I am researching the life of Zebulon Allfin, born in Boone, KY in 1820, who moved to Iowa, married Zeruiah Childress on Dec 3, 1840 in Lee County, and moved to Wayne County. They had six or seven children, the oldest was Luke Prior Allfin, named presumably for Zebulon's father. Both Luke and Zebulon enlisted in the 18th Missouri Infantry. Zebulon was discharged on account of illness just a few months later, and Luke died of illness a couple of months after that in camp near Corinth, Mississippi.
Zebulon appears to have returned to his family in Iowa, where another child was born in 1864. But in 1870, Zebulon appears as an unmarried cattleman living in Boise County Idaho. I am certain they are the same man for a number of reasons.
What I would really like to know is what happened that allowed Zebulon to transform himself from an Iowa farmer, married with six or so kids, many of the quite young, to a footloose cowboy in Idaho. I believe his wife Zeruiah lived until 1891, but Zebulon married a widow in Idaho in 1877. Does anybody have any clues?