Lovina Cyrus (Graves) (1834 - 1906)

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Nicknames: "Lavinia"
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Birthplace: Marshall Co., IL
Death: Died in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About Lovina Cyrus (Graves)

Survived, age 12

After her rescue Lovina lived sometimes in the Napa Valley and sometimes in Santa Clara County, living with her older married sisters. She attended school in San Jose, but spent her adult life in Calistoga.
    Her husband, John Cyrus, was also a veteran of Hastings Cutoff. According to a story passed down in his family, the Cyruses crossed the summit just ahead of the Donner Party. The eldest son, Pleasant, was said to have ridden back two days to tell the Donners to hurry, though this story is impossible to verify.
    Lovina was reluctant to discuss the Donner Party, but about 1900 she told the story to her granddaughter, Edna Maybelle Sherwood. The memoir was published in the Calistoga paper several years later. (Reprinted in "Unfortunate Emigrants.") Lovina’s daughter Rachel Elizabeth Cyrus Wright also wrote a memoir, "The Early Upper Napa Valley," available at the Sharpsteen Museum, which contains many anecdotes about pioneer California and the Graves family.
    Lovina died while visiting a daughter in Oakland. She was brought back to Calistoga to be buried beside her husband in the Calistoga Pioneer Cemetery.

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Lovina Graves, Donner Party's Timeline

1834
1834
Marshall Co., IL
1855
1855
Age 21
San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA
1859
1859
Age 25
1861
1861
Age 27
1873
1873
Age 39
1906
1906
Age 72
Oakland, Alameda Co., CA