Murder of Richard Thresher and family

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Date April 23, 1793
Author Name Michael Cupps (primary)
Recipient Name Esquire Elihu Lyman (primary)
Summary Extract of a deposition taken by Elihu Lyman, Justice of the Peace, of Michael Cupps and Nancy Smith. Cupps and Smith give account of the murder of Richard Thresher and his family by Indians. Cupps heard a gun fired and saw about 30 Indians firing upon and massacring Richard Thresher, two children and a "negro wench." The wife of Thresher leaped into the river, the Indians firing upon her as she fled. She was found alive scalped, wounded in both her thighs, her right breast with balls and stabbed in her left breast with a knife, her left arm nearly cut off by a tomahawk. She died in about 24 hours. The infant was found drowned, without any marks of violence upon it.
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Document Notes Extract of a letter. Enclosed in Telfair to Knox, 05/08/1793.This journal is enclosed in a statement relative to the South Western frontiers, as connected with the state of Georgia and the Creek Indians, the south Western territory of the United States and the Cherokees submitted to the House of Representatives on December 4, 1793. This document is an integral part of [Public Reports] and other communications of the Secretary at War, 12/99/1793.
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Related Persons/Groups Indians; Richard Thresher; Elihu Lyman; Nancy Smith; Michael Cupps; Nancy Smith; negro wench; slave;
Related Places Georgia; ;
Keywords scalped; tomahawk; murder; gun;
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