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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869.
National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34
"Affidavits Relating to Outrages Mar. 1866-August 1868"

State of Tennessee
Davidson County

Personally appeared before me Gilbert Aiken (col'd) who being duly sworn deposes and says:

That he is a resident of Columbia, Maury County, State of Tenn., that he has saw on the night of the 15th inst. a large body of men in disguise who went to the houses of Thomas Kelly, Thomas Jordan, Bryan Bailey and Wash Harrison, took them from their houses and carried them off----that these disguised men left word that if he (Gilbert Aiken) did not leave Columbia soon they would hang him----that Bryan Bailey and Wash Harrison returned the same night but that Thos. Kelly and Thomas Jordan had not returned up to the hour he left Columbia. That it was generally believed that they had been killed.

Furthermore, says that these disguised parties known under the name of the Ku Klux Klan, threatened to kill every colored man in the country. Stated that the following mentioned persons belonged to the Klan:

John Piggott, Jim Hughes, Mark Barr, Jim Aiken, Milton Voorhees, Bill Halkum, John Halkum, Allen Halkum, Walter and Bill Pillow, Hugh Aiken, Harley Gordon, Willie Littlefield, Bob and Mack Frierson, Joe Walker, and Bob McMinn.

Gilbert (X) Aiken

G. W. Walter

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17" day of July 1868.

Signed: Geo. E. Judd
Capt. V. R. C. and
Sub-Asst. Commr.
B. R. F. and A. L.