Eleanor Eddy (Priscilla)
|Also Known As:||"Priscilla"|
|Death:||Died in The Murphy Cabin, Donner Pass|
|Cause of death:||starvation, exposure|
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About Eleanor Eddy, Donner Party
Perished. Age 25,
Almost nothing is known about Mrs. Eddy, although a photograph of her survives.
When her husband left with the First Relief, Eleanor stayed behind with the children in the Murphy cabin. Her foresightedness may have saved her husband’s life, for he told Thornton that on December 23, 1846, he lightened his pack:
In doing this, he found about half a pound of bear’s meat, to which was attached a paper upon which his wife had written in pencil, a note signed "Your own dear Eleanor," in which she requested him to save it for the last extremity, and expressed the opinion that it would be the means of saving his life. This was really the case, for without it, he must subsequently have perished.
Patrick Breen recorded the Eddy family’s decline in his diary: February 5, 1847, "Eddys child died last night"; on the 6th, "Mrs Eddy very weak"; on the 8th, "Mrs Eddy died on the night of the 7th"; and on February 9, "John went down to day to bury Mrs Eddy & child."