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Sarah Ann Charlotte Foster (Murphy)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Union County, SC
Death: Died in San Francisco (?), CA
Place of Burial: Fort Bragg, CA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jeremiah Burns Murphy and Levinah Murphy, Donner Party
Wife of William Foster, Donner Party
Mother of "George" Foster, Donner Party
Sister of Harriett Murphy, Donner Party; Landrum 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 Sarah Foster, Donner Party

Sarah Murphy Foster was one of the five young women who joined the Forlorn Hope snowshoe party, leaving her son behind. She and her husband never saw him again.

04 Nov 1826 Union County, SC m. 29 Dec 1842 Clark Co., MO, to William McFadden Foster

    Ch: Jeremiah George, Alice E., Georgiana C., William Budd, Minnesota "Minnie," Harriet "Hattie," Frances S.

d. 20 Dec 1906 San Francisco (?), CA

      Sarah Murphy Foster was one of the five young women who joined the Forlorn Hope snowshoe party, leaving her son behind. She and her husband never saw him again.
      Peter H. Burnett met Sarah two years later in Marysville and listened to her talk about the Donner Party:
   Mrs. Foster was then about twenty-three years old. She had a fair education, and possessed the finest narrative powers. I never met with any one, not even excepting Robert Newell of Oregon, who could narrate events as well as she. She was not [only?] more accurate and full in her narrative, but a better talker, than Newell. For hour after hour, I would listen in silence to her sad narrative. Her husband was then in good circumstances, and they had no worldly matter to give them pain but their recollections of the past. 
       After her husband’s death in 1874 Sarah stayed for a time with her brother William in Marysville but later moved to Mendocino County, where she lived for many years. She died in San Francisco and was buried at Fort Bragg.

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Sarah Foster, Donner Party's Timeline

1826
1826
Union County, SC
1842
1842
Age 16
Clark Co., MO
1844
1844
Age 18
St. Louis, MO
1906
1906
Age 80
San Francisco (?), CA
????
Fort Bragg, CA