Nancy Jane Hill

Nancy Jane Hill
Lincoln County, Wyoming


Four brothers – Wesley, Samuel, James, and Steven Hill – and their families left Missouri in April 1852 headed for California. The wagon train of 62 people traveled along the Platte River, and on July 5, Nancy Jane Hill, the second of Wesley and Elizabeth Hill’s six children, died of cholera on the Ham’s Fork Plateau. Her uncle James Hill wrote: “She was in good health on Sunday evening taken unwell that knight worst in the morning and a corps at nine o’clock at knight.” Jane was 20 years old.


North of Kemmerer, Wyoming

From Kemmerer, drive north on US 189. At the township of Frontier, veer left on Wyoming 233 and drive 3.5 miles north. Make sharp left on a county gravel road just before Hams Fork Bridge. Drive about 11 miles northwest to intersection with the Sublette Cutoff. Drive west to the grave.

The site is open to the public on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


Source: Randy Brown and Reg Duffin, Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails, OCTA 2nd edition, 1998, pp 70-71

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