New Madrid County
Article from "The Hickman Pioneer", dated October 27, 1882:
"FOUND AFTER MANY YEARS --Twenty-seven years ago a little girl ten years old,named Elizabeth Alexander, living with her parents in Humphreys County, Tennessee, was sent to a neighbor's house to borrow meal. She found the family of the neighbor's absent from home and started to return when she met a man named Rance Peppers, riding a horse. Peppers told the child to get up behind him and go to the next house and get the meal.
The girl allowed herself to be placed behind Peppers and instead of taking her to the next house, he rode through the woods, out of the settlement, and kept traveling until they reached Hornersville in Dunklin County, Missouri. Peppers died some time afterwards and gave the girl to Nelson Mills, who brought her to the lower end of New Madrid County, Missouri, about 25 years ago.
She was raised by Mills and when a young woman was married to Jefferson Conrad, a farmer in that neighborhood. She is now the mother of three children.
Last year a man named Mitchell, came to Portageville from Tennessee, got acquainted with Mrs. Conrad, and happening to mention Humphreys County, she asked him if he knew Bob Alexander, and then told him the story of her being kidnapped by Peppers.
Mitchell became interested in the story and wrote the facts back to Tennessee. It was ascertained that the Alexanders had moved from that county -- no one knew where. About a month ago letters came to Mrs. Conrad from Graves County, Kentucky, from her brother and sister and nephew stating that they had heard of her, as a test of her identity asked her what her mother's maiden name was. Her brother signed his letter W.A. Alexander. Mrs. Conrad wrote to her brother, addressing him as William America Alexander, stating that her mother's name was Patsy Combs.
On Sunday the 6th of last month, Mr. W.A. Alexander and Mrs. Jennie Jones, the brother and sister, and young Alexander, a nephew, arrived at Portageville from Wingo Station, Graves County, Kentucky and were soon in the arms of their long-lost relative. This is a very romantic story, but it is absolutely true."
Elizabeth was the daughter of George Logan and Patsy, nee Combs, Alexander. He was a school teacher in Humphreys County at the time of her abduction. When she asked Mr. Mitchell about "Bob Alexander", she was referring to her brother Robert.
Family stories report that Elizabeth was first married to a steamboat captain. Captain Turner was a widower with six children. Together they had a daughter named Ida and lived in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The 1870 census finds her and Ida living in Le Sieur Township, New Madrid County, but not with the captain.
She later returned to Portageville, where she married Jefferson Conrad. Together they had a daughter Louise and a son Clay.
Clenan Louise Conrad Adams (1871 - 1924)*
New Madrid County
Created by: Nan
Record added: Jan 10, 2009
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