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The Handcart Trail Part 3 Mary Elizabeth Homsley Grave Marker

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Mary Elizabeth Homsley gave birth to a child while crossing Nebraska. She and the child came down with measles. Her party attempted to cross the North Platte looking for medical help at Fort Laramie when the wagon carrying her overturned, throwing her and the infant into the river. They were rescued but both died as a result.