Princess Malee "Milly" Francis
for a heroic and humanitarian act of courage in saving the life of an American soldier in March, 1818
Princess Malee "Milly" Francis
(c 1803 – 1848)
Woman of the Creek (Seminole) Indian Nation, recipient, pension in 1844 and medal from the US Congress
Daughter of Chief Hillis Hadjo, Francis the Prophet, who lived on the Wakulla River near the Spanish Fort San Marcos
Erected by Florida State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Aida Thomas Register, State Regent 1987–1989, Betty Jean Core Paul, State Chairman, American Indians Committee.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Wars, US Indian • Women. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. 30° 9.121′ N, 84° 12.647′ W. Marker is in St. Marks, Florida, in Wakulla County. Marker is on Old Fort Road 0.3 miles west of Port Leon Drive (State Road 363).
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort St. Marks Military Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); San Marcos de Apalache (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named San Marcos de Apalache (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Store on the Wakulla River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Telltale Bones (approx. 0.4 miles away); Port Leon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bo Lynn's Grocery (approx. half a mile away); Tallahassee - St. Marks Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marks.
Regarding Princess Malee "Milly" Francis. The rescue was much closer to Ft. Gadsden than Fort San Marcos. Her father, Hillis Hadjo or Francis the Prophet, was hanged by General Andrew Jackson at Fort San Marcos in April, 1818. She died before she received any of the pension. Nothing is known of the medal. Milly Francis was not referred to as a princess in any contemporary document. Her father was a leader but not a king, a designation unknown to the Creek Indians.
Also see . . . The Story of Milly Francis, the Creek Pocahontas (Explore Southern History). "One of the most remarkable stories in American history revolves around the life of Milly Francis, believed to be the first woman ever to receive a special medal of honor from the United States Congress. She is remembered today as the 'Creek Pocahontas'." (Submitted on March 28, 2018.)
Additional keywords. Josiah Francis, Fort Gadsden
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. Photo 1. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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