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Georgia Ann Babcock (Donner)

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Sangamon Co., IL
Death: 1911 (70)
St. John, WA
Place of Burial: Saint John Cemetery Saint John (Whitman County) Whitman County Washington
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Donner, The Donner Party and Tamsen Donner, Donner Party
Wife of Washington Alexander Babcock
Mother of Henry Alexander Babcock; Frank Benjamin Babcock and Edith M Babcock
Sister of Frankie 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 Georgia Donner, Donner Party

George and Tamzene Donner's two youngest children, Georgia and Eliza, were very close. Although Hiram O. Miller had been appointed their legal guardian, they were taken in by an elderly Swiss couple, Christian and Mary Bruner, living for a few months near Sutter’s Fort, then moving to Sonoma in the fall of 1847. The girls called the Bruners "Grandpa" and "Grandma," learned to speak German, and helped with the dairy work and other chores. They were with the Brunners until 1854, then went to live with their half-sister Elitha, whose husband, Benjamin W. Wilder, became their guardian in place of Miller. Georgia attended St. Catherine’s Academy at Benicia and the public schools of Sacramento.

    Georgia wrote often and frankly to historian C. F. McGlashan; she did not shy from revealing details about cannibalism at the camps.
   A survivor who lived through into a calm and secure maturity was Georgia Donner, a four-year-old in 1846-1847, who became Mrs. W. A. Babcock. Among McGlashan’s correspondents she seems most at peace with the world, ready to admit her own cannibalism as a child of four, careful in her judgment of others, seeming to realize—as no one else in the party seemed able to do—that hard circumstance, and not perversity of character, was to blame. (George R. Stewart)

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Georgia Donner, Donner Party's Timeline

Sangamon Co., IL
Age 23
Age 25
Age 70
St. John, WA
Saint John Cemetery Saint John (Whitman County) Whitman County Washington