One Causality of the Crossing

In Wyoming is a location called the Lander Cut-off, it was on a trail which was a cut from the famed Oregon Trail.  It saved time but was harder to travel and many lost their lives along its path.    There is  state historical marker there marking the grave of one Elizabeth Mortimore Paul, who died there after giving birth in July of 1862.

The company paused long enough to not merely bury her but to construct a small fence around her grave.  She left six children, including the new born.  Others coming up the trail after them, were sobered by the sight of the grave and the evident grief.  Read their comments here.

Patsey and Plymouth Mortimore
Elizabeth was the daughter of  Plymouth Mortimore, born in North Carolina and died in Kansas (various spellings exist for his name) and his wife Patsy Driscoll (or Driskel, various spellings exist for her name).  

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