Cover

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pp. 1-1

Frontmatter

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-18

The heart of this volume is the legal proceedings in an inheritance dispute. It happened more than century and a half ago in rural Alabama and went all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court in 1851. It was recorded as Case 1299: Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al. Why should a family squabble so long ago matter to anyone today? ...

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1. A Brief Sketch of Creek Country in the Early Nineteenth Century

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pp. 19-35

The parties in this interesting court case, Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al., were the children of the well-known Creek Indian leader William Weatherford Sr. At the time of Weatherford Sr.’s birth in 1781, the territory of the Creek Confederacy, the well-known epithet for the eighteenth-century Muskogees, as the Creeks called themselves, ...

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2. Formation of the Tensaw Community

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pp. 36-45

Several hundred people living within a few miles’ radius of the historic site of Fort Mims, at the northeast corner of the Mobile-Tensaw delta, comprise the modern, unincorporated, rural community of Tensaw, Alabama. A considerable number of today’s Tensaw residents trace their descent back to families that had settled here ...

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3. Early Alabama Law and Chancery Practice

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pp. 46-55

By 1846, when William Weatherford Jr. filed a complaint in the state of Alabama chancery court against Charles Weatherford, Alexander Weatherford, William F. Howell, and Levitia L. Howell, the Alabama court system had undergone significant changes since its earliest introduction into a wilderness territory. ...

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4. Edited Transcript of Case 1299: Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al.

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pp. 56-165

In July 1846 William Weatherford Jr. filed a bill of complaint in chancery court at Mobile against his half-siblings Charles Weatherford, Alexander McGillivray Weatherford, and Mary Levitia Weatherford, and Levitia’s husband, Dr. William F. Howell, since Levitia could not be legally considered independent of her husband. ...

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5. A Modern Creek Indian Reflection on Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al.

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pp. 166-180

This wide-ranging interview has been only lightly edited to preserve its character as a personal document. While the interview provides a personal, modern Creek Indian perspective on Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al., the case becomes a springboard for more wide-ranging reminiscences that touch on many topics of interest in contemporary American Indian studies. ...

Appendix: Reproduction of “Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Alabama, during January Term and a Part of June Term, 1852. Reported by J. W. Shepherd. Vol. XX.”

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pp. 181-192

References

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pp. 193-204

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List of Contributors

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pp. 205-206

David I. Durham (PhD, The University of Alabama), is curator of Archival Collections, The University of Alabama School of Law. His book, A Southern Moderate in Radical Times: Henry Washington Hilliard, 1808–1892, was recently published by Louisiana State University Press. ...

Index

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pp. 207-219