Landrum Murphy, Donner Party

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John Landrum Murphy

Also Known As: "Lanthrom"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Union Co., SC
Death: Died in Donner Lake Camp, Nevada Co., CA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jeremiah Burns Murphy and Levinah Murphy, Donner Party
Brother of Sarah Foster, Donner Party; Harriett Murphy, Donner Party; Mary Murphy, Donner Party; Lemuel Murphy, Donner Party; William Murphy, Donner Party, returned to TN and 1 other

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About Landrum Murphy, Donner Party

 Landrum Murphy was a large and somewhat overgrown young man. The hides and burnt bones did not contain sufficient nourishment to keep him alive. For some hours before he died, he lay in a semi-delirious state, breathing heavily and seemingly in little or no pain. Mrs. Murphy went to the Breen camp, and asked Mrs. Breen for a piece of meat to save her starving boy. Mrs. Breen gave her the meat, but it was too late, Landrum could not eat. Finally he sank into a gentle slumber. His breathing grew less and less distinct, and ere they were fairly aware of it life was extinct. 

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Perished

b. 16 Nov 1829 Union Co., SC d. 31 Jan 1847 at the Murphy cabin, Donner Lake Camp, Nevada Co., CA

      When Foster and Eddy left with the Forlorn Hope in mid-December, Landrum became the oldest male living at the Murphy cabin. On him no doubt fell the brunt of cutting firewood and shoveling snow, chores which became increasingly arduous as he weakened from starvation. 
      Patrick Breen’s diary records his decline: on January 17, "Lanthrom crazy last night"; January 19: "Lanthrom very low in danger if relief dont come soon"; January 27: "Lanthrom lying in bed the whole of his time"; January 31: "Lantron Murphy died last night about one Oclock."
      As C.F. McGlashan described it,
   Landrum Murphy was a large and somewhat overgrown young man. The hides and burnt bones did not contain sufficient nourishment to keep him alive. For some hours before he died, he lay in a semi-delirious state, breathing heavily and seemingly in little or no pain. Mrs. Murphy went to the Breen camp, and asked Mrs. Breen for a piece of meat to save her starving boy. Mrs. Breen gave her the meat, but it was too late, Landrum could not eat. Finally he sank into a gentle slumber. His breathing grew less and less distinct, and ere they were fairly aware of it life was extinct. 
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Landrum Murphy, Donner Party's Timeline

1829
1829
Union Co., SC
1847
1847
Age 18
Donner Lake Camp, Nevada Co., CA