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James Frazier "Jimmy" Reed, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1841
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1901
Capitola
Santa Cruz County
California, USA

Donner Party Survivor, Youngest child that walked over the Sierra Nevada. "Jimmy" was 5 years old when his parents, James Frazier Reed and Margret Wilson Keyes left Springfield, Illinois as members of the ill-fated Donner Party. His father was banished from the train on October 5, 1846. His mother, half sister Virginia and him left with the First Relief on February 21, 1847 but they left Martha Jane "Patty" and Thomas Keyes "Tommie" behind because they were too weak to make it. Jimmy found it hard to struggle through the snow but his mother enticed him with promises that when he reached California he would have his own horse and would never have to walk anymore. Later Virginia would recount, "we went over great hye mountain as steap as stair steps in snow up to our knees litle James walk the hole way over all the mountain in snow up to his waist, he said every step he took he was a gitting nigher Pa and somthing to eat." James Jr. joined his father and brother in mining and real estate ventures and spent most of his life in San Jose, California. He died at the home of his sister Patty in Capitola. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Frazier Reed (1800 - 1874)
  Margret Wilson Keyes Reed (1814 - 1861)
 
 Siblings:
  Virginia Elizabeth Backenstoe Murphy (1833 - 1921)**
  Martha Jane Reed Lewis (1838 - 1923)*
  James Frazier Reed (1841 - 1901)
  Thomas Keyes Reed (1843 - 1915)*
  Charles Cadden Reed (1848 - 1927)*
  Willianoski Yount Reed (1850 - 1860)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Plot: Pioneer Section, Reed-Lewis Plot
 
Created by: Debbie
Record added: May 12, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10952263
James Frazier Jimmy Reed, Jr
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