EMILY GEIGER

Elizabeth F. Ellet. The Women of the American Revolution. NY: Baker and Scribner, 1848 (Vols. I & II); 1850 (Vol. III). (courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)

Mrs. Ellett's "Women of the Revolution" - Vol. 2 p.341. Anecdote:- "The following record of an instance of female patriotism has appeared in several of the journals. It is relied upon as fact by the friends of the family who reside in the neighborhood, where the occurrence took place, and there is no reason to doubt its authenticity.

"At the time Gen. Greene retreated before Lord Rawdon from Ninety-Six when he had passed Broad River, he was very desirous to send an order to General Sumter, then on the Wateree, to join him, that they might attack Rawdon, who had divided his forces.  But the country to be passed through was for many miles full of blood-thirsty Tories, and it was a difficult matter to find a man willing to undertake so dangerous a mission. At length a young girl - Emily Geiger - presented herself to Gen. Greene proposing to act as his messenger; Gen. Greene, both surprised and delighted, closed with her proposal. He accordingly wrote a letter and gave it to her, at the same time communicating the contents verbally, to be told to Sumter in case of accident. Emily was young, but as to her person or adventures on the way, we have no further information, except that she was mounted on horseback, upon a side-saddle, and on the second day of her journey was intercepted by Lord Rawdon' s scouts. Coming from the direction of Greene's army, and not being able to tell an untruth without blushing, she was shut up; and the officer in command having the modesty not to search her at the time, he sent for an old Tory matron as more fitting for the purpose. Emily was not wanting in expedients, and as soon as the door was closed, she ate up the letter piece by piece. After a while the Matron arrived. Upon searching carefully nothing was found of a suspicious nature about the prisoner, and she would disclose nothing. Suspicion being thus allayed, the officer-