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Narcissa (Prentiss) Whitman (1808 - 1847)

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Narcissa Whitman formerly Prentiss
Born in Prattsburg, Steuben County, New York, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Angelica, Allegheny County, New York, USAmap
Died in Waiilatpu (now Walla Walla), Walla Walla County, Washington, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Nov 2014
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Narcissa (Prentiss) Whitman was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.
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Wagon Train Details

"Wagon Trains", large groups of covered wagons that travelled together for safety and protection, were a common way for pioneers to travel as they migrated west. These are the known details of the wagon train this person travelled on:

Wagon Trail:The Oregon Trail
Departure Date:May 25, 1836
Train Name:The Whitman Party
Trail Master:Milton Sublette and Thomas Fitzpatrick
Point of Origin:Liberty, Missouri
Point of Muster:
Destination:Waiilatpu (now Walla Walla), Washington

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Narcissa Prentiss was the daughter of Judge Stephen Prentiss and his wife Clarissa.

She married Dr. Marcus Whitman. They had one child, who died very young.

Marcus and Narcissa were Methodist missionaries and Oregon Pioneers, who traveled along the Oregon Trail, settling in what is now Walla Walla, Washington. They established the Whitman Mission, with the intent of bringing christianity to the Cayuse Indian tribe. However, relations between the Whitman family and the Cayuse was continually strained, and eventually broke down.

Marcus and Narcissa adopted the seven orphaned children of the Sager Family, after both Henry and Naomi Sager died along the Oregon Trail.

After a measles outbreak sickened and killed many members of the Cayuse tribe, the tribe blamed the Whitmans for attempting to poison them, and attacked the mission in what is now known as the Whitman Massacre. Both Marcus and Narcissa Whitman were killed, along with fourteen other members of the mission, including two of the Sager orphans.


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