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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Deposition of Alexander MacLeod concerning the cooperation of Native Americans with the British Army
MacLeod, Alexander
August 06, 1776
Volume 10, Page 725

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Affidavit of Alexander McLeod.

North Carolina
Chatham County. } Ss.

This day personally appeared before me Mial Scurlock Alexander McLeod and made Oath that a certain man who called himself Lieut York Shephard came to his house on or about the 25 day of June last passed and informed this Deponent that he had left the Indian Camp some few days before in company with fourteen other men who were derected to Different Counties in this Colony two and two in a company in order to acquaint the King's party to hold a good Heart and that they wou'd soon relieve them for that they wou'd camp about the 25 of August at the Indian Springs on the borders of Cumberland County and that the Army consisted of about 60000 men whereof 3000 were white with whom they were four Governors and seven Indian Kings; this Deponent further says that the said Shephard further informed him that he was that day going to a meeting of some men his Friends about five miles from Conner Doud's and that he wou'd return that night if it should be midnight, but that he did not return nor has this deponent seen him since and that this deponent further saith that the said Shephard brought with him a son of Cotton's whom he called Thomas and the said Boy left the inclosed list of persons by accident at his house and the said Shephard further informed this deponent that he had been in several parties with the Indians where he had committed divers murders and Roberies. And further this deponent saith not.


Sworn before me this 6th day of August 1776.
Mial Scurlock.