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Temperance "Tempy" Ellis

Female 1785 - 1865  (~ 82 years)

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  • Name Temperance "Tempy" Ellis 
    Born Between 1783 and 1785  Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Gender Female 
    Died Aug 22, 1865  Pike county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

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          Isaac H.  ELLIS (et al.) signed a bond (6 Nov 1857) in Pike Co. for J
      ason FRISEL to administer the estate of Thomas Frisel (husband of Tempe
      rance Ellis).  Levin ALFORD (g'son of Levin Ellis of Hancock Co., GA) a
      nd Isaac VINCENT appraised the estate of Temperance (Ellis) Frizzell in P
      ike Co.  (25 Oct 1865).  Margaret (Frizzell) CLOUD, da. of Thomas & Tem
      perance (Ellis) Frizzell, apparently named a daughter "Isabel" (that wa
      s also the name of Levin Ellis' wife, of Hancock Co., GA).
          Albert J.  PICKETT (historian and author of the first history of th
      e state of Alabama) interviewed Tempy (Ellis) Frizzell in Pike Co. befo
      re her death, and reported that she was born in Maryland, married Thoma
      s Frizzell, and had at least these children:
      Jacob Frizzell; Ephraim Frizzell (who founded Hopewell Methodist Church
      ); Jackson Frizzell (whose da.  Eloise Frizzell married Warren Montgome
      ry ALFORD)
      Cynthia Kirkland grafxcat-at-mail. airmail. net> wrote 2-1-2000:
      "Tempy was kidnapped at age 7 by the Creek Indians and held as a slave u
      ntil she was found at age twelve.  I have all of the documentation on h
      er kidnapping and recovery including a report of the Indian massacre of t
      he family (Scarlett) that she was staying with and the letter from the G
      overnor of GA to her kin to retrieve her.  All of this happened around 1
      787 in Greene Co. area of GA.  Two other children were taken at the tim
      e but were never recovered."
          She was held at the Creek village of Auttosa in the Greene county G
      eorgis area and wasn't returned to white society until she was nearly 1
      4 years old.
        ELLIS/SCARLETT Mystery - An Indian Raid In Georgia Part One
      by Cynthia Sims Kirkland  (c)1997 grafxcat-at-airmail. net>
      Below you will read the gripping narrative, I have imagined, surroundi
      ng true events that faced one pioneer family living in the frontier lif
      e of young America.  A tragedy that we, as modern Americans, would be h
      ard put to imagine occurring, yet, as real a danger faced daily by thos
      e who carved out the wilderness before us. You will also read of the br
      ave little girl, who faced so much hardship and uncertainty, yet persev
      ered with the bravest of hearts, to be immortalized as one of Georgia's t
      rue heroines, if not one of America's.  Her story also appears in an ea
      rly Georgia History school book.
          In the late 1700's there lived a family named SCARLETT in Greene Co
      .  Georgia.  They lived out in the country, on the edge of the untamed w
      ilderness, as so many early, brave pioneers did.  The SCARLETT family w
      ere farmers and had at least two sons, James and Stephen, living with t
      hem.  Mr. James SCARLETT was a hard working, honest man and his wife, E
      lizabeth SCARLETT, did the most that she could to care for her family a
      nd make them as comfortable as she knew how in the circumstances of the
      ir rugged lives.
          In the year 1787, in the spring; May to be exact, little Tempy (Tem
      perance) ELLIS and James HAMBRIO, played together at the SCARLETT cabin
      .  We don't know exactly why these children were there, or what their r
      elationship was to the SCARLETT family, as yet.  Perhaps they were gran
      dchildren of the SCARLETT's, or perhaps Mrs. SCARLETT was caring for ne
      ighbor children while their parents were away to market. On that partic
      ular day, the SCARLETT's son James, was away.  They lived in such a wil
      derness area, that any business away from home took them away for at le
      ast a day, if not several.  Mr. SCARLETT was probably tending his field
      s and animals with his little helper, Harry, who was a family retainer (
      slave).  Mrs. SCARLETT might have been setting the wash out to dry, whi
      le moist bread dough rose under the protection of a thick sack cloth.  I w
      ould think vegetables simmered in a large stew pot for the evening meal
      , perhaps next to a cauldron of melting beeswax Mrs. SCARLETT intended t
      o use to make the months ration of candles.  Such was the peaceful scen
      e, I envision, as a day in the life of a pioneer family in the early da
      ys of Georgia.
