William McCutchen (c.1816 - 1895)

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Nicknames: ""Mac" "Big Bill"", "McCutcheon"
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Birthplace: Davidson County, TN
Death: Died in Gilroy, Santa Clara Co., CA
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About William McCutchen

In the Spring of 1846 the McCutchens loaded their valuables into a wagon and headed west for California. They made it as far as Fort Bridger in Wyoming when either their wagon or oxen gave out. Several days later they thought their fortunes had changed for the better when a new train of twenty wagons rumbled into the fort. After a day's rest and a restocking of provisions the Captain of the wagon train invited the McCutchens to join their party west. The McCutchens then became part of western history, for they had just joined the ill-fated Donner Party. During the trip westward

http://www.reocities.com/Heartland/Estates/1208/Genealogy/donner.html

From the Donner Party Roster is the information that "the McCutchen, from Jackson County Missouri, joined the Donner Party at Fort Bridger. They had been traveling with another group, perhaps the party of Samuel C. Young, who had gone ahead on Hastings Cutoff. It is not recorded that they had a wagon; they may have been detained by an accident. When the Donners and Reeds left the fort, the McCutchens went with them."

"After crossing the Salt Desert, the Donner Party took stock of their supplies and realized that they did not have enough to see them through to California. Two volunteers set out, little Charles Stanton (standing 5'5") and Big Bill McCutchen (standing 6'6"). McCutchen became ill after arriving at Sutter's Fort and Stanton returned with supplies. McCutchen and Reed made an abortive attempt to rescue their trapped families in November, but were forced to return because of the deep snow. The two fathers did succeed in February, leading the Second Relief to the camps."

http://user.xmission.com/~octa/DonnerParty/McCutchen.htm

http://www.reocities.com/Heartland/Estates/1208/Genealogy/donner.html

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43922658&ref=wvr

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William McCutchen, Donner Party's Timeline

1816
1816
Davidson County, TN
1842
1842
Age 26
Pettis Co., MO
1845
1845
Age 29
1850
1850
Age 34
Gilroy, CA, USA
1851
1851
Age 35
Gilroy, CA, USA
1854
1854
Age 38
Gilroy, CA, USA
1856
1856
Age 40
1857
1857
Age 41
Gilroy, CA, USA
1895
1895
Age 79
Gilroy, Santa Clara Co., CA
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