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Tamma Curtis Miner (Durfee)

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Lennox, Madison, New York, United States
Death: Died in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Springville, Utah County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmund Durfee, Sr and Magdelena Durfee
Wife of Albert Miner; John White Curtis and Enos Curtis
Mother of Polly Carter; Orsen Miner; Matilda Miner; Alma Lindsey Miner; Don Carlos Smith Miner and 11 others
Sister of John Durfee; Edmond James Durfee; Jabez Durfee; William Short Durfee; Martha Stevens and 9 others

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About Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis


Following is a short biographical sketch of the lives of Albert Miner

and his wife Tamma Miner, (nee Durfee)

Albert Miner was the fourth child of Asel and Sylvia Monson Miner.

His parents were farmers and lived in the State of New York. In the

year 1815 when Albert was six years of ages his parents moved to New

London, Huron Co., Ohio. Here they lived for the balance of their lives

following the avocation of farming. They lived to a ripe old age, both

having died on the farm, and there buried side by side,

In August of the year 1851 Albert married Tamma Durfee, daughter

of Edmund and Dalancy Pickle Durfee, who lived near New London, During

this year Albert and his wife were for the first time greeted with the

sound of the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In obedience

to the Divine mandate Tamma was baptized in December, but Albert did

not embrace the Gospel until February of the following year.

In May 1835 Albert and his wife moved to Kirtland, Lake Co., Ohio,

along with Brother Durfee and family who had also embraced the Gospel,

Here Albert and wife worked jointly together in tilling the soil and

in assisting each other in their daily work.

Albert and Tamma were faithful Church workers, and were constantly

in close communication with the Prophet Joseph Smith. They assisted

very materially in the building of the Kirtland Temple. They were

present when the First Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in this dispensation

were chosen and ordained. They also attended the dedication of

the Temple, Their narrations of the manifestations seen at the Temple

by the Prophet Joseph and Oliver Cowdry when Moses and Silas revealed

to them the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of

the earth and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the North,

and the committing of the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham saying:

"that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed, etc."

These and many other incidents which took place have been

powerful testimonies and guiding stars in the lives of their posterity.

It was about this time that Brother Miner was taken extremely sick

and his wife was under the necessity of procuring a sleigh in which

be was placed upon a bed. She got into the sleigh, holding her youngest

child upon her lap, and with an umbrella protected his head from

the bitter storm of snow and rain which prevailed at that time. Thus

they made their way back to New London, the home of his father.

The next fall they moved to Far West, Mo., and there shared in

all the persecutions the Saints were compelled to endure. Soon after

their arrival at Far West, they found themselves, and others, without

flour, and in rather a bad condition generally, for the mob had them

pretty well surrounded and were breathing threats of maltreatment. A

council was held by the Saints to decide who should go for some flour.

Albert was selected and when returning the mob captured him and took

him to their camp. After Albert explained that his family and others

had no bread to eat, he was permitted to deliver the flour under

guard sent by the mob to bring him back to their camp. Here he was

held as a prisoner until they broke camp, taking his best horse, and

leaving him with the other to get home with his wagon the best he


Under the exterminating order of Gov. Boggs of Missouri, the

Saints were forced to move their families into Illinois. This was

in the fall of 1858 when winter weather was coming on and the Saints

poorly prepared for such harsh treatment. Brother Miner, being one

of the leading spirits among his brethren, was appointed as one of

the committee who signed a pledge that they would not move from Missouri

until every family of the Saints had been safely planted from

beyond the boundary lines of that State. While fleeing from Missouri

where they had suffered so much they crossed the Mississippi River

and located near the City of Quincey, Ill., A kind reception was

extended to the Saints by the people of Quincey and much aid was

given them, for their physical condition was verging on to starvation,

Here Bro. Miner and family remained for a few years, farming

and doing such work as was necessary for the comfort of his family.

In the year 1842 they moved to Nauvoo, settling on a tract of

land four miles east of the Temple site, and here they resided four

years. At intervals during this time Bro. Miner assisted in the

erection of the Nauvoo Temple, and therein he and his wife received

their endowments just prior to the atrocities heaped upon them and

the rest of the Saints, and their final expulsion from Nauvoo.

Prior to this Bro. Miner was one with others who assisted in

guarding the Prophet Joseph Smith, at the time he and his brother

Hyrum were martyred at Carthage.