          But the peace and tranquility was not to last.  Not to last, at lea
      st, for this peaceful family, hard at work creating their dream. For it w
      as on this day that their dream would be shattered, suddenly and violen
      tly, forever.  On this day, the SCARLETT family would be forever torn a
      part.  The scenario might have unfolded like this: The children played t
      he games that early pioneer children played, perhaps singing innocent s
      ongs and chanting nursery rhymes while the SCARLETT's went about their r
      outine chores, always ever vigilant of danger in the wilderness.  The p
      eace was broken by the sound of animal and bird calls never heard befor
      e.  Mr. SCARLETT's ears pricked to hear the unusual notes as he froze i
      n place to listen.  Silence.  The meadows, the skies, the forest became u
      tterly silent as all other natural noises ceased.  Mother Nature's song w
      as stilled as the hidden intruders put every living thing on alert.  Mr
      . SCARLETT dropped his plow and bolted for the cabin.  Little Harry, st
      artled, sprinted behind him as fast as he could.  Mrs. SCARLETT, alread
      y aware that something was not right, quickly herded the children towar
      d the cabin. A sudden burst of noise and frenzy blew out from the cover o
      f the brush.  As Mr. SCARLETT drew up his rifle to aim at the first Cre
      ek Indian he saw, it was too late.  They were already behind him . . . . . . . . .  I n
      eed not go on with the undoubtedly violent and brutal event.  I'm sure t
      hat not even Hollywood could portray the terror and carnage that this f
      amily must have experienced.  The Indians rendered havoc on the little s
      ettlement, leaving total destruction and Mr. SCARLETT and his son, Step
      hen, dead.  To add to the wanton act, they carried Mrs. SCARLETT and th
      e children away. Kidnapped by Indians!
          We know that this event actually took place, because James SCARLETT
      , the son, arriving from his business away from home, came upon the gru
      esome scene.  His family slaughtered, the children and his mother missi
      ng.  His formal statement  to the Indian Bureau, resides in the Georgia D
      epartment of Archives.  It appears on page 287, Vol. Two, Part One, in "
      Indian Trepidations (1787-1825), Original Claims in the Department of A
      rchives and History of Georgia. " The claim reads:
      Georgia, Greene Co., May 30th, 1787
      James Scarlett aged 47 years killed
      Stephen Scarlett aged 23 years killed
      Elizabeth Scarlett aged 45 years prisoner
      James Hambrio aged 8 years prisoner
      Tempi Ellis aged 7 years prisoner
      Harry negro boy aged 10 years prisoner worth pounds sterling 50
      One bay mare, 16 hands high worth pounds sterling 60
      One gray mare and colt  15 hands high worth pounds sterling 25
      One rifle worth pounds sterling 8
      Sundries burnt or destroyed worth pounds sterling 50
      Total 205
      Author: Cynthia Sims Kirkland (c)1997
      "James Scarlett Jr. registered his claim with James Seagrove, Superinte
      ndent of Indian Affaires, in 1787.  Later, little Tempy was recovered f
      rom the Indians by a white woman named Milly.  Milly was a recluse and t
      raded with the Indians and has her own remarkable story. Tempy must hav
      e been with the Indians for three to four years, and with Milly another c
      ouple of years.  Why did she stay with Milly? Because Milly was lonely a
      nd did not want to give her up.  After James Seagrove discovered that a w
      hite child had been recovered from the Indians, he took her to Savannah
      , where he and the Gov. of Georgia, placed notices in the Georgia Gazet
      te.  It is uncertain who claimed Tempy, but we are on some hot leads."
