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  • Lansford Warren Hastings (c.1818 - 1870)
    Lansford Warren Hastings (1819–1870) is best remembered as the developer of Hastings Cutoff, a shortcut across what is now the state of Utah, a factor in the Donner Party disaster of 1846. L...
  • Tamsen Donner, Donner Party (c.1802 - c.1847)
    Tamzene Eustis received first rate education -- she wrote, sketched, spoke excellent French, and was skilled at botany -- and taught the "female department" at the Elizabeth City Academy in Elizabeth...
  • Sebastian Keyser, 4th Relief (c.1812 - 1850)
    Age: [36] Fourth Relief A native of Austria, Keyser was trapper who had gone overland to Oregon with Sutter in 1838 and later joined him at New Helvetia. In 1845 he settled on Bear River as a half-...
  • CDR Selim E. Woodworth (USN) (c.1815 - c.1871)
    From Woodworth was born in New York City, the second son of poet and dramatist Samuel Woodworth. He was a descendant of colonial settler Walter Woodworth. At age twelve he set out with a rifle to cro...
  • John Turner, 2nd Relief (c.1808 - c.1848)
    Age: 40? Second Relief John Turner had a long history on the frontier before his involvement with the Donner relief. He had come to California in 1826 as a member of Jedediah Smith's historic first...

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