Affidavit of J. W. Simms

Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General (Main Series), 1871 – 1880

National Archives Microfilm Publication M666 Roll 1

“Statements, depositions, and other records submitted by Gov. William W. Holden relating to crimes of the Ku Klux Klan against citizens of North Carolina, 1869 – 1871″

State of North Carolina
Alamance County

August 1st, 1870

This day personally appeared before me, Wm. A. Albright, acting J. P. for said County J. W. Simms, who being duly sworn deposes and says:

About five months ago I was approached by Daniel Whitesell and told of a secret political organization which he recommended as a great thing and told me that I had better join it for my own protection and that of my father who is a member of the Republican Party. I am a member of the Radical Party, voted the whole ticket at the last election and thought that as my own life and that of my father were endangered I had better join the Order, so that I might live in more security and be better able to protect those who were dear to me.

(signed) J. W. Simms

Sworn and subscribed before me this the 1st day of August, 1870.
(signed) Wm. A. Albright
Acting J. P.