      Cindy Kirkland

    Person ID I10515  mykindred
    Last Modified Jan 12, 2010 

    Family Thomas Frizzle,   b. circa 1776, North Carolina, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 13, 1857, Pike county, Alabama, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married Bef 1809  ? Washington county, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1820 Washington County Georgia census
      Thomas FRIZZLE
      four males under 10 (Jason-9, Ephraim-5, Jackson-3 & Gayle~2)
      one female 10-16 (Margaret-11)
      one female 16-26 (probably Temperance)
      Also in 1824 Washington cty GA census.
      They appear in the 1830, 1840 (p. 273) & 1850 Alabama censuses and the 1
      860 Pike county Alabama census.
      In 1850 p. 184, #660:
      Thomas FRIZEL, 76, b: NC
      Temperance FRIZEL, 65, MD
      Jason FRIZEL, 40, GA
      Utha FRIZEL, 40, GA
      Clark FRIZEL, 18, AL
      Jeptha FRIZEL, 15, AL (? name hard to read)
      Thomas FRIZEL, 13, AL
      Mary FRIZEL, 11, AL
      Temperance FRIZEL, 8, AL
      Elzena FRIZEL, 5, AL
      Cynthia Kirkland> wrote 2-1-2000:
      "Tempy outlived her husband by eight years, after his death by poisonin
      g at a family gathering in 1857. The poisoning was a widely publicized c
      ase in Pike Co. of multiple murder, perpetrated upon the family of Thom
      as Frizzell, by one Harmon Camiska, an ex-employee of Frizzell, and a N
      egro cook called Nancy. 42 people became ill, 4 of which died, includin
      g Thomas."
      (Laura Schmidt> sent this DEC 7 1999.)

      Cloud Family Journal Vol X No.1 page 11
      Murder and Mayhem

      [Copied by Arden Andry Cloud, Gretna, LA at the Troy H. Middleton Libra
      ry, Baton Rogue (LSU)]
      From "The Southern Sentinel" [LA, 23 Sept 1857
      ED -

      [From the Delta, 19th inst.]
      "AUGUSTA, GA, September 19th - We have just received the details of a m
      ost horrible crime committed in Pike Co, Alabama, on last Sunday. The f
      amily and servants of Mr. Thomas Frasell, consisting of himself, his ov
      erseer, the latter's wife, two children, a Mrs. Cloud; Mr. Frasell's gr
      anddaughter, and thirty others were poisoned with arsenic by the cook, a n
      egro woman.  She put arsenic in the food which she had prepared for din
      ner.  It has been discovered that she was instigated to the murderous d
      eed by a Hungarian named Cominska.  Thomas Frasell, his overseer's wife
      , two children, Mr. Frasell's granddaughter, and a Mrs. Cloud are dead, a
      nd the remaining victims are in very critical condition.  Both of the c
      ulprits were arrested and found guilty by a jury of the people.  The ne
      gro woman was immediately burnt at the stake.  Cominska was sentenced t
      o serve the same fate on next Monday. The affair caused the wildest exc
      itement throughout the neighborhood."
      ....  and Gary Cloud> wrote:
      From the Montgomery Advertiser and State Gazette, Wednesday, Sept 23, 1
      857, page 1:
      Friday Morning, September 18
      Poisoning in Pike  --  Forty one persons poisoned

          A gentleman just from Pike, who was in our office last night, infor
      med us of a most melancholy case of poisoning which took place near Bru
      ceville, in that county, on Sunday morning last. It appears that a Pole o
      f the name of Promiski had been tampering with the slaves of Mr. Thomas F
      razell and had two or three times been ordered by that gentleman to lea
      ve his premises. Mr. Frazell finally determined to have the fellow indi
      cted, and a process was accordingly served upon him. In order to preven
      t his prosecutor from appearing against him, he provided a negro woman, p
      ossibly the family cook, with poison of some kind, with directions to p
      ut it in the food, &c. This she did, and the consequence was that Sunda
      y morning forty one persons, who breakfasted on the premises of Mr. Fra
      zell, were poisoned.  When our informant left, Mr. Frazell and his gran
      d-daughter, and the wife and child of the overseer, had died from the e
      ffects of the poison, and a number of the others were lying in a critic
      al situation. It so happened that a number of persons who were on their w
      ay to Pike Court took breakfast at Mr. Frazell"s house on the morning i
      n question.  Promiski and his colored accomplice are both in jail at Tr
      oy. As court is in session there, we doubt not they will be speedily de
      alt with.
