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About Sophia Durant

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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Sophia Durant's Timeline

1747
1747
Florida, United States
1756
1756
Age 9
East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States
1759
1759
Age 12
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
1760
1760
Age 13
Baldwin, Alabama, United States
1762
1762
Age 15
Baldwin, Alabama, United States
1765
1765
Age 18
Elmore, Elmore, Alabama, United States
1766
1766
Age 19
Little Talisi, Elmore, Alabama, United States
1769
1769
Age 22
Elmore, Elmore, Alabama, United States
1771
1771
Age 24
Elmore, Elmore, Alabama, United States