This is a fine article. Thank you! I am so thankful for pioneer ancestors who had the faith and courage to leave Nauvoo and make the journey west. I love them all. They include Robinsons, Merrills, Kimballs, Williams, Stoddards, Brimhalls, Boices, Palmers, Nelsons, Lakes, Parsons, Huntsmans, Smiths, and many more families. My ancestors also include the Mississippi Saints, who were mobbed and forced to leave their homes in the 1890s. The Haggards, Copes, Fains, and many others. I love them, too. I honor their blessed names and thank them for their faith and sacrifice.
I love the story of Edmund Durfee, he being my great-great-great-grandfather. His story inspires me, along with other pioneer ancestors, to do my best when things are hard. I'm grateful for his example. It is exciting to see all the people related to him and to realize the influence he has had.
It's always nice to meet family and I want to thank you for this great article. I forwarded it on to my family for them to enjoy. I am familiar with Edmund Durfee's story by study of my family history and aware of his death on 15th of November 1845. Your wonderful article helped me piece together the rising anamosity that was errupting in the outer regions around Nauvoo and why the exodus was so important at that time. The refining fire of Missouri was quickly spreading accross the Mississippi. Thank you again for helping me understand that more fully. Cheers!!
Maurine Proctor here: I am also a direct descendant of Edmund Durfee. Hello cousin. This story has always moved me.
I am also a direct descendant of Edmund Durfee who is also known as the "Next Martyr of the L.D.S. Church after Joseph and Hyrum Smith". He and his family were driven from their home at Yelrome (Issac Morely's Settlement outside Nauvoo) when it was burned down by a mob. After their exodus from Yelrome, a small group of men were allowed back to their land in Yelrome to gather their final crops before fully leaving their land. They were all boarding with Solomon Hancock while back and the mob knowing this, returned and lit a fire well into the night. When all the men raced out of the Hancock home to put out the fire, Edmund Durfee was shot in cold blood. Later evidence showed that Durfee was shot by the mob "in order to win a wager of a gallon of whiskey."
Our family knows well the stories of what happened in Nauvoo before the Saints were finally driven West. Our son is married to a direct descendent of Edmond Durfee, one of those men killed by the mobs while burning the Saints fro their homes. His story is well known in church history .
Orson Hyde in behalf of the council wrote the following letter:
to Major Warren Reporting Durfee's Murder
Nauvoo, Nov. 17, 1845.
Sir: Intelligence reached us last evening of the murder of Mr. Edmund Durfee in the south part of the county by the mob who fired a quantity of straw to decoy him out, and while he was engaged in raking the straw so that the fire might not communicate with the buildings, six shots were made at him, one of which took effect in his breast and he died immediately.
John S. Fullmer was one of the three trustees left behind to try to sell property of the saints who were driven from Nauvoo. Fullmer wrote an extensive account of the Expulsion which can be found in the book " John Solomon Fullmer, The Man and His Writings complied by Jerry D. Wells and published by Brigham Young University. Here is a link to "A Condensed History of the Expulsion of the Saints from Nauvoo
BY ELDER JOHN S. FULLMER," which was published in England in 1855 which John Solomn Fullmer was a missionary there.
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