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In Their Own Words

April 25, 1739

Oglethorpe’s Servants and Soldiers Ran Away

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed the problem of runaway servants in colonial Georgia even extended to James Oglethorpe (the General):

“…Mr. Mace, an Ensign in the Regiment at St. Simen’s, arrived, and brought me a Letter from Major Cook, advising of three indented Servants, belonging to the General, being run away; and also of five Soldiers having deserted (viz. two from the Major’s own Company, and three from Lieutenant Colonel Cockran’s) all from St. Simon’s; describing the Persons, promising the Reward for taking, as usual, &c. The Ensign had with him a sufficient Force of Hands well armed, in case they came up with them, and was pushing on for Carolina with Intent to keep a head of them, and look out narrowly in his Way back.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 323.