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Jay Fosdick

New York, USA
Death 5 Jan 1847 (aged 23–24)
Nevada County, California, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Jay Fosdick died of starvation on the trail
Memorial ID 58841502 · View Source
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A member of the Donner/Reed Party.

Jay Fosdick was the son of Levi & Roxene Webster Fosdick. He was the husband of Sarah Graves (married in Mar. 1846), son-in-law of Franklin Graves.

In mid-December, 1846, Jay left the Donner Lake Camp with the group known as "The Forlorn Hope." By January 3, 1847 5 of the fifteen travelers had died and Mr. Fosdick was failing quickly. His wife, Sarah, later described it, "One cold night, my husband gave out and could not reach the camp; - I staid with him without fire; I had a blanket and wrapped him in it sat down beside him, and he died about midnight, as near as I could tell."

She lay beside him, hoping to freeze to death, but it was not to be. She survived.

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  • Created by: Cindy Baldogo
  • Added: 18 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58841502
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jay Fosdick (1823–5 Jan 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58841502, ; Maintained by Cindy Baldogo (contributor 46945191) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Jay Fosdick died of starvation on the trail.