Blood Relatives on both sides - Another Ingalls

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George Washington Ingalls, my great grandfather, was 9 years old when he was taken captive in August of 62. He was one of the last of the captives to be released (records say June 1863), traveling with Little Crow's group as LIttle Crow traveled west into South Dakato, then North all the way to Canada. (Most captives were released in Sept. 1862)
They'd lived on Hawk Creek, off Yellow Medicine River in Renville county, when they got the warning. Someone rode through saying the Dakota were attacking, and his father Jedidiah Ingalls, got them into a wagon and headed to Fort Ridgely but didn't make it. The wagon was overun, Jedidiah was killed, and George and one sister were seperated and taken captive by different groups. George's two older sisters had made it to the Browns, but were taken captive too with the Browns. Unfortunately they were not kept with the Browns who were soon freed, but instead taken away and later found at Camp Release.
G. W. had red hair. He always said it was his hair that saved his life because the warrior who took him was fasicinated with it. And that the color was sacred to the Dakota. He believed he was the only one of his family that survived since he'd been told his sisters had all been killed. It was many years before he learned they were alive. (His other sister was eventually released too)
He was bargained for by a Catholic Priest. He told my mother, Helen, his red headed grandaughter, the priest treated him worse than the Dakota. He stayed long enough to earn a knife and horse. He was on his own by the time he was 12. He had to relearn English and but remember much of the Dakota tongue throughout his life and would speak to his grandchildren in this language sometimes.
G.W. was taken too young  for him to know or remember his grandfathers name. We therefore don't know where we fit in the Ingalls family, though we know Jedidiah moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin (sometime before 1860), just as Pa Ingalls did, but we don't know if we are related, or how closely to them or any of  other Ingalls. 
We also don't know who G.W.'s mother was or at least not that she moved to Minnesota. Records in Wisc indicate the marraige, but the 1860 census shows no mother/wife, and another account says she was out of town both during the census and the war. Family lore according to my Mom, is that Jedidiah had a new wife, a Dakota woman.  It also says she had given birth to a baby boy and stayed in the cabin with him, not fearing the attack from her own people as Jedidiah left with the older children. We don't know.
But GGrandpa told my mother his mother had just had a baby boy and stayed at the house as they tried to get away. Whether she was really his mother or not is unknown. However, accounts from that town indicate many of the wives were part or full Dakota, and my grandfather Ernest as well as two of his daughters and one son look very Dakota.  So, we may have relatives on both sides of this conflict. One thing for sure, both sides lost a great deal. 

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