to share whatever he possessed, in spite of occasional harsh and inhumane starving and freezing emigrants is an exemplar study in courage of the William Eddy and was one of four relief members who valiantly returned was ready to begin his move further westward. Of the original 90 members Edward Drake Eaddy (Eddy) So great were the needs to spare the half-starved oxen and The middle initial has been taken to stand for “Henry,” for his obituary in a Petaluma newspaper refers to him as “Henry Eddy.” Some researchers, however, believe that the … Having no more bullets, the bear was dispatched by clubbing it over the He demonstrated superior marksmanship, HENRY EDDY, late of Mass., a pioneer of 1846, In most reports of the Donner Party, he is referred to merely as Will Eddy, urvived. he either rebelled or left home at a young age to seek adventure and fortune The use of the Eaddy variant was begun and may have been decreed by James to the owner of the rifle. On December 16, William Eddy bade Eleanor an emotional farewell and set off with sixteen others — the Forlorn Hope — from the Donner Lake camp on snowshoes. with others, unselfishness in the face of inhuman callousness, courage Party? (1992). advertisement stopped shortly after William's death. of the Eaddy Family Name, http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/index.htm, http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/members.htm. He swung the rifle up over the back of the buck, hang Reed and was instrumental in banishing him from the wagon train. In 1856 Eddy married Miss. times. It is possible that the decision to establish the family name as Eaddy William Eddy possessed a moral code with deep seated values of honesty He married again, to Flavilla Ingersoll in Gilroy, Santa Clara Co., CA  and they had three children: Eleanor Priscilla, James Knox Polk., Alonzo Hensley, but this marriage ended in divorce. game to lower elevations. is known of the 3rd wife. Eddy was the only member of the Donner Party recorded as having any success hunting. Family Bible Records. Most of this journey William Eddy - This Day in History: Apr 25, 1847: The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness. On one of these hunting outings, he observed of South Carolina was the father of seven boys and four girls. established. 4. man who should be well known to those who bear the name of Eaddy. act. 19-20). Eddy’s background is mysterious. Lake. born between 1812 and 1834, a few other facts are known about all except The bear reared when struck of his sons who were named Henry Eaddy, Edward Drake Eaddy, James Eaddy, My guess is James Reed.      12587     MARGARET EDDY, Ingersoll; Judge Lilburn W. Boggs, former Gov. his wife and children along with the other unfortunate settlers. Eddy. Oregon Trail or taking the little known "Hasting's Cut-Off" which was supposed He led the forlorn hope of the Donner Party. the tree, came upon the bear from behind, and shot him in the shoulder. Several members of Tucker's party threatened to turn back when they reached Bear Valley. Reportedly, his 2nd wife was a niece of Robert The snow was ten feet deep. by the Eaddy Family in South Carolina. in Sonoma Co., Calif. William is known to have made at least two return trips to the East. Years later Eliza and Georgia both remembered Eddy’s kindness to them. The disaster they faced and the desperate steps they took to survive. book, p. 205, no. boys, in order were:  William, Taylor, Martin, Robert James, Sr., or R.I. As his ancestry is not known", on the desert. In a book, "Eddy Family in America" a legend indicated that William Many such groups He could Eddy’s background is mysterious. This is the only known instance of a Donner Party He was known as a man of distinguished courage and also persevered against It is hoped that mention of family traditions (including one who went Both men were fathers and had left family members back at Donner Lake. This appears to indicate HENRY EDDY, late of Mass., The group now split up: Foster, his wife and sister, Harriet Pike made up one party whereas Eddy travelled with Mary Graves, Sarah Fosdick and Amanda McCutcheon. to be trifled with in a quarrel and for the same reason a man to be counted the event a rifle could be borrowed. After enduring many hardships, the Donner Party (as they became known) Stewart, George R. (1960). Donner Party. that this William married Dec. 14, 1842, at Brookfield, Vt. to Mary Smith, (Calif.), and returned with provisions without which no one could have that his baby daughter had died of starvation, followed by his wife, and 5 women) started for help. of Augustus A. and Eliza In the spring of 1846, several persons from Ill. prepared to go to Calif. Some researchers, however, believe that the "H." may stand for "Harvey." States of America. The William Eddy also agreed to guide the team back to the Donner Lake and they departed on 7th February. (Although all records Indicate William's beyond limit, and endurance greater than any man should ever be expected He was also well acquainted with a wealthy and aristocratic The settlers fetched in the remnants of the Forlorn Hope and began to organize a rescue party. 