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John A. Rowland

The owner of the Taos Trading Post, John A. Rowland, paid sixty dollars in silver for the return of nine-year-old Fayette Smith. The boy was captured by Indians on January 21, 1841, in Austin, Texas. His father, Judge James W. Smith, was murdered and scalped during the attack.

John and Maria Rowland nourished Fayette back to health and arranged to return Fayette back to his family by wagon train to Independence, Missouri. Fayette never knew what happened to the Good Samaritans that saved him. He never forgot them for he named his first son Rowland. Find out what happened to Fayette and the Rowlands in award-winning Comanche Trace, Book IV of the Westward Sagas Series. or

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