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William Montgomery Pike
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1814
Dearborn County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1846
Washoe County
Nevada, USA

First husband of Harriet Frances Murphy Pike Nye. Father of Naomi Levina and Catherine. He was the illegitimate son of James Brown Pike and Mrs. Wolfries; the grandson of Zebulon Pike, a Revolutionary War officer; and the nephew of explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike, for whom Colorado's Pike's Peak is named.

William Pike would be considered, by some accounts, one of the luckier members of the Donner Party. When the party was camped along the Truckee River near where Reno, Nevada is now located, he was accidently shot by his brother-in-law, William McFadden Foster. He never had to witness the terrible conditions and deprivation his family had to endure.

Pike, an engineer, and Foster both worked aboard a riverboat on the Mississippi and in 1842 they met their future wives, Harriet and her sister Sarah. The two couples were married on board the icebound ship on December 29, 1842. William and Harriet lived in St. Louis, then moved to Weakley County, Tennessee to be with her family.

Since his name is on the memorial at Murphy's cabin, I felt he belonged here with his daughter, Catherine and mother-in-law, Levinah Murphy
 
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 Parents:
  James Brown Pike (1784 - 1855)
 
 Children:
  Naomi Levina Pike Schenck (1843 - 1934)*
  Catherine Pike (1846 - 1847)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Montgomery Pike (1814 - 1846)
  Montgomery Zebulon Pike (1819 - 1900)*
  Catherine Pike (1821 - 1843)*
  John Brown Pike (1827 - 1910)*
  Isabelle Brown Pike Mann (1832 - 1861)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Murphy Cabin Donner Party Cemetery
Truckee
Nevada County
California, USA
Plot: unknown
 
Created by: Nan
Record added: Dec 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12805846
 


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