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In Their Own Words

October 03, 1740

Escaped Prisoners Captured

William Stephens wrote in his journal about a pair of escaped prisoners being captured and confessing to another crime:

“…At length the Time was come which brought
the News we wanted, of those Villains being taken; two of those Men we sent out returning this Day, and acquainting us, that they came upon them about twenty- five Miles beyond the Cow-Pen at Ebenezer, at a Place called Mount Pleasant, or the Uchee Town (from some of those Indians inhabiting thereabout) on the River Savannah, and in the usual Place of crossing it to the Palachocolas: Here the Rain had driven them for Shelter into a Hut, and our Pursuers surprizing them, they were secured without Resistance; tho’ they had Arms with them, which they took at Fort Argyle, and where they readily confessed they had murdered that Man and Woman, and made Plunder of what they liked. After binding them safely, they left them under the Charge of one of their own Company, joined with several other well known trusty Persons, whom they met on their Passage by Water to Savannah, where they were bound; and it was a convenient Opportunity of sending the Prisoners with them, whom we were to expect to-morrow…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 660-661.