      The next two articles from Jake Evans> JAN 4, 20
      From The National Era
      Washington, D.C., Vol. XI No. 560 P. 155
      September 24, 1857
      Horrible Poisoning Affair

      Augusta, Sept. 19.
      On Sunday last, in Pike county, Alabama, thirty-seven were poisoned, (s
      ix of whom are dead,) by a negro cook, who mixed arsenic with the food o
      f the family. She was instigated to do this horrid act by Comiska, a Hu
      Mr. Thomas Frazell, his overseer's wife and two children, Mrs. Claud, a
      nd Mr. Frazell's grand-daughter, are dead; the others are still living, b
      ut in a critical condition. The negro woman was burnt; and Comiska is t
      o meet the same fate on Monday next.
      From the New York Times September 25, 1857, Page 2
      The Late Poisoning Case in Alabama

      From the Montgomery (Ala.) Mail
      One of our subscribers, from Pike County, informed us yesterday of a mo
      st horrible and atrocious case of poisoning in that county, just below t
      he line of Montgomery, and in the neighborhood of Bruceville. The annal
      s of crime will hardly show a more extensive and diabolical piece of vi
      It seems that a German, or Hungarian, whose name our informant had forg
      otten, was on intimate terms with a negro woman, the property of old Mr
      . Thomas Frazell, one of the earliest settlers of Pike, This man had on
      ce been in the employ of Mr. F, and was familiar With his premises. Som
      e time since he had been detected in gambling with Mr. F.'s , negroes, a
      nd Mr. F. had instituted prosecution against him. On Saturday evening, 1
      2 Inst., he was seen in conversation with the negro woman alluded to, a
      t the well, although he had received orders from Mr. Frazell never to c
      ome about his premises.
      On Sunday there were some 37 persons dining at Mr. Frazell's House, of w
      hom about 30 were visitors from the neighborhood. All these became sick s
      oon after eating, vomiting violently and the cook being arrested immedi
      ately, on a suspicion of poisoning at once proceeded to state as follow
      s: She said that the white man above referred to, while at the well, ha
      d given her a vial containing arsenic, which he had instructed her to m
      ingle with " the meal, the milk, the butter and the coffee". He was par
      ticularly desirous that it should go into every article of food because M
      r. Frazell was in delicate health, and generally ate very sparingly. Th
      e Negro woman said she followed the instructions of her lover to the le
      tter - who by the way, added to his instructions the remark "after the o
      ld man had taken that, he would hardly prosecute him in that case."
      The poison was administered, as we have seen, but too successfully. The w
      hole assemblage of persons were put under its influence: and at the las
      t accounts six had died from Its effects.  Old Mr. Frazell died about s
      unset Sunday, the day of the poisoning. His overseer's wife and two chi
      ldren, Mrs. Cloud a widowed daughter of Mr. F., and Mr. F.'s grand-daug
      hter died the next day. Several others were lying in a critical conditi
      on, and doubtless there will be more victims of this awfully fiendish c
      Mr. Jack Frazell, son of the old man, happened to be out of meal, on th
      e day of the poisoning, and sent to his father's and borrowed a bushel. A
      ll who partook of this, including a brother who had declined to eat at h
      is father's, having come in after some of the company had got sick, wer
      e more or less affected.
      After we had written the above, our informant, Mr. J. M. Johnson of Pik
      e, called on us again, and gave us the name of the poisoner, which is C
      Mr. J. further states that the infuriated people of the neighborhood ha
      ve burnt the negro woman, and will perform the same service for Camiska o
      n next Monday, In the meantime he is safely lodged in jail at Troy.  He n
      either denies nor admits anything.
