"Sol" Hook, Donner Party

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Solomon Elijah Hook

Also Known As: "Sol"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sangamon Co., IL
Death: Died in Winters, Yolo Co., CA
Cause of death: Tumor in the jaw
Place of Burial: Burial: Winters Cemetery Winters Yolo County California
Immediate Family:

Son of James Hook and Elizabeth Donner, Donner Party
Husband of Alice Mary Hook
Father of Edward Hook
Brother of William Hook, Donner Party
Half brother of George Donner, s/o Jacob, Donner Party; Mary Donner, Donner Party; Isaac, Donner Party; Samuel, Donner Party and Lewis, Donner Party

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About "Sol" Hook, Donner Party

Survived. Of the nine members of Jacob Donner’s family, only three children survived. Much of Jacob’s property had been salvaged and sold at auction for the benefit of his children George and Mary, but their half-brother "Sol" Hook was only a stepson and not entitled to a share.

b. 11 Jan 1832 in Sangamon Co., IL m. 7 Nov 1866 in Fairfield, Solano Co., CA to Alice M. Roberts (b. 14 April 1847, d. 24 June 1880, Yolo Co., Calif.)

    Ch: Edward, Francis, Susan; two others

d. 22 Sep 1878 at Winters, Yolo Co., CA

    Of the nine members of Jacob Donner’s family, only three children survived. Much of Jacob’s property had been salvaged and sold at auction for the benefit of his children George and Mary, but their half-brother "Sol" Hook was only a stepson and not entitled to a share. It is unknown what provision, if any, was made for his future, but he was 15 years old he and probably considered old enough to start making a living. Sol stayed in the vicinity of Sutter’s Fort until July 1847, when Thomas O. Larkin brought him to Monterey. In 1850 Sol was working as a carpenter in Santa Cruz County; three years later he was farming and keeping a public house at Oregon Bar on the Mokelumne River in Calaveras County. Despite their separation Sol kept in contact with his surviving half-siblings and took an interest in their welfare.
    In 1866, at the age of 34, Sol married Alice Roberts. The 1870 federal census lists him as farming near Vacaville in Solano County, but by 1876 he had moved to Winters in Yolo County.
    On August 3, 1878, the Winters Advocate reported, "Sol. Hook has returned from the San Francisco Medical Institute, where he has been under treatment for "Tumor in the jaw." He returned very much improved in looks and health." The treatment did not cure his cancer, however, and six weeks later the newspaper reported his death at age 46 at the home of John Wolfskill. Sol, the last survivor of Jacob Donner's family, is buried in the Winters Cemetery.

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"Sol" Hook, Donner Party's Timeline

1832
1832
Sangamon Co., IL
1866
1866
Age 34
Fairfield, Solano Co., CA
1867
1867
Age 35
1878
1878
Age 46
Winters, Yolo Co., CA
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Burial: Winters Cemetery Winters Yolo County California