These characters serve as guides, from eight-year-old Patty Breen with her child’s-eye view, to George Donner’s erudite and resourceful wife, to two converted Miwok vaqueros dispatched from Fort Sutter to assist the party — only to end up being killed and eaten. The scene was similar at George Donner’s tent, a few miles from the cabins at Truckee Lake. Please allow one business day for replies from NCpedia. All went well across the Great West even though for a part of the way the men had to blaze their own trail (which later proved useful to the Mormons moving through Utah). The American Experience. George had three sisters and three brothers, one of whom, Jacob (1789–1846), accompanied him to California as did George's third wife, Tamsen Donner. Shepherding this brood was his third wife, Tamsen. Copyright ©1979-1996 by the University of North Carolina Press. All photos uploaded successfully, click on the Done button to see the photos in the gallery. Jacob was the father of George, 9, Mary M., 7, Isaac, 5, Samuel, about 4, and Lewis, about 3; by her former husband, Elizabeth Hook Donner was the mother of Solomon E. Hook, 14, and William Hook, 12. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? Long before gold was found in California, many people decided to move to the West in order to better their lives. He wanted to think of George Donner as a friend, but he couldn't. Verify and try again. Foster's Bar on the Yuba River is named for him.. George Donner (the name is spelled Danner/ Tanner/Donner throughout the file) and his wife Susannah are complaining to the Judges of the Jessamine County Circuit Court in Chancery. James Reed, member of the Donner party, and his wife became the guardians of George (age 11) and his sister Mary (age 8). based on information from your browser. Jacob may have followed the same route, but he at least was living in Illinois by the spring of 1846. George Donner was the captain of the Donner party, from where they took their name. William McFadden Foster (1815-1874) was one of the earliest European-American settlers in Marysville and the brother-in-law of Mary Murphy Covillaud, for whom Marysville was named. They were forced to cut roads into the mountain, clear dense brush, and pull their exhausted oxen over the summit. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. The younger George, who in 1795 inherited some property from his uncle, Jacob Donner of Rowan County, moved by stages from North Carolina to Kentucky (in 1818), Indiana, and Illinois (in 1828); he also spent a year in Texas. Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) citizens contributed to a fund to purchase George and Mary town lots. Try again later. On May 24 1834 George Donner married his third wife Tameness Eustis. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive? The Donner family wanted to search for gold during the gold rush. History of the Donner Party A Tragedy of the Sierra. She said her husband had died in her arms and, had died at nightfall. Johnson, Kristin, editor. James Frazier Reed (November 14, 1800 – July 24, 1874) was an Irish businessman and soldier and a pioneer in the American West, notable for being an organizing member of the ill-fated Donner Party emigration to California in 1846. Sangamo Journal, July 4, 1844. In size she was a mere whiffet: barely five feet she stood, and her weight was less than a hundred pounds. Jacob, a brood of nine. The children were saved. On 18th February they managed to reach Donner Lake. In the spring of 1846, when Tamsen was 44, she set off with George… He lived for a while in Kentucky before moving to Sangamon County, Illinois. While most everybody has certainly heard of the harrowing tale of failed western migration or is at least familiar with the name — the details of the expedition are a little less known. George Donner had three wagons loaded with trade goods and his wife had supplies that she expected to use when she opened a school. Mrs. George Donner’s first name is spelled "Tamsen" in the literature of the Donner Party, but she herself spelled it "Tamzene." The fact that cannibalism was resorted to in those desperate days has also attracted attention. Complete guidelines are available at https://ncpedia.org/about. No occupation listed for either George. The Donner Party was a group of covered wagons which sought to reach California in the 1840s. The first person they came across asked: "Are you men from California, or do you come from heaven?" The caravan then came to a fork in the road in Wyoming. Unable to construct cabins for themselves the Donner’s survived in brush-tents hastily constructed with the canvas from their wagons. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. Jacob Donner, the brother of George Donner, was born in North Carolina in about 1781.He lived for a while in Kentucky before moving to Sangamon County, Illinois. George Donner was born circa 1784 near Salem, North Carolina. The elder Donner was listed in the 1790 census with a family composed of himself, two males under the age of sixteen, and five females; he was made a road overseer in the Flat Swamp-Lick Creek area of the county in 1794. GREAT NEWS! On April 14, 1846, George, his third wife, Tamsen, and their five daughters, began the journey westward. Schablitsky, Julie. Tamzene was the wife of Captain George Donner. She wanted to see her children. According to Spartacus Educational, Donner was one of 42 emigrants who died during the tragedy. Aug 9, 1831. first kid Lydia Donner is born she is Georges first kid she will have 8 brothers and sisters in her lifetime May 24, 1834. marriage 3 On May 24 1834 George Donner married his third wife Tameness Eustis. