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Addt'l Info. - Monday Durant & Family
In Response To: Re: Creek Freedmen William and Monday Durant ()
Monday Durant, one of the most important and influencial leaders in the African Creek community, owned a small store near the mouth of the little river in the western reaches of the Creek country. Durant was described as a "large, strong man of fine physical proportions," who readily spoke Creek. Like his contemporary Harry Island, Durant was born in the old Creek Nation before the Red Stick War. He had begun preaching at a youing age and organized a Baptist church in the Little River Community in 1854. Durant would go on to be a leading figure in establishing Baptist congregations in the Creek country. He combined his church building, preaching, and mercantile activites with stock raising and ran several large herds of cattle, horses. - - Gary Zellar, pg. 36 (African Creeks).
* Harry Island aka "Coon Creek Harry" (ld)
African Creeks and African Seminoles fought in the battles of Round Mountain on Nov. 19, Chusto Talasah (Caving Banks) on Dec. 9, and finally Chustenahlah (Shoal Creek) on Dec. 26. Col. Cooper estimated as many as "200-300 Negroes" were under arms in the battles. Charles Anderson, Jacob Bernard, Simon Brown, Harry Colonel [Kernel/Cornell], Redmon Colonel [Kernel/ Cornell], Thomas Conner, John Coulter, Thomas Dobbins, Monday Durant, Jim Doyle, Ned Doyle (town chief & Venus' 2nd husband), Joe Fife, Billy Hawkins, Gilbert Lewis, Morris McIntosh, Scipio Sancho, and Joe Sells were among those "able-bodied" men on the first exodus to Kansas, and its likely that they were among the first black men in America to raise arms against the Confederacy." Zellar, pg. 51
Free inhabitants in the Creek Nation, in the County West of Arkansas, enumerated on 25 Sept. 1860. Post Office Micco.
DUNN ROLL, family 28, Canadian Twp:
1870 Loyal Creek # 177
House of Warriors: Thomas Bruner, Jeffery Smith, Daniel Miller, Paro Bruner, Ben Barnett, Jack McGilbra, Robert Grayson, Ned Robbins, Sandy Perryman, Tom Richards
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