ECV1850 Plaque:
George Donner Jr.


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DONNER
 
Here lies George Donner, Jr. a California Pioneer and a Donner Party
survivor. He was born 10 August 1836 in Sangamon County, Ilinois, the
eldest son of Jacob Donner and Elizabeth Blue Hook. In April 1846, his
father, Uncle George, and James F. Reed set out for California with
their families, the nucleus of what was to become the Donner Party.

Delayed en route and low on provisions, the wagon train was trapped
by snow in the Sierra Nevada near Donner Lake in late October. Of
the nine members of Jacob Donner's family, only three children
survived the winter: the younger George, his sister Mary, and their
half-brother Solomon Hook.

On 8 June 1862 George Donner Jr. married Margaret Watson in
San Jose, California. They had eight children. George settled near
Sebastopol in Sonoma County where he established a farm. He died
there on 16 february 1874 aged 37, and was brought to Oak Hill
Cemetery for interment. Lying next to George is his son Albert.
George's sister Mary Donner Houghton is also
interred nearby.

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DEDICATED AUGUST 15, 2004 BY
THE NATIVE SONS OF
THE GOLDEN WEST OBSERVATORY PARLOR #177
AND
E CLAMPUS VITUS
MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER #1850


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In Tribute
 
To the Overland Pioneers found at Oak Hill Memorial Park
and to those who perpetuate their history.


The following early overland emigrants are interred in
Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Cemetery plot maps are available at the office.

Members of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party of 1844:
John M. MurphyMoses SchallenbergerDr. John Townsend


Members of the Donner Party of 1846:
George Donner Jr.William H. EddyMary Donner Houghton
Martha Jane (Patty) Reed Lewis William McCutchen
Virginia Reed MurphyJames F. ReedJames F. Reed Jr.
Margaret W. Reed Thomas K. Reed


Members of other Overland Emigrant Parties of 1846:
Joseph AramSarah Wright AramIsaac Branham
Amanda Bailey BranhamJacob D. HoppeHiram Owens Miller
Mary Pyle OverfeltElizabeth Pyle TannerThomas S. Pyle
Edward G. Pyle Sr.Nancy Leigh YoungSamuel C. Young

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This monument is located in the "Pioneer" Section.
(Near the Monterey Road entrance gate.)
Oak Hill Memorial Park
300 Curtner Avenue (at Monterey Road).
San Jose.
Santa Clara County, CA.

(408) 297-2447

Map and directions to the Pioneer gravesites
are available at the Cemetery Office.

GPS
  George Donner Jr.  
WGS84 Datum
N 37.29769°
W 121.85654°




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