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Milly Francis
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Coinseekers
N 29° 56.396 W 085° 00.692
16R E 691917 N 3313792
Quick Description: Located off Hwy 65 on FR-129 in the Apalachicola National Forest in Franklin County, Fla.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 4/6/2010 7:05:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM8HQK
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 14

Long Description:
Francis the Prophet, whose Indian name was Hillis Hadjo, was an important Creek chief who was forced to leave his hom in the Alabama Territory at the end of the Creek War of 1813-14. He established a new town on the Wakulla River several miles above Ft. St. Marks. In 1818, Gen. Andrew Jackson led an army into Spanish Florida to campaign against the restive Seminoles. With the army was a young Georgia militia private named Duncan McKrimmon. While Jackson's forces were at recently constructed Ft. Gadsden in the spring of 1818, McKrimmon went fishing, lost his way, and after several days was captured by Indians from Francis' Town. Duncan McKrimmon was taken to that village whre he was stripped and bound to await execution. The younger of Francis' two daughters, a girl of about fifteen named Malee (Anglicized to "Milly"), begged Private McKrimmon's captors to spare his life. This they agreed to do. Instead of being shot, the youth was sold to the Spanish at Ft. St. Marks, who then released him. Not long afterwards, Francis the Prophet was detained by U.S. forces and on April 8, 1818, was hanged at the order of General Jackson. A few months later, Francis' family surrendered themselves along with a number of other Seminoles. They remained at Ft. Gadsden for several weeks awaiting removal to a reservation in the West. Duncan McKrimmon traveled to Ft. Gadsden and out of gratitude offered to marry Milly, but she refused his proposal. Milly went to live in Indian Territory on Arkansas River where she married and had a number of children. In 1842, Lt. Col. E.A. Hitchcock found Milly living there widowed and in poverty. He initiated action which led to the granting in 1844 by Congress of a pension of $96.00 a year and a Congressional medal to Milly. Delays occurred and when the pension was finally activated in 1848, Milly was on her deathbed. There is no evidence that the medal recommended to honor Milly for saving the life of Duncan McKrimmon was ever cast.
Marker Number: F-202

Date: 1974

County: Franklin

Marker Type: Other

Sponsored or placed by: Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with Department of State

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