Recollections of the pioneer life of Sarah Chivington Pollock, the first white woman to gaze upon the San Juan Basin
General Note: Part of the CWA Pioneer Interviews Collection. Consists of a reprint of an article written by Nellie Snyder Pollock about her mother, Sarah Chivington Pollock. Sarah was the grand-daughter of John M. Chivington, the commander of the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers, who massacred a group of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians at Sand Creek in Colorado Territory in 1864. Almost all of this document consists of her recollections of coming to the San Juan region of southwestern Colorado in the early 1870s with her father Thomas. During this time she relates that she and her husband ransomed off a number of captive Navajo children, and even adopted one boy whom they named John Milton Pollock, after they had come across the Ute camp in which the children were held captive. She further relates that just before the arrival of the Pollocks there had been a battle between the Utes and Navajos in that region, and that the captive Navajo children they found in the Ute camp were going to be burnt alive by the Utes unless ransomed off.
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