In the fall of 1844 the mob, having renewed their energies,

though unjust and cruel they were, the Saints were in constant turmoil

and fearful of their lives, continued to gather around them

what little was left of their effects and ungathered crops. At this

time Bro. Durfee was permitted by a treaty between the mob and the

Leaders of the Church, to return and gather his grain. When the

grain was stacked the mob set. it on fire. Bro. Durfee in attempting

to put it out was shot by a man by the name of Snyder, who

did it to win a bet of two gallons of whiskey. Snyder boasted of

what he had done and it was told some years after to a missionary

traveling in that locality. Later, in a drunken row, Snyder was

shot and the wound never healed, he actually rotted alive, with the

stench so offensive that his friends forsook him, although he linger-

ed for months before he died. Durfee died a martyr for the cause

of Truths from the shot he received from Snyder.

The mob forces having about completed their depredations by

driving from the State of Illinois, all those who professed Mormonism

or were friendly Inclined toward them, continued their unlawful acts

until the Saints, finding themselves unprotected by the Governor and

State Officials, agreed to leave the State as soon as possible. Before

this time, however, some engagements took place, and Bro. Miner was

right to the front. He was placed on the mouth of the cannon to load it.

The number killed and wounded is not known. Edmund Durfee, Jr. a brother-in-law of Albert, was wounded In the ankle and was unable to walk.

After the Saints agreed to leave the State they were compelled to surrender their arms, with the understanding, that they would be returned later, but such was

not the case.

In the fall of 1846 Albert, with his family, Edmond Durfee and

his family, fourteen in number, and in one wagon owned by Albert,

left Nauvoo, crossing the Mississippi River, landing near Montrose,

Iowa. where they remained for a short time only, then they left for

Iowaville, where they resided until 1848. While enroute to Iowaville,

(This has also been spelled Iowavale ) on Oct, 5th, 1846, Bro. and

Sister Miner were deeply grieved in the loss by death of their seven

months old baby girl Melissa. The child was buried on the banks of

the Des Moines River, under a big cottonwood tree.

Montrose, as mentioned above, is where the Saints camp was

filled with innumerable flocks of Quail, sent as it were from heaven,

and so tame that they were caught very easily and prepared for food

and thus the feeling of hunger was relieved by this miraculous occurrence.

At this point in the life of this family. Sister Miner went through the

most heart-rending trial yet allotted to her, in the loss by death of her earthly protector, her husband. Brother Albert Miner died January 5, 1848,

leaving her with but little means, and a family of seven children,

the oldest of whom was fourteen years. Undaunted and full of faith

in the Gospel of Christ, Sister Miner continued on in the work of the Lord.

She paid off the $90.00 funeral expenses of her husband and in the month of May moved her family to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Many trying scenes did this family pass through, one after the other, as such was the case with the Saints in general. In the Spring of 1847 when the Saints began that wonderful pilgrimage to the valley of the fountains, under the Leadership of Brigham Young,

Sister Miner, having a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel, and a great desire burning within her soul to go where the Saints were once again gathering. She began at once making preparations for that thousand mile journey.

In June of 1850, Sister Miner, having in readiness all her earthly possessions, which consisted of two yoke of oxen, and two yoke of cows, with one wagon, supplied with a limited amount of provisions, and the same of clothing, bid

goodbye to her brother Edmond, friends and all relatives, and with her family, started on this long journey.

In her comparative helpless condition she wended her way westward In

Wm. Snow's company of 100 until in October of the same year she arrived

in Salt Lake City, Utah. The journey was not made, however,

without some trying experiences, and only those who passed through

those trying times, can give an Inkling of the feelings of joy and sorrow

that took possession of their souls while pressing on for the

cause of Truth.

Shortly after the arrival of Sister Miner and her family In Salt Lake City,

she met and married Brother Enos Curtis. The family then moved on

a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow on the Jordan River west of

Union Fort. During the winter they made chairs for a livelihood.,

Here the cruel hand of death robbed her of her oldest son Orson and

be was buried on a knoll near the home where they were living. Soon

after the death of Orson, which occurred March 5th 1851, the family

moved to Springville where Sister Tamma enjoyed her long sought rest.

