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Subject: [CO-ROOTS] The pioneer,Charles Autobee who came by covered wagon to settle in the Avondaleare
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:14:13 -0000
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Surnames: Autobees, Bent, Ceran St. Vrain,Tobin, Espinosa,
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BarbNAngel added this on 17 Nov 2009
Charles Autobees: Tall, with a commanding presence, Charles Autobees was a man "of force, but uneducated." He was a familiar figure to the Arapahos, Blackfeet, Cheyennes, Teton Lakota, Navajos, and Utes. Among his friends were William Bent, Ceran St. Vrain, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and James Beckwourth. After living as a mountain man and trader for many years, Autobees finally settled on a ranch near the junction of the Huerfano and Arkansas Rivers in 1853. In 1861, he became one of the first three County Commissioners of Huerfano County, Colorado Territory (another of the first three Commissioners was Joseph Doyle). Although he lived on his ranch for 30 years, his residence didn't qualify under the US Government Homestead rules: he lost his property and died penniless, a victim of government bureaucracy. Autobees half-brother was Tom Tobin, best known for ambushing and killing the Espinosa brothers whose widespread murder spree terrorized Coloradans in the mid-1860's. Charl!
es spoke fluent Navajo, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Spanish. He spent portions of his life with six different women, including Juanita Gomez, his second wife with whom he lived until he died on June 17, 1882.
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