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From: Seth Dustin, Mormon Pioneer – Man of God By Brenda Dustin Young:

The Dustins in Early America: The Dustins came to Massachusetts prior to 1640, and at that time the surname was Durston. We find the name of Thomas Durston among the signers of a letter to the governor of Massachusetts, dated Northam, and (Dover) March 4, 1640. They subscribe themselves, "We, the inhabitants of Northam". We also find the name Tho[mas] Durston among those admitted freemen at Kittery, in November, 1652. Thomas Durston was named as a soldier in the King Philips War with Lieutenant Benjamin Swett and his men as of June 1676. This is likely Thomas Durston born 1652. To quote George Wingate Chase in reference to the name Durston: ―It was originally written Durston and changed to Duston about the time of the above-named Thomas Duston. This is shown, not only by our Town Records, but by Duston’s petition to the General court, in June 1697. Because of the notoriety of Hannah Duston/Dustin (1657-1738), wife of Thomas Durston/ Duston (1652), much is known about this generation of Dustins. However, many noble ancestors have been a part of this family, though their histories remain unwritten. Seth Dustin was likely raised hearing stories about these ancestors, especially Thomas and Hannah Duston. His grandfather, Ebenezer, and his great-grandfather, James Dustin, were Revolutionary War soldiers.

The Dustins enter the wilderness of western New York in the early 1800s and lived in settlements among the six nations of the Iroquois in Genesee County. Caleb Dustin, Seth Dustin’s uncle, was among the first Methodist ministers in New England. The Dustin's lived just miles away from Palmyra, New York. Certainly Caleb attended the large Methodist Genesee Conference revivals. Caleb Dustin preached to John Young, father to Brigham Young. Peter Dustin was the first member of the Dustin family to join The Church of Jesus Christ on June 9, 1830, a little over a month after the Church was organized on April 6th. Bechias Dustin and his niece, Cyrena Dustin, soon followed. Hannah Loveland Dustin and her brothers, Chester and Levi, gathered to Missouri and forged their faith in the fires of persecution. Seth witnessed, with his father-in-law, Chauncey Loveland, the death of Joseph Smith in Carthage, IL on June 27, 1844, and later the family moved west to Utah with the Mormons looking for a better life there, having been driven from IL. Later many of the Dustin's moved to San Bernardino, CA, at the request of the LDS church, and settled that area. They were there from about 1851 until about 1857, when they returned to Utah.

History of Utah by Orson F. Whitney, Volume 1, Chapter XXVI 1854–1856: Orson Hyde was accompanied to Carson by United States Marshal Heywood and Judge George P. Stiles, the latter having succeeded Associate Justice Snow, whose term of office expired in 1854. Messrs. Hyde, Heywood and Stiles were empowered by the Utah Legislature to meet with a similar commission from California, and establish in the Carson Valley region the boundary line between that State and this Territory. Having done this, they organized Carson County. Orson Hyde became its Probate Judge and Hon. Enoch Reese its representative to the Legislature. Colonel John Reese, brother and business partner of Enoch, had settled at Genoa, in Carson Valley, in 1850 or 1851. He is credited with building the first house at Genoa, then known as Reese's Station. Others say that H. S. Bentie erected the first house at Genoa, and that Colonel Reese bought him out. Several companies from central and northern Utah went to Carson Valley in the "fifties," and a number of small settlements were there formed. Among those who accompanied Orson Hyde were Christopher Merkley, Chester Loveland, George Hancock, Seth Dustin, William Hutchings, and Reuben and Jesse Perkins. Some of those who followed, next season, were William Jennings, Christopher Layton, William Nixon, Peregrine Sessions, Albert P. Dewey, William Kay and George Nebeker. At the time of the Buchanan war —1857—most of the settlements in Carson Valley were broken up, the Mormons returning to the region of the Great Salt Lake. Carson County, however, and nearly the whole State of Nevada belonged to Utah when the great Comstock mine was discovered in 1857–9.

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Seth Dustin's Timeline

October 21, 1825
Hartland, Genessee, New York, USA
July 3, 1845
Age 19
July 3, 1845
Age 19
May 28, 1847
Age 21
Pottawattamie, IA, USA
February 22, 1849
Age 23
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
June 28, 1851
Age 25
Willard, UT, USA
March 27, 1852
Age 26
March 27, 1852
Age 26