In 1855 she lost her second husband. From this marriage she

had four children, two of which were twins. In Springville Sister

Miner, as stated above, spent the remainder of her life in peace

and happiness, and had the privilege of seeing her family grow up

in comparative peace, and prosper in land.

January 30, 1885 Sister Tamma passed this life at the age of

71 years, 10 months, and 24 days, leaving nine children, 75

grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. besides a vast circle of

friends to mourn her loss. By a life of virtue and unflinching

integrity, as well as by her many excellent traits of character,

she had endeared herself to all. She died as she had lived, in full

faith of a glorious resurrection. The funeral services were held

at the old meeting house in Springville, Monday Feb. 2nd, l885.

At this writing November 19, l913, Mormon and Moroni Miner are

the only children living of Albert and Tamma Durfee Miner.


Born March 6, 1813, in Lennox, Madison County, New York, Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis Curtis, was the daughter of Edmund Durfee and Magdalena (Lana) Pickle. At the age of nine, the family moved to Amboy, Oswego County, New York, where her father built a home on a small farm and worked at his trade as a carpenter and millwright. Eventually the family moved to Ruggles, Huron County, Ohio, where the family heard Solomon Hancock preach about the Angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith in a vision. Following her marriage to Albert Miner on August 9, 1831, she joined the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints). The family followed the Saints to Kirtland, Ohio and Farr West, Missouri where, as Tamma wrote in her autobiography, we "were plundered, smitten and driven from our homes, our lives were threatened and were ill-treated on every side by our enemies – enemies to the truths of heaven. They would come one to five hundred right to our houses and nobody around but women and little children, take our men prisoners without any cause whatsoever only because they were Mormons and believed in the truths of the Gospel. They wanted to know if we had any guns or pistols or ammunition or butcher knives and all such things. No one can describe the feelings of the Saints and what they passed through. No tongue can express the depredation – only those that experienced it and were eye witnesses when they came to our houses in this kind of way." Forced to leave Missouri, the family moved to Lima, Illinois and later to Nauvoo, where persecution continued. Her father, Durfee, Edmund, Sr, was killed instantly in November 1845 by a mob that had burned his home the previous September in "Father Morley's Settlement." Forcing the Saints to leave Nauvoo in 1846, the Miners moved to Iowaville where Albert worked at hauling and running a ferryboat. On January 3, 1848, Albert Miner, who was Joseph Smith's bodyguard in Kirtland, Ohio, died. He was born in the state of New York, Jefferson County, 31 March 1809, the son of Asael Miner and Sylvia Monson. Being anxious to go to Council Bluffs and keep up with the Church, Tamma and her five boys and two girls moved there. After staying about two years, on June 10, 1850, they started with one hundred wagons crossing the plains with ox-cart teams. Landing on the first of September in Salt Lake City and without any home or anyone to even hunt them, they were indeed very lonesome. Enos Curtis, whom she had known in Lima, married Tamma on October 20, 1850. Living on the Jordan River the first winter, the family moved to Springville, Utah the following spring. There they began to farm, raise wheat and stock and paid their tithing. On June 1, 1856 Enos passed away. On 7 April 1857, Tamma married Enos's son, John White Curtis. She had five boys and four girls by Albert Miner, four girls by Enos Curtis, and one girl by John White Curtis. At the age of 71 years, 10 months, 24 days, Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis, died on January 30, 1885 leaving 9 children, 77 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

Children with Albert Miner: 1. Polly Miner 2. Orson Miner 3. Moroni Miner 4. Silva Miner 5. Mormon Miner 6. Matilda Minner 7. Alma Lindsay Miner 8. Don Carlos Smith Minner 9. Melissa Miner

Children with Enos Curtis: 1. Carissa Curtis 2. Belinda Curtis 3. Adelia Curtis (twin) 4. Amelia Curtis (twin)

Child with John White Curtis: 1. Mariette Curtis (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46617227" target="_blank John Warnke (inactive))]

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Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis's Timeline

March 6, 1813
Lennox, Madison, New York, United States
May 9, 1832
Age 19
Huron, Ohio, USA
October 22, 1833
Age 20
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio
June 4, 1835
Age 22
Kirtland, Lake,Ohio
June 18, 1836
Age 23
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio
September 26, 1837
Age 24
Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, United States
January 12, 1840
Age 26
Lima, Adams, Illinois
September 7, 1841
Age 28
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
June 12, 1843
Age 30
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois