Margaret Wilson Reed (Keyes) (c.1811 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Backenstoe", "Margret"
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Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About Margaret Wilson Reed (Keyes)

Survived, the Reeds were one of only two families to survive without loss.

Of the 83 members of the Donner Party who were trapped in the mountains, only 45 survived to reach California.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_F._Reed

He married Margret Keyes Backenstoe, a widow with a baby daughter, in 1835. The couple had four more children in Springfield: Martha Jane (called Patty), James F. Reed, Jr., Thomas Keyes, and Gershom Francis, who died as an infant. Reed never formally adopted Margret Reed's eldest daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Backenstoe, but she went by the name Virginia Reed.[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party

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Margaret Reed, Donner Party's Timeline

1811
1811
1832
1832
Age 21
1833
1833
Age 22
Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL
1835
1835
Age 24
1838
1838
Age 27
Sangamon Co., IL
1841
1841
Age 30
Sangamon Co., IL
1843
1843
Age 32
Sangamon Co., IL
1848
1848
Age 37
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