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In Their Own Words

July 28, 1738

Fatal Accident Recorded

William Stephens recorded a fatal accident in his journal:

“…Two German Servants, under Mr. Bradley’s Direction in the Trust’s Service, rambling out Yesterday with a Gun to look after Venison; one of them, by the Gun’s going off through Defe6l of the Lock, as he had it on his Shoulder, shot his Comrade dead, who was behind him: Whereupon a Jury was summoned under the Diredlion of the Recorder, who a6led as Coroner, to enquire into the Cause, &c. and the Inquest gave in their Verdidt accidental Death. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 177.