|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1847|
A member of the Donner/Reed Party.
Milford Elliott was a son of Edward & Sarah Holland Elliott. He was one of the teamsters for the Reed family. Virginia Reed Murphy later wrote of Milt Elliott,
"My father made arrangements with Milt Elliott to come & drive our family wagon. He was a person we were well acquainted with, a good man and careful driver, had been for years at a mill of my fathers in James Town, on the Sangamond River. He were all right if Milt would onely (sic) drive."
While they were stranded at Donner Lake, and after Mrs. Reed and her children went to stay with the Breens, Milt was left to fend for himself. In early February he came to visit the Reeds and was reported to be looking very unwell. Patrick Breen was afraid that he would die and the event would upset his children, so he forced Milt to leave the cabin. Milt dragged himself to the Murphy cabin nearby, where he died a few days later.
It was later thought that Milt Elliott might have possibly been the first person to have been cannibalized at the Donner Lake camp. On February 26, 1847, Patrick Breen wrote in his diary, "Mrs. Murphy said here yesterday that thought she would Commence on Milt & eat him. I don't think that she has done so yet, it is distressing."
Donner Memorial State Park
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Record added: Sep 16, 2010
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