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Maj. David Moniac, Alabama Mounted Creek Vols.
Posted by: James Alfred MillerJr (ID *****4907) Date: October 26, 2007 at 21:43:26
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David now has a memorial stone ar Bushnell National Cemetery, Florida. He was killed leading his troop at the nearby Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Fla., over fifty bullets in his corps. The stone's obverse quotes Gen. Jessup, that David was "As brave as any man who has drawn a sword, and faced the enemy". David's mass grave remains, are alledgedly buried under one of two pyramid tombstines at St. Augustine, Fla., National Cemetery; high on a bluff, overlooking the water. David was West Point's first Native American graduate. His kinsman, my ancestor, Col. Gilbert Christian Russell, Sr., 3rd U.S. Infantry, 1815 Mobile, Alabama, wrote two letters to Wesr Point, asking that the rules be waived, and David be admitted. West Point archives, still has the letters. David's father was Creek Chief Samuel Moniac, Sr. (died Pass Christian, Miss., in the removal?), who 1790, NYC, signed the peace treaty with President Washington. Col. Russell's wife, Mrs. Margaret Hollinger Russell's step-mother was Mrs. Margaret Moniac Hollinger, David's sister. Mrs. Russell's mother, the first wife of Adam Hollinger, Esq., owner of Hollinger's Island, off Mobile; was Mdm. Marie Josephine de Juzan Hollinger, quarter-breed Kaskaskia Illini. Her other son-in-law was U.S. Senator, Col. George Washington Owen, Mayor of Mobile, who's daughter wed Adm. Semmes, CSN, of the CSS Alabama. The morning scouting for a location for David's memorial stone, I came upon a large turtle. I held him to my eyes; eye-to-eye; it was as if David's spirit dwelled within? 'Yes David, I was faithfull; I have not forgotten what you did whilst of this earth, long ago'. At my Kaskaskia Illini nameing ceremony in Illinois, I was named Na-poo-pah-too-wah, or in colonial American French, Ne-p8-pa-t8-8a; in English "Walkslowly", meaning turtle. Ayw-wee-pah-kee-noo-kah, Mdm. Catherine E8ipakin8ca Colon, first wife of Canadian voyageur to old up-river Mobile Jean Baptisre Colon dit La Violette (2nd wife Marguerite Praux), was the mother of Mdm. Henriette Colon Rochon, baptised Nov. 27, 1698, age one month (her godfather Henri de Tonty, his brother Capt. Antoine de Tonty, godfather of her twin brother, Henri Colon), wife of Canadian Charles Rochon, Sr., who 1714, owned 1,000 cattle on Hollinger's Island. Their daughter, Marie Henriette Rochon, was one of the wife's of Francoise Pierre Gabriel de Juzan, His Spanish Majesty's Indian Comissioner to Alabama. James A. Miller Jr., Southport, North Carolina. P.S. Col. Russell was born Abington, Va., and buried Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile. His father was Battle of Kings Mountain, Capt. Andrew Russell, Jr. His mother Mrs. Margaret Christian Russell, grandchild of Gilbert Christian who 1733 settled Beverly Manor, Christian's Creek, Augusta County, Virgina.

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