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Maj. David Tate Moniac

Male 1802 - 1836  (33 years)


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  • Name Maj. David Tate Moniac 
    Title Maj. 
    Born 25 Dec 1802  Pinchony Creek, Montgomery, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Present-day location. Moniac reportedly was born at his father's tavern on the old Federal Road.
    Gender Male 
    Graduation 01 Jul 1822  West Point, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    United States Military Academy 
    • Moniac was the first native American, the first non-white, and the first Alabamian to attend the United States Military Academy. Woodward attributes his entry to his father's standing with the white community. He graduated 39th in a class of 40 cadets. He resigned his commission to recover his father's flagging fortune.
    • http://www.usma.edu/wphistory/sitepages/notable%20graduates.aspx
    Died 21 Nov 1836  Sumter County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Killed at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Seminole War
    Buried Florida National Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moniac, David Tate
    Moniac, David Tate
    Moniac, David Tate
    Moniac, David Tate
    Notes 
    • MONIAC, DAVID, cotton planter, major, U. S. Army, was born in 1802, in Alabama, and was killed at Wahoo Swamp, November 21, 1836; son of Sam and Elizabeth (Weatherford) Moniac, the former who was the Red Eagle of the Creek Indians [correction by site administrator: Sam Moniac was the brother-in-law of William Weatherford, the Red Eagle], the latter the sister of William Weatherford, the warrior, and half sister of David Tate; grandson of William and Polly (Colbert) Moniac, the former a native of Holland, the latter a Tuskegee woman, and of Charles and Sehoy (McGlllivray) Weatherford, the latter a sister of Alexander McGillivray. He was appointed to West Point from Alabama, and was educated and prepared for the academy by John McLeod, an Irish scholar who had a military school in Washington, D. C. He was a cadet at West Point from September 18, 1817, to July 1, 1822, when he was graduated and promoted to brevet second lieutenant, Sixth infantry, U. S. Army. He resigned from the army December 31, 1822, and engaged as a cotton planter in Baldwin County, 1822-1836. He was appointed captain of Creek mounted volunteers, August 17, 1836, for service in the Florida War, and was promoted to major, November 15, 1836. He was engaged against the Seminole Indians in the battle of Wahoo Swamp, November 31, 1836, and while crossing a difficult morass in face of the fire of the enemy posted on the opposite bank, he was killed. Married: to Mary Powell, a cousin of Oceola, whose real name was Powell. Children: 1. David A., who served two terms as sheriff of Baldwin County; 2. a daughter. Last residence: Baldwin County. [2]
    Person ID I5125  Dickinson
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2013 

    Father Sam Moniac,   b. Abt 1770, Tuskegee, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1837, Pass Christian, Harrison, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Weatherford,   b. Abt. 1780, Coosada, Elmore, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt. 1797  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • "Charles Weatherford was the second and last husband of Sehoy McPherson. They raised four children that I knew. Betsy, the oldest child, married Sam Moniac, and was the mother of Major David Moniac, who was educated at West Point and was killed by the Seminoles in the fall of 1836- he was educated at West Point in consequence of the faithful and disinterested friendship of his father to the whites. Billy was the next oldest, Jack next, and a younger daughter whose name I have forgotten. She married Capt. Shumac, a very intelligent officer of the United States army." [4]
    Family ID F1373  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Dalphine Powell,   b. 1810, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 16 Sep 1828  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. Margaret J Moniac,   b. Abt 1830, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     2. David Alexander Moniac,   b. 29 Jan 1834, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1882, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F1374  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Sep 1828 - Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Weatherford, William
    Weatherford, William
    Order on Letters of Administration

    Histories
    Cadet David Moniac: A Creek Indian’s Schooling at West Point, 1817–1822
    Cadet David Moniac: A Creek Indian’s Schooling at West Point, 1817–1822
    Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society
    2008 Sep;152(3):322-48
    Hauptman, Laurence
    Dixon, Heriberto

  • Sources 
    1. [S336314] History of Alabama and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, Pickett, Albert James, (Sheffield, Alabama: Robert C. Randolph, 1896), 619.
      "Sam McNac, who still lived near the Pinchoma, on the Federal Road...." This is given to be March 1818.

    2. [S336312] History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Owen, Thomas McAdory, (Chicago, Illinois: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921), vol. iv, 1215.

    3. [S336330] The Rise of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Lou Vickery and Steve Travis, (Upword Press, 2009), 62.

    4. [S336313] Woodward's Reminiscences of the Creek or Muscogee Indians, Woodward, Thomas S. , (Montgomery, Alabama: Barrett and Wimbush, 1859), 89.

    5. [S036451] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).
      Year only.