Jacob Donner is my 4th great grandfather. My 3rd great grandfather, his son George, was rescued by the first relief party and survived. I realize that this is American history but for me, it is more than that. It is my family. I think his profile is well done. However, I do take slight offense to this sourced fact at the end of his bio...
"It is reported taut when the Second Relief arrived, Jacob's children were eatting his organs and his wife was boiling his tongue". It is not the typos that offend me. I realize that this statement is supported by "The Second Relief" and "What I Saw in California". However, new evidence (or lack thereof) through archaeological and dna investigations at the Alder Creek site calls into question the narrative that has been presented in books and newspapers.
I am proud of my grandfather's and not ashamed of what they did to survive. I just thought that it is a little cavalier and insensitive to end his bio with that sensational "factoid". Especially in light of new evidence which calls into question the extent of the cannibalism that actually occurred.
This profile is protected. Is it possible to add some new sources and information from these new discoveries?