Other experiences occurred with one man drowning while bathing in the river and a woman strayed from the camp and was lost. She had not wanted to come to America and after having a baby who was not weaned left. She was not hear of again.

On Sunday the Saints rested from their cares and held church services. The sacrament was passed to the people and Brother Smooth would instruct the Saints in relation to their duties.

Buffalo was encountered after crossing the Platte River. They sometimes straggled right through the camp. Soon grass became scarce. The main pioneer groups who had earlier passed through caused the supply to be depleted. The diminished supply of grass soon weakened the animals which in turn caused the milk to be depleted. All members of the camp felt this loss, but the little children suffered the most, as milk was a large part of their diet. With careful distribution and care of their supplies the saints managed to get along all right. Captain Smoot was fair and just in the way that the distribution was met.

After crossing the Green River, the wagons had to be pulled through heavy stretches of sand. To add needed power to the teams, cows were now hitched along with the oxen. After leaving Fort Bridger family and friends began to meet their Saints along the way which brought much encouragement. They often brought supplies which helped the Pioneers along the way. The mountains now brought a greener scene. In the late summer of 1852, Isaac with great hope and anticipation, walked as far east on the Pioneer Trail as Echo Canyon to meet the A.O. Smoot Company. He wanted to greet his mother and family who were coming to Salt Lake. However, he was much disappointed as the wagon train was later than he had anticipated, so he started for home. On the way down the canyon, he came face to face with a large bear. To Isaac's joy the bear took to the brush. With a light heart and quick step he went on his way, happy there had been no friction between the two of them.

In just a few days the company would arrive in Salt Lake and Isaac would learn of the death of his beloved mother, Margaret Gledhill Duffin and that of his sister, Maria, who was born just 3 years after him. The news blighted the arrival of his loved ones, however he was glad to see his baby sister, Sophia, as well as Jacob and Mary Ann.

The trek each day seemed to go faster. Captain Smoot arrived in the valley ahead of the company but returned to lead his company into the valley. On September 2, as the Saints descended into the valley, the teamsters locked all four wheels and used ropes to ease the wagons down the steep slopes. When the company had camped for the evening, they feasted on a fine beef sent out by President Young and then danced until a late hour, happy in the thoughts of entering the city the next day.

September 3 was a beautiful autumn day, bright and clear, as nature joined in to make it a truly joyful occasion. The sisters brought out their finest apparel and except for their tanned complexions, resembled the ladies of old English fair. They proceeded in advance of the wagons in order to keep out of the dust and also to gain a better view of the valley.

Some of the Saints were so overjoyed that they were unable to concentrate on the problems of travel. One Welshman, a bit unbalanced by the occasion, yoked up his team with the yoke below their necks. He did not even realize his mistake until Captain Smoot called his attention to it. After he reversed the yoke, the company rolled out from their last campsite of the trip.

Considerable importance had been attached to this first company to travel under the Perpetual Emigrating Fund. It seemed that the entire population of Salt Lake City had turned out to welcome the company to their new home. People came on foot, on horseback, and some in carriages to swell the numbers as the multitude coming up from the valley to meet the new arrivals descending from the mountains. Many shed tears of happiness at such a demonstration or at meeting with family or friends.

The Pitt's band met the group at the mouth of Emigration Canyon to add strains of music to the joyous welcome. The first Presidency and the Twelve Apostles were on hand as well as civil and military officials. As the procession progressed down Emigration Street, now lined with spectators, it could truly be called the Perpetual Emigration Fund Grand march. Young Wilson's reaction was, "That the interest manifested towards us in all my experience had been unparalleled in the history of this people.

Majesty seemed to permeate the air as the company descended from the mouth of the canyon to the city. Captain Smoot moved about on horseback directing the progress of the company. When he led them by Temple Square, a salute of nine rounds of artillery was fired in their honor. The fine condition of the cattle and the general appearance of the whole train spoke well for the wise and skillful management of Captain Smoot, who received much praise for his accomplishment. Among those who were especially pleased at the successful completion of the undertaking, was Franklin D. Richards who had selected Smoot for this assignment.

They had been reported in the Valley, by the emigrants who had passed them upon the plains, as being the most orderly company they had passed on the entire journey. No disturbance nor confusion among them, but all moved along in perfect union, and great blessings had attended them while journeying over the plains.

The members of the company were grateful for Captain Smoot who had so successfully directed them to Zion. Extra stray cows that the pioneers had picked up during their journey were presented to him as a token of their high regard for him. When the company had formed on Union Square a bounteous meal was spread before them as part of their welcome. Enjoying this great feast was James Wilson who took time to record his reaction. "And it was nothing less than huge piles of light bread waiting to be distributed. When the camp had become quiet, it was the sisters who furnished this the staff of life and this was a treat of itself and the sweetest food I ever ate, and if anyone doubts my words let him go through seven months of my experience and I think he will be convinced as to the truth of what I say. But it was not alone bread in great abundance, but all of the general productions of the climate, potatoes, corn, melons, squash, tomatoes and things dealt out not by the pound, as had been the custom heretofore, but by the bushel. Then the sisters stood around the baskets full of many choice and delicious pastries which they divided without stint."

President Young then addressed the people, saying to the new arrivals, "We have prayed for you continually, thousands of prayers have been offered up for you, day by day, to Him who has commanded us to gather Israel. I will say to this company, they had the honor of being escorted into the city by some of the most distinguished individuals of our society, and a band of music, accompanied with a salutation of cannon. Other companies have not had this mark of respect shown to them."

