Thomas Reed, Donner Party

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Thomas Keyes Reed

Birthplace: Sangamon Co., IL
Death: Died in Santa Cruz Co., CA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Frazier Reed and Margaret Wilson Reed
Brother of Patty Reed, Donner Party; James Reed, Donner Party and Charles Cadden Reed
Half brother of Virginia Reed, Donner Party

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About Thomas Reed, Donner Party

Tommy Reed seems to have been particularly close to his sister Patty. On May 25, 1846, J. Quinn Thornton recorded an incident in which Patty’s enthusiastic affection nearly bowled Tommy over.
    The Reed family left the lake camp in February 1847 with the First Relief, but Patty and Tommy were too weak to continue and had to be taken back to the Breen cabin to wait for the next rescue party. Patty took care of her little brother. When James Reed arrived with the Second Relief, Tommy didn’t recognize him and asked Patty, whom he had come to regard as his mother, if that were really his father.
    After their rescue, the survivors put on a lot of weight. Patty later wrote that Tommy became "as stout as a little alderman."
    Thomas Reed never married. He lived in San Jose most of his life, and in his later years he made his home with Patty. When he died in 1915, Thomas was the last surviving male of the Donner Party. He, too, is buried in the Reed-Lewis plot at Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose.

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Thomas Reed, Donner Party's Timeline

Sangamon Co., IL
Age 72
Santa Cruz Co., CA