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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Georgia
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1869
National Archives Publication M798 Roll 36
"Unbound Miscellaneous Papers"


State of Georgia vs. Thad, a slave the property of William A. Collins

Exemplification of the Superior Court of Columbia County in the case of this State vs. Thad, a slave the property of William A. Collins

State of Georgia
Columbia County

Personally appeared before me, Augustus B. Tankersley, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Margaret C. Brown of said County who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that a certain Negro man slave of yellow complexion on the 21st day of June instant on her father's plantation in said County on and upon the body of the said Margaret C. Brown violently and feloniously did make an assault on her the said Margaret C. Brown against the will of her the said Margaret C. Brown then and there feloniously ravished and carnally knew her and that she has good reason to believe and does believe that said slave above described is named Thad the property of William A. Collins of said County.

Margaret C. Brown

Sworn to and subscribed before me the 23rd June, 1863
Augustus B. Tankersley (J. P.)

Copy of Warrant

State of Georgia
Columbia County

To George P. Tankersley, Constable, or to any other lawful officer to execute and return. For as much as Margaret C. Brown of said County hath complained on oath before me Augustus B. Tankersley, one of the Justices of the Peace for said County, that a certain Negro man slave of yellow complexion on the 21st day of June instant on her father's Plantation in said County, on and upon the body of her, the said Margaret C. Brown, violently and feloniously did make an assault on her the said Margaret C. Brown, and then and there feloniously ravished & carnally knew her. And that she has reason to believe and does believe that said slave above described is named Thad the property of William A. Collins of said County.

These are therefore to command you to make diligent search for the said slave Thad and he being found that you bring him before me or some other Justice of the Peace for said County to be examined touching the premises and to be otherwise dealt with according to law.

Given under my hand and seal this June 23rd, 1863.
Augustus B. Tankersley, J. P.

Execute the within warrant by arresting the slave Thad and bringing him to the Justices A. B. Tankersley and J. P. McCord, June 23rd, 1863.

The inquiry in the above case was on instruction of Dr. Collins postponed by the Court till Saturday next the 27th inst. at 8 o'clock.

A. B. Tankersley, J. P.
J. P. McCord, J. P.

Note: I would here state that Thad was regularly committed to jail by the said Justices of the Peace and the commitment sent to the Jailor (the Jailor has since removed from this place, therefore I cannot send a copy of commitment).

Geo. W. Gray, Clk.