      The "Mrs. Cloud" could not have been Margaret, for she was on the 1860 c
      ensus and died in 1865.  The granddaughter who was killed was apparentl
      y Margaret, youngest daughter of William and Margaret (Frizzel) Cloud, b
      . ca 1848, aged 9 years.  She was 2 on the 1850 census but did not appe
      ar on the 1860 census, when she would have been 12.
      From: vonbear []
      Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 12:59 PM
      To: ''
      Subject: Press coverage of Kamiska and Nancy Trials

      Extracts From "The People of Pike County"
      (Located at The Alabama Department of Archives & History)
      The Case of Harmon Camiska

      Tried in Barbour County Superior Court, on a change of venue from Pike C
      ounty - on a charge of murder by poisoning with arsenic for the State, A
      ttorney General M.A. Baldwin, Hon. H. W. Hilliard, Hon. Benj. Gardner, J
      eff Bufford, and D. M. Seals, Esqrs. For the defense, J. L. Pugh, E. C. B
      ullock, B. Fitzpatrick, A.W. Starke, John Cochran, Esqrs.
      Mr. Editor: Having seen in your paper and several others of the above s
      tated case, from the Clayton Banner, a paper published in the town wher
      e the trial was held, which gives meager outline of the evidence and th
      e circumstances attending the case, that I am induced to send you the f
      ollowing condensed though accurate, account of the trial, as it is one o
      f the most important that has ever been had, in the Southern country, a
      t least, within my observation.
      On the 13th of Sept., 1857 (Sunday morning), the family of Thomas Frise
      l and a number of visitors who were present, were taken suddenly ill, w
      ith vomiting, at the breakfast table - also did the family of Mr. Ephra
      im Frisel during the day, of the latter having sent over early in the m
      orning to Mrs. Frisel and borrowed meal for the day. The whole number o
      f who were thus violently attacked, including the two families, 42, 4 o
      f whom died, viz: Thomas Frisel, Betsy Jane Frisel Dubose and her infan
      t child. Suspicion at once rested upon Harmon Camiska, the prisoner, an
      d a negro woman named Nancy, as guilty perpetrators of the deed, who we
      re arrested and committed to jail at Troy, Pike County, on the next day
      , (Monday, the 1st day of September, being the day for the sitting of t
      he Circuit Court of Pike County). In consequence of the failure of the J
      udge to attend, there was no Court at that time, and consequently no bi
      ll was found against the prisoner until the Spring Term of Pike County C
      ourt., 1858, at which time he was arraigned, and a day fixed for the tr
      ial. When the appointed day arrived, the State announced that it was "r
      eady," when the prisoner, through his counsel, made application for a c
      ontinuance, in consequence of the absence of a witness material for his d
      efense. The presiding Judge (Hon. John Gill Shorter,) though requiring t
      he prisoner to disclose what he expected to prove by the absent witness
      , yet declined to put the State upon the admission, and the case stood c
      ontinued by the prisoner until the next term of the Court. At the last t
      erm of Court., His Honor, Judge Dougherty, presiding, the case was agai
      n called for trial; the State again announced itself "ready, " when the p
      risoner applied for a change of venue, upon the ground that he could no
      t have a fair and impartial trial in the county of Pike, when, by agree
      ment, the case was removed to Barbour County and the 28th day of Octobe
      r set for the trial.