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. 2005. http://books.google.com/books?id=EvhQRJ1z_WEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false (accessed January 27, 2014). Used by permission of the publisher. History of the Donner Party A Tragedy of the Sierra. Get Started. Tamsen Donner was a good twenty years younger than her husband and bewitchingly beautiful, possibly the most beautiful woman Stanton had ever met. Printed descriptions of California apparently set the family to thinking about a move. Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. After the death of her first husband and son, Tamsen went on to marry George Donner, an older widower. administrator No comments. George Donner Head M 52 California Marguerite Donner Wife F 49 Pennsylvania Earl Donner Son M 14 California Georgie Donner Son M 11 California Margie Donner Dau F 11 California George works at a dairy farm. This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Oops, something didn't work. Please try again later. Told from the viewpoints of Charles Stanton and George Donner’s third wife, Tamsen, who many believe to be a witch, The Hunger mixes fact with fiction, and adds a dash of the supernatural to create a story that is gripping and chilling in equal measure. Try again. Build your family tree online ; Share photos and videos ; Smart Matching™ technology ; Free! He was the third child and eldest son of George Donner (1752–1844) and Mary Huff (1755–1842). They had 3 kids there names were Frances Eustis, Georgia Ann, and Eliza Poor Donner Apr 1, 1846. left springfield 90 immigrants left springfield led by George and Jacob Donner.This was the beginning of the Donner … But Reed and Donner pressed on even against the wishes of George Donner’s wife. Failed to report flower. Wife, Katherine McLanathan Wilder, and children, Bertha, Richard, and Frank died in a house fire on 6 August, 1902. Thanks for your help! The mountain pass in which the group was trapped was soon named Donner Pass and a large bronze monument there now commemorates the bravery of all the pioneers who went to the West. Donner decided to move to California.In April, 1846 Donner, his third wife (Tamsen) and their five daughters joined with a party led by James Reed.His brother, Jacob Donner, his wife Elizabeth, and their seven children also joined the party. There were 32 people in their party, George Donner, his wife Tamsen and 5 daughters, his brother Jacob, wife Elizabeth and seven children, and James Reed, his wife Margret and four children. Tamzene was the wife of Captain George Donner. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. And now, to make matters worse, he was having a hard time keeping his eyes off Donner's wife. Plans were well made, extensive supplies laid in, and George Donner was elected leader. George Donner WILDER Hung himself the day after burying his wife and three children who perished in a house fire. This included George Donner who had died on 13th March, 1847. But rumors swirled that Keseberg had murdered her in order to eat her. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. Not knowing of Donner's connections. Patrick Breen Diary, November 20, 1846 - March 1, 1847, BANC MSS C-E 176, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). Jacob, a brood of nine. The George Donner's wife had written a letter describing the early weeks of the trip which appeared in the newspaper back in Springfield. Massachusetts-born, forty-five years old, she had gone west and had been a schoolmistress and already once a wife before marrying George Donner. Jacob Donner, and his wife Elizabeth, brought their five children, George, Mary, Isaac, Samuel, and Lewis, as well as Mrs. Donner’s two children from a previous marriage, Solomon and William Hook. George, a brood of seven. Key Points. Drag images here or select from your computer for Tamzene Eustis Dozier Donner memorial. Others survived by eating the dead. His wife, Tamsen Donner died two weeks later. Please reset your password. She went to the cabin of Lewis Keseberg at midnight on the 27th of March 1847 and told him that her husband was dead. C. F. McGlashan, History of the Donner Party, A Tragedy of the Sierra (1947). She had been a dynamic schoolteacher and the wife of George Donner, the principle organizer of a California-bound wagon train from Springfield, Illinois. Getting a late start, the party failed to clear the Sierra Nevada Mountains before the winter snows made passage impossible. He was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to David Foster and Rebecca McFadden Foster.His father died when William Foster was 24. The doomed group’s namesake had been seen by an … 1996. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/003094548 (accessed January 27, 2014). To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. There is a problem with your email/password. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. Rockwell D. Hunt, California and Californians, vol. Try again later. Genealogy profile for George Donner, Sr. George Donner, Sr. (1752 - 1844) - Genealogy Genealogy for George Donner, Sr. (1752 - 1844) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love. The Reeds were made up of James Frazier, his wife, Margaret, and their four issue, plus some servants and teamsters. Spouse (s) Margret Reed. Label vector designed by Ibrandify - Freepik.com. The sponsor of a memorial may add an additional. These characters serve as guides, from eight-year-old Patty Breen with her child’s-eye view, to George Donner’s erudite and resourceful wife, to two converted Miwok vaqueros dispatched from Fort Sutter to assist the party — only to end up being killed and eaten. The last rescue group reached the spot near the lake in April and managed to rescue a sole survivor. If you would like a reply by email, note that some email servers, such as public school accounts, are blocked from accepting messages from outside email servers or domains. Resend Activation Email. 