A member of the Donner/Reed Party.
Elizabeth Jr., as she was sometimes called to distinguish her from her mother, was approx. 1-2 years of age. Her sister, Mary, described her as old enough to be weaned under normal circumstances, but their mother was still nursing the baby because of their situation in the mountains.
Little Elizabeth survived the entrapment at Donner Lake, and the subsequent rescue, but she never recovered from the ordeal and later, by the end of the summer, she died and was buried near Sutter's Fort.
As J. Quinn Thornton was gathering information for his book in the fall of 1847, he wrote of Elizabeth's death: "It was brought safely into the settlements, where its very misfortunes made friends for it. But it drooped and withered away like a flower severed from the parent stem. It ow blooms in the paradise of God, in a better and happier clime, where the storms and disasters of life will affect it no more."
Franklin Ward Graves (1789 - 1846)
Elizabeth Cooper Graves (1800 - 1847)
New Helvetia Cemetery (defunct)
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Sep 26, 2010
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