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261. EMANUEL DAVID9 DONER (JOHN8, DANIEL7, ABRAHAM6, MICHAEL5, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born January 19, 1841 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA, and died October 08, 1915 in Wilson, Kansas, USA. He married ROSEANNA JANE LONG December 1871. She was born November 09, 1848 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA, and died March 07, 1925 in Wilson, Kansas, USA.
     
Children of E
MANUEL DONER and ROSEANNA LONG are:
664. i.   ANNA ELIZABETH10 DONER, b. June 27, 1872, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.
  ii.   MARY MAUD DONER, b. 1874, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.
665. iii.   ADA BLANCHE DONER, b. January 20, 1876, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA; d. May 19, 1958, Salina, Kansas, USA.
666. iv.   JOHN M DONER, b. 1878, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.


262. ABRAHAM9 BRUBAKER (CHRISTIAN8, JOHN7, VERONICA "ANNA"6 DONER, MICHAEL5, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born November 02, 1811, and died August 16, 1888. He married ANNIE HESS, daughter of CHRISTIAN HESS and BARBARA HUBER. She was born December 31, 1817 in Warwick, Lancaster, PA, and died September 28, 1881.
     
Children of A
BRAHAM BRUBAKER and ANNIE HESS are:
667. i.   ANNIE H10 BRUBAKER, b. October 03, 1838; d. April 21, 1923.
  ii.   CHRISTIAN BRUBAKER, b. April 09, 1841; d. Unknown.
  iii.   ELIZABETH BRUBAKER, b. April 03, 1844; d. Unknown.
  iv.   ABRAHAM H BRUBAKER, b. August 15, 1846; d. Unknown.
  v.   BARBARA BRUBAKER, b. December 01, 1848; d. October 31, 1862.
  vi.   PETER BRUBACHER, b. October 13, 1852; d. March 15, 1869.


263. GEORGE9 DONNER (JACOB8, GEORGE7, JACOB6, JACOB5 DOWNER, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born August 01, 1837 in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, USA, and died February 17, 1874 in Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA. He married MARGARET J WATSON June 12, 1862 in Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA. She was born 1842 in Illinois, USA, and died Unknown.

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EORGE DONNER:
Named for his father’s brother, this George Donner is often referred to as "George Donner, Jr." to distinguish him from his namesake. Unfortunately, the use of "junior" creates even more confusion-- Captain George Donner was also a junior, having been named after his own father. Photographs captioned "Captain George Donner" are almost always of this nephew.
After the disaster, George Donner was brought to San Francisco. John Henry Brown gave him his board and "Lawyer Hastings (the Path Finder) gave him his clothes. The boy had many small presents given him in money, which he saved." James F. Reed was appointed George's guardian.
Money from their father’s estate was used to purchase lots in San Francisco for George and Mary Donner, but a complicated legal battle ensued that went on for years. George was able to sell his interest in the property at a profit. See McGlashan, History of the Donner Party, 253-257.
George Donner made his living as a farmer. In 1866 he bought some land in Solano County from his half-brother Solomon Hook, but later settled near Sebastopol in Sonoma Country, where some of his descendants still live. George died there in 1874 at the age of 37. It is not recorded that he ever spoke of the Donner Party.

     
Children of G
EORGE DONNER and MARGARET WATSON are:
  i.   ALBERT10 DONNER, b. 1863, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. 1869.
  ii.   MARY E. DONNER, b. 1863, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. Unknown.
  iii.   CORA J DONNER, b. 1864, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. Unknown.
  iv.   GEORGE W. DONNER, b. April 1866, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. Unknown.
  v.   JOHN C DONNER, b. December 1868, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. Unknown.
  vi.   BETTY L. DONNER, b. 1870, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. Unknown.
  vii.   FRANK M. DONNER, b. May 1872, Sebastopol, Sonoma, California, USA; d. Unknown.


