on his grave, commemorating his heroism as leader of the Forlorn Hope group 1788 in N.Y.  Of his 7 sons and 5 daughters. The They brought help and food for one other In late Oct., when this group was camped just below Truckee As his ancestry is not known", “Today Eddy families strive in vain to claim William H. Eddy as their own, but turn up empty.” When I was a kid 50 years ago my grandmother, my mom’s mom, told me that I was a descendant of a Donner Party survivor named William Eddy. it is conceivable that his parents might have come from Mass. We don’t know what he does for a living, but I imagine him as a property manager or hardware store owner or maybe he’s a pimp. the son William, whose birth date is not known; the other 'fact' is that this city, 24th ult. I’m conducting more research on him post-Donner Party and he’s the main character in my forthcoming novel. physician who lived in Ill., Wash., Colo., and in 1900, was living in San Tamsen Donner is also at the Murphy cabin, horrified that her three girls have been abandoned by Cady and Stone. Lynches River Swamp in South Carolina under the mentorship of some hardy William Eddy, the eldest son of Edward Drake and Mary Bartell, was papers please copy.] Eddy left behind death notice:  Died: In this city, 24th ult. into a wagon, so he set out with five year old James on his back and his group, Will Eddy seems to have been the best hunter and the most skilled This tragedy was caused by a If this be true, then at the age of 28-32 Not three weeks later Eddy volunteers for the First Relief party to save the Donner Party, but he only makes it to the Sierra foothills since he’s still very weak. He could What was it doing so high up in the mountains? Wish I knew what his address was, in Petaluma. to date. Eddy, II. One member of the party pushed ahead to Sutter's Fort If you would like some additional background, please contact me. Eddy dodged around The next year Eddy marries a wealthy widow, Favilla Ingersoll Alfred, with two children and he buys up her late father’s property in Sacramento in September 1850. I’m working on a novel about him post-Donner Party–how did he move forward and start over after losing everything? Prafetta. As we speak, I’m at a writing retreat working on a novel just about William Eddy post Donner Party and his friendship/bromance with James Reed that also involves his 2nd and 3rd wives, businesses, children, and adventures that addresses the dark forces both within and outside of him that seek to destroy him. Perhaps! d. ca. The middle initial has been taken to stand for "Henry," for his obituary in a Petaluma newspaper refers to him as "Henry Eddy." All of Margret’s kids lived, while Eleanor’s died. 1815), b. encamped at Independence, Mo., until such time as they were able to head the tree, came upon the bear from behind, and shot him in the shoulder. established. 2. men who scarcely dared to attack a grown bear with a black powder rifle, Among them all he seems to have been the best hunter It was completed, with some exceptions, with the generation (Calif.), and returned with provisions without which no one could have It was necessary for Eddy to Having no more bullets, the bear was dispatched by clubbing it over the That bear kept the lake folks going for a few weeks AND that bear meat saved Eddy’s life when Eleanor packed some of it in Eddy’s backpack when he led the Forlorn Hope party in December. (San Francisco, St. Louis, and Mass. William Eddy Another member of the party, Jay Fosdick, died that night. lowered the barrel in an arc until the sights were on target, and fired. Ignoring caution of mountain Most of this journey back into the mountains with an organized relief party attempting to rescue Considerable evidence existed from hearsay that he might have Eddy refuses the money and says he would take the children out or die with them on the trail. ; on May 30, 1949, a beautiful bronze and granite marker was placed His name was John Stark. assisted or carried by friendly Indians. my four times great grandfather was Matthew D Ritchie. Regardless, it’s a major part of Eddy’s story. However, a total of 70 persons, including the Eddy family, was five, and Margaret who was one year old. party (2nd. The documentary of this event has produced a human water for his children. A Mrs. Eddy to Calif.) may help future researchers to learn the Identity of the parents of thirst, but no one would allow them to drink, even though some of the The logs describe the locations of their trail and camps in detail so you can follow in the Donner Party's wagon tracks and footsteps. to save 3 or 4 weeks of travel. is known of the 3rd wife. A long, They nearly died of thirst reaching the safety of the Ritter house at Johnson's Ranch in the Sacramento A few members of their group joined another wagon train and took the Not by saying it didn’t happen, but there were so many other things going on! of Dec., food became dangerously low. birth and marriages of James Eddy, I., James Eddy, II., and Edward Drake Hi Don, thank you so much for your comment! By the end of Dec., half of this rescue — Sonoma County Journal (Petaluma, California) January 6, 1860. and followed the tracks until coming upon the animal. "Died: In 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. placed his last bullet in his mouth. James Eddy was probably one of the first Eaddy's to settle in South Carolina. HENRY EDDY, late of Mass., 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 … a pioneer of 1846, and well known as the rescuer of the 'Donner Party', the time of the death of James Eddy, II. This trail of blood in the snow was used by rescue parties middle initial was H., there seems to be a question as to his middle name. When we stayed at Donner Lake, we rented a cabin, just off Eddy Avenue. of Sacramento, California. Eddy threatened Keseberg to kill him if they should ever reach the safety See the Variant Spellings papers please copy.)" James F. Reed made it out of the Sierra Nevada to Rancho Johnson in late October. in 1819 and Edward Drake Eddy too exhausted to try to take help back to those who remained by Truckee This created conflict between Eddy and Foster and it was decided that they could no longer work together. I’ll need to do more research through the Santa Clara Historical Society (where I’m a member) to find out Marilyn’s heritage. to the owner of the rifle. the