Medal-bearing (given by Pres. Geo. Washington, NYC, 1790) Chief Samuel Maniac, Sr., was the father of Mrs. Elizabeth Moniac Hollinger, wife of Adam Hollinger of "Mt. Vernon" plantation, Mount Vernon, Alabama, on the Tombigbee River. Elizabeth was the step-mother of my Mrs. Margaret Hollinger Russell who's late mother, Mme. Marie Josephine Juzan Hollinger was one-quarter Kaskaskia Illini (Peoria, Miami, OK) Indian. Margaret's husband, 3rd U.S. Infantry (today's 1st), Col. Gilbert Christian Russel, Sr., was mentor of Chief Moniac's young son, David Moniac, later Lt. 6th U.S. Infantry, West Point class of 1822. West Point's first Native-American graduate. Alabama's first graduate. The Creek Tribe's first graduate. West Point archives still has two letters from David's kinsman-mentor, Col. Russell, asking that the rules be waived and David be admitted. Untill then, no Indians were admitted. A desc, of David's brother, Pvt. Samuel Moniac, Jr., Alabama Mounted (Dragoons) Creek Volunteers in U.S. service, Second Seminole War, Florida, is Mr. Harvey "Firebird" Gibson, 3601 Avenue Montressor, Delray Beach, Fla. 33445-2205, e-mail Leon1228@aol.com
My address is 7912-H Harris Hill Lane, Charlotte, N.C. 28269-0704. Ol'Jimboy Maj. David Moniac, Alabama Mounted Creek Volunteers was killed leeding his white turbaned troop across the river, Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Florida, over 50 bullets in David's human remains. David's U.S. government memorial stone is at nearby Bushnel National Cemetery, it's obverse inscribed that David was "As brave as any man who has picked up a sword and faced an enemy"--Gen. Jesup. A Creek brave warrior, West Point's first Native-American graduate.