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James Smith (abt. 1821 - 1846)

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James Smith
Born about in Springfield, Illinois,United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in in Donner Lake Camp, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 7 Sep 2019 | Created 29 Jul 2014 | Last significant change: 7 Sep 2019
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James Smith was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.
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James Smith 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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James Smith was part of the infamous Donner Party in 1846. They were trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by snow for 111 days,James Smith was a Teamster for the Reed family.


  • Donner Party Teamsters
  • 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
  • McNeese, Tim (2009). The Donner Party: A Doomed Journey, Chelsea House Publications. ISBN 978-1-60413-025-6
  • 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

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