      The 28th arrived: the Court House was crowded to a jam. The witnesses o
      n the part of the State were then called, and the State announced that i
      t was ready to proceed with the trial. The prisoner's witnesses (some 1
      5 or 20) were then called, the most of whom answered, when the prisoner w
      ith his counsel, retired into a jury room for consultation, and after b
      eing closeted for about one hour, returned into Court, with a "showing" f
      or a continuance on consequence of the absence of Wm. Patten, George Pa
      tten, John Sharp, Thomas Benton, and Mrs. Sherley, material witnesses f
      or his defense.  By George Patten and Wm. Patten, the prisoner said he e
      xpected to prove that his relations to Betsey Jane Frisel were, up to t
      he very day of the alleged poisoning, of the most friendly and affectio
      nate character; that he was at the very time engaged in a correspondenc
      e with her, with a view to marriage, that his suit was favorably receiv
      ed by her, he (the prisoner) having been in the habit of showing said B
      etsy Jane's letters to him, the said George Patten, and getting the sai
      d George to answer them, he having been a much more expert writer than t
      he prisoner, and that and that this continued up to the very day of sai
      d alleged poisoning. That by John Sharp, Thomas Benton, and Mrs. Winifr
      ed Sherley, he expected to prove the day before the alleged poisoning, o
      ne Mrs. McCowan gave to the negro woman, Nancy, the arsenic, which she o
      btained from the said Sharp, under the pretense of killing rats.
      Such was the "showing" of the prisoner for a continuance of the cause, a
      nd the Judge put the State upon its admission, i.e.: the State, in orde
      r to get a trial, was required to admit that. if the witnesses' named w
      ere there that they would swear to the facts set forth in the affidavit o
      f the prisoner. This the State did, and the prisoner was at once put up
      on trial. The remainder of the day was then consumed in organizing the j
      ury, when the Court adjourned until the next day.
      Friday morning found the Judge quite sick, scarcely able to get to the C
      ourt House at all, and consequently he was compelled to adjourn Court, w
      hich he did until the Monday following - and by agreement the Jury were p
      ermitted to disperse under the charge of the Court.
      Monday morning, the first day of November arrived, and at the appointed h
      our the Judge, Witnesses, and Counsel were all at their posts ready to p
      roceed with the trial - His Honor in the meantime, by the diligent care o
      f his landlord, Ben Screws, having almost entirely recovered from what, a
      t one time, threatened to be a very violent attack.
      I shall not occupy your space by giving the evidence of each witness as d
      etailed from the stand - but will content myself by giving condensed st
      atement of it.
      It was proved that the prisoner, Harmon Camiska had been boarding with M
      r. Thomas Frisel for some time previous to the poisoning - that when he f
      irst went there, he was taken by the old man into his house, and permit
      ted to erect a shop upon the place to carry on his trade, being a wheel
      wright; he had not been there a great while before he became too intima
      te with the slaves upon the premises - gambling with men and engaging i
      n illicit commerce with several of the women. This conduct reaching the e
      ars of the old man Frisel, he importuned him to desist and behave himse
      lf but his importunities were of no avail, when the old man at last tol
      d him that he must leave his premises - when he swore that he intended t
      o stay there as long as he pleased. Mr. Frisel finding that he could no
      t get clear of him by ordinary means, resorted to the law, and on appli
      cation to a Justice of the Peace had him ejected from his premises, by a w
      rit of unlawful detainer, this was about 6 months before the poisoning. I
      n the meantime a difficulty arose between the prisoner and Mr. James Fr
      isel, in consequence of some of the prisoners conduct in the absence of o
      ld Mr. Frisel, in which James Frisel knocked the prisoner down with a s
      tick for which he was prosecuted by the prisoner.
      After Camiska was driven from the premises of old man Frisel he purchas
      ed a piece of land adjoining, and set up shop within a quarter of a mil
      e of the old man's house, and kept up his intercourse with the negroes. M
      r. Frisel finding he could not get clear of him determined to prosecute h
      im for gambling and adultery with his slaves, at the next term of the C
      ircuit Court for Pike County, which was to commence on the 14th of Sept
      ., 1857, and was taking necessary steps to get the evidence before the G
      HE PAPER)
      Incidents of the trial of Nancy, (a slave) charged as an accomplice of o
      ne, Harmon Camiska, (who has been, heretofore tried, convicted and sent
      enced to the Penitentiary for life) in poisoning some 40 or more person
      s; resulting in the death of Thomas Frisel, Betsy Jane Frisel, and 2 ot
      her white persons with arsenic. (JHE NOTE: Book may be in error as to p
      unishment of Camiska)
      We have thought proper to give the incidents, (some of them) of this ve
      ry interesting trial, as the whole country seem to have manifested grea
      t interest in its results.