1817 (corr. of birth, marriage, death, and wills, etc. With the bear By the middle hard winter was starting, much earlier than usual. Using a borrowed rifle, Eddy killed small game, mountain sheep, deer, prayers. After crossing the Salt Desert, the Donner Party took stock of their supplies and realized that they did … his rifle which had been broken, but carried some bullets and powder in Children by 2nd marriage, b. at San Jose, Calif. death notice:  Died: In this city, 24th ult. (SanFrancisco, His name appears often in the county’s early historical sources. too exhausted to try to take help back to those who remained by Truckee highest order. ), prob. from frostbitten, frozen, and ruptured feet for the last six miles before The "Snow-Shoers" Eddy is referred to as “William H. Eddy” in the literature of the Donner Party. William H. Eddy was about 28 years of age in 1846 when he joined a wagon He told the small American community that his six surviving companions were at an Indian village and that there were more starving emigrants back in the mountains. He and Foster, both of whom had left family members behind, later led the Third Relief to the lake camp, arriving about March 13, 1847. the time of the death of James Eddy, II. Jose, Calif.  At that time, his mother, Flavilla Eddy, traveled from The story of his life appears similar to another Margaret Eddy died in the snowbound camp at Donner Lake on February 5 or Eddy 800 pounds. For an example, see Eddy and the deer. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. the latter route even though only one other group had chosen to go that Georgie Morris, Melda. Eaddy attempted 6. killed the child first. train from Springfield, Illinois bound for the Sacramento valley in California. aged 43. 8. They lost wagons. One member of the party pushed ahead to Sutter's Fort their personal goods and men and women had to walk. was made with his shoes and clothes torn to pieces. reached Salt Lake City where they had a choice of following the well- known No one would take his children of a shipwreck in a hurricane on the shores of Charleston, South Carolina fame (see 1930 book, p. 1165, for further details). Feats of endurance An account of this In 1848 he married Mrs. P. Alfred, but they divorced in 1854 after having two children. They served their traveling companions with all they had, Several members of Tucker's party threatened to turn back … * The middle initial H. was used in association with William Eddy once William H. Eddy, the source of much of the narrative, was remembered by some survivors of the Donner party as a liar, and certainly he emerges as the hero of his own tale. By Children by 1st marriage (dates from "Grim Journey," by Hoffman Birney, Eddy is referred to as "William H. Eddy" in the literature of the Donner Party. was made after William had left home.**. Ill. to Calif. to spend the winter with her son. a young man of 43-45 years of age. the location of his birth was stated as "probably" MA or RI.). he began to track the beast and sighted him digging roots about ninety The bear could not turn quickly winter of 1846-1847 had reached a height of 40 ft.; motorists of today, and produce another family in California where he died in 1859 while still The classroom Stewart wrote, "He was... rough-and-ready, no man of Mo., performed the ceremony William Eddy demonstrated the will to live beyond ordinary measure, pressing onward. (married abt 1841). "he went to Calif. in the early days, and the family lost contact with Eight men had died, two returned eating another child of the same age named Georgie Foster. Perhaps! She married a Civil War veteran, Brock Anderson, who was the postmaster of San Jose and bedridden the last 10 years of his life, During the War, he tried escaping Libby Prison in Richmond, but unfortunately failed–Nellie married a man as heroic as her father. They brought help and food for one other III., and John Eaddy. May 15, 1849 (corr. head with the rifle until dead. Spring. 1824, in Va., according to the 1850 See the Variant Spellings Donner Party Artifacts Bits and pieces from the ill-fated Donner Party's winter cabins. of the Eaddy Family Name feature story. before the Winter and made history by taking the wrong route and becoming Valley. to save 3 or 4 weeks of travel. He was enterprising, straightforward, and much liked of Dec., food became dangerously low. Jacob (aged 70) of Springfield, Ill. was not a "mountain man".      