Not sure how to do LNAB for woman raised by Indians, parents unknown

+1 vote
89 views
I am working on a family for the Integrators Challenge.  The mother has posted on her Find A Grave memorial a typed family history.  Her parents were unknown and died of yellow fever.  The baby, Nancy, was taken by the Indians and later bought from them by a white Doctor and his wife for a bolt of red gingham.  They adopted her and gave her the surname of Goodridge.  She later married an Evans. After his death she married George Christian.  Should I put her LNAB as Unknown or use Goodridge?
in Genealogy Help by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (191k points)

1 Answer

+3 votes
Use Unknown.  That family story is beyond unlikely.  The adoption makes no sense and Native Americans didn’t sell anybody’s children. The only “adoptions” of white children into Indian families that I have seen are captive children from the 1700’s.  It’s much more likely that the baby was an out-of-wedlock infant that the family wanted to cover up.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (379k points)
Not sure it never happened. I find lots of biographies written in biographical books that say that Natives sold white (and black) children all the time.  

For example:

* Rugh-41

* https://www.amazon.com/Kidnapped-Sold-Indians-7-Year-Old-Settler/dp/1470115921
The adoption was by a white family, not the Indians.  The adoptive family's surname is used as her maiden name on the Find A Grave memorial.
The book is about a captive person, a totally different situation.  Captives were often exchanged between tribes or were ransomed by their families or government agents.  Captives were treated as property and not seen as people.  The

The family story cited above claimed that an Indian family took in a white child, raised her for thirteen years, and then sold her to white people.  That makes no sense.

Related questions

+1 vote
2 answers
193 views asked May 1, 2020 in WikiTree Tech by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
+4 votes
1 answer
99 views asked Oct 14, 2016 in Policy and Style by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (257k points)
+13 votes
3 answers
+4 votes
4 answers

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright

...