The Forgotten Mvskoke Creeks              



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This is a research site to honor our ancestors and document our Southeast Mvskoke Creek relatives, especially Apalachicola area Native Americans and their descendants, including Jackson, Gadsden, Calhoun, and Leon Counties, Lake Iamonia, and other NW Florida, SE Alabama and SW Georgia areas, who did not travel to Oklahoma.  We want to connect descendants and share the precious untold history of our ancestors who did everything within their power to survive and remain in their homeland.   Our People's suffering was not in vain for we are here to honor their memory.

Almost everyone in the below picture are related to each other and my family.  Hattie Martin, aunt to my grandfather told him that her family had to hide in the swamp and eat bark & berries when the soldiers came through.  My grandfather told my sister "do you know you are related to a famous Indian".   Four of our 1800 ancestors are named Osceola.



                                                      
                                  
Family of Francis Osceola Martin,  my g.grandfather.  They have no shoes, and all have hats to protect them from the sun.  His father, Francis Marion "Frank" (Hunt)  Martin was killed in a 'farming accident' involving a cotton gin in 1880 (during the Jackson County War), when Francis Osceola Martin was only 1 year old.  My grandfather is standing on running board. 

These Mvskoke Creek ancestors are not recognized by the Creek Nation, simply because they did not travel to Oklahoma to get registered on the Dawes Rolls, but instead, hid and blended in, changed their name, married settlers, etc., in order to survive and remain in their homeland.  These Native Americans who were recognized (see Gov't historical documentation of the 1800's), and enrolled in various tribes at one time, prior to the Dawes Rolls, were not added to the Dawes Rolls, because they had died prior to 1902 when the Dawes Rolls was completed, or as a result of staying in their homeland.  An example is this correspondence..

This site is dedicated to help document and unite Upper Creeks, Poarch Creeks, and Southeastern Lower Mvskoke Creeks, whose ancestors did not travel to Oklahoma (to appear on the Dawes Rolls).  We can now share the untold history of our ancestors, the stories that were handed to us through oral tradition.  We hope to connect descendants to one another and begin to repair our families who were once torn apart in the Apalachicola, and reunite our people as one people.

You can add your name to the site, so that you can upload photos and documents and tell your family's history.  This can be done through Photo Gallery, Member Submitted, News/Blogs, and Forums.

Membership is not 'automatic', to protect sensitive member information. Existing members can invite others that they trust to this site.

We encourage researchers to freely exchange resources to help us all remember our Mvskoke roots.  Family stories, family research, historic documents, photos, and other such things that are not readily available anywhere else are welcomed.  There are blogs and forums for discussion of Brick Walls, differing views, and anything related to our Mvskoke ancestors.   We will always be respectful of each others views.

No politics please.  We are a research site.    
As with all research, a researcher should always go to original records for the confirmation of data .  Please advise of any inaccuracies found.

All suggestions are appreciated.   Contact us 

JACKSON COUNTY ? The third county, established August 12, 1822
   Jackson County Floridian (Newspaper)

"The Early Days and Rememberances of Oceola Nikkanochee, Prince of Econchatti" (the nephew of Osceola).  An 1841 book written by person who 'Adopted' a 'fatherless'  Indian chief's nephew, and wrote a book about Oceola Nikkanochee, who was also the nephew of Econchatti-Mico, King of the Red Hills, in Florida; With a Brief History of His Nation, and His Renowned Uncle, Oceola, and His Parents and Amusing Tales, Illustrative of Indian Life in Florida General Books publication date: 2009   Original publication date: 1841 Original Publisher: Hatchard and son.  Click image.


HISTORICAL LETTER ABOUT THIS CHILD AND HIS RELATIONS


Historical Seminole Information

In the 1830s, some 18,000 Creeks were moved from Georgia and Alabama to new Western lands.  A group of 1,600 Creeks marched in the summer of 1837 to Mobile Point, Ala., and later to Pass Christian, MS. A yellow fever epidemic killed more than 100 of those Indians while they waited at the two posts. When the time came in the fall to move the survivors to the territory in the West, the U.S. Army contracted three steamboats: John Newton, Yazoo, and Monmouth. The Creeks were put aboard to start their journey up the Mississippi on the night of October 27,1837 (the exact date in October varies in different accounts). Monmouth was a small steamer weighing 135 tons. Her human cargo, it was said, was crammed onto the boat without regard to comfort or safety. About 700 Creeks managed to get aboard.


The three boats made fairly good time on a cold, rainy night. They steamed north of present day Baton Rouge, La., without any trouble. The prevailing practice of boats going upriver was to stay in the slack water close to the banks and, at the bends, to cross to the far banks where the water moved slowest. Boats moving downriver were expected to follow the river channel out toward the middle, where the current moved fastest. But whether or not Monmouth was where it should have been or exactly what happened to cause the collision will probably never be known. It is known that the accident occurred at Prophet Island Bend (today called Profit Island Bend) and that Monmouth was struck by the sailboat Trenton, which was being towed by the steamboat Warren. The violent impact threw hundreds of unsuspecting Creeks into the deep river.

Those Indians not immediately swept away struggled desperately for something solid to grasp. The men aboard Warren tried to help, as did the men of Yazoo, which had circled around and rushed to the rescue. Those two steamers picked up whatever survivors they could reach. The cabin of Monmouth had broken off and floated downstream with the crew and about 200 Indians aboard. Alter floating some distance, the cabin also broke in two parts, spilling them into the river. Some of those men were picked up.

Exactly how many Indians drowned is uncertain. Some reports said 240, others about 360, while yet another report put the drowned at more than 400. The most commonly quoted estimate, 311 Indians drowned, comes from the book Indian Removal, by Grant Foreman.

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Notes on the Creek Indians
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Quotes from "Light of a Distant Fire"

 

              
Roger G. Kennedy carried out extensive research to prove that the primary motivation for the Red Stick War and the Trail of Tears was a strategy by Southern aristocrats and land speculators to steal all of the prime cotton growing lands from the Creek and Choctaw Indians. During the Redstick War, Andy Jackson hired four agronomists to prepare a map which showed which sections of the Creek Nation had suitable soils and climates for growing cotton profitably.  Behind the scenes thugs working for these scoundrels intentionally did things to drive the Alabama Creeks into furor, while simultaneously providing economic opportunities and temporary respect for the Georgia Creeks. They conspirators wanted a Creek Civil War and they got it.   Read about this in Birdtail King papers.
              

 


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