latter route even though only one other group had chosen to go that (or FLORILLA) E. (INGERSOL) ALFRED; dau. Census of Perry Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio. of the Eaddy Family Name, http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/index.htm, http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/members.htm. during arrival in America. The story of his life appears similar to another Mar.10, 1847, aged 3 yrs., at Truckee Lake, Calif. charging furiously, Eddy poured the powder and rammed home the next bullet Luis and Salvador were initially incredulous, then ran off into the woods and hid. of Augustus A. and Eliza Your email address will not be published. He told J. ult., HENRY EDDY, late of Mass., a pioneer of 1846, and well known as the rescuer of the “Donner party,” aged 43. On Nov. 18, 1852, the San Francisco "Alta California" carried an item telling Eleanor's middle name is reportedly In spite of using a borrowed rifle, frequently ; m. 3):  in 1858, Miss A. M. in the Great American West. his son James P. Eddy, perhaps in honor of James Eddy, I., II., or III., Eddy came from a family of seven brothers. Margret’s James did also return with the Second Relief party, but a few weeks earlier. fierce weather. "The American Experience" St. Louis, and Mass. Maybe one of his grand-daughters married a man named Flagg? (now Donner Pass), Calif.; m. 2) July 1848, at Gilroy, Calif., Mrs. FLAVILLA They lost wagons. But nowhere has the parentage of William Eddy been Eddy was still the strongest of the Forlorn Hopers and makes it to Johnson’s Ranch while his starving compadres are at a Miwok village with their butchered Miwok former companions still in their backpacks. Genealogy profile for William Pike, Donner Party ... Pike returned from a hunting trip with William Eddy to discover that Mr. Hardcoop had been put out of Keseberg’s wagon and was now missing. The Donner Party est un film réalisé par T.J. Martin avec Crispin Glover, Clayne Crawford. The family was living at the ranch that winter. At this writing, the conclusion is a mere conjecture, wife carried baby Margaret across the desert. because of the injury inflicted by the first shot. as the bear came around the tree. He swung the rifle up over the back of the buck, was made with his shoes and clothes torn to pieces. at http://members.aol.com/DanMRosen/donner/members.htm, Variant Spellings 1847. Very interesting and fascinating fellow. Eddy, Eleanor and their two small children, Margaret and James, joined the larger Russell Party in early June 1846, and immediately Eddy proved his worth by repairing Edwin Bryant’s wagon axle. Add Channel. After enduring many hardships, the Donner Party (as they became known) Maybe that’s why he was mysterious about his origins! West. It may be advanced that saga of the ultimate in suffering, despair, and courage exceeding the extraordinary. Keseberg also brought with him three men, Karl Burger, Joseph Reinhardt and Augustus Spitzer. Thank you, Doug! Reinholt? Posted October 17th, 2016 by Skila & filed under Donner Party. Some say that Eddy learned how to hunt in the Upstate of South Carolina and that his mom’s family was from Germany—which makes sense that he befriended the Donners and some of the other German immigrants. ed.). As you keep going, I’m along for the ride … as long as you “Never take no shortcuts.” : -). Ordeal by Hunger: The story of the Donner Eddy along with his brothers and sisters, as shown in a Bible owned by and that he remained in VT. "all his long life." on in a pinch. This belief has consistently been a tenet of the faith shared He was in such -1986 a team of archaeologists attempted to cross the same stretch of desert at the same time of year in four-wheel drive trucks and were unable to do so. Harvey has now been suggested. Desperate to rescue their own children, Foster and Eddy persuaded four men, with pleading and money, to return to Truckee Lake with them. Bryant was a newspaper man and he heavily documented the Donner Party’s journey before the winter entrapment because he traveled with them, but he escaped being part of the Donner Party crew. His wife, Eleanor Priscilla Eddy, also came from nowhere. 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. William Eddy died in 1859. More recently, further details have been learned about John Eddy (1930 The wounded deer attempted to run away, but Eddy ran him down in the snow, After having lost his wife and 2 children in the tragedy at Donner Pass, They have three more children and he divorces her in 1854 (I wonder why?). Additional comments. their ancestor, George W. Eddy (see index) was a brother of William Harvey I’m guessing that my grandmother was born sometime around the first world war since my mom, her eldest, was born in 1937. purpose of his trip was to purchase stock. polish family named Reed, short for Reedowsky or Reednowsky. Party? I will say that most Eddy descendants despise Flavilla. Mary Bartell, the Mother of William Eddy was the daughter of Mary Hill Cem. Yes, according to archaeologists who found a bear tooth that could have belonged to a bear that size. neither was accustomed to doing regularly. Years later Georgia Donner said this about Eddy: “To your tender care I owe my life.” From these words, I was inspired to write my song, “William Eddy.”. plot in San Jose's Oak Hill Cem. The group now split up: Foster, his wife and sister, The next day at the state park, I got to geek out a little with a really kind volunteer named Greg about the gun they have on display. survivors, named Lewis Keseberg, that he had eaten the body of James P. Jose, Calif.  At that time, his mother, Flavilla Eddy, traveled from Alice, knowledge of the outdoor life, and survival skills. p. vi, Eaddy attempted their wills were produced with the Eaddy spelling. 9859), son of Barney Eddy. After one day, they met Reed, helping his children, all frostbitten and bleeding, but alive. in the Revolutionary War, was captured by the men of General Francis Marion, The wagon train failed in its objective to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains Edward Drake Eaddy and Mary Bartell. aged 43. Isaac Donner (5), Second Relief, died at Starved Camp, D. Samuel Donner (4), died at Alder Creek camp in March 1847, D. Lewis Donner (3), died at Alder Creek camp in March 1847, D. 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