Chief Sam Story
Sam Story, was Chief of the Euchee Indians in then-Walton County,
Florida. Some believe he was also called
Kinard.” Others believe that
was a title used by many tribal groups to identify the role
warrior. Chief Story and his people occupied lands on and to
west of the Choctawhatchee River. He was a great friend to Colonel
Neill McKinnon, an influential Scottish settler who migrated to the
area. Story's Landing on Bruce Creek is where the chief had
For further study read about the Native American
“Timpoochee.” Research the two other men who were
“Timpoochee.” Timpoochee Bernard of
and Timpoochee Kinnard of neighboring areas. Some say these
two separate men, others disagree. It does seem impossible
one person could have been in both places over that period of years.
And if “Timpoochee” is a warrior title it would
that more than one person was given this name. It is also
probable that our Chief Sam Story was not one of these two
Our strongest resources converge to suggest that Chief Sam Story has
the distinction of being among the first, and original, Native
Americans of Euchee lineage whose homeland had always been in the
Florida Panhandle. More research on the above questions - click here.
When white settlers started coming to the area new problems
began. The newcomers burned the land and hunted deer out of
season. This was very offensive to Native Americans like Sam and his
people. He was horrified to hear of a doe shot with her young
ones while nursing. Story, a man of peace, finally tired of all the
conflict and decided to move his people far away from all the bad and
Chief Sam Story notified his Scottish friends that he was
to take a journey to seek out a new homeland for his people. In 1832 he
put his son in charge of the tribe, and left with five other warriors
and one of his sons. Their journey led to the East Coast of Florida,
and then down into the Everglades.
It was a very long time until they returned, and
people had feared that the chief had died. But, he returned saying that
they found no land as pleasing as the Choctawhatchee Bay area, but had
made up their mind to move anyway. Chief Sam Story was very ill because
of the hardships of the journey. Chief Sam Story died just before his
tribe moved, and is buried south of the fork of Bruce Creek and the
Chief Story’s son prepared the remaining
their trip. The tribe may have had as many as 500 people. We believe a
few of these people hid in the swamps and did not go with the larger
group because they didn’t want to leave their home.
who left organized canoes and sailboats and sailed until they were out
of sight. There is no written account of what ever happened to them,
but it is said that they settled in the Everglades.
Some believe that they eventually became part of the Seminoles. There
were Euchee/Yuchi people all over the southeast, and another large band
under Euchee Billy lived at Spring Garden in Volusia County. Most
believe the Euchee people were absorbed into the Creek
But we do know that these native peoples had their own distinct
language and considered themselves separate from the Creeks.
Historians continue to research the Euchee peoples, some of whom also
were taken to Oklahoma on the “Trail of Tears” in
Near the end of the 19th century, the State of Florida decided to have
an Indian representative from Dade County to represent the Seminoles in
Tallahassee. Although the Indians didn't get a chance to have
voting member, they still sent a representative. This delegate claimed
to be the grandson of Sam Story, and the son of Sleeping Fire, who was
Sam's youngest son.
Sam Story, Chief of the Euchee
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