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Jay Fosdick
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Birth: 1823
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 5, 1847
Nevada County
California, USA

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.

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. 
 
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 Parents:
  Levi Fosdick (1801 - 1878)
  Roxena Webster Fosdick (1802 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Graves Spires (1825 - 1871)*
 
 Sibling:
  Jay Fosdick (1823 - 1847)
  Jennet Owen (1828 - 1889)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Jay Fosdick died of starvation on the trail
 
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Sep 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58841502
 

Thanks for Fosdick info. and flowers to Jay Fosdick.
- Love to you both. Mary Wright
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013
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...(Read more)
- Leonard Chapman
 Added: Jan. 23, 2012
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