Phillipine Keseberg, Donner Party

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Phillipine Keseberg (Zimmerman)

Also Known As: "Elisabeth", "Philippine", "Zimmermann"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Berleburg, Westphalia, Germany
Death: circa 1877 (46-62)
Sacramento Co., CA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Christian Zimmerman and Elisabeth Zimmerman
Wife of Louis Keseberg, Donner Party
Mother of Ada Keseberg, Donner Party and Lewis Keseberg, Donner Party

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About Phillipine Keseberg, Donner Party

Virginia Reed Murphy recalled, "She was a pretty little woman, humble and unassuming proud of her husband and afeered of him... she made excuses for him." Philippine was pitied as a battered wife.
    Heinrich Lienhard reported that Mrs. Keseberg was a buxom and attractive woman who had many admirers at Sutter’s Fort. A photograph at the Bancroft Library, taken when she was in her careworn fifties, shows traces of the handsome young woman she must have been in 1846.

used her middle name

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Phillipine Keseberg, Donner Party's Timeline

Berleburg, Westphalia, Germany
Age 20
Berleburg, Westphalia, Germany
Age 23
en route, on the Plains
Age 54
Sacramento Co., CA