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  • Elizabeth Cooper Graves, Donner Party (c.1800 - 1847)
    Died, Age 47 Spencer Ellsworth describes Elizabeth Graves as " tall and thin, her good natured sunburnt face wreathed in smiles. She wore a blue calico frock, an old sun-bonnet and a faded shawl, on ...
  • Mary Ann Clarke, Donner Party survivor (1826 - 1891)
    Survived, age 19 Mary has been called the belle of the Donner Party: She was a very beautiful girl, of tall and slender build, and exceptionally graceful carriage. Her features, in their regularity...
  • Mr. Wolfinger, Donner Party (b. - 1846)
    Murdered. Nothing is known for certain about Mr. Wolfinger except that he was from Germany. In October 1846, as the Donner Party was traveling along the Truckee, he stopped to cache his wagon. August...
  • George Donner, The Donner Party (1786 - 1847)
    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 repai...
  • Leanna Donner, Donner Party (1834 - 1930)
    Survived. Tamzene reportedly told Leanna and Elitha never to tell what they had experienced in the mountains. Leanna took this advice to heart and rarely spoke about the disaster. b. 05 Dec 1834 Sang...

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List of Donner party members:

resources

  1. http://www.donnerpartydiary.com/survivor.htm
  2. page 369 st. seq. of The History of San José and Surroundings: With Biographical Sketches By Frederic Hall speaks of James Reed