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Isaac Duffin

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Shaw-Lancashire-England
Death: February 26, 1883 (56)
Toquerville, Washington, Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of James Duffin and Margaret Duffin
Husband of Jane Thornby and Mary Fielding
Father of Sarah Mariah Duffin; Mary Ann Duffin; Annie Sophia Duffin; Isaac Nephi Duffin; Brigham Fielding Duffin, Sr and 6 others
Brother of Richard Duffin; Anna Duffin; Edward Duffin; Mary Ann Duffin; Mariah Duffin and 5 others
Half brother of Abraham Duffin

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About Isaac Duffin

Isaac Duffin was born December 31, 1826, in Oldham, Lancashire, England. About the year 1836, the messengers of salvation came to England to preach the gospel. Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and others were among those that came. The following is a quote from Isaac Duffin's journal: I first heard the gospel about the year 1840. my mother and some other members of the family were baptized in 1842. I was baptized in April 8, 1843 b Levi Riggs. he was President at that time of the Crompton Fold Branch. There was great commotion among the different sects and parties on account of the Latter Day Saints making so many converts to this new religion. Truly many did come forth of the honest in heart and did yield obedience to the principles of the gospel and many from the Branch came into the Church including my mother's brother, James, and family.

For some time, Isaac Duffin was a local missionary with the President of the Branch. His father, James Duffin, died in 1837 leaving his widowed mother to care and provide for the fmily of nine children. Isaac, being the oldest living son felt the responsibility of doing all he could to help his mother. She was a very beautiful, much beloved, capable woman. She carried on the previous business of her husband as an aid in providing for her large family.

Isaac Duffin sailed for America in the Spring of 1848, landing at Philadelphia, where he found employment for a year. At this time, he sent for his fiancee, Mary Fielding, and his younger brother, Hezekiah, who was fourteen years old. After a voyage of several weeks, they landed in America on the third day of June, 1849. He and Mary Fielding were married the same day.

One year later in 1850, Isaac, with his brother, started their westward journey for the Great Salt Lake. They crossed the country to St. Louis on the Mississippi River. He wife went by boat by way of New Orleans, meeting her young husband and brother-in-law in St. Louis. She presented her husband with their first born, a baby girl, who they said was born on neither land nor sea.

From St. Louis they crossed the great expansive desert to Salt Lake City, in the midst of the Rocky Mountains. Isaac Duffin provided for his wife and baby daughter, but he and his young brother walked the entire distance to their destination in the far west. In Salt Lake, Isaac became helpful in many ways: house buildings, road engineering, construction and business pursuits. He engineered the construction of the first road up City Creek Canyon. He also spent one summer at Fort Supply helping the oncoming emigrants.

An appeal was made to President Young for a good man to engineer road building. "I have the man," said President Young, "Isaac Duffin." The road to be built was in Southern Utah over Black Ridge. They left Salt Lake City and his wife, who weighed only ninety pounds drove one of the teams all the way to St. George. They finally settled in Toquerville where they raised a family of ten children. Isaac engaged in the Mercantile business and was very successful. He had a partner who stayed in Salt Lake to do the purchasing. At one time Isaac sent $30,000 to pay off their bills to his partner in Salt Lake. The partner vanished with the money leaving Isaac to pay the bills. He also raised Cavalry horses for the government and imported a beautiful stallion from France. He also engaged in mining and freighting business.

Isaac was chosen from a group with nine others to go to Sanpete and drive back Church cattle. On their return they corralled the cattle at Mona (Clover Creek), Juab county, for the night, August 10, 1853. About 9:00 p.m. they were raided by the Indians. Apparently, they saw where Isaac was located and a bullet from one of their guns struck him on the capt of the knee and lodged in the fleshy part of his leg. He carried the lead the remainder of his life, from which he suffered a great deal.

He loved children very much and enjoyed furnishing entertainment for them. Isaac was liberal with his menas and gave joyfully to the needs of the poor and distressed. He was very alert of mind, quick of action and always busy. it was said of him when he died, at the age of 56, that what he did in accomplishment was comparable to a man of eighty years. Isaac Duffin died February 26, 1883, and was buried in Toquerville, Utah. His wife survived him many years and passed away September 17, 1905. Isaac Duffin and his wife were both good and noble Latter-Day Saints and lived lives worthy of the honor.

SOURCE: Family

Excerpts from Isaac Duffin Mormon Pioneer (73 pages), Compiled by Beryl Putnam Duffin 1996, 2006: Following are excerpts from Isaac Duffin's History. When Isaac Duffin died in 1883, it was said that he had done more in fifty-six years than the average man could do in eighty. Rancher, farmer, stock man, merchant, miner, and builder of Utah roads—Isaac Duffin was a man of vision and high energy. He was not a tall man, only about five-feet seven-inches tall, but he was strong and stocky, weighing from about one hundred fifty to one hundred fifty-five pounds, with blue eyes, light hair, and “clear rosy skin.” He served two proselyting missions in England (1843–1848, and 1880–1881) and one mission to Fort Supply (1856), the way station near Fort Bridger that succored and re-outfitted trail-worn pioneers. He also responded to several calls to superintend the building of roads, at least one in northern Utah (the road through City Creek Canyon above Salt Lake City in the early 1860’s) and several in Utah’s Dixie (Isaac was called to engineer the building of roads in Utah’s “cotton country” in 1862). Isaac Duffin may have kept a journal but one has never been found. He apparently at least started a story of his life, since his son Hezekiah copied a small beginning of Isaac’s life from papers in Isaac’s handwriting. Isaac also made a few entries in a hardbound book entitled Family Record, divided into sections, with lined spaces to record family data and temple ordinances.

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Isaac Duffin's Timeline

December 31, 1826
May 8, 1850
Age 23
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
January 29, 1852
Age 25
Sugar House, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
March 5, 1854
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
January 14, 1856
Age 29
Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States
March 30, 1858
Age 31
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
May 30, 1860
Age 33
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
September 30, 1862
Age 35
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
November 21, 1864
Age 37
Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, United States