Meriam Marjory “Mary” <I>Murphy</I> Covillaud

Meriam Marjory “Mary” Murphy Covillaud

Union County, South Carolina, USA
Death 27 Sep 1867 (aged 35)
Marysville, Yuba County, California, USA
Burial Marysville, Yuba County, California, USA
Memorial ID 12742603 · View Source
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Meriam Marjory "Mary" Murphy was a survivor of the Donner Party.

She was the daughter of Levinah W. Jackson Murphy and Jeremiah Burns Murphy. "Mary" was rescued by the First Relief party in February of 1847. At the age of fourteen, she was married first to William Johnson. It did not last long and she divorced him, reportedly because he was abusive. Also surviving were two sisters and two brothers: Sarah Ann Charlotte Murphy Foster, Harriet Frances Murphy Pike Nye, William Green Murphy and Simon Peter Murphy.

On December 25, 1848 at Sutter's Fort, Sacramento, California she married Charles Julian Covillaud. Covillaud had arrived in California with another wagon train using the same route through the mountains about two weeks prior to the Donner Party's fateful attempt. He founded the city of Marysville, naming it for his new wife.

"Mary" and Charles had five children: Mary Ellen, Charles Julian, William Pierre, Francis Theodore and Naomi Sabine. To view a photo of Mary and Charles, go here. She died at the age of thirty-five.

The Mary Covillaud Elementary school in Marysville is named in her honor.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 12742603
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Meriam Marjory “Mary” Murphy Covillaud (15 Nov 1831–27 Sep 1867), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12742603, citing Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Marysville, Yuba County, California, USA ; Maintained by Nan (contributor 46795555) .