Said to have been an English sailor, McCoon had come to California in 1843 or ’44 and established a ranch on the Cosumnes River. McCoon owned a schooner and transported the Second Relief across the Sacramento River. He did not, as has mistakenly been said, propose to Virginia Reed, but did marry a Donner Party survivor, Elitha Donner (see her entry).
New Light on the Donner Party, Kristin Johnson
Ordeal By Hunger, George Stewart