She Disappeared Without A Trace In 1850, Then They Found This Years Later

She was born in Illinois in the year 1837. By 14, Olive Oatman and her family were travelling to California for a better life.

Three of the family members survived. The parents and four of the kids were killed. Olive’s brother was beaten with a club and left for dead, but he made it to a settlement eventually and recovered, carrying on the journey from there. The brother, Lorenzo, believed his entire family had been killed.


Along with her 7-year-old sister, Olive was captured by the Yavapai people. They would be sent for slavery for the tribes. They were taken 60 plus miles through the Sonoran Desert before finally reaching the village.

A group of Mohave Indians would end up visiting the village a year later. They traded two horses, vegetables, blankets and some other odds and ends, in exchange for the two girls.

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