New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1847|
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.
Levi Fosdick (1801 - 1878)
Roxena Webster Fosdick (1802 - 1883)
Sarah Graves Spires (1825 - 1871)*
Jay Fosdick (1823 - 1847)
Jennet Owen (1828 - 1889)*
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Jay Fosdick died of starvation on the trail
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Sep 18, 2010
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