Nancy Graves, Donner Party

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Survived, age 8

 In a brief but firm note Nancy Graves tendered her refusal to correspond with historian C. F. McGlashan. The subject of the Donner Party was very painful for her; as a schoolgirl in San Jose she had been tormented by the knowledge that she had unwittingly partaken of her own mother’s body at Starved Camp.
    In her teens Nancy became an enthusiastic convert to Methodism and in 1855 married a minister. Rev. Williamson was sent up and down Northern California, spending only a year or two at one post before moving on to the next. Their nine children were born in different towns. Eventually the family settled near Sebastopol in Sonoma County. It had been a difficult life, beset with financial worries, but late in life, reflecting on their years together, the Williamsons agreed that God had been good to them..

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