Near Walla Walla in Walla Walla County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Children of the Trail
...But for seven children who arrived here in October 1844, it was a tearful homecoming. Their parents, Henry and Naomi Sager, had died on the 2,000 mile (3,200 km) journey from Missouri. The six oldest children, shepherded by a kindly doctor from their wagon train, pulled up here with the dilapidated remains of their wagon after seven arduous months on the trail. When Mrs. Whitman greeted them with a smile, the children thought she was "the prettiest woman we had ever seen."
The Sager baby arrived several days later with another family, and the Whitmans, who had lost their only child five years earlier, adopted all seven.
The 1847 Indian attack three years later made the Sager girls orphans again. Among the killed were Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the two Sager boys; John and Francis. The victims are buried together at the Great Grave.
John - Age 13 yrs.
Francis - Age 12
Catherine - Age 10 yrs.
Elizabeth - Age 7 yrs.
Matiida (sic) - Age 5 yrs.
Louise - Age 3 yrs.
Henrietia - Age 5 months
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1844.
Location. 46° 2.437′ N, 118° 27.791′ W. Marker is near Walla Walla, Washington, in Walla Walla County. Marker can be reached from Whitman Mission Road near Sweagle Road. The marker is located a Whitman Mission National Historic Site on the Old Oregon Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 328 Whitman Mission Road, Walla Walla WA 99362, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oregon Trail Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Emigrant House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmiths Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission House (about 400 feet away); Grist Mill (about 400 feet away); November 29, 1847 (about 400 feet away); Alice Clarissa Whitman (about 500 feet away); The First House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walla Walla.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.