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Elizabeth Cooper Graves

Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Death Mar 1847 (aged 46)
Nevada County, California, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Mrs. Graves died of starvation on the trail
Memorial ID 58797798 · View Source
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A member of the Donner/Reed Party.

Elizabeth Cooper Graves was a daughter of William & Eleanor Mages Cooper. She was married to Franklin Ward Graves about 1820 in Dearborn County, Indiana. She was the mother of Sarah, Mary Ann, William Cooper, Eleanor, Lovina, Nancy Blaisdell, Jonathan B., Franklin Ward Jr., & Elizabeth.

When "The Forlorn Hope" departed from the Lake Camp in December 1846, Mrs. Graves was left with the remaining seven children to tend. Her 3 eldest remaining children, William, Eleanor and Lovina were taken out by the First Relief. Mrs. Graes, Nancy, Jonathan, Franklin Jr. and Elizabeth left with the Second Relief on March 3. Mrs. Graves tried to salvage the family wealth, a bag of gold coins, but it proved to be too heavy for her to carry. She cached it near the lake where it was discovered some years later by a miner searching for quartz. Reportedly the money was returned to her surviving children.

Mrs. Graves perished at what would later become known as "Starved Camp".

Two of her surviving daughters:
Mary Ann Graves Clarke
Lovina Graves Cyrus



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  • Created by: Cindy Baldogo
  • Added: 17 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58797798
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Cooper Graves (10 Oct 1800–Mar 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58797798, ; Maintained by Cindy Baldogo (contributor 46945191) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Mrs. Graves died of starvation on the trail.