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Dec 22

The State vs Pigeon Roast

Georgia, Cherokee County. February Term 1837

The Grand Jurors Sworn chosen and selected for the County of Cherokee at the present Term of the Superior court by law to make the following presentment.

We present Pigeon Roast a Cherokee Indian for the crime of murder committed on the seventeenth of February instant 1837 upon the body of an Indian by the name of Hogshooter in Cherokee County.

Witness John U wana & Timey

[Signed] Eli McConnell foreman

[Grand Jurors] James S Elliot, Robert T. Griffin, Jesse Brown, William Whitaker, Andrew Scott, William Chamlee, Nelson Dickinson, Israel Evans, Peter C Boges, Hiram Dimsdale, Jabez J. Holcomb, James W. Dooly, Savid Rusk ser, John Tate, William Hardman, James h Chambers, Barnwell Dobbs, Edward Townsend, Toliver Bostick, Solomon Humphries

Georgia, Cherokee County. February Term 1837

The Grand Jury accused

Pigeon Roast a Cherokee Indian should be tried for the murder of Pigeon Roast on the seventeenth day of February in the year eighteen hundred and thirty seven in the county aforesaid not having the fear of God before his eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil upon the said seventeenth day of February in the year aforesaid in the county aforesaid with force and armed in and upon a Cherokee Indian by the name of Hog Shooter in the peace of God and said State then and there being feloniously willfully and of his malice of afore thought did cast and  Cause and that the Said Pigeon Roast with the stone aforesaid so cast and thrown by him as aforesaid the said Hog Shooter in and upon the right side of the head near the temple of him the said Hog Shooter then and there feloniously and willfully and of his malice afore thought did strike and wound giving to the said Hog Shooter then and there with the stone aforesaid so as aforesaid by the said Pigeon Roast cast and thrown in and upon the said right side of the head near the right temple of him the said Hog Shooter one mortal wound of the length of one inch and a half and of the depth of one inch of which said mortal wound the said Hog Shooter from the seventeenth day of February in the year aforesaid I the county aforesaid of the said mortal wound died…”

The defendant was arraigned and plead not guilty.

Court Minutes

Abstract from the Minutes of the Cherokee County, Georgia, Superior Court (1832–1845), pages 103–105; Georgia Archives microfilm RHS 3523–24.
© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights reserved

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