The Athens Observer, p. 1 (June 30-July 6, 1994)


On Jan. 19, 1735, less than two years after Gen. Oglethorpe first set his feet on the soil of Georgia, the colony's first known execution occurred. The condemned was a woman, Alice Ryley, an indentured servant, hanged in Savannah for the murder of her master. Another indentured servant involved in the murder, a man, was hanged the next day.