Elizabeth Ann Carter remained strong even though tragedy and danger dogged her life at Fort Belknap.

She ran a boarding and trading center at Fort Belknap and managed the ranch of Edmund J. Carter, her father-in-law. Carter, who was a “free black man,” became the richest man in Young County, according to Barbara Ledbetter in “Fort Belknap: A Frontier Saga.”

Their good fortunate came to a halt in 1857. Elizabeth's husband and father-in-law were both shot and killed, and even though both men were free citizens, no law officials investigated the mysterious murders. In fact, Young County county records downplayed the event, referring to the murders as their “untimely deaths.”