Major David Tate Moniac

Male 1802 - 1836  (33 years)


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  • Name Major David Tate Moniac 
    Title Major 
    Born 25 Dec 1802 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Nov 1836  Died in the Seminole War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I272008477600  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2012 

    Father Samuel Takkes-Hadjo Moniac,   b. Abt 1781, Creek Nation, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1837, Pass Christian, Harrison County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Weatherford,   b. Abt 1785, Montpelier, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 1800  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:

    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      about Totkis Moniac

      Name:Totkis Moniac
      Gender:Male
      Birth Year:1765
      Spouse Name:Elizabeth Weatherford
      Spouse Birth Year:1784
      Marriage Year:1800
      Number Pages:1

    Family ID F246729423968  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Dalphine Powell,   b. Abt 1800, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 16 Sep 1828 
    Notes 
    Married:

    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      about David Tate Moniac

      Name:David Tate Moniac
      Gender:Male
      Birth Place:AL
      Birth Year:1802
      Spouse Name:Mary Dalphine Powell
      Spouse Birth Year:1810
      Marriage Year:1828
      Number Pages:1

    Children 
    +1. Margaret J Moniac,   b. Abt 1830, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1897  (Age ~ 67 years)
    +2. David Alexander Moniac,   b. 10 Jan 1833, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1882, Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F246729423982  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
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    • U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
      about David Moniac

      Name:David Moniac
      Service Info.:MAJ US ARMY
      Birth Date:25 Dec 1802
      Death Date:21 Nov 1836
      Service Start Date:18 Sep 1817
      Interment Date:20 Jan 1995
      Cemetery:Florida National Cemetery
      Cemetery Address:6502 SW. 102nd Ave. Bushnell, FL 33513
      Buried At:Section MD Site 1

    • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
      about David Moniac

      Name:David Moniac
      Issue Date:5 Feb 1833
      State of Record:Alabama
      Acres:152
      Accession Number:AL0060__.268
      Metes and Bounds:No
      Land Office:St. Stephens
      Canceled:No
      US Reservations:No
      Mineral Reservations:No
      Authority:April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Number:2794

    • From Encyclopedia of Alabama:

      David Moniac (ca. 1802-1836), Creek Indian of mixed ancestry and grand-nephew of Creek leader Alexander McGillivray, was one of the earliest ethnic minorities to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the first cadet appointed from Alabama. Moniac also had the distinction of being the only Native American commissioned as an officer during the Second Seminole War. He was killed in action during that war at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Sumter County, Florida.

      Moniac (sometimes listed as David A. Moniac) was born on December 25, most likely in 1802, to mixed-ancestry Creek parents Sam Moniac and Elizabeth Weatherford Moniac (sister of Creek leader William Weatherford) near Pinchona Creek in present-day Montgomery County. Little is known of his early life, but he is descended from and related to many important figures of the Creek Wind Clan, although biographical pieces likely include much speculation rather than fact. Sam Moniac served as a guide to the U.S. military during the Creek War of 1813?14, and in 1817 David was admitted to West Point, likely as a gesture of repayment for his father's service. Prior to entering the academy, Moniac traveled to Washington, D.C., to study with a tutor named John McLeod in preparation for West Point's entrance examinations and curriculum.

      David Moniac was in every respect a traditional Creek. His presence in the Corps of Cadets was a novelty, although his physical appearance did not distinguish him from fellow cadets. He graduated in 1822, 39th in a class of 40, after being "turned back" (having to repeat a year) at his own request. Upon graduation, he was commissioned brevet second lieutenant in the Sixth U.S. Infantry Regiment. He resigned before reporting for duty, however, while on authorized graduation leave. His resignation was probably prompted by an 1822 letter from his uncle David Tate indicating that his father had become destitute and was drinking heavily. The family was thus in need of someone to manage the clan's property.

      Moniac returned to Alabama, settling at Little River in Baldwin County, where he farmed cotton and bred thoroughbred race horses. His first of two episodes of military service came in 1836, when he served in the Alabama militia under General Thomas Sidney Jesup in suppressing an uprising of displaced Creeks. Later that year, he was the only Native American to hold a commissioned officer's rank during the Second Seminole War, that of major in the all-Creek Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. He was killed in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp (in present-day Sumter County, Florida) while attempting to inspire and lead Creek militiamen across a swamp in the face of fierce small-arms fire from Seminole warriors. His death effectively ended the day's battle. His body was recovered and interred alongside the victims of the subsequent Dade's Massacre, in which the Seminoles soundly defeated the forces of Major Francis Dade. In 1842, Moniac's body was likely moved to Florida National Cemetery near St. Augustine. His descendants remained in Baldwin County, where his only son, David A. Moniac, served as sheriff.

      Additional Resources

      Griffin, Benjamin. "Lt. David Moniac, Creek Indian: First Minority Graduate of West Point." Alabama Historical Quarterly 2 (Summer 1981): 99?110.

      James Lamar Appleton
      Mountain Ranch, California



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