Celestia Curtis DurfeeCelestia Curtis Durfee

Celestia Curtis was born 21 April 1832 in Rutland, Pennsylvania to Enos and Ruth Franklin Curtis. Celestia’s parents were among the first people to accept the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1831.

The Curtis family moved to Kirtland, Ohio and were there when the temple was dedicated. When the body of Saints moved to Missouri, they followed and suffered all of the persecutions that beset them.

 

They moved again to Lima and Nauvoo, Illinois and assisted in building the Nauvoo temple. Forced to move again, they settled on Pottawatomie Indian lands on the banks of the Missouri River. When her mother, Ruth Franklin Curtis, died in February 1848, her father took his family West with the Brigham Young Wagon Company. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 21, 1848 as part of the Brigham Young wagon train.

Celestia Durfee In 1850, Celestia married Jabez Durfee in Salt Lake City, Utah on Christmas day 25 December 1850. They settled in Springville, Utah. In 1854, Brigham Young called the family to the Iron Mission in Cedar City. It was a very difficult mission. They moved back to Springville in 1859. Celestia helped plant an orchard and patch of blackberries. They had honeybees and a molasses mill. They built a large three-story home on the Main Street of Springville.

In 1875, they moved to Aurora to make a new home. For about twelve years, Celestia went back to Springville in the summer time, raised a garden, and took care of the orchard, canned and dried fruit, extracted honey. Then she returned to Aurora in the fall.


 Jabez served as bishop of Aurora from 1881 until his death. Celestia was the Relief Society president for a number of years and helped her husband in his duties as bishop. She let no interests of her own stand in the way of helping others.


Children of Jabez and Celestia Durfee:
Mariah Elizabeth -- 31 March 1852
Jabez Erastus -- 11 May 1854
Elial -- 30 November 1856, Died at age 1
Elmira Deseret -- 5 March 1859
Edmund Franklin -- 5 October 1861
Chloe Celestia -- 7 August 1864
John Devaldi -- 12 April 1867
LeGrand -- 11 December 1869
Vilate -- 29 Jun 1873