      On last Thursday, the prisoner (Nancy), was brought into Court and was p
      ut upon her trial, which lasted until Friday about 3:00, when the Jury r
      eturned a verdict of guilty.
      The State was represented by Attorney General M. A. Baldwin and John D. G
      ardner Esq., who did their whole duty by way-of prosecution. The slave (
      Nancy) was defended by E. L. McIntyre and S. Holly, Esqrs, who were app
      ointed by the Court to defend her. It is proper that we should here sta
      te, that their defence was both manly and powerful - unsettling the min
      ds of many who, had concluded that the woman was guilty beyond a doubt, b
      ut the Jury disagreed with them and as before stated (after staying out s
      ome 2 or 3 hours) returned a verdict guilty.
      On Saturday evening late, the prisoner was brought into the Court House t
      o hear the judgment of the law, which was to fix her final doom; and, i
      n this place it is due to his Hon. Judge Shorter to say, that he so dem
      eaned himself throughout the whole trial as to stop the mouths of those w
      ho might have felt the least inclination to complain.
      The Courtroom, large as it is, was crowded to a jam. When all was ready
      , an oppressive stillness ensued. In a firm but gentle voice, Judge Sho
      rter asked the prisoner if she had anything to say why the sentence of d
      eath should not be pronounced. The wretched creature did not at first c
      omprehend his meaning; but, when again notified that she would then be a
      llowed to answer why the fatal sentence of the law should not be pronou
      nced, she eagerly and tremblingly arose, and in quivering tones most po
      sitively asserted her innocence, at the same time raising her right han
      d above her head and calling God to witness the truth of the declaratio
      n. She then went on, at some length, to show in what respect the testim
      ony adduced was true, and in what untrue.
      She Stated that she never had made any confession whatever, until they h
      ad taken her down, and poured hot embers on her back, and that she only d
      id it then, to save her life, for she thought they would kill her; that s
      he intended to run away, and when the crowd had dispersed, she would co
      me back to her old Mistress again; that the witness Ofield, who had bee
      n sworn in her behalf, had sworn the truth; that she was not arrested u
      ntil after dark on Sunday evening; that she waited on the sick people, e
      ven after dark; that she went to a place in the house, where bed clothe
      s were kept, and got some after night had set in; that the witness Ofie
      ld, did come to the kitchen that night and arrest her, and then carried h
      er out to the place where they tied her down and poured hot embers on h
      er, and that Jason Frisel was sitting down at her head and when she was a
      sked to confess and denied her guilt, he told her, "O Nance, you're so m
      ean, you're all so mean! " She further stated that her fellow servant, A
      nica, had been very intimate with Camiska; that he had got her with chi
      ld, and gave her 2 vials of medicine to destroy it, and succeeded in do
      ing so, and that all these facts were known to the family; that Anica w
      as arrested on Monday, about dinner time, and tied upstairs, and was no
      t brought down till they were carried out to the place of torture; that s
      he was tied to a tree in the yard, when brought back from there; that h
      er old Mistress was much attached to her, and put all confidence in her
      , and so did Mrs. Dubose; that she never could have tho't of poisoning h
      er old Mistress and Master that she loved so well, and her young mistre
      ss (Betsy J. Frisel,) that she had raised, and loved as well as her own c
      hild; that Camiska was in the habit of prowling around the house at nig
      ht, and even going into it, and going all over it; that her Mistress ha
      d frequently asked her how the string of a window was cut at night; and t
      hat Carmiska was frequently seen, by the black people, in the house aft
      er night; that he had every chance to put the poison in the meal himsel
      f, and that she was told that Camiska had confessed to a white man then i
      n jail, while in the Penitentiary, that he put the poison in the meal, h
      imself. She further stated that on Saturday, before the poisoning, she w
      as not at the well; that she was ironing all day, and did not go after w
      ater at all. Several times she stopped and asserted her innocence, duri
      ng her recital. She also stated that she did not cook supper the night b
      efore, but got the meal from the dairy - where it was usually placed in t
      he bread tray to be cooked the next morning - and that her old Master h
      ad thrown her the dairy key, from which place she got the meal, and was n
      ot upstairs where the meal was at all.
