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Captain George Albert Donner, Jr.

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Rowan, NC, USA
Death: March 29, 1847 (61)
Alder Creek, Nevada, California, USA
Place of Burial: Clear Lake, Sangamon, Illinois, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Donner, Sr. and Mary Margaret Donner
Husband of Susannah (Holoway) Donner; Mary Donner and Tamsen Donner, Donner Party
Father of Mary Polly Weaver; Susanna Blue; Albert Donner; Sarah Torrence; Isaac Donner and 7 others
Brother of Jacob Donner, Donner Party; Samuel Donner; Lydia Walters; Elizabeth Walters; Ann Mary Dick and 4 others

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About George Donner, The Donner Party

The Donner Party was the worst disaster in wagon train history. Forty-two emigrants and two Indian guides had died. However, the remaining forty-seven travellers survived.

George and Jacob were repairing a wagon when a chisel slipped and gashed George’s hand, wounding him seriously. The storm descended and the Donners and their dependents, about twenty-two people in all, were caught in the Alder Creek Valley, about seven miles north and east of the lake where the rest of the emigrants camped. The Alder Creek camp consisted of three crude shelters made from tents reinforced with branches, quilts, buffalo robes, and whatever else was on hand. The huts were cold, wet, and drafty. "Uncle George’s" hand became infected and he spent the winter bedridden, unable to help his family, until he died in March 1847.

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George Donner, The Donner Party's Timeline

March 7, 1786
Rowan, NC, USA
Age 22
April 13, 1813
Age 27
Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
Age 30
April 18, 1818
Age 32
Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Age 44
Bloomington, McLean Co., IL
December 5, 1834
Age 48
Sangamon, Illinois, USA