“(…) By common tradition and the busk expression, “We are Kos-istagi,” still used by them, we know that there are several other towns descended from Coosa, though no longer bearing the name. The most important of these was Otciapofa, commonly called “Hickory Ground,” whose people came from Little Tulsa. Little Tulsa was the seat of the famous Alexander McGillivray and was located on the east bank of Coosa River 3 miles above the falls. After his death the inhabitants all moved to the Hickory Ground, Otciapofa, which was on the same side of the river just below the falls.35 The condition of this latter town in 1799 is thus described by Hawkins:
O-che-au-po-fau; from Oche-ub, a hickory tree, and po-fau, in or among, called by the traders, hickory ground. It is on the left bank of the Coosau, two miles above the fork of the river, and one mile below the falls, on a flat of poor land, just below a small stream; the fields are on the right side of the river, on rich flat land; and this flat extends back for two miles, with oak and hickory, then pine forest; the range out in this forest is fine for cattle; reed is abundant in all the branches.
The falls can be easily passed in canoes, either up or down; the rock is very different from that of Tallapoosa; here it is ragged and very coarse granite; the land bordering on the left side of the falls is broken or waving, gravelly, not rich. At the termination of the falls there is a fine little stream, large enough for a small mill, called, from the clearness of the water, We-hemt-le, good water.36 Three and a half miles above the town are ten apple trees, planted by the late General McGillivray; half a mile further up are the remains of Old Tal-e-see,37 formerly the residence of Mr. Lochlan (38) and his son, the general . Here are ten apple trees, planted by the father, and a stone chimney, the remains of a house built by the son, and these are all the improvements left by the father and son.
These people are, some of them, industrious. They have forty gunmen, nearly three hundred cattle, and some horses and hogs; the family of the general belong to this town; he left one son and two daughters; the son is in Scotland, with his grand-father, and the daughters with Sam Macnack [Moniac], a half-breed, their uncle; the property is much of it wasted. The chiefs have requested the agent for Indian affairs to take charge of the property for the son, to prevent its being wasted by the sisters of the general or by their children. Mrs. Durant, the oldest sister, has eight children. She is industrious, but has no economy or management. In possession of fourteen working negroes, she seldom makes bread enough, and they live poorly. She can spin and weave, and is making some feeble efforts to obtain clothing for her family. The other sister, Sehoi, has about thirty negroes, is extravagant and heedless, neither spins nor weaves, and has no government of her family. She has one son, David Tale [Tate?] who has been educated in Philadelphia and Scotland. He promises to do better.(39) […]”
via Coosa and Their Descendants.[…]”
New Site is located in the north central part of Tallapoosa County. The community of New Site was established in 1849 when families wanted to locate to a more quiet area from the hustle and bustle of a gold mining town located just north of our existing town. Families loaded their wagons and traveled, looking for a “new site” to call home. When they arrived at the quite, wooded and peaceful area, the name of New Site stuck and our community’s name remains the same to this day.
The Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is located only five miles from New Site. This is the location of the 1814 battle between General Andrew Jackson and the Upper Creek Indians. It has picnic areas, a visitor’s center, walking trails and a driving tour through the park. It is a beautiful place to visit.
William Henry Cox was born February 2, 1789 in Morris, Alabama.
He is my FIFTH COUSIN, ONCE REMOVED.
William and I have Cox/Beverly ancestors in-common:
JOHN WASHINGTON COX, senior — (Born: 1705 in Granville County, North Carolina – Died: about May 1752 in Granville County, North Carolina ) and Sarah Beverly (Born: about 1710 in Middlesex, Virginia – Died: abt 1752 in Granville District/County, North Carolina)
On his mother’s side of the family — he is a descendant of Grantham, Smith, Yargee, McQueen, and Drurant (respectively) — straight maternal line. Other noticable CREEK ancestors include:
1) John Smith
(B: Alabama – D: Oklahoma)
2) (Chief) Checartha “James” Yargee
(Born: Creek Nation East – now Alabama; Died: Tuckabatchee Town, Oklahoma
3) (Chief) Menawa “Big Warrior”
(Born: Creek Nation East; Died: unknown)
4) (Chief) Peter McQueen
(Born: 1780 in Creek nation East – now Alabama; Died: unknown)
5) Elizabeth Durant
(Born: about 1765 in the Creek Nation east now Alabama; Died: unknown)
6) Katherine/ Kathryn Frashier
(Born: Tallassee Indina Village – now Alabama; Died: unknown).
Kathryn is thought to be a member of the “Red Stick Creek” Nation; but more facts need to be checked.
7) Sophia McGillivray, of the wind Clan
(Born: in Little Tallassee on the Coosa River – now Alabama; Died: abt 1800, location unknown)
Her mother is thought to be SEHOY II of the Creek Nation; whose mother is thought to be SEHOY I
(Born: in Taskigi Town on the Coosa River – now Alabama; Died about 1772)
SEHOY I is thought to be the daughter of Chief Taskegee and a Woman of the Wind Clan.
If you have details you wish to add or give valid sources for, please post a comment.
— Cathy Ann Abernathy