Sehoy Tate Weatherford

Sehoy Tate Weatherford

Weatherford’s influence among the Americans and the Creeks was a product of his mother, Sehoy the 3rd. Creek society was matrilineal – which means that your lineage and status came from your mother and her family. Sehoy the 3rd was from the powerful and esteemed Wind Clan.

Weatherford’s great grandmother was Sehoy; his grandmother was Sehoy the 2nd.

Sehoy the 3rd was one-quarter Creek, as her mother and grandmother both married Europeans. After an unsuccessful first marriage to David Tate, an American who was the assistant to John Stuart, the British government’s Director of Indian Affairs for all the southern tribes, she met and married a mixed blood trader named Charles Weatherford around 1780. Charles loved horse racing and had a fine herd of horses. He built the first horse racing track in the Creek Nation. Charles was a pretty shady fellow, however. He was dealing in stolen goods and it seems that many of Charles Weatherford’s slaves and horses were stolen.

In 1798, the Creeks ejected seven disreputable traders from their territory – Charles among them. But due to the influence of his wife and a promise to change his ways – which he did not - he was allowed to stay. Around 1803, Charles left his Creek family and sailed to the Bahamas where he remained for the rest of his life.

Sehoy the 3rd never remarried but didn’t need to. She had become a very successful trader in her own right and owned a very large plantation on the Alabama River. Sehoy the 3rd and Charles Weatherford had four children; their first child was the man who would become known as Red Eagle, William Weatherford.