Harriett McCutchen (McCutcheon) (c.1845 - 1847)

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Death: Died in Donner Pass
Cause of death: Exposure, starvation, lice
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About Harriett McCutchen (McCutcheon)

Perished, age 1.

Harriet’s exact age is not known, but she was probably between one and two years old. Historian and author, McGlashan lists her as one of the nursing infants of the Donner Party; Mary Graves wrote that her little sister Elizabeth and Harriet were about the same age.

    When Amanda went with the Forlorn Hope, she left Harriet with the Graveses. The child suffered terribly, tormented by lice, before she died on February 2. Patty Reed Lewis, who had lived in the adjoining Reed cabin, remembered hearing Harriet’s cries.
    The Graveses reportedly buried her near the side of the cabin, but in 1871 McCutchen wrote, "My child was dead before the Glover party reached the emigrant camp, and when we succeeded in getting in, Mr. Reed and myself buried the remains."


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Harriett McCutchen, Donner Party's Timeline

Age 2
Donner Pass