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  1. In 1938, I was born, at home, in a community called Munford and raised on a dairy/beef farm in Lincoln, both are in Talladega County. I dearly love history of this wonderful state. Do you have any history on either of these two communities or county? There are tales of the Choctaw Indian tribe was prevalent within this area near the Coosa River and Choccolocco Creek and Blue Eye Creek, I enjoy all your wonderful stories. Once I retired,to be near my children, I relocated to California in 2006. I am writing short stories about my rural, farm life, which will be published as a Chapbook with Santa Monica College. I would like to have more history and/or stories from this area. Please continue your wonderful history stories. I will be grateful for any information about the above locations.

  2. Interesting article. The Alabama Indians were not safe either…in fact, their land was stolen, and they were killed and driven off their land.

    1. Looking through their prism, we were bad immigrants / invaders . My point . That being said, I’m only like 25 % Indian and wasn’t told till like age 35 . Taboo I guess ? My great grand mother was raped by an Indian up north. Point : everybody played rough back in the day. No concept of PC behavior .

  3. I caught the reference to pipes playing, interesting. Clarke had a large contingent of highland Scots including my own McLeods. This could only be a reference to the war pipes or Great Highland Bagpipes.
    I am told that in McLeod’s Beat (the area bounded by the Coffeville Rd on the north to McVay on the south and from Grovehill to Zimco east to west) Gaelic was heard spoken as late as the War Between the States.
    Also the dividing ridge mentioned was the boundary between the Choctaw and Creeks.

  4. Immigrant – interesting word depending on who’s looking through the prism and what / who their looking at .

  5. When the Indians were removed during the Trail of Tears, Tuscumbia is the only city along the route which aided the Native Americans with food, clothing and medical care. Thought it interesting the cabin used from our town.

  6. John A good read for you.

  7. It’s easy to romanticize history with tales of Austill , but why not tell of the Indian being forced to leave their homes and everything they knew and be forced to travel the Trail of Tears and Death ? Why not tell of the hundreds who refused to go and hid in the woods and swamps of South Alabama ? Why not tell of how they came here as skin and bones , starving and sick ? why not tell the real story of Andrew Jackson , not as a hero , but as the Indian hater that he was and his contribution to the Trail of Tears ? The fact of the matter is , everything that we were taught about the History of Alabama in school was a lie , based on one man’s version of it. I had Pickett’s ” History of Alabama ” shoved down my throat as a child in school and you were raised not to question an adult . For the most part , I enjoy the majority of the stories on Alabama Pioneers , but please , enough with Austill !

    1. I would love to add more of the Native Americans history. Sadly, there is so little that was recorded in textbooks. Anyone having documents or stories they’d be willing to share from the Native American perspective, send them to [email protected] and they may be included on the website.
      Donna

  8. Our family also lived in the Creek territory, in the early 1800’s. The story is that my third great grandmother, Julia Marion Young, hid in the woods with her children and watched the Indians as they burned their house to the ground.

  9. I had three very great grand mothers named sehoy tribe of he Wind. Was from them that your ancestors stole the land.
    Why do you continue to delete my responses are you that ashamed of your Alabama history

  10. Love reading about the Native Americans in Alabama. I am not from there but found my Biological Father is an Alabama native with Cherokee or maybe Creek in his ancestors. Some surnames are; Booth, Dees, Hodo and Cannon.

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