PETE: owner of the Springfield Gazette Newspaper.  Age 50

GEORGE DONNER: Leader of the  doomed wagon train

EDWIN BRYANT: friend of the Reeds and Donners.  Age 50 Doubles as JAMES BRIDGER

JAMES REED:  Age  50

MARGARET REED: age 35--his wife

VIRGINIA REED: their daughter, age 14

PATTY REED: Young daughter of James and Margaret, age 10

MARY TODD LINCOLN--age 30-40

TAMSEN DONNER: George's wife, 40   can double as MRS. CURTIS

LANSFORD W. HASTINGS:  Charlatan, Lawyer, book writer, claims to have discovered the infamous Shortcut.

TRAPPER CLYMAN: age 60, doubles as UNCLE BILLY GRAVES

LUKE HALLORAN: dies of TB, age 25  possibly can double as  JOTHAM CURTIS

C.T. STANTON: age 35, smokes pipe

JAMES BRIDGER: age 50-60

OLD BILL WILLIAMS:  walks with a limp mountain man, 45-70

WILLIAM McCUTCHEN: big man, over 6  feet, likes to drink, age 50

LEANNA DONNER: Virginia's friend, age 14

JOHN SYNDER: Drover for the Reeds. age 25, he dies, doubles as WILLIAM EDDY

ELLIOT:  another drover, age 25

ABE LINCOLN: Age 30ish

CAPTAIN SUTTER: age 50, doubles  as Aquilla  Glover

JOTHAM CURTIS: snow-bound, age 25

MRS  CURTIS: His wife, age 25

UNCLE BILLY GRAVES: age 60, part of  FORLORN HOPE team

MARY GRAVES:  his niece, age 25 Part   of FORLORN HOPE

WILLIAM EDDY: age 30, part of the   FORLORN HOPE

PATRICK DOLAN: age 30-40 part of the  FORLORN HOPE team

AQUILLA GLOVER: age 50ish, rescue  party

LIEUTENANT BARTLETT: Solider in Sacramento, comes  to Reed's aid.