... met the police and there was informed that Br Edmund Durfee had been shot dead by the mob on Bear Creek
The mob had set some straw on fire which would communicate with his barn & he on discovering the fire ran in company with some other brethren to put it out and was fired upon by the mob who concealed in the darkness one ball went through his breast and he died in a few moments. He had been driven into the City by the mob during their house burning in September last & had gone down there in company with some other brethren to take care of his grain and thus fell a martyr to his religion
I went to see. He was in a heart rending condition all steeped in his gore and his numerous family all weeping around him. The scene is one not to be forgotten. He was one of the oldes[t] in the church having been in the church almost from its rise and had passed through all the persecutions & vicissitudes of the Church & was a faithful Brother.
[Diaries of Hosea Stout]