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Thrilling and Tragic Account of a Perilous Journey Overland to California
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This is a photostatic copy of a manuscript entitled Thrilling and Tragic Journal written by George McKinstry, Jr., chronicling his journey with the Donner Party from 1846-1847. This photostatic copy was made in 1942 from the original in the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. A label on the front of the file folder states that the diary was actually written by Patrick Breen, who gave the diary to George McKinstry in the spring of 1847.
George W. McKinstry (c. 1810-1882) arrived in California in 1846, after making the overland journey westward from Independence, Missouri. He became the first American sheriff of California. McKinstry assisted in the rescue of the Donner Party and chronicled the rescue expedition in the Breen Diary, which was submitted to Washington.Patrick Breen (circa 1805-1868) was born in Ireland, emigrated to Canada in 1828, and later moved to Iowa Territory, marrying Margaret in 1831. Patrick and Margaret had seven children -- John, Edward, Patrick, Simon, Peter, James, and Isabella, and in the spring of 1846, the family joined The Donner Party, bound for California. The party's ill-fated journey across the Sierra Nevada Mountains was partially documented in the diary Breen kept while stranded in a mountain camp at Donner (then called Truckee) Lake.
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