The second member of the Forlorn Hope to perish was Antonio, a 23 year-old Spaniard. Antonio was born in Mexico.
In April 1847, Lilburn W. Boggs numbered among the casualties of the Donner Party “Antonio the Spaniard that started with us.” In 1856 Eliza W. Farnham referred to him as, “a Mexican, who had joined the emigrants at Fort Laramie.”
Antonio’s role in the Donner Party has been debated; historian George R. Stewart suspected he had brought on as a hired hand to herd cattle of the Donner family, according to a letter by W. C. Graves.
December 16th, 1846 Antonio was one of the fifteen who departed with the Snowshoe Party (Forlorn Hope). He survived the first two weeks of the trek but by Christmas Eve he was far gone. He ultimately perished at the “Camp of Death” along with three other Forlorn Hope members. He was cannibalized by his companions. George Stewart wrote,