264. MARY MARTHA9 DONNER (JACOB8, GEORGE7, JACOB6, JACOB5 DOWNER, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born March 18, 1839 in Springfield, IL, USA, and died June 21, 1860 in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., California. She married SHERMAN OTIS HOUGHTON August 23, 1859, son of ABIJAH HOUGHTON and ELIZA FARRAND. He was born April 10, 1828 in New York City, New York, and died August 31, 1914 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

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ARY MARTHA DONNER:
Mary’s feet were badly injured from frostbite and fire during her rescue. She lost four toes from her left foot; William G. Murphy remembered his sister Mary sitting at Johnson’s Ranch holding Mary Donner on her lap while the dead digits were removed.
Mary was raised by the Reed family in San Jose. She married an up-and-coming lawyer, Sherman Houghton, but less than a year later she was dead, presumably from complications of childbirth; her daughter Mollie was only two weeks old. Houghton later married Mary’s first cousin, Eliza Donner, who raised the baby as her own.
Money from their father’s estate was used to purchase lots in San Francisco for George and Mary Donner, but a complicated legal battle ensued that went on for years. See McGlashan, History of the Donner Party, 253-257. Mary’s battle with the squatters was waged after her death by her widower on behalf of their daughter Mollie.
     
Child of M
ARY DONNER and SHERMAN HOUGHTON is:
  i.   MARY MARTHA "MOLLIE10 HOUGHTON, d. Unknown.


265. LEANNA CHARITY9 DONNER (GEORGE8, GEORGE7, JACOB6, JACOB5 DOWNER, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born December 05, 1834 in Sangamon County, Illinois, and died May 29, 1930 in Jamestown, Tuolumne Co., CA. She married JOHN APP September 26, 1852. He died Unknown.

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EANNA CHARITY DONNER:
Before Leanna and Elitha left with the First Relief, their stepmother Tamzene reportedly told them never to tell what they had experienced in the mountains. Leanna took the advice very much to heart and rarely spoke about the disaster. She did communicate with C. F. McGlashan while he was gathering materials for his History of the Donner Party, her daughter Rebecca penning the actual letters.
After her rescue Leanna lived for the most part with her married sister Elitha until her own marriage to John App in 1852. They settled in Jamestown, where they lived for the rest of their lives. The house they built was still standing in 1993. Leanna lived there for 78 years, and in her old age she enjoyed sitting on the porch in her rocking chair. Western writer Ferol Egan, who grew up in Jamestown, relates how Leanna told him and a schoolmate about the Donner Party in his article, "The Donner Party Pooper," Westways 70:10 (October 1978).
     
Children of L
EANNA DONNER and JOHN APP are:
  i.   REBECCA E.10 APP, d. Unknown.
  ii.   LEONARD APP, d. Unknown.
  iii.   JOHN QUINCY APP, d. Unknown.
  iv.   LUCY EVA APP, d. Unknown.


266. FRANCES EUSTIS9 DONNER (GEORGE8, GEORGE7, JACOB6, JACOB5 DOWNER, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born July 08, 1840 in Sangamon County, Illinois, and died November 21, 1921 in Byron, CA. She married WILLIAM R. WILDER November 24, 1858. He was born October 24, 1823 in Chepachet, RI, USA, and died June 20, 1886 in Byron, CA, USA.

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RANCES EUSTIS DONNER:
After the disaster Frances, sometimes called Frankie, was taken in and raised by James F. Reed’s family in San Jose.
Frances married William Wilder, a brother of Elitha's husband Benjamin Wilder. Frances and her husband settled in first in Sacramento County, where William farmed. About 1866 they moved to Point of Timber in Contra Costa County, where they homesteaded a quarter section. They spent the rest of their lives there.
The specter of starvation never quite left Frances; according to family tradition, she always carried some candy or a few crackers in her pocket.

     
Children of F
RANCES DONNER and WILLIAM WILDER are:
  i.   HARRIET10 WILDER, b. August 24, 1859, Sacramento, CA, USA; d. March 12, 1871, Byron, CA, USA.
  ii.   JAMES WILLIAM WILDER, b. May 30, 1863, Sacramento, CA, USA; d. Unknown.
  iii.   FRANCES LILLIAN WILDER, b. July 17, 1867, Byron, CA, USA; d. Unknown.
  iv.   ASAPH WILDER, b. May 07, 1870, Byron, CA, USA; d. August 16, 1948, Byron, CA, USA.
  v.   SUSAN TAMSEN WILDER, b. September 03, 1878, Byron, CA, USA; d. January 25, 1921, Byron, CA, USA.
  vi.   GEORGIA ELITHA OLIVE WILDER, b. September 07, 1882, Byron, CA, USA; d. Unknown.


267. GEORGIA ANN9 DONNER (GEORGE8, GEORGE7, JACOB6, JACOB5 DOWNER, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born December 04, 1841 in Sangamon County, Illinois, and died December 13, 1911 in St. John, Washington. She married WASHINGTON ALEXANDER BABCOCK November 04, 1858. He died Unknown.

