|Death: ||Mar., 1847|
A member of the Donner/Reed Party.
Lewis Donner was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Blue Donner. His parents, along with his siblings, were stranded at Alder Creek and forced to attempt to survive in two makeshift tents.
On March 3, 1847, the Second Relief, who had arrived at the tent camp, set out to return to the Lake Camp. They left behind rescuer Nicholas Clark to try to assist the surviving Donners. He was staying in Jacob Donner's tent when, a few days later, a terrible storm set in. It lasted nearly a week. Clark later recalled, "Just as the storm was closing, Lewis Donner died, and the poor mother was well-nigh frantic with grief. As soon as she could make her way to the other tent, she carried her dead babe over and laid it in Mrs. George Donner's lap." With Clark's help, they finally laid the child away in a grave cut out of the solid snow.
Jacob Donner (____ - 1847)
Elizabeth Hook Blue Donner (____ - 1847)
Samuel Donner (____ - 1847)*
Isaac Donner (____ - 1847)*
George Donner (1836 - 1874)*
Mary Martha Donner Houghton (1839 - 1860)*
Lewis Donner (1843 - 1847)
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Lewis Donner died of starvation and was buried in the snow at Alder Creek, near Truckee Lake
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Sep 18, 2010
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