Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mormons in the Donner Party

I knew there were Mormon rescuers of the Donner party, but did not realize some of the party were also Mormon.  This site tells the story of Levinah Murphy.  The only correction I owld make to the story, is it mentions that the rescuers are from the Mormon Battalion.  That is not accurate.  The two Mormon rescuers, Dan and Thomas Rhoads were fellow pioneers with the Donner party.  The separated at the Sublette cutoff, the Donner party trying a new route, while the Rhoads went with a group that traveled the traditional route to California.  The result is well known.

Levina and three of her children passed away.  Three of her children survived.

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