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By John Carroll Power

These biographies were submitted by a researcher and evidently abstracted from the 1876 History of Sangamon County, IL. Errors could occur, so one should always verify the correctness by obtaining copies of vitals and performing all necessary research to document what is contained herein.

DONNER, JACOB, was born about 1790, near Salem, Rowan county, N. C., accompanied the family to Jessaime county, Ky., thence to Decatur county, Ind., and from thee (in 1828) to Sangamon county, Ill., where he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Hook, whose maiden name was Blue, a sister of his brother George's second wife. She had two children by a former marriage, namely--

SOLOMON E. HOOK, born Jan. 11, 1832, in Sangamon county, Ill., lived through he disaster on the mountains, and was married in California, Nov. 7, 18666, to Alice Roberts. They have three children and reside in Winters, Yoho county, California.

WILLIAM HOOK, born in 1834, in Sangamon county, Ill., lived through the disaster on the mountains, but on reaching food, arose in the night, ate too much and died from the effects in 1847.

Of the five children of Jacob Donner and wife---

GEORGE, born August, 1837, near Springfield, Ill., lived through the disaster on the mountains, and was married in California, June 12, 1862, to Margaret J. Watson. They have six children. George Donner died February, 1875, and his family live a Sebastapol, Sonoma county, Cal.

MARY M., born March 18, 1839, near Springfield, Ill., experienced the hardships for the disastrous trip through the mountains in 1847, accompanied Mrs. Reed to California, and was married there to Sherman O. Houghton. Mrs. Mary Houghton died June 21, 1860, leaving one child, MARY M., who was born June 7, 1860 and resides with her father, in San Jose, Cal. See the name of Sherman O. Houghton, in connection with the family of George Donner.

ISAAC, born in 1841, in Sangamon county, LEWIS and SAMUEL, born in the same county, all three died from starvation and exposure in the California mountains during the winter of 1846 and '7.

For an account of the death of Jacob Donner and wife, see sketch of the Reed and Donner emigrant party.

For more information on the Reed and Donner party see Nov 19 & 26, 1847 James Reed Diary.

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