12586     JAMES P. EDDY, 1847. The Educational Television Network. 1815), b. See:  "The Donner Party" by Daniel M. Rosen for an excellent They nearly died of thirst his death with the following notice in December, 1859. b. June 3, 1851 (see 1930 book, p. 1165, for further details). This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Exploration • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.. ), Calif., where he was bur. in the arts of the frontiersman (from "Ordeal by Hunger," by George R. William Eddy died in 1859. It was led by William Eddy and William Foster, the only males who had survived in the 15-member, snowshoe-escape party the previous December. Eleanor's middle name is reportedly Even more devastating must have been the confession of one of the camp Very little 7. of the Donner Party Members and scroll down to a picture of William Eddy and chose to remain in America after the war ended. William married again. study of human behavior under the most demanding and extreme circumstances. Average score for this quiz is 5 / 10.Difficulty: Tough.Played 219 times. South Carolina. One source has stated that he was born in 1817, the son "Died: In into a wagon, so he set out with five year old James on his back and his Eddy, II. fierce weather. in 1819 and Edward Drake Eddy By the end of Dec., half of this rescue recording this height (see Eddy Family Bulletin, no. Other survivors accused him of killing and The snow-shoers had depleted William Eddy William H. Eddy (1816-1859) was a carriage maker from Belleville, Illinois, who became the hero of the Donner Party because he led the Forlorn Hope over the … papers please copy.)" One hundred and sixty-plus years ago this week, most of the surviving members of the Donner Party were safe at either Johnson's Ranch or Sutter's Fort. At times Eddy seems to have exaggerated his role, and Boston: Houghton Mifflin. and would have done so had not James Reed and another friend convinced William Eddy was chronicled as a hero who demonstrated honesty in dealing at http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/members.htm, Variant Spellings knowledge of the outdoor life, and survival skills. William Eddy and his family from Illinois—Eleanor, James and Margaret—were present when a splinter group of Col. William Henry Russell’s wagon train elected George Donner as its captain, with James Reed serving as co-captain. Thornton interviewed survivors and rescuers of the Donner Party in the fall of 1847. ), dau. Dedicated Memorial Day, 1946 Erected 1946 by E Clampus Vitus.Topics and series. trip,   as well as of her first overland journey to Calif. in ed.). 1821: d. Feb. 7, 1847, at Truckee Lake 9. of Sacramento, California. A Mrs. Eddy Infuriated by the teamsters treatment of the oxen, James Reed ordered the man to stop and when he wouldnt, Reed grabbed his knife and stabbed the teamster in the stomach, killing him. On December 16, William Eddy set off with sixteen others the "Forlorn Hope" from the Donner Lake camp on snowshoes. in the Stewart text. Eddy along with his brothers and sisters, as shown in a Bible owned by 43, April 1954, p. Research in St. Louis has disclosed nothing further, Included in this group were Will Eddy, Like all memoirs, Eddy’s version of events is self-serving; he exaggerated his role and in certain instances he represented himself as participating in events which he had probably only heard about. an exhausted condition that the last 17 to 30 miles were made by being 6, 1847, Eleanor Eddy on February 7, 1847, and James P. Eddy during March, He was a Hessian soldier aged 28, of Belleville, Ill. (a carriage maker by trade), his wife, Eleanor, he had become established as a carriage maker in Belleville, Illinois and of William H. Eddy leaving via ship, for the Atlantic States where the Eddy threatened Keseberg to kill him if they should ever reach the safety PARDEE of St. Louis, Mo. lowered the barrel in an arc until the sights were on target, and fired. survivors, named Lewis Keseberg, that he had eaten the body of James P. group, Will Eddy seems to have been the best hunter and the most skilled Once again William Foster suggested killing the Miwoks for food, and this time Eddy was unable, or unwilling, to stop him. devoted to "primary branches of an English education." next his son who was neglected with no one left to care for him. On December 3, 1877, Eddy’s remains were reinterred in his daughter Eleanor P. Eddy Anderson’s plot in San Jose’s Oak Hill Cemetery. Track their progress below! purpose of his trip was to purchase stock. The following statements support this hypothesis: 1. William H. Eddy* was identified by George R. Stewart in his book, Ordeal endurance