Elizabeth Graves "JR", Donner Party

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About Elizabeth Graves "JR", Donner Party

Survived, age 1. But not for long

Elizabeth is sometimes referred to as "Elizabeth Graves, Jr." to distinguish her from her mother, Elizabeth Cooper Graves.
    There is some question about how old Elizabeth was in 1846. Thornton describes her "about thirteen months old" in February 1847. Her sister Mary described Elizabeth as old enough to be weaned under other circumstances, but because of their situation her mother was still nursing the baby.
    In one of the most pitiful scenes reported of the Donner Party, Elizabeth was found sitting beside her mother’s mutilated remains at Starved Camp, crying for her ma.
    J. Quinn Thornton was told of the baby’s death when he gathered the material for his book in the fall of 1847:
   It was brought safely into the settlements, where its very misfortunes made friends for it. But it drooped and withered away like a flower severed from the parent stem. It now blooms in the paradise of God, in a better and happier clime, where the storms and disasters of life will affect it no more. 


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Elizabeth Graves "JR", Donner Party's Timeline

June 1847
Age 2