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EORGIA ANN DONNER:
Eliza and Georgia, the two youngest children of George and Tamzene Donner, were very close. Although Hiram O. Miller had been appointed their legal guardian, they were taken in by an elderly Swiss couple, Christian and Mary Brunner, living first near Sutter’s Fort and later at Sonoma. The girls were with the Brunners until 1854, then went to live with their half-sister Elitha, whose husband, Benjamin W. Wilder, became their guardian in place of Miller. Georgia attended St. Catherine’s Academy at Benicia and the public schools of Sacramento.
Georgia wrote often and frankly to historian C. F. McGlashan; she did not shy from revealing details about cannibalism at the camps.

A survivor who lived through into a calm and secure maturity was Georgia Donner, a four-year-old in 1846-1847, who became Mrs. W. A. Babcock. Among McGlashan’s correspondents she 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. (George R. Stewart)
     
Children of G
EORGIA DONNER and WASHINGTON BABCOCK are:
  i.   HENRY ALEX10 BABCOCK, d. Unknown.
  ii.   FRANK BENJAMIN BABCOCK, d. Unknown.
  iii.   EDITH M. BABCOCK, d. Unknown.


268. ELISA POOR9 DONNER (GEORGE8, GEORGE7, JACOB6, JACOB5 DOWNER, JOHANNES "JOHN" "HANS"4 DANNER, CHRISTIAN3 TANNER, JACOB2 DANNER, MICHAEL1) was born March 08, 1843 in Sangamon County, Illinois, and died February 19, 1922 in Los Angeles, California. She married SHERMAN OTIS HOUGHTON October 10, 1861 in Sacramento, CA, son of ABIJAH HOUGHTON and ELIZA FARRAND. He was born April 10, 1828 in New York City, New York, and died August 31, 1914 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

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LISA POOR DONNER:
George and Tamzene Donner's youngest child was named after her mother’s sister Eliza, who had married Jonathan Poor. Eliza was said to have resembled her mother.
Eliza and Georgia, the two youngest children of George and Tamzene Donner, were very close. Although Hiram O. Miller had been appointed their legal guardian, they were taken in by an elderly Swiss couple, Christian and Mary Brunner, living first near Sutter’s Fort and later at Sonoma. The girls were with the Brunners until 1854, then went to live with their half-sister Elitha, whose husband, Benjamin W. Wilder, became their guardian in place of Miller. Eliza attended St. Catherine’s Academy at Benicia and the public schools of Sacramento.
Eliza married Sherman Otis Houghton, the widower of her cousin Mary. Sherman, a lawyer, was a prominent citizen of San Jose and served a term in Congress from 1871 to 1875. He, Eliza, and their family lived until in San Jose until 1886, when they moved to Southern California. Eliza belonged to several organizations, including the Red Cross, the Native Daughters of the Golden West, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was also active in her church.
In 1879 Eliza began a lengthy correspondence with historian C. F. McGlashan. They became close friends. She collaborated with him on his History of the Donner Party (1879), and even wrote some of the text. Her own book, The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate, was published in 1911, sixty-five years after the events it describes. Although she wrote authoritatively, as though she remembered the events she described, most of her account of the Donner Party can be traced to previously published sources, her older sisters’ recollections, and the statement of Jean-Baptiste Trudeau, who visited her in 1884. For more information about her book, see the introduction to the 1997 University of Nebraska reprint.

     
Children of E
LISA DONNER and SHERMAN HOUGHTON are:
  i.   ELIZA POOR10 HOUGHTON, b. August 23, 1863, CA, USA; d. Unknown.
  ii.   SHERMAN OTIS HOUGHTON, b. May 16, 1865, CA, USA; d. Unknown.
  iii.   CLARA HELEN SALLY HOUGHTON, b. April 01, 1867, CA, USA; d. Unknown.
  iv.   CHARLES DONNER HOUGHTON, b. November 05, 1868, CA, USA; d. Unknown.
  v.   FRANCIS IRVING HOUGHTON, b. March 01, 1870; d. Unknown.
  vi.   STANLEY WASHINGTON HOUGHTON, b. January 15, 1872, Washington, DC, USA; d. Unknown.
  vii.   HERBERT SUTTER HOUGHTON, b. July 26, 1876; d. March 18, 1878.


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