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John SEMOICE and Nancy (PACE?)

With information from Millard Peacock

Husband: John Semoice

LifeNotes: Semoice was a full-blooded Indian. He, Lynn McGhee and Samuel Smith were guides for Andrew Jackson at Fort Jackson (old French Fort Toulouse) near Wetumpka, AL.

Semoice and Lynn McGhee both got land in the Treaty of Fort Jackson. Semoice's land was at Hals creek in the very bottom of Clarke Co. just across the Alabama River at Mt. Pleasant; Semoice's land was sold out from under him to a Henshaw.

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Wife: Nancy (Pace?)

LifeNotes: Thought to be Choctaw, and daughter of a Chief.

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William Marshall DEES and Ann E. PACE

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Husband: William Marshall Dees

LifeNotes: He was called "Billy Semire", after his grandfather Semoice.

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Wife: Ann E. Pace

LifeNotes: She is thought to have had a brother named Bryant Pace.

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to Some Creek Families & Friends


THE McGHEES
Lynn McGhee and Hettie Semoice

Richard McGhee and Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson
Jack McGhee and Mariah Hathcock

Joe McGhee and Polly Louisa Moniac
Lee McGhee and Ida Rolan

LYNN McGHEE and HETTIE ?

With information from Steve Travis

Lynn McGhee

LifeNotes: Lynn McGhee was a guide for General Andrew Jackson during the Creek War in 1813-1814. In 1835, an act was passed (6 Stat. 677) "for the relief of Samuel Smith, Lynn McGhee and Semoice, friendly Creek Indians," entitling them to select "reservations" of one section of land each, to which they were entitled under the Treaty of Fort Jackson, but for "which lands have been sold by the US," to be held under the same terms as those stipulated under the 1814 Treaty of Fort Jackson. See the act to amend said act.

Likewise, a similar act (6 Stat. 678) was enacted for the relief of Susan Marlow, "only surviving child of James Marlow, a Creek Indian, who lost his life in the destruction of Ft. Mims".

Both acts were amended in 1837 (6 Stat. 689) to provide that the grantees were not limited to a single section, but could enter land in legal subdivisions so long as each total did not exceed 640 acres. One of the plots selected by McGhee was a 240 acre tract at the headwaters of Perdido Creek, which flows into the Perdido River, dividing FL and AL.

This McGhee "grant land" became the hub around which eventually emerged the three hamlets of Hedapeda (Roy Hathcock was born here in 1912) (Head of Perdido), Poarch Switch, and Hog Fork, constituting the present day community of approx. 400 at Poarch, AL.

According to Dr. Marion Elisah Tarvin, Lynn McGhee was "my grandfather`s ranch man"-- Tarvin's grandfather was David Tate.

Following the execution of the Treaty of 1832, hundreds of Creeks fled from the Nation seeking refuge with the Seminoles in FL and the Cherokees. ("Modern Indians of Alabama; Remnants of the Removal" by: Marie West Cromer. Thanks to Lisa Hathcock)

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Died: will dated 1/8/1846, proved? 1/16/1847.
Parents: His father was Scot and his mother was Creek

Wife: Hettie

LifeNotes: According to Thomas Tate Tunstall, in his Eastern Creek application, Hettie had been a slave of David Tate.

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to Some Creek Families & Friends


RICHARD McGHEE and ELIZABETH "BETSY" HINSON

With information from Steve Travis

Richard McGhee

LifeNotes: Settled on grant land which was to become Poarch. In addition to McGhee's settlement, there were other Creek families (Rollins, Colberts, Gibsons) who managed to remain in northern Escambia County. Gradually, a large portion of that population became localized on and around the McGhee grant land in Escambia County.

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Parents: Lynn McGhee and Hettie Semoice

Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson

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to Some Creek Families & Friends


JACK McGHEE and MARIAH HATHCOCK

With information from Steve Travis

Jack McGhee

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Parents: Lynn McGhee and Hettie Semoice

Mariah Hathcock

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Parents: Thomas Hathcock and Elizabeth Marlow

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to Some Creek Families & Friends


JOHN "JOE" McGHEE and POLLY LOUISA GIBSON

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Joe McGhee

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Polly Louisa Gibson

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Born: ca 1849; Married: ca 1863; Died:
Parents: Mary "Polly" Moniac and William David Bart Gibson

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to Some Creek Families & Friends


LEE McGHEE and IDA ROLAN

With information from Steve Travis

Lee McGhee

LifeNotes: He and Ida lived in the Hog Fork Community near the head of the Perdido River and the Poarch Switch -- the area now known as Poarch near Atmore, Escambia County, AL, and the headquarters of the Poarch Band of Creek, the only recognized Creek Indians in the state of Alabama.

The Poarch Band of Creeks is a farming community. The people also work in timber and pulpwood.

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Married: 11/17/1891
Died: buried Hog Fork Indian Cemetery
Parents: Joe McGhee and Polly Louisa Gibson

Ida Rolan

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Born: 1874
Married: 11/17/1891
Died: 12/6/1972, buried New Home Cemetery
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to Some Creek Families & Friends