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Re: Pioneers of Tattnall - Early 1800's
Posted by: Joe Spann (ID *****1265) Date: February 20, 2007 at 07:39:52
In Reply to: Re: Pioneers of Tattnall - Early 1800's by Virginia Tuttle of 504

Virginia,

In the spring of 1805 John Clemonts was indicted by the State of Georgia on charges of assault and larceny. The trial was held in the Superior Court of Tattnall County where Clemonts was found guilty on both counts.

On the assault charge he was only imposed a fine of $5.00 but on the larceny charge he was sent to jail and ordered to be publicly whipped. The jury recommended a sentence of "39 lashes well laid on the bare back of John Clemonts." The punishment was to be carried out on April 26, 1805 on the grounds of the Tattnall County Courthouse with a "suitable cowskin switch."

But John Clemons did not remain out of trouble for long. Only 5 months later, on September 3, 1805 Allen Johnson, Sheriff of Tattnall County sold 800 acres on Milligan Creek to Thomas Armstrong. This was in order to satisfy payment in another lawsuit against Clemons. The details of this transgresson are not contained in the Inferior or Superior Court minutes, so we may never know what Clemons did in this case.

Finally, on March 3 1806 the Tattnall County Inferior Court directed that Sheriff Allen Johnson be paid $20 for his expenses in feeding and guarding John Clemons, a prisoner. So it is evident that Clemons had once again gotten himself in trouble.


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