More on my paternal 2nd great grandmother Missouri Amazon Feagin
by Andrea Elizabeth
in this little bio of her father, Major James Madison Feagin and grandfather Samuel Feagin that reads like The Last of the Mohicans but in Alabama. Here’s an excerpt that shows the prevalant mindset of the day:
... Major James M. Feagin, the eldest in a family of eight children, was reared on a farm under the watchful eye of a kind mother, was educated at the common school until her death, in 1827, when, not being educationally inclined, he permitted his studies to relax. In 1836 he came to Alabama with his family, and soon had an opportunity to display the inherent bravery of his race. He had been a resident of an old-settled country, and was not acquainted with the wily habits of the wild sons of the forest, and had much to learn in relation to the savages in order to be able to compete with them in the then impending struggle with them. This trouble, it has been alleged, was originated through a belief, on the part of the Indians, that they had been swindled out of their lands by the United States government, or by its agents. But the major claims that it began at the house of a neighbor of his parents, through too great an imbibition on the part of the copper-skinned natives of firewater. This neighbor kept a store a short distance north of the residence of the Feagin family, and there, one day, about fifteen Indians gathered together, drank and became insolent, and one of their number was stabbed by a white. ...