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 Georgia Anna <I>Donner</I> Babcock

Georgia Anna Donner Babcock

Birth
Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 17 Dec 1911 (aged 70)
Saint John, Whitman County, Washington, USA
Burial Saint John, Whitman County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 56962554 · View Source
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Survivor of the infamous Donner Party and daughter of Captain George Donner and Tamzene Eustis; a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train, trapped by the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Survivors resorted to cannibalism, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness. Historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in Californian history. Her father, Capt. George Donner, was the captain of the wagon train. Georgia Anne, 4 years old, was rescued by the Third Relief to reach the stranded, snow bound group. After her arrival in California, she was taken in by a Swiss couple at Sutter's Fort, Christian and Mary Brunner. Georgia moved to Sonoma with the Brunners. In 1855 she moved in with her half-sister Elitha and her husband. In 1863 she married Washington Alexander Babcock. Georgia Anne wrote often and frankly to historian C. F. McGlashan; she did not shy from revealing details about cannibalism at the camps. Georgia Anne was "a survivor who lived through into a calm and secure maturity" who "seems most at peace with the world, ready to admit her own cannibalism as a child of four, careful in her judgment of others, seeming to realize—as no one else in the party seemed able to do—that hard circumstance, and not perversity of character, was to blame."
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For a reason unknown to this F. A. G. member...Robert, F. A. G. Administrator, has rejected this memorial as a Famous Grave after 2 attempts to have it approved.


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  • Created by: Arthur Allen Moore III
  • Added: 12 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56962554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Georgia Anna Donner Babcock (3 Dec 1841–17 Dec 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56962554, citing Saint John Cemetery, Saint John, Whitman County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Arthur Allen Moore III (contributor 46828136) .