Newlywed couple tragedy:
Husband abducted and murdered by Indians.
New bride then abducted and sold as a slave. She returned to town months later, pregnant. She was released, or escaped depending on who's telling the story.
But, there were no Indians in Iowa after the Civil War. And descendants have 0.00% Native American DNA.
It turns out she ran off with another man and left her husband behind; to this day we don't know if he knew his children were alive or if he ever saw them again.
While working the Connect a Thon a few months back I sourced the rest of the family and found that her sister did the same thing. Looks like they both ran off together. At least she brought her kids, her sister left them behind. I found her mentioned on the Ancestry tree profile of her husband, "James' wife Lovina, after several years of marriage, ran off to be with someone else, leaving her husband to raise their children. Have not found much info on her - don't know if story is true," and "Lovina was born into a Mennonite family? Story goes that she met a traveling salesman and left her children behind with her husband. Marriage must have been dissolved at some point."
In talking with 2nd, 3rd, 4th cousins, they can't believe that the Indian story isn't true. "Who would make up a story about being abducted by Indians?"
I always reply, "You have to look at it in context: Who would take their kids away from the other parent and never come back?" And that argument has now morphed with the additon of, "... I'll tell you who, someone who's sister did it also!"
Lucinda Carlina (Klinepeter) George (bef. 1846 - 1902), child abductor, who was featured in week 26 "Legend."
and her sister who ran off with the salesman:
Lusina Lavina (Klinepeter) Youngblood Darrow (abt. 1851 - bef. 1894), home and child deserter.