The Creek Families 1

Sehoy I and Louis Marchand

Sehoy II and her husbands including Lachlan McGillivray
Sehoy III and her husbands including John Tate and Charles Weatherford

Note: Information here based on the work of Joan Case, William Bell, Steve Travis and Woodrow Wallace, among others, who have graciously shared their material with us.


Sehoy I

LifeNotes: Of the Wind Clan of Oticiapofa. Sehoy's native tribe was the Koasati (or Coushatta) of Hickory Ground.

Born: 1702, Taskigi, on the Coosa River; Married 1st- in about 1720; Married 2nd- ; Died: 1772

Husband: Louis Marchand

LifeNotes: Captain in the French Marines. Was first at Fort Condé in the French Colony at Mobile. Was the first commander at Fort Toulouse. Married Sehoy I. Was father of Sehoy II. and Chief Red Shoes of the Coosadas. Marchand was murdered by his own men in a mutiny at Fort Toulouse.

You may visit Fort Toulouse to day; it is near Wetumpka, AL and is a state park. There is an ancient mound near the reconstruction of the fort. Reenactments are held there. Fort Condé, now called Fort Charlotte-Condé, is another place you may visit; it is a very fine brick partial reconstructed fort with many offerings such as reenactments; it is the Visitors Center for the City of Mobile.

Born in France; Married, Died, 1722, murdered in a mutiny at Fort Toulouse

Their children were:

Red Shoes

LifeNotes: He was a Choctaw chief.

Born: Married: Died: 1748

Their children were:

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SEHOY II and her husbands including LACHLAN McGILLIVRAY

See also The McGillivrays

Sehoy II

LifeNotes: Of the Wind Clan of Oticiapofa. Also known as Sehoy HATALI.

Born: 4/1722, Ft. Toulouse, Elmore Co., AL; Married 1st-: ca 1738; Married 2nd- : about 1745 in Wetumpka, now Elmore Co., Alabama; Married: ca 1757; Died,
Parents: Sehoy I and Louis Marchand

1st-Husband: Malcolm McPherson


Born, Married: ca 1738; Died,

Their child:

2nd-: Lachlan McGillivray

LifeNotes: a Scottish trader out of Charleston, SC. He may have had a sister named Margaret McGillivray.

From Dr. Marion Elisha Tarvin's "The Muscogees or Creek Indians, from 1519 to 1893-- also an Account of The McGillivray Family and Others of Alabama": "Lachlan McGillivray, a Scotch boy of sixteen summers, had read of the wonders of America. He ran away from his parents at Dunmanglass, Scotland, and took passage for Charleston, S.C., arriving there safely in 1735, with no property but a shilling in his pocket, a suit of clothes, a stout frame, an honest heart, a fearless disposition and cheerful spirits. About this period the English were conducting an extensive commerce with the Muscogees, Cherokees and Chickasaws. McGillivray went to the extensive quarters of the packhorse traders in the suburbs of Charleston; there he saw hundreds of packhorses, pack-saddles and men ready to start to the wilderness. The keen eyes of the traders fell on this smart Scotch boy, who, they saw would be useful to them.

"Arriving at the Chatahoochie his master, as a reward for his activity and accommodating spirit, gave him a jack-knife which he sold in Charleston on his return. The proceeds of this adventure laid the foundation of a large fortune. In a few years he became the boldest and most enterprising trader in the whole country. He extended his commerce to Ft. Toulouse in the Muskogee or Creek nation. At the Hickory Grounds a few miles above the fort, at the present town of Wetumpka, Alabama, he found a beautiful girl by the name of Sehoy Marchand, of whose father we have already given an account. Her mother, was a full-blooded Creek woman of the Wind family. Sehoy when first seen by Lachlan McGillivray was a maiden of sixteen, cheerful in countenance, bewitching in looks and graceful in form. It was not long before Lachlan and Sehoy joined their destinies in marriage. The husband established a trading house Little Tulsa, four miles above Wetulmpka, on the east bank of the Coosa, and then took home his beautiful wife." Dr. Tarvin was Sehoy's great-great grandson through David Tate and his manuscript has proven invaluable for providing familiy ties (many thanks to Joan Case for this contribution). See Tarvin's McGillivray family piece in its entirety.

Lachlan and Sehoy lived at Little Tallassee in Alabama. In 1782, after nearly 40 years in the Wilderness, because of his loyalty to the crown, Lachlan McGillivray was forced to return to Scotland at the end of the Revolutionary War.

From Woodrow Wallace: In America the McGillivray Clan was fur traders, a very lucrative business in those days. The Dunmaglas Estates in the Scottish Highlands had fallen on bad times, since the Battle of Culloden, in which the McGillivrays were participants on the side of the Stuarts, who lost to the present English first family. Another branch of the McGillivrays were commissioned from the king in the fur trading business in Canada and around the Great Lakes. Lachlan and Lt Col John were commissioned for the Southeastern Indians. Lachlan with the Creeks, and I think also the Cherokees. Lt Col John McGillivray was a prominent citizen of Mobile as well as being the Indian Agent duing the British tenure (1765-1780). Lachlan and Lt Col John McGillivray never married but fathered children by Indians, who were not recognized in the family because there was no recognized marriages by British law. Lachlan was practically forced to recognize his son Alexander and remember him in his 1762 will, because of his prominence and practical acceptance of him in Georgia. No mention is made of Sophia and Jeaanette, although Sophia was very much attached to her father.

