Sophia McGillivray

Female Abt 1741 - Aft 1799  (~ 59 years)


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  • Name Sophia McGillivray 
    Born Abt 1741  Coosa River, Elmore County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1799 
    Person ID I616715238  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2006 

    Father Lachlan McGillivray,   b. Abt 1719, Dunmaglas, Strath Nairn, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1799, Isle of Skye, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Sehoy II Marchand,   b. Apr 1722, Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1799, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 1740  Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:

    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Lachlan Mcgillivray
      Name: Lachlan Mcgillivray
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: SC
      Birth Year: 1719
      Spouse Name: Sehoyi II Windclan
      Spouse Birth Year: 1722
      Marriage
      Year: 1740
      Number Pages: 1
    Family ID F546595688  Group Sheet

    Family Benjamin Peter Durant,   b. 1735, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married Abt 1758  Coosa River, Elmore County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Lachlan Durant,   b. Unknown
     2. Rachel Durant,   b. Abt 1765, Elmore County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1835, Upper Creek Nation, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     3. Sophia Durant,   b. Unknown
    +4. Polly Durant,   b. Unknown
     5. John Durant,   b. Unknown
     6. Betsey Durant,   b. Unknown
     7. Sandy Durant,   b. Unknown
     8. Peter Durant,   b. Unknown
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F546595687  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1741 - Coosa River, Elmore County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1758 - Coosa River, Elmore County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Frances Thornton Smith & Family Search
      Per Frances:
      Sophia grew up on Little River. This river divided the present day counties of Baldwin and Monrow of Alabama. He mother and father had a beautiful home on the Coosa River called Hickory Grove. It was located a few miles above Wetumpka, Alabama.
      Albert Pickett, in his book "History of Alabama" wrote, "A remarkable woman named Sophia, a sister of General McGillivray, lived occasionally among the Indians of the Creek Nation. She was a maiden beautiful in all respects."
      She met Benjamin Durant, fell in love, and went to live on a plantation situated on the Savannah River. A book tells that, "Benjamin Durant cultivated the land as early as 1786. He bacame a wealthy man and "Durant's Bend" and other places upon the Alabama, still preserve his memory."
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      Information here based on the work of Joan Case, William Bell, Steve Travis and Woodrow Wallace, among others, who have graciously shared their material on the web:

      LifeNotes: Of the Wind Clan. Went to school in Charleston, SC under the care of her father's cousin Rev. Farquhar McGillivray. Sophie was sent to a girls' school and was very homesick for her wilderness home, so she returned home to her parents at Little Tallassee. She was taught hunting skills by her Uncle Red Shoes. Sophie was trained to be a leader to her people; she attends tribal councils at Hickory Ground. Women of the clan had a place of high importance in tribal business. Neighboring tribes are the Alibamos, the Cowetas and the Coushatta.

      They lived for a time outside of Savannah, GA on one of her father's estates on the Savannah River. They are there during the seige of Savannah. And there Sophie parts with her father when he is sent back to Scotland for his loyalties to the Crown. Later because once again Sophie yearns for the Wilderness, they moved to Creek territory at Durant's Bend.

      In 1792 (or 1800), Sophie and a servant rode horses for 4 days to stop a Creek attack on Tensaw in Baldwin Co., AL Two weeks later Sophie gave birth to twins. Sophie and Benjamin remained at Durant's Bend until the Creek War of 1814. Then they fled to safety among the Seminoles and Spanish in Pensacola, FL.

      Her great-great-nephew Dr. Marion Elisha Tarvin (grandson of David Tate) describes her. "was beautiful in every respect, she had an air of authority, and had great influence for good."



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