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In Their Own Words

February 21, 1733

Escaped Prisoners in Georgia

Even though the colony of Georgia had been established less than a month, two escaped prisoners from South Carolina were already making it their hideaway, as recorded by Peter Gordon in his journal:

“…Mr. Kilbery sett out with a small party and an Indian guide, to apprehend the fellows who were in the woods, and hade been discovered by the Indians. About eleven at night he returned with the prisoners, who were emediately examined before Mr. Oglethorp. One of them was English and the other a French man. The Frenchman denied all he was charged with, of having broke out of Charlestown jayle, and having committed severall roberies, and killed severall catle, in our neighborhood. The English man confess’d most of what he was charged with, alledging that what catle they killed was only for their own subsistence, they having been in a most miserable way destitute of any manner of food in the woods, and must have inevitably perished hade they not done it. The French man was ordered into custody of the guard belong to Captain Massey’s Independent Company, ten of whome with a serjeant, were ordered to be assisting to us in Georgia. The other was ordered into custody of our guard.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 18-19.