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Elizabeth Cooper Graves
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1800
Dearborn County
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar., 1847
Nevada County
California, USA

A member of the Donner/Reed Party.

Elizabeth Cooper Graves was a daughter of William & Eleanor Mages Cooper. She was married to Franklin Ward Graves about 1820 in Dearborn County, Indiana. She was the mother of Sarah, Mary Ann, William Cooper, Eleanor, Lovina, Nancy Blaisdell, Jonathan B., Franklin Ward Jr., & Elizabeth.

When "The Forlorn Hope" departed from the Lake Camp in December 1846, Mrs. Graves was left with the remaining seven children to tend. Her 3 eldest remaining children, William, Eleanor and Lovina were taken out by the First Relief. Mrs. Graes, Nancy, Jonathan, Franklin Jr. and Elizabeth left with the Second Relief on March 3. Mrs. Graves tried to salvage the family wealth, a bag of gold coins, but it proved to be too heavy for her to carry. She cached it near the lake where it was discovered some years later by a miner searching for quartz. Reportedly the money was returned to her surviving children.

Mrs. Graves perished at what would later become known as "Starved Camp".

Two of her surviving daughters:
Mary Ann Graves Clarke
Lovina Graves Cyrus 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Franklin Ward Graves (1789 - 1846)
 
 Children:
  Sarah Graves Spires (1825 - 1871)*
  Mary Anna Graves Clarke (1826 - 1891)*
  William Cooper Graves (1829 - 1907)*
  Eleanor Graves McDonnell (1832 - 1894)*
  Lovina Graves Cyrus (1834 - 1906)*
  Nancy Blaisdell Graves Williamson (1838 - 1907)*
  Jonathan B Graves (1840 - 1847)*
  Franklin Ward Graves (1842 - 1847)*
  Elizabeth Graves (1845 - 1847)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Mrs. Graves died of starvation on the trail
 
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Sep 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58797798
 


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