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
DEDICATED AUGUST 15, 2004 BY |
THE NATIVE SONS OF
THE GOLDEN WEST OBSERVATORY PARLOR #177
E CLAMPUS VITUS
MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER #1850
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. Murphy||Moses Schallenberger||Dr. John Townsend|
|Members of the Donner Party of 1846:|
|George Donner Jr.||William H. Eddy||Mary Donner Houghton|
|Martha Jane (Patty) Reed Lewis||William McCutchen|
|Virginia Reed Murphy||James F. Reed||James F. Reed Jr.|
|Margaret W. Reed||Thomas K. Reed|
|Members of other Overland Emigrant Parties of 1846:|
|Joseph Aram||Sarah Wright Aram||Isaac Branham|
|Amanda Bailey Branham||Jacob D. Hoppe||Hiram Owens Miller|
|Mary Pyle Overfelt||Elizabeth Pyle Tanner||Thomas S. Pyle|
|Edward G. Pyle Sr.||Nancy Leigh Young||Samuel C. Young|
George Donner Jr.