The history of the McGillivray Indian descendants is not considered in the history of the McGillivrays of the Scottish Highlands.

Woodrow Wallace points out that from the perspective of the prominent McGillivray family of Dunmaglas in the Scottish Highlands, Lachlan's story is not of the poor lad of sixteen first appearing in Charleston, but of a business man who came to the New World to engage in the fur trading business. That contradicts the colorful Pickett story of a 16 year old runaway coming to Charleston and making it rich.

The trader James Adair who lived among the Creeks admired Lachlan McGillivray and also George Galphin. He felt very strongly that either one of them should be the Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the English. He writes on page 393 of "Adairs history of the American Indians by Samuel Cole Williams LL.D Editor, (Prommontory Press, New York) First published in 1930 by Colonial Dames of America and dedicated to "Hon. Colonel George Craghan, George Galphin and Lachlan McGillivray Esquires": "There might be introduced even among the Indian I have described, a spirit of industry, in cultivating such roduction as would agree with their land and climates; esecially if the superintendantcy of our Indian afairs, westward, was conferred on the sensible public-spirited and judicious Mr. George Galphn, merchant, or Lachlan Mcgillivray, Esq. of equal merit. Every Indian trader knows from long experience , that both of these gentlemen have a greater influence over the dangerous Muskohge, than any others besides. And the security of Georgia requires one or the other of them speedily to superintend our Indian affairs. It was chiefly the skillful management of these worthy patriots, which prevented the Muskohge from joining the Cherokee, according to treaty, against us in the year 1760 and 1761. -- to their great expierence and hazard of life..."

Born: 1719 in Drumanglass, Inverneshire, Scotland; Married: about 17340 in Wetumpka, now Elmore Co., Alabama; Died after 1782 Isle of Skye, Scotland
Parents: William McGillivray and Janet McIntosh

Their children were:

Chief of the Tuckabachee


Born: Married: ca 1757; Died:

Their children were:

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See the Tates and see the Weatherfords

Sehoy III

LifeNotes: Of the Wind Clan.

Born: about 1759 in Little Tulsa, Elmore, AL; 1st-Union in 1774, Alabama; Married 2nd-about 1778 in Alabama; Married 3rd-about 1780; Died 1811-2 , buried in Baldwin County, Alabama; her son William Weatherford lies buried next to her.
Parents: Sehoy II and a Tuckabatchee chief

William Dixon Moniac

Born: ; Married, Died: 1846

LifeNotes: See his page and see the Moniac lines. He was "a Hollander" from The Netherlands, according to Dr. Marion Elisah Tarvin. He came to the Creek nation in 1756 with a remnant of the Natchez, according to J. D. Driesback (in a paper written, July 9th, 1883). Driesback said of William and of Sam, William's son, "He and Sam Moniac were men of fine sense and indomitable courage, strict integrity and enterprise, had considerable influence over the Indians, went with Gen. McGillivray to New York to see Washington, was presented by Washington with a medal, which was buried with him at Pass Christian in 1837."

He went to N.Y. with Alex McGillivray; there he was presented by Washington with a medal which was buried with him at Pass Christian, MS. He later married Polly Colbert.

Their child:

John Tate

LifeNotes: See the Tate lines. British officer with rank of colonel and the last British commander at Ft. Toulouse.

Born: about 1738 in Scotland; Married: in 1769, Alabama; Died:1779-80 in Alabama

Their children were:

Charles Weatherford

LifeNotes: See the Weatherfords lines. According to Dr. Marion Elisha Tarvin, Charles Weatherford "was a man of means and was a government contractor, and constructed and owned the first race courses in Alabama."

Born: about 1752 in UK; Married: about 1780 in Alabama; Died

LifeNotes: Scottish trader. He lived at his horse track on the Alabama River, about 5 mile upriver from Sehoy. It was customary for Indian couples to live separately and Charles kept the custom with Sehoy.

James Albert Pickett tells this story in The History of Alabama: In 1792, Creeks frequently attack homes on the Cumberland. They captured a young girl named Elizabeth Baker and brought her back to Coosawda, after murdering her family before her eyes. Across the river, Charles Weatherford heard of the girl and ransomed her back, putting her in the care of Sehoy (III), his wife.

Their children are:

Dr. Marion Elisha Tarvin, her nephew, said, "I well recollect Aunt Rosannah and Capt. Shomo, having often been at their house. She was woman of great force of of character. She was born in the upper part of Baldwin county, Ala., near where rests the remains of her warrior brother, William the 'Red Eagle".

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