Of all the experiences addressed thus far, perhaps the most astonishing was the transporting of the remains of two missionaries who had died in England. A.O. Smoot says the remains of L.D. Barnes were taken up by the direction of Elder F.D. Richards, and brought to his room in Liverpool. A case of zinc was made ready for them, they were encased in a square oak box, iron bound, and labelled machinery. When they landed in New Orleans, they paid duty as machinery, under the charge of Isaac C. Haight; then came up the river to St. Louis, when A. O. Smoot took charge and brought them up the Missouri River and paid on them and then brought them over the plains.

When they arrived at Salt Lake September 13, 1852, the zinc was worn through Burton's case, it leaked and smelled rather offensively. Not a person knew they were along. On the 4th of September they were delived up to Mrs. Burton Bishop Hunter who took charge of Barnes remains. The Driver Ewing slept on the boxes all the way and was not attacked with cholera.

At last the Duffin family had achieved their goal to be in Zion. Of the Duffin children, Richard died in infancy, November 3, 1831, Anna stayed in England and died there May 8, 1858, Edward Duffin came to America in 1854. He married in England, Margaret Gledhill, his first cousin, and they resided in Southern Utah. He died July 2, 1872. he was helpful during the Johnston Army scare by staying in the mountains pretending to be more men that there really were. His wife Margaret Gledhill Duffin was called by Brigham Young to go into the southern communities and teach the women what they needed to know. She taught them how to choose plants for dye, how to make wool into cloth, how to make soap, and many more skills. Mary Ann married Thomas Kirby. She died in 1869 when she was crowned crossing a river.

Maria died on the plains June 3, 1852. Isaac was in charge of the city canyon road project. He had Jacob work for him. Jacob had come with his mother to America probably because he took spells. Peggy Duffin looked over her son. Jacob drowned in the City Canyon Creek on June 20, 1862.

A man asked Brigham Young whom he would recommend on the roads in St. George. "I have just the man, Isaac Duffin," he responded. Thus Isaac moved his family to southern Utah where they lived out their lives. He died February 26, 1883. Hezekiah Duffin spent some time in the Blackfoot, Idaho prison for polygamy. He was one of the men who were called to explore Paris, Idaho. The men almost froze to death during that adventure. He was married to four wives. He died January 4, 1919. James Duffin is said to have died February 17 or 19, 1878. Isaac did his temple work although he did not record where James lived or died.

Sophia married Marcus Devalson Merrick. She died October 5, 1924, at Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. The town had been known as Dempsey when it was first settled.

The following information regarding Marcus Devalson Merrick was found on Family Search.org:

Marcus Devalson Merrick Notes and History: From notes by Reida M Crook

Marcus had 2 or 3 children by his first wife, one named Elizabeth.

Kept in Cheryl Martak Garrison files.

HISTORY: Nothing is known of his early life in New York. He had been married before and had a daughter, Elizabeth, whom he kept with him. There is no record of the first wife's name or what happened to her.

According to Hancock County Deeds, on 31 October 1848 Marcus bought a plot of land on block 141 in the town of Nauvoo, Illinois. We know he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 28 March, 1854 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah. In General Conference, held in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, Saturday, April 8, 1854, Marcus was called on a mission to "To the Pacific Isles" along with 5 other brethren. We also learn from Elder Parley P. Pratt, who wrote in a letter dated Wednesday, Oct. 25 1854, from Santa Clara, California and addressed to Brigham Young: "We have sent brother Merrick to Sacramento to preach; he has baptized one man, a Baptist student." Elder Marcus D. Merrick traveled to San Francisco to return to Salt Lake City on June 20, 1855 with the Parley P. Pratt Company of the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Company, arriving in Salt Lake City 18 August 1855. He is listed several times in Parley P. Pratt's journal of that trip.

It was in 1856 when he married Sophia Duffin. She was 11 years younger than he. The Duffin family had come to Utah in 1852 as converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Marcus was a well-educated man, and a school teacher by profession. He took his new wife to Ogden, Weber County, to make a home for her. On page 129 of Vol. 2, Heart Throbs of the West, we find an article about the Early Public Schools of Ogden City and the following notation. "A gentle man named Marcus Devolston Merrick taught in the winter of 1856-1857."

Soon after the birth of Devalson Marcus, Marcus moved his family to Franklin, Oneida County, Idaho. This settlement had just been started permanently 3 years before. The log house that Marcus built for his family was among the first ones in town. The early settlers of this little community had a difficult time to make a living. The soil was fertile enough, but the growing season was so short, owing to the extremely cold climate, that it was difficult for the crops to mature.

He took his wife Sofia [Sophia] to the Salt Lake Endowment House where they were sealed for time and all eternity on Feb. 4th, 1865.

The descendants of this generation (Marcus' grandchildren) are not prepared to say what caused Marcus D. Merrick to desert his wife and family, but this was the case. The story goes that one wintery day he announced that he was going to Ogden. He took his daughter Elizabeth (from a previous marriage) with him in his sleigh and was never heard of again.

Sophia and the children waited in vain for his return or some word of him, but he did not come back. Later, she married Leonidas Clinton Meacham in polygamy, but she didn't live with him long, as the marriage was not satisfactory. So she raised her children alone and made a happy home for them. They all assumed their share of the responsibility of the home.

She encouraged them in their educational pursuits and 2 of them went into the teaching profession. Years after Marcus's disappearance word came to his family in Idaho that he had died in Portland Oregon, from someone by the name of Merrick, so he could have married again and had another family; that is not proven, however.

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Sophia DUFFIN's Timeline

1837
July 14, 1837
Shaw, Lancashire, England
1857
March 1, 1857
Age 19
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
1859
February 13, 1859
Age 21
Ogden, Weber, Utah
1864
December 5, 1864
Age 27
Utah
1867
February 18, 1867
Age 29
Idaho
1924
October 5, 1924
Age 87
Lava Hot Springs, Bannock, Idaho