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Elizabeth (Blue) Donner (1807 - 1847)

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Elizabeth Donner formerly Blue aka Hook
Born in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married in Sangamon County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Wife of — married in Sangamon, Illinois, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Donner Lake, Nevada Territorymap
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Elizabeth (Blue) Donner was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.
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Elizabeth Blue was one of 81 pioneers in the Donner Party wagon train to California that became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada in 1846.
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Elizabeth Blue was born 1807 in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, the daughter of Solomon Blue and Telitha C. (Morris). She was the sister of Mary (Blue) Donner and Barnabus M. Blue .[1]

Elizabeth married James Hook on June 10, 1829 in Sangamon County, Illinois. They Had the following children:

  1. Solomon E. Hook
  2. William Hook[2]

James abandoned the family when the children were young and she then married Jacob Donner on November 21, 1835 in Sangamon, Illinois. They had the following children:

  1. George Donner
  2. Mary M. (Donner) Houghton
  3. Mary Martha Donner
  4. Isaac Donner
  5. Samuel Donner

This family was part of the ill-fated Donner Party that was trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by snow in 1846 while emigrating to California. Elizabeth is criticized for the way she butchered and served up her husband as food for her children after his death. Most of the survivors were forced to survive on human flesh but the others are reported to have been careful not to eat the flesh of their own kin.[3]

Elizabeth died from starvation in March 1847 in Donner Lake, Nevada Territory.[4][5]


  1. History of the early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois Authors: Power, John Carroll, 1819-1894; Power, S. A. (Sarah A.), b. 1824. Publisher: Edwin A. Wilson & Co, Springfield, Illinois. Page 259.
  2. History of the early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois Authors: Power, John Carroll, 1819-1894; Power, S. A. (Sarah A.), b. 1824. Publisher: Edwin A. Wilson & Co, Springfield, Illinois. Page 259.
  3. Second Relief Diary.
  4. The Expedition of the Donner Party and it's Tragic Fate by Eliza P. Donner Houghton.
  5. Utah Crossroads: The Donner Party, A New Look by Kristen Johnson.

See also:

  • Dixon, Kelly, Shannon Novak, Gwen Robbins, Julie Schablitsky, Richard Scott , and Guy Tasa (2010), "Men, Women, and Children are Starving: Archaeology of the Donner Family Camp". American Antiquity 75(3):627-656
  • McGlashan, Charles (1879). History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra Nevada: 11th edition (1918), A Carlisle & Company, San Francisco
  • Rarick, Ethan (2008). Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-530502-7
  • Rehart, Catherine Morison (2000), The Valley's Legends & Legacies III, Word Dancer Press, ISBN 978-1-884995-18-7
  • Stewart, George R. (1936). Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party: supplemented edition (1988), Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-61159-8
  • Unruh, John (1993). The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840–60, University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-06360-0


WikiTree profile Blue-37 created through the import of Welder Family Tree.ged on Sep 10, 2011 by Deborah Anne Welder. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Deborah Anne and others.

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