Mr. and Mrs. Wolfinger are two of the more obscure members of the Donner Party. They were among several German-speaking emigrants in the group and apparently did not interact much with the native-born Americans who left the documentary evidence.
Nothing is known for certain about Mr. Wolfinger
except that he was from Germany. In October 1846, as the
Donner Party was traveling along the Truckee, he stopped
to cache his wagon. Augustus Spitzer and
stayed behind to help, but returned without him. They
reported that Indians had come down out of the hills and
killed their companion, but Reinhardt later confessed to
having murdered him.
Doris (Dorothea) ----
Wife of ----
b. abt 1826 in Germany
Mrs. Wolfingers first name is given as both
Doris and Dorothea. She was a young woman at the time of the Donner
Party, but the data about her age is conflicting; she may have been as
young as 19 or as old as 26. She was remembered as a "tall,
queenly-looking lady" who wore fine clothing and
jewelry at the outset of the trip. After her
husbands disappearance she continued on with the
Donner families and stayed with them at Alder Creek. She
was taken out by the First Relief.
There are no known descendants of Doris/Dorothea Wolfinger Zinns of the Donner Party. Her son Albert died unmarried, as far as is known. Her daughter Rosa married Conrad Schuler in 1875 and in turn had a daughter, Rosa Schuler, who died unmarried in Mendocino County, California, in 1945.
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