Jabez Durfee 1828-1884
Jabez Durfee/Durfey was born to Edmund Durfee and Lainey
(Magdalena) Pickle in Williamstown, Oswego County in
upstate New York adjacent Lake Ontario. His father’s
people were from Newport, Rhode Island; his mother’s were
mostly German who settled in Montgomery County, New York.
Missouri and Illinois because of their beliefs. Jabez's
father, Edmond Durfee was killed by a mob at their home
near Lima, Illinois in 1845 . The family left with the
Saints and stopped in Iowa to prepare for their journey to
Utah territory. Most of the family had left when
Jabez's mother passed away in 1850 at Council Bluffs, Iowa
leaving him to journey to Utah on his own. Jabez arrived
in Salt Lake City in 1850.
Jabez and Celestia moved back to Springville in 1859 and
later were among the first settlers of Willow Bend now
Aurora, Utah in Sevier County. Jabez was appointed the
first bishop there in 1881.
and Celestia Curtis Durfee eventually had ten children,
seven of whom survived to adulthood and married. Jabez
died in 1884 at the age of fifty-six. Celestia survived
him by three years.
On his headstone she had inscribed:
"I Think Of Thee Dear Husband,