      After the slave had concluded her somewhat incoherent, and again somewh
      at eloquent oration, Judge Shorter, amid the most profound silence and s
      olemn awe said, "Nancy, I have now to inform you, that it is my painful d
      uty to pronounce upon you the terrible judgment of the law".
      He assured her that, notwithstanding her protestations of innocence, sh
      e had received a most fair and impartial trial by an intelligent and di
      sinterested jury, and that their verdict of guilty, had been deliberate
      ly formed, and that the whole country were, like the jury, thoroughly p
      ersuaded of her guilty participation in a most diabolical murder. There w
      as nothing now, which she, or anyone else, could do or say, which could r
      everse the verdict, or stay the sentence which awaited her. They now lo
      oked upon each other for the last time, and when she retired from the c
      ourtroom it would be to the silent precincts of the prison, where she c
      ould spend the few remaining days allowed her on earth. The awful punis
      hment, which awaited her, was necessary for the protection of the livin
      g, and to vindicate the violated majesty of the law. Then the Judge, ad
      dressing the listening crowd, remarked that the foul tragedy, which, ha
      d been investigated upon this trial, had shocked the whole country at t
      he time of its occurrence; and that the cool deliberation, and abiding c
      onfidence in the law, which were exhibited by the people of Pike County
      , were most commendable, and, afforded the highest evidence of their pa
      triotism, and the results of judicial investigations, now concluded, ha
      ve demonstrated to them that their confidence in the administration of l
      aw, had not been misplaced. The solemn scene before them was an eloquen
      t vindication of law and order, and would strengthen their confidence i
      n the protecting powers of the Courthouse and the Jury.
      Then, resuming his remarks to the prisoner, the Judge said, it was his s
      olemn duty, to apprise her that from the prison walls she could depart n
      o more until she should be taken to the gallows for execution. No ray o
      f hope could now fall upon her, and he urged her to devote her few rema
      ining days on earth to preparation for her departure to another world. S
      he now stood in an earthly court, but soon she would stand before the g
      reat God of the Universe and at his tribunal she would receive her doom f
      or weal or for woe, which shall stand irreversible and eternal.
      And now, he continued, it only remains for the Court to pronounce upon y
      ou the sentence of the law - which is that the prisoner Nancy, be hence r
      emoved to the Jail of Pike County, and there confined until Friday the 1
      5th day of this present month and that on Friday the l5th day of this p
      resent month, between the hours of 10, in the forenoon, and 4, in the a
      fternoon, the said prisoner, Nancy, be hanged by the neck until she is d
      ead - and that the Sheriff of Pike Co., or his Deputy, or the officer a
      cting in his place, be charged with the execution of this sentence and, N
      ancy, may God have mercy on your soul.
      Thus the solemn Courthouse scene concluded, and the unfortunate slave i
      s under the advice of suitable persons, endeavoring to make the all imp
      ortant preparation to meet death, and appear at the judgment bar of God a
      nd there to stand the final test, and hear her last sentence. May she a
      t all events be prepared to meet that stern Judge of all mankind in pea

    +1. Margaret Frizzle,   b. circa 1809, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 22, 1865  (Age ~ 56 years)
    +2. Jason Frizzell,   b. circa 1810, Washington, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. circa 1859  (Age ~ 49 years)
    +3. Ephraim E. Frizzell,   b. circa 1815, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. circa 1865  (Age ~ 50 years)
    +4. Gayle (Gale) Frizzell,   b. Between 1810 and 1820, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1843  (Age ~ 33 years)
    +5. Jackson Frizzell,   b. 1817, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Y
    +6. Mary Mahala Frizzell,   b. Apr 13, 1819, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 04, 1893, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
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