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St. Marks in Wakulla County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Princess Malee “Milly” Francis

 
 
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1. Princess Malee “Milly” Francis Marker
Inscription. In Grateful Remembrance
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
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). Touch for map. On grounds of San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park. Located at intersection of Wakulla River and St. Marks River. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marks FL 32355, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Port Leon (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Marks Lighthouse (approx. 5.7 miles away); Wakulla Springs Archaeological & Historic District (approx. 7.8 miles away); Battle of Natural Bridge (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
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
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. 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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