Richard Thornton | Jun 3, 2017 | 15
Creek Leader, Semoice
Millard Peacock tells a story passed down through his family on the Creek leader, Semoice.
“This is what I have found thru the many years.”
Semoice, is first mentioned, could have been sooner, I just don’t know
During the “War of 1812-13 ” at Ft. Jackson in Wetumpka, Ala. Ft. Jackson was a old French Fort Toulouse, the name was changed to Ft. Jackson after Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson, had “Three Friendly Creek Indians” that were used as guides, Two Half breeds, Lynn (Leonard) McGhee, Samuel Smith and a Full blood Semoice.
Each were paid for their services a parcel of land, 640 acres. Semoice, got his land in Lower Clarke Co. Ala. at Hal’s Creek area, just across the Alabama River at Mt. Pleasant. His land was taken from him and sold to a half breed woman. Because it was a swamp and he couldn’t live on it. He tried to live on it but failed to do so.
Lynn McGhee, got his land at what is now Huxford and Poarch, Ala. it was called the “Head Waters of Perdido Creek”. The reservation, Hotel and Casino are there now.
On Samuel Smith, I don’t know where his land was, I think he was involved in the Ft. Mims mess, I think he died of his wounds. Not real sure at all on Samuel Smith.
Semoice, had four daughters, Hetty, Vicy (Vicy Foxy), Elizabeth and Betty or Betsy.
Hetty married a Lumbie Indian from the Pea Dee River area between N. and S. Carolina.
His name was William Dees. I sometime think the Pea Dee river got it’s name from the Dees that lived there. There are some still there today.
William Dees and Hetty Semoice, had two children, William Marshall Dees and Mary Jane Dees (M.J.)Mary Jane married a Qualls
I will go back to Semoices daughters, Vicy married a full blood, a Tom Tuxey, they had a dau. named Dolly. Dolly married a Thomley.
The Thomley’s had a son, he was over the group in N.W. Fla.
Elizabeth married a Qualls also, some call her Martha Elizabeth. Elizabeth moved down near the Fla. capital and then up near Cairo, Ga. I think she may be the one that started TAMA ind. res. near Cairo, Ga. she is buried there.
A lot of her kin moved to TX.
William Marshall Dees, after years of trying finally got 200 acres at what is now called Semirah Springs, Ala. just below Uriah, and up from Huxford. Semirah Springs was named after William Marshall Dees, for he was called Billy Semire after his grandpa Semoice.
William Marshall Dees was grandma’s dad.
William M. first married Mip Lattie McGhee, Lynn’s grand dau. they had about 5 kids only two survived. Mip Lattie, took sick and died.
William M. then married Ann E. (Elizabeth) Pace.
There was a large lumber mill in N.W. Fla. it was called Pace’s lumber, thus the name Pace, Fla. came to be.
Lynn’s father was a Scot. his mother a full blood Creek.
Lynn was a caretaker for David Tate (Another half breed) near Tensaw, Ala. He tended horses for David. David was like William Weatherford (Red Eagle) – they were traders. They took Indian items from the Ala. River near Boat Yard Lake area and went overland to Pensacola, to trade with the French and Spanish. Both Red Eagle and David Tate had slaves.
Lynn, lived with one of David Tate’s slaves and had about five children thus the McGhee line.
William Marshall had a half bro. named Thomas Henderson Dees/Smith, both served in the Civil War.
Pls. note. the only reason Poarch got federal status, was because of Semoice and bussing of the school kids.
Bussing of the school kids started it all.
The schools of Atmore, refused to pick the kids up, so they got together, sued the schools, city of Atmore, Escambia Co. the State of Ala. and the federal Gov.
About ten got together and said, now was the time to get federal status.
They were turned down the first time because of not having a full blood line they were using Lynn McGhee, he was only a half breed. So they went back and use Semoices.
There were at one time a lot of Creeks near Mt. Pleasant, Popular Springs (Jeddo), Tensaw, and Boatyard lake area.
We now have three Casino’s in Ala. Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka where the rivers meet.
There is a lot more to tell. Hope I haven’t bothered you in any way.