Abeshal Creek

A creek mentioned by Bernard Romans. A careful reading of his narrative identifies this stream with the modern Kintabish, a tributary of the Tombigbee River in Sumter County. In Choctaw, in place of “oka,” water, “bok,” creek, and “bokushi,” branch, a general term “oka abvchaya,” meaning watercourse, can be used. The word “oka” can be dropped, and “abvchaya” alone used. The word “Abvchaya” is undoubtedly “Abeshai” of Romans.


  1. Bernard Romans, Florida (1776), p. 327.
  2. Prof. Henry S. Halbert, “Manuscripts,” in Ala. State Dept, of Archives and History.


Owen, Thomas McAdory and Marie Bankhead Owen; History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, volume 1-4; Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921.

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