George Donner, Jr.

George Donner, Jr. (HMK8P)

Location: San Jose, CA 95125 Santa Clara County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 17.86', W 121° 51.39'

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Here lies George Donner, Jr., a California Pioneer and a Donner Party survivor. He was born 10 August 1836 in Sangamon County, Illinois, the eldest son of Jacob Donner and Elizabeth Blue Hook. In April 1846 his father, Uncle George, and James F. Reed set out for California withtheir families, the nucleus of what was to become the Donner Party.

Delayed en route and low on provisions, the wagon train was trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada near Donner Lake in late October. Of the nine members of Jacob Donner's family, only three children survived the winter: the younger George, his sister Mary, and their half-brother Solomon Hook.

On 8 June 1862 George Donner, Jr. married Margaret Watson in San Jose, California. They had eight children. George settled near Sebastopol in Sonoma County where he established a farm. He died there on 16 February 1874, aged 37, and was brought to Oak Hill Cemetery for internment. Lying next to George is his son Albert. George's sister Mary Donner Houghton is also interred nearby.
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In Tribute
To the Overland Pioneers found at Oak Hill Memorial Park and to those who perpetuate their history.
The following early overland emigrants are interred in Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Cemetery plot maps are available at the office.
Members of the Stephens Townsend Murphy Party of 1844:
John M. Murphy * Moses Schallenberger * Dr. John Townsend
Members of the Donner Party of 1846:
George Donner,Jr. * Martha Jane (Patty) Reed Lewis * Virginia Reed Murphy * Margaret W. Reed * William H. Eddy * James F. Reed * Mary Donner Houghton * William McCutchen * James F. Reed, Jr. * Thomas K. Reed
Members of other Overland Emigrant Parties of 1846:
Joseph Aram * Amanda Bailey Branham * Mary Pyle Overfelt * Edward G. Pyle Sr. * Sarah Wright Aram * Jacob D. Hoppe * Elizabeth Pyle Tanner * Nancy Leigh Young * Isaac Branham * Hiram Owens Miller * Thomas S. Pyle * Samuel C. Young
HM NumberHMK8P
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series.
Year Placed2004
Placed ByNative Sons of the Golden West Observatory Parlor #177 and E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter #1850, August 15, 2004
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 7:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 601347 N 4128507
Decimal Degrees37.29766667, -121.85650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 17.86', W 121° 51.39'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 17' 51.60" N, 121° 51' 23.40" W
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Area Code(s)408, 831
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4712 Oak Hill Ave, San Jose CA 95125, US
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