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Flowers left for Jay Fosdick
A member of the Donner/Reed Party.Jay Fosdick was the son of Levi & Roxene Webster Fosdick. He was the husband of Sarah Graves (married in Mar. 1846), son-in-law of Franklin Graves.Olden Times notes the Graves Tragedy (Reed & Donner Party); Jay decided to accompany his fiance, Sarah, in a trek west, marrying on the way. He became weakened and died.Donner states `the only personal detail known about him is that he played the violin.'In mid-December, 1846, Jay left the Donner Lake Camp with the group known as "The Forlorn Hope." By January 3, 1847 5 of the fifteen travelers had died and Mr. Fosdick was failing quickly. His wife, Sarah, later described it, "One cold night, my husband gave out and could not reach the camp; - I staid with him without fire; I had a blanket and wrapped him in it sat down beside him, and he died about midnight, as near as I could tell."She lay beside him, hoping to freeze to death, but it was not to be. She survived.Graves states he was part of the `Forlorn Hope,' the snowshoe partysetting out from the snowed in Donner Party on 15 Dec 1846, only toperish on the trail on 3/4 Jan 1847His wife consented the flesh of her husband should be converted into food... Mrs. Fosdick would not touch the food (Steuben).Rest in Peace
- Leonard Chapman
 Added: Jan. 23, 2012

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