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30 At the age of twelve, David Tate accompanied his uncle, Alexander McGillivray, to New York in 1790 to attend a conference between leaders of the Creek nation and of¤cials of the United States. While the Creek delegation negotiated publicly with American of¤cials, McGillivray and Secretary of War Henry Knox covertly drafted a private codicil to the treaty. , with all costs borne by John Panton, friend of the McGillivray boy’s father and grandfather. 33 Indoctrinated by formal schooling while absent from his Indian home for so many years, Tate may well have experienced dif¤culty returning to life as a Creek.
Kinship Chart 2. Sehoy II Lineage. Names of Sehoy matrilineage members in bold; names of Redsticks, during the 1813–1814 war, in italics. Many Paths to the Tensaw / 39 McGillivray’s polygyny re®ected his exceptional wealth and high status in Creek society. 13 Elise resided on McGillivray’s plantation at Little Tallassee with her son and two daughters; she died in 1794, within a year of Alexander’s death. 14 Alexander’s second wife was Levitia “Vicey” Cornells, daughter of a métis woman from Tuckaubatchee and Joseph Cornells, a white trader and interpreter at the Upper Creek town of Tallassee.
10 Little is known of the elder McPherson, but he evidently died or left the Creek towns within a few years. 11 In 1764 or thereabout, Sehoy II acquiesced to Lachlan McGillivray’s request that their son Alexander be permitted to live in Charleston, South Carolina, with him and his white family. There Alexander learned to speak English ®uently, received a formal English colonial education, and apprenticed in the accounting end of the deerskin trade. The now-literate young man returned home to Little Tallassee in 1777, in the midst of the American Revolution, as assistant deputy to John Stuart, Britain’s Indian superintendent in the South.