"George" Foster, Donner Party

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Jeremiah George Foster

Birthdate:
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Death: Died in Donner Lake Camp, CA
Cause of death: starvation, exposure
Immediate Family:

Son of William Foster, Donner Party and Sarah Foster, Donner Party

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About "George" Foster, Donner Party

Perished

Sarah and William Foster left George behind with his grandmother when they departed with the Forlorn Hope in mid-December. Levinah did the best she could for him during the dreary winter, but was herself unwell. In February the Second Relief found George and little James Eddy lying in bed, filthy and crying from hunger. They washed the boys and did as much as they could for them, but the outlook was bleak.

b. 25 August 1844 St. Louis, MO d. March 1847 at the Murphy Cabin, Donner Lake Camp, CA

      This child is referred to as George Foster in Donner Party sources, but Murphy family records indicate that this was actually his middle name.
      There has been some confusion about his age; McGlashan lists him among the nursing infants in the Donner Party, but his age elsewhere is given as four. He was in fact only one when the family set out from Missouri, but had turned two by the time the emigrants reached the lake.
      Sarah and William Foster left George behind with his grandmother when they departed with the Forlorn Hope in mid-December. Levinah did the best she could for him during the dreary winter, but was herself unwell. In February the Second Relief found George and little James Eddy lying in bed, filthy and crying from hunger. They washed the boys and did as much as they could for them, but the outlook was bleak.
      One night in March Louis Keseberg took George to bed with him, and in the morning the boy was dead; grief-stricken, Levinah accused Keseberg of killing him. The little body was cannibalized by the cabin’s inhabitants.

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"George" Foster, Donner Party's Timeline

1844
1844
St. Louis, MO
1847
1847
Age 3
Donner Lake Camp, CA