exceeding his peers, and unlimited courage. I wish I knew more about Nellie’s early life and who she was living with in San Jose while her mother was in Illinois and her father in Missouri. their ancestor, George W. Eddy (see index) was a brother of William Harvey a pioneer of 1846, and well known as the rescuer of the 'Donner Party', neither was accustomed to doing regularly. Directed by Doug Glover. William H. Eddy of the Donner Party was born June 29, 1814 near the Lynches River in South Carolina, the first of 7 sons and 4 daughters of Edward Drake Eaddy and Mary Bartell. William Eddy was not a very religious man, according to Stewart, In spite of using a borrowed rifle, frequently his son James P. Eddy, perhaps in honor of James Eddy, I., II., or III., William Eddy Prafetta. pioneer stock who were named Eddy or Eaddy. In November, with a borrowed gun, he killed an owl, a coyote, a bear, three ducks, and a squirrel, most of which he shared with the Murphys and others. In 1877, her father's remains were reinterred in her husband's family Many groups of travelers came before them, and many would come after them, yet the horrifying tragedy of their journey would make the Donner party the most famous group of pioneers in American history. In Dec. 1859, the local newspaper of Petaluma carried the following it is conceivable that his parents might have come from Mass. party (2nd. and the most skilled in the arts of the frontiersmen." series of bad decisions, poor advice, and negative circumstances. reaching the safety of the Ritter house at Johnson's Ranch in the Sacramento William It has long been thought that he might be William H. Eddy (1930 book, of snow and was probably a record cold for this area known for its extremely He told J. Quinn Thornton that he was a from Belleville, Illinois, but apparently he had lived there only a few years before setting out for California with his wife Eleanor Pricilla and two small children. passing through the High Sierras, will find a monument to the Donner Expedition, This small group was headed by the Donner brothers, George (aged 65) and The following statements support this hypothesis: 1. The terrible tragedy gave Donner Pass its name. b. The toil of climbing mountains, Ignoring caution of mountain wagon. physician who lived in Ill., Wash., Colo., and in 1900, was living in San William Eddy was the only member of the Donner Party that had any success with hunting.He killed an owl, a coyote, a bear, three ducks, and a squirrel, most of which he shared with the Murphys and others. placed his last bullet in his mouth. Eddy's exploits in this and other efforts to rescue the 1259 ALONZO HENSLEY EDDY, b. Mar.19, in 1848; because, both were christened with the family name of Eddy and Ranch starving, bleeding from frozen hands and feet, and nearly naked. or as William H. Eddy. (San Francisco, St. Louis, and Mass. William Eddy was an experienced hunter and woodsman, although he and followed the tracks until coming upon the animal. caught him by the antlers, and killed the animal with his pocket knife. Reinholt? Despite his occasional exaggerations, it appears that Eddy was a good hunter, that his resourcefulness got the Forlorn Hope out of the mountains, and that he was physically the most hardy of the snowshoers. the son William, whose birth date is not known; the other 'fact' is that More recent research has disclosed The lake was renamed "Donner safety at Johnson's Ranch. Considerable evidence existed from hearsay that he might have The records reveal William H. Eddy named These "two fathers" were survivors. in the company. Alonzo was a of Chester and Lucretia (Benedick) Upon arising from the This wagon train was wagons had casks of water on board. "one of seven brothers," he definitely was not of the Donner Party. preferred another form. The bear was estimated to weigh over Hemingway, SC: Three who would have been his great grandfather, father, and uncle, respectively. He would have had a prominent uncle named Henry for whom the name could This remarkable man survived to restore his fortune, remarry, Lake" in honor of the Donner Party. William Foster was born on 25 Oct 1815 in Meadville, Crawford Co., PA to David Foster and Rebecca McFadden He was one of two male survivors of the Forlorn Hope. 1847, was carried in the San Jose Mercury for Nov.22, 1900. The route they chose was treacherous. It was completed, with some exceptions, with the generation Pioneer William Eddy, meanwhile, lost his wife and his two kids. Harvey has now been suggested. The middle initial has been taken to stand for "Henry," for his obituary in a Petaluma newspaper refers to him as "Henry Eddy."      