Frankie Donner, Donner Party

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Frances Eustis Wilder (Donner)

Also Known As: "Frankie", "Eustice"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death: 1921 (81)
Byron, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Place of Burial: Brentwood, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Donner, The Donner Party and Tamsen Donner, Donner Party
Wife of William R. Wilder
Mother of Harriett Eustis Wilder; James William Wilder; Frances Lillian Wilder; ASAPH Wilder; Susan Tamsen Wilder and 1 other
Sister of Georgia Donner, Donner Party and Eliza Donner, Donner Party
Half sister of Mary Polly Weaver; Susanna Blue; Albert Donner; Sarah Torrence; Isaac Donner and 4 others

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About Frankie Donner, Donner Party

 After the disaster Frances, sometimes called Frankie, was taken in and raised by James F. Reed’s family in San Jose until 1852, when Leanna married John App. Then Frances went to take Leanna's place at the home of Elitha and Benjamin Wilder


    Frances married Benjamin's brother, William Wilder. She and her husband settled first on a farm in Sacramento County. About 1866 they moved to Point of Timber in Contra Costa County, where they homesteaded a quarter section. They spent the rest of their lives there.
    The specter of starvation never quite left Frances; her grandchildren remembered that she always had some candy or a few crackers in her pocket.
    Frances is buried in Union Cemetery, Brentwood, California.

Survivor of the infamous "Donner Party." Her father was Captain George Donner, the leader of the infamous Donner Party which was trapped in the heavy snows at what is now called Donner Pass, near Tahoe, California. There was only 7 surviving of the Donner's, 3 being Frances and her two half sisters Georgianna and Elizabeth Donner.

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Frankie Donner, Donner Party's Timeline

Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
August 24, 1859
Age 19
Byron, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Age 23
Age 27
Age 30
Age 38
Age 42
Age 81
Byron, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Brentwood, Contra Costa County, California, USA