Chinnaby descendant married Red Eagle
Published 10:15 am Wednesday, February 15, 2006
By By LYDIA GRIMES
I will continue with the descendants of the Indian Chief Chinnaby.
Mary Stiggins, daughter of Joseph and Haw Stiggins, was the third wife of William “Red Eagle” Weatherford. The famous Indian fighter, Samuel Dale, was a guest at their wedding. According to the records I have, there were five children born to them. Alexander Weatherford, Major Weatherford, John J. Weatherford, Washington Weatherford and Levititia Weatherford were their children.
Susannah Stiggins, also a daughter of Joseph and Haw Stiggins, married Henry Hathaway who was killed in the massacre at Fort Mims. Susannah escaped the massacre as a prisoner of an Indian. She later married Absolem Sizemore. Their children were Edward Sizemore (1817), Shurlat (1820), George W. (1825), William F. (1840), Mary (1842), Joseph (1844), Susan (1846) and Edwin (1848).
George Stiggins, son of Joseph and Haw Stiggins, was born in 1788 in what is now Talladega County. His family moved to Baldwin County and George was placed under the direction of tutors from Mobile and received a fair education. He could speak English, Cherokee, Natchez, Creek and Spanish. He married Elizabeth Adcock on Jan. 30, 1814, in Baldwin County and they had seven children, Joseph Napoleon (1817), Elizabeth who married Charles Weatherford, son of Red Eagle, Nan who married E.D. Forbes, Matilda who married George Wagner (Waggoner), Sarah Jeanetta who married Henry Alonzo Conway, Irene who married first Jesse Windham and then Lloyd Coker (this one is referred to in one place as the child of Sarah Jeanetta and Henry Alonzo Conway), and Clarinda who was unmarried. All of these children were listed as Indians on the 1860 Monroe County census.
During the Creek War, George fought with Andrew Jackson and friendly Creeks. He was not at Fort Mims on the day of the massacre, having left the day before on a trip to Mobile. He was appointed of the Indian agents to work with the government on the 1832 Removal Treaty of the Indians in Alabama. During these negotiations, he made several trips to Washington, D.C. On one of these trips he stopped to visit with his aunts, Mrs. Quarrells and Mrs. Proctor, and his Uncle Selocta who were quite elderly. Selocta was then the chief of the Indians at Nauche. He greeted his nephew by sitting with his legs crossed, which was customary for the old chief when he was in the presence of his successor. George later said that it made him feel badly as he had no desire to become a chief. In the 1830s George moved to what is now Macon County to receive his allotment of land according to the Creek Treaty of 1832.
Stiggins developed heart dropsy in 1844 and although he had the services of the best doctors of the time, he died in November of 1845 at the age of 57. He was buried at the Cubihatchee Baptist Cemetery in Macon County in an unmarked grave.
His son, Joseph Napoleon Stiggins (1817-1896) married Anna Mildred Burdine (1830-1899), and their children were George William Stiggins, Charlie Weatherford Stiggins, Joseph N. Stiggins Jr., Douglas Draper Stiggins, Mildred Lonzo Stiggins who married a McCall, Fannie Stiggins who married F.S. Bondurant, Willie “Dink” Stiggins who married Charlie Edward McCall, Elizabeth Stiggins who married a Fambrough, Anna Judson Stiggins who married a Goodlee and Edna Stiggins who married a Hodson.
Sarah Jeanetta Stiggins, daughter of George Stiggins and Elizabeth Adcock, married Henry Alonzo Conway in 1848 in Baldwin County. One of their children was Arnold Conway (1849-1878) who married Ann Tatum. He died of injuries sustained when his horse ran away throwing him out of the buggy. Their children were Mary Ella Conway (1870-1957) who married Calvin Washington Waters and Armour Jane Conway (1872) who married Henry B. Brown.
Mary Ella Conway and Calvin Washington Waters (1852-1947) were the parents of 13 children, one of whom was Mallard Grady Waters who married Annie Mariah Crook. They were the parents of Martha Waters Simmons, and we are back where we began a few weeks ago.
I know this was long, but I wanted to carry it all the way down.