Martha Patty Jane Lewis (Reed) (c.1838 - 1923)

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Birthplace: Sangamon Co., IL
Death: Died in East Twin Lakes, Santa Cruz Co., CA
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About Martha Patty Jane Lewis (Reed)

 Patty Reed was only a child of eight when her family left Springfield, but she too retained many memories which she shared with various writers. She also preserved a wealth of family documents and artifacts, later donated to Sutter’s Fort in 1946.
    The most famous of these is "Dolly," a little wooden figure under four inches high. According to Patty, when her family was caching their goods along the trail, the children were told they had to leave everything behind. Among other items, Patty rescued "Dolly" from the sand, and slipped them into her dress. Safely at the settlements, Patty took "Dolly" out and Margret Reed began to cry—not because Patty had disobeyed her, as Patty thought, but because she was glad that her daughter had had some comfort during her trials at the lake.
    Patty grew into a small woman, with dark brown eyes. She married Frank Lewis on Christmas Day, 1856. Lewis died in 1876, leaving Patty with several children to support. She did this by keeping a boarding house, first in Santa Cruz, then in Capitola. Like her parents, she is buried in San Jose’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
    Patty was the special pet of her grandmother, Sarah Handley Keyes, who died in Kansas not six weeks after the journey began. 

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Patty Reed, Donner Party's Timeline

1838
1838
Sangamon Co., IL
1857
1857
Age 19
1860
1860
Age 22
1862
1862
Age 24
1864
1864
Age 26
1866
1866
Age 28
1870
1870
Age 32
1873
1873
Age 35
1923
1923
Age 85
East Twin Lakes, Santa Cruz Co., CA
1956
December 25, 1956
Age 85
Santa Cruz Co., CA