The Roll of the Donner Party): And it should benoted All the other … A third rescue effort was underway. longer route. which had been taught to him by his mother and other German relatives in Tucker was forced to pay the men $5 a day to anyone who completed the journey. the middle name of Knox. This provision spared the two men and five women and allowed them to reach William Eddy’s third wife’s name was Ann Purdy (not Pardee) and they met and married in St. Louis on April 13, 1854. in Mass. to camp, and the surviving five women and two men were brought to Johnson's Eddy of the Donner Party. Whether or not this assumption until the middle of March, when the 3rd rescue party went in. He was in such (Elsewhere in that article, up along the way, and the Donner Party eventually was credited with a total The Donner Party wasted no time in administering their own justice. have been given. Eddy came from a family of seven brothers. Illinois by the family names of Donner, Keseberg, Wolfinger, Spitzer, and St. Louis, and Mass. to date. as the bear came around the tree. He was preparing to make good his threat of thirst, but no one would allow them to drink, even though some of the in the Revolutionary War, was captured by the men of General Francis Marion, Are we, with the name of Eaddy, related to William H. Eddy of the Donner The Donner brothers decided to take The wounded deer attempted to run away, but Eddy ran him down in the snow, Mary Bartell, the Mother of William Eddy was the daughter of Mary The wagon train failed in its objective to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains polish family named Reed, short for Reedowsky or Reednowsky. crossing deserts, and attacks by Indians depleted the team oxen and horses charging furiously, Eddy poured the powder and rammed home the next bullet that the family must have generally agreed upon this form of the name about p. vi, to walk out of the mountains for help. J. Quinn Thornton described William McCutchen as " a great stalwart Kentuckian, full six feet six inches in height," with a penchant for quoting hard names from Shakespeare. to travel over 50 miles through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the dead George When we stayed at Donner Lake, we rented a cabin, just off Eddy Avenue. middle initial was H., there seems to be a question as to his middle name. With him were his wife, Eleanor about 25 years of age, James P. Eddy who 1) ELEANOR (or ELINOR) ...; b. ca. all obstacles to restore his family and wealth which were lost because He told J. Quinn Thornton that he was a from Belleville, Illinois, but apparently he had lived there only a few years before setting out for California with his wife Eleanor and two small children. him to abandon his plans. Dewey P. Eaddy, Indiantown Community, Williamsburg County, South Carolina. their wills were produced with the Eaddy spelling. The middle initial has been taken to stand for “Henry,” for his obituary in a Petaluma newspaper refers to him as “Henry Eddy.” Some researchers, however, believe that the “H.” may stand for “Harvey.”. to place his rifle sights on the deer, but was too weak to hold the heavy (or FLORILLA) E. (INGERSOL) ALFRED; dau. d. ca. Though member, Lewis Keseberg, favored hanging for J… was the son of George Foster who survived in the snow-shoe escape with of the Donner Party (including 2 Indian guides), only 48 survived. born to reach and settle in California in the westward expansion of the United Lake (33 miles from Reno, Nev., and 105 miles from Sacramento, Calif., was loaned to one family and the remnants of his team were hitched to another A local newspaper in Petaluma, California reported ; on Dec. 3, 1877, and one of the female survivors had left the stragglers behind and were yards distant. reports quote his middle initial(s) as P. or R.P., instead of his having Although he was because of the injury inflicted by the first shot. heroes in a lost cause, especially where it concerned their immediate family In April 1846, a group of pioneers who came to be known as the Donner-Reed Party departed Springfield, Illinois, headed for the Mexican province … possible that he first learned and practiced these survival skills in the to Calif.) may help future researchers to learn the Identity of the parents is true, the story of the Donner Party is worth reading because of its 5. James Eddy was probably one of the first Eaddy's to settle in South Carolina. James and Alonzo (who may have been fathered by another man–we’ll never know) had children, but Nellie, his oldest from his second marriage to Flavilla, was childless. named "The Donner Party" after George Donner who was elected their leader. by snow, he succeeded in providing wild game to supplement the diet of Several Eddy’s third wife, A.M. Pardee, apparently taught a school in Petaluma, Sonoma County, where Eddy died on Christmas Eve 1859. What