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William McFadden Foster

Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Feb 1874 (aged 58)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Memorial ID 12762739 · View Source
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Survivor of the 1846-47 Donner Party.

Son of David and Rebecca, nee McFadden, Foster. William married Sarah Ann Charlotte Murphy on December 29, 1842 in Clark County, Missouri. Sarah Foster also survived the terrible winter, but their infant son, Jeremiah George Foster, perished in the tragedy at Donner Lake along with her mother and two brothers.

Sarah and William later had six more children: Alice E. Foster, Georgiana C. Foster, William Budd Foster, Minnesota "Minnie" Foster Markle, Harriet "Hattie" Foster and Frances S. Foster.

Two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law also survived: Meriam Marjory "Mary" Murphy, William Green Murphy, Simon Peter Murphy and Harriet Frances Murphy Pike Nye.

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  • Added: 21 Dec 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12762739
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William McFadden Foster (25 Oct 1815–25 Feb 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12762739, citing Mission Dolores Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by Nan (contributor 46795555) .