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William McIntosh Papers, 1802-1906

Identifier: MC-1964-140

Scope and Contents

Gen. William McIntosh was a Creek Indian Chief who favored the removal of the Creeks out of the state of Georgia to lands in the West. In this matter there was a strong party in opposition. On April 30, 1825, a force of these Indians burned his home, then killed him and other members of his family. General McIntosh was a cousin of Gov. George M. Troup of Georgia.

The papers include a letter to Governor Troup written and signed by Gen. William McIntosh; letters and copies of letters from members of the McIntosh family; the Secretary of War, James Barbour; various Indian agents; and others. All have to do with the murder of McIntosh and with the question of the protection and reimbursement of the family by the government. Other family letters are by Chilly McIntosh (1800-1875), and Cheesie McIntosh (1848-1915).

In addition to the manuscript material, there is a "Family Tree" of the descendants of Gen. William McIntosh written by William Thomas Scott.

Interesting items: In addition to those mentioned above, there are some Pleasant Porter letters and a photostatic letter from William McIntosh to John Ross, October 21, 1823 (?), offering him money to agree to the treaty of removal.


  • 1802 - 1906

Physical Description

In good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only.


46 items

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Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Repository

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127