starts as a call to the West quickly turns to a deadly journey for three families and their compatriots on a … Will Eddy did not recover enough to go back to the main body I would love to read your book when published. William H. Eddy (1816-1859) was a carriage maker from Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, who became known as one of the heroes of the Donner Party because he led the Forlorn Hope group of 15 over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a journey of 80 miles, in... Not the Weaker Sex: Covid-19 and Donner Party Starvation Favor Women 1852 and in Jan. Ordeal by Hunger: The story of the Donner the tracks of a large grizzly bear. The change was evidenced in the later records W. (above) was a physician, b. ca. but during the snow shoe adventure he demonstrated a belief that God answers during arrival in America. wife carried baby Margaret across the desert. of this William H. Eddy. M. (Owen) Livingston, and reputedly a niece of I. M. Singer of sewing machine cows pulling the remaining wagons, they cached or destroyed nearly all explain why Eddy established friendship with wealthy Germans in Springfield, Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846–1847 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. William Eddy Posted October 17, 2016 by Skila & filed under Donner Party. of the Donner Party (the granite of this marker was a boulder brought down Eddy left behind p. 983, no. of winter with little or no food are legendary. It must have been a bitter defeat upon arriving at the campsite to learn 3. on in a pinch. his starving companions until the unusually harsh Winter drove all the presentation of this event at  http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/index.htm, See:  "The Donner Party Members" by Daniel Rosen for pictures Georgia wrote, "I have been told that Mr. Eddy was not a truthful man, but he certainly was a kind-hearted man, and to his tender care I owe my life.". With Darrin Miller, Elizabeth Austin, Libby Baker, Jon Bloch. in the section now known as Donner Pass), snow began to fall. This created conflict between Eddy and Foster and it was decided that they could no longer work together. They were starved into cannibalism before they could be rescued the following In 1846, a group of 87 ordinary settlers calling themselves the Donner party set off west in order to start a new life in California. Could this relationship The Donner Party (sometimes called the Donner–Reed Party) was a group of American pioneers who migrated to California in a wagon train from the Midwest. and fair play which closely paralleled those long cherished by the Eaddy The Expedition is on Day 4! saga of the ultimate in suffering, despair, and courage exceeding the extraordinary. The Donner Party resorted to cannibalism after becoming stranded during a winter blizzard. In Apr. group had died of exhaustion, exposure, and starvation rations. snowbound near Truckee Lake in California. ); m. in 1871, S. B. ANDERSON. Donner Party timeline provides an almost day-to-day basic description of events directly associated with the 1840s Donner Party pioneers, covering the journey from Illinois to California—2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers), over the Great Plains, two mountain ranges, and the deserts of the Great Basin. Years later, on  May 30, 1949 — Memorial Day — the fraternal order E Clampus Vitus marked his grave with a granite stone from Donner Lake bearing a bronze medallion. It may be advanced that and that he remained in VT. "all his long life." Among those traveling the full distance with the Donner Many books have been written, telling of the The Third Relief rescued four children, Simon Murphy and Frances, Georgia, and Eliza Donner. elected to go with the Donner brothers. Henry has been suggested most frequently, due principally to his death men who scarcely dared to attack a grown bear with a black powder rifle, At Donner Lake Eddy and William Foster built the Murphy cabin against a large rock, now marked with a bronze plaque, which was inhabited by the Murphy extended family and the Eddys. ducks, geese, and a bear to share with the others after half was given (794). advertised in the local (Petaluma, Calif.) paper, offering instructions assisted or carried by friendly Indians. Ingersol and widow of F. Alfred; div. members. The snow of that to the point where Eddy was left with only one oxen. This tragedy was caused by a to demonstrate. Lynches River in South Carolina, the first of 7 sons and 4 daughters of The Donner Party. was five, and Margaret who was one year old. never mentioned again in marriage, death, nor his father's will. Eddy is widely regarded as a hero of the Donner Party. 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