24 May 1839 Sangamon Co., IL to George Donner Ch: Frances Eustis, Georgia Ann, Eliza Poor d. Mar 1847 Donner Lake camp, Nevada Co., CA. Several diaries and some letters that they wrote have been preserved; many of the survivors were interviewed at a later time and their story recorded. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press. I really, really didn’t enjoy this novel, which took as its basis, the doomed Donner Party of the mid-19th century. Comments are not published until reviewed by NCpedia editors at the State Library of NC, and the editors reserve the right to not publish any comment submitted that is considered inappropriate for this resource. Wife, Katherine McLanathan Wilder, and children, Bertha, Richard, and Frank died in a house fire on 6 August, 1902. The men were quickly initiated into the hard life of mountain men. 338-342.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1022425/pdf/westjmed00068-0044.pdf (accessed January 27, 2014). The trek took longer than anticipated, for the caravan had to stop a number of times to rest the livestock accompanying them as well as the horses and oxen pulling the many wagons. Half way across, his wife Tasmin, comments, “I could never have believed that we could have travelled so far with so little difficulty, indeed if we do not experience anything worse, I shall say the trouble is all in getting started.” She told Mr. Keseberg that she had money in her tent and for him to get the money and take it to her children in case she perished. With George were his third wife, Tamzene, their three children, Frances, Georgia, and Eliza, and George’s two daughters from a previous marriage, Elitha and Leanna. The next morning she was dead. PBS. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Family members linked to this person will appear here. Sixteen feet of snow covered their makeshift shelters and their supplies, already low, were soon exhausted. Many gossiped that Keseberg bragged about having eaten human flesh, and told … PLEASE NOTE: NCpedia provides the comments feature as a way for viewers to engage with the resources. Rowan County Minute Docket (1794–95) and Will Book E (Courthouse, Salisbury, N.C.). History of the Donner Party A Tragedy of the Sierra. Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) citizens contributed to a fund to purchase George and Mary town lots. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Tamsen Donner - wife of George Donner, mother to Eliza and Leanna Donner. James Reed petitioned and a grant was made to George for lot number 39 and the adjoining lot number 38 was granted to Mary. Jacob Donner’s children were therefore double first cousins (cousins on both the mother’s and the father’s side) of George’s daughters Elitha and Leanna. Some of the children, however, were rescued as well as some of the others. George, a brood of seven. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. If only the party had listened to George Donner’s wife Tamsen’s intuition that warned not to take the Hastings Cutoff, a hardly traveled “shortcut.” Rumored to subtract 350 to 400 miles from the trip, the shortcut actually added 125 miles and at least a month’s worth of travel time. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 20 photos to this memorial. The immigrants entered the mountains along the modern boundary between Nevada and California just before the heavy winter snows were due, but they believed they had time to get through the pass. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. Make sure that the file is a photo. They found them, but George was already dying. Feb 3, 2014 - 5) George Donner -Farmer from Springfield, Illinois - Travelling with his large family -Captain of the Donner party -Died in March 1847 (During Journey-from gangrenous hand wound & weakness -Wife also died -Lace: Evokes preciousness & symbolic of the dream he aspired for. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. Select a place on the map to place the pin. Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password. NCpedia will not publish personal contact information in comments, questions, or responses. Hardesty, Donald L. The Archaeology of the Donner Party. George and Jacob Donner, both of their wives and four of their children all perished. There was an error deleting this problem. Nevertheless she had sinewy physical stamina. His wife refused to leave her husband and stayed back to die along with him. The hunger, the mental suffering, and the icy chill of the preceding night, caused her death. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. Please try again later. On 14 April, the Reed and Donner families in 9 wagons left Springfield, Illinois on the 2,500 mile trek west. Emigrants making the journey west in the 1840s traveled in parties, and the Donner Party was led by 60-year-old George Donner from Illinois, accompanied by not just his own large family, but that of his brother, Jacob Donner. She said her husband had died in her arms and, had died at nightfall. The name of Jacob's first wife is unknown, but his second wife, Elizabeth, had been married before to a man named Hook. 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