Held captive by Comanches: A Real-Life Account that Shaped a Family’s Destiny
Captives: Sold for a Horse and Mule is a work of historical fiction based on the real-life story of Samme Darnall’s great-grandparents, Lidia and John Hawken. It is the mid-1800s, and Lidia is a young, married Spanish woman living in Durango, Mexico, in the small mining town of Mapimi. John Hawken is a gunsmith who has traveled to the western United States and has become a well-known fur trapper, mountain man and explorer.
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One morning a fierce band of Comanches attack Mapimi, setting the town ablaze, murdering the men, and kidnapping the women and children. We follow Lidia and her friends on their brutal journey to the Comanche village and the ensuing months of suffering at the hands of the Indian tribe.
Lidia is given to an Indian named Tokono to be his wife, but after he is killed in a raid, she and her friends are taken to Colorado. Just outside of Fort Bent, they are discovered by the American frontiersman William Bent, who buys the women from the Comanches for a horse and a mule.
By the time Lidia meets John Hawken at Fort Bent, she is nearly 1,500 miles from her birthplace, has lost all of her family, and does not know if her first husband is alive or dead. It is at Fort Bent that Lidia and John fall in love, and Lidia agrees to live with him as his wife. As John and Lidia Hawken settle in Fort Pueblo, Southern Colorado, they soon find themselves confronting Lidia’s painful past.
Ninety-three-year-old Samme Darnall, a retired office manager-turned-author, penned her first book, Sisters, at age ninety-two. In Captives: Sold for a Horse and Mule, she reveals a passionate story passed on by generations of women in her family.
“The capture, the shock and sorrow of losing her loved ones, the trials that followed, the raids, the daily work and struggles of existence had so filled her thoughts that she had lost track of her monthly cycle. Now with this sickness, she realized that she could very well be pregnant. To have a baby here in this hellhole—could anything worse happen to her?”
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