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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

Decision of the Grand Jury

Georgia
Columbia County

The Grand Jurors sworn, chosen and solicited for the County of Columbia, to wit:

Josiah Stovall, Foreman, 1
William Printup, 2
Joshua B. Griffin, 3
William Woodall, 4
Jefferson S. Briscoe, 5
William J. Eubanks, 6
Marshal S. Fleming, 7
Joseph P. Williams, 8
William G. Kendrick, 9
Augustus B. Tankersley, 10
Francis M. Fuller, 11
William H. Dozier, 12
Henry P. Hampton, 13
Anderson M. Crawford, 14
Bailey B. Wilkerson, 15
Madison Avary, 16
Benjamin Adams, 17
John Meegaher, 18,

in the name and behalf of the citizens of Georgia charge and accuse Thad a Negro man slave of the County and State aforesaid with the offence of rape upon a free white female. For that the said slave Thad on the twenty first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three in the County of Columbia aforesaid with force and arms in and upon one Margaret C. Brown in the peace of God and said State then and there being said Margaret C. Brown being then and there a free white female violently and feloniously did make an assault on her the said Margaret C. Brown then and there forcibly and against her will feloniously did ravish and carnally know contrary to the laws of said State the good order, peace and dignity thereof.

And the jurors aforesaid in the name and behalf of the citizens of Georgia further charge and accuse the said slave Thad with having committed the offence of assault with intent to commit a rape for that the said slave Thad in the County aforesaid on the twenty first day of June in the year aforesaid with force and arms in and upon Margaret C. Brown in the Peace of God and said State then and there being said Margaret C. Brown being then and there a free white female violently and feloniously did make an assault and her the said Margaret C. Brown did then and their forcibly and against her will attempt feloniously to ravish and carnally know contrary to the laws of said State the good order peace and dignity thereof.

W. W. Montgomery
States Attorney

September Term 1863
Margaret C. Brown Prosecution

Columbia Superior Court Sept. T. 1863
State vs. Thad a slave the property of William A. Collins