Richard Thornton | Aug 9, 2017 | 5
Postscript: Mother of William McIntosh had a Jewish name
The old photo above is of the original William McIntosh House on the Chattahoochee River in Carroll County, GA. His grave is in the right foreground. McIntosh was executed at this house in 1825 for violating the law that he himself earlier proposed to the National Council . . . No individual could sell Creek land to whites, without permission of the National Council.
Quite a few POOF readers in Oklahoma can trace their ancestry to Mikko William McIntosh. In Anglicized history, his mother was known as Senoia.
Senoia, GA is now a major center of the movie and TV industry. “The Walking Dead” is filmed there, among many other hit TV shows and blockbuster movies.
In 2015, at the request of some folks in Coweta County, where the town of Senoia is located, the Apalache Foundation investigated exactly who was Senoia? No one could figure out what her name meant and what it’s origin was.
It turns out Senoia was the grand-daughter of Emperor Brim, the first High King of the Koweta-Creek Confederacy. Her father was a Jewish trader, who operated a trading post, where the city of Senoia sits today. In fact, the stone building still seems to be standing. It was definitely a trading post during the early 1800s. The building is currently for sale.
The Apalache Foundation have identified several extremely old stone buildings in the old Creek Confederacy that are definitely or probably Indian trading posts. All were laid with clay mortar, which makes them very, very old.
Here is where it gets interesting. Her real name was Senoy. That is definitely not a Creek name. A lot more research brought a big surprise. Senoy is the name of an angel mentioned the Talmud. Traditionally, this angel’s name was inscribed on Jewish baby cradles, because he/she was traditionally the protector of children. Apparently, someone asked what the Jewish letters meant and then gave them to the baby girl as a name.
It is quite possible that Senoy’s mother was part Jewish. How else can one explain a Talmudic angel’s name, being carved on a royal Creek baby’s cradle?
There is obviously much that we don’t know about the history of the Creeks prior to the Colony of Georgia being founded.
For more information on Southeastern Native Americans with Jewish heritage go to Native-Jewish Heritage.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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