Weatherford stories

The Creek War is over. The last battle is fought. General Andrew Jackson is now stationed himself at Fort Jackson, formerly Fort Toulouse, one of the original French forts. The fort has been refurbished for the General. New stockades are erected. The Creek leaders arrive to pay homage to the victor. Red Eagle rides up on Arrow, a freshly-killed deer lashed to his steed. He rides briskly into the fort and immediately spies Big Warrior.

This from James Albert Pickett's The History of Alabama:

" 'Ah, Billy Weatherford, have we got you at last!'

The fearless Chieftain cast his keen eye at the Big Warrior, and in a determined tone:

'You d-- traitor, if you give me any insolence, I will blow a ball through your cowardly heart.'

General Jackson now came running out of the marquee, with Colonel Hawkins, and in a firous manner, exclaimed: 'How dare you, sir, to ride up to my tent, after murdering the women and children at Fort Mims.'

Weatherford said {and was translated by the guide Selocta, son of the Natchez leader Chinnabbee], 'General Jackson, I am not afraid of you. I fear no man, for I am a Creek warrior. I have nothing to request in behalf of myself; you can kill me, if you desire. But I came to beg you to send for the women and children of the war party, who are now starving in the woods. Their fields and cribs have been destroyed by your people, who have driven them in the woods without an ear of corn. I hope you will send out parties, who will safely conduct them here, in order that they be fed. I exerted myself in vain to prevent the massacre of women and children at Fort Mims. I am now done fighting. The Red Sticks are nearly all killed. If I could fight you any longer, I would most heartily do so. Send for the women and children. They never did you harm. But kill me, if the white people want it done.' "

At the close of the speech, many cried out for Red Eagle to be killed. Jackson demanded silence. He said. "Any man who would kill a man as brave as this would rob the dead!" He then invited Weatherford for a drink. The Creek gave him a gift of the deer. They became friends.

Weatherford was in mortal peril, however, with many enemies among the Creeks. Jackson took him to his home in Nashville to stay for awhile.

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Creek Test. P. 9-12. Thomas Tate Tunstall, #30048:l which appeared in CHEROKEE BY BLOOD/ Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U.S. Court of Claims /1906-1910 / Volume 8

Thanks to Sarah Mair

Creek Test. P. 9-12. Thomas Tate Tunstall, #30048:" I am 84 years old and born in Baldwin Co., Ala., April 8, 1823. I was Consul to Cadis, Spain, a period of six years under Pierce and Buchannan. I was again Consul to San Salvador under Cleveland's Administration. I claim my indian blood through my mother, Louise Tate, who was the daughter of David Tate and David Tate was the son of Sehoye McGillivrary. Seyhoye McGillivrary was the mother of Billy Weatherford . After the death of my great grandfather, Sehoye McGillivivary married Charles Weatherford, and the chief Billy Weatherford was their child, and the junior half-brother of my grandfather, David Tate. Sizemores intermarried in my family. He was a Creek indian-very dark. I knew William Sizemore personally. I know his son , Alex, and all his daughter. Alex Sizemore married into the Weatherford family also. David Moniac was a nephew of David Tate and a graduate of West Point Military Academy and served in the U. S.Army. He was killed in 1836 at the massacre of Withlacoochee. Moniac's father was a Scotchman but his mother was a Creek indian. I knew him well. Samuel and Susan Moniac were relations of David and belonged to the same people. old Billy Hollinger was a Creek Indian. I knew him very well- a Creek Indian, too, and a relation of my father. I know Jeff Hollinger, son of Billy Hollinger, and I knew him well. I knew Old William Colbert, a good old indian. He was a Creek Indian and lived among us and died about 35 years ago. he was an older man than my father and dressed like an indian. " Margart Tate was the second wife of my grandfather, David. She was a widow Powell. She was Originally a Dyer. They were a Creek family. Seminole means "run away" in the Creek language." " Jeff Hollinger's wife was a Miss Franklin, but the Franklins themselves were white people. the old man Linn McGhee was Scotch and indian-Scotch and Creek Indian. He was one of my grandfather's stock minders, and his children were all mulattoes. The woman he lived with was one of my old grandfather's slaves. They were Creek indians. Simon Hadley was a white man and no relation to the Tunstalls. I never heard of Lousia Jonnaghan nor Mrs. Wm. Johnson. They are no relations of mine. " I knew the old man Boon- Elijah and John Boon were his sons. They had no indian in them. Nor the Tarbins. I do not know of any Indians called Chuck or Shomac Indians. " I knew the steadmans. Reben Steadham, the son of John Steadham on his mother's side, Traced back to Linn McGhee. I knew Gideon Gibson. He was a white man. His wife was one of those Indian Moniacs. She was a sister of Old Sam Moniac. I know the Barlows. They are Thad, Euriah and Bob Barlow. They were good people but white people with no indian at all." I never heard of a Red Jacket Treaty. I know Mrs. C. M. Killiam. She is a neice of Billy Weatherford. We went to school together. She is a cousin of mine." In the neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant in Baldwim and Monroe Countries, Ala. I never knew any Choctaw Indians living there, nor Cherokees. They never got down that far.the Choctaws were Mississippi Indians and the Cherokees were Georgia Indians." SIGNED Tom Tate Tunstall, Mobile, Ala. , Feb 6, 1908.

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