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Citizens of Clayton, and Not Fayette, Who Put Him Through.

The account of the lynching of the negro Neal Wimbush for an attempt to
rape a young lady, which was contained in our Sunday's issue, had some
mistakes as to the locality, which our Fayette county correspondent
inadvertently made.

It appears that the offense was committed in Clayton county, near
Bethsada [sic], a church. Wimbush fled after making his devilish
attempt, but was captured at the farm of Mr. William Betts near
Jonesboro. He was taken under guard to the locality where he had made
the attempt on the young lady. While there he was seized by a crowd of
citizens and taken over into Fayette county, where he was found hanging
to a tree last Friday morning. It appears that the people of Fayette
county had nothing to do with this summary punishment of the negro.

The outrage for which he suffered was attempted on the daughter of one
of the best families in Clayton county, and indignation over the affair
was terrible in that county.

Saturday a coroner's jury was summoned and sat on the remains of the
deceased Wimbush. The following was their verdict:
GEORGIA, FAYETTE COUNTY -- We, the coroner's jury, summoned
and sworn by O. F. Banister, coroner of Fayette county, to hold an
inquest up on the body of Neal Wimbush, who was found dead on the
morning of the 11th inst, find that the said Neal Wimbush came to his
death by being hung by the neck with a hemp rope, to the limb of a tree,
by the hands of unknown parties. And we further find that the said Neal
Wimbush was a citizen of Clayton county, and that he had been charged
with an attempt to commit a rape in the said Clayton county, and had
been arrested and was in the custody of an officer of Clayton county,
and was taken from said officer by a body of men, and brought across the
line into Fayette county and hanged. And we are satisfied from all the
evidence and circumstances that the citizens of Fayette county were in
nowise cognizant of, or in any way connected with the tragedy.
July 12th, 1879.
A. E. STOKES, Foreman.
J. E. H. WARE, M.D.

15 July 1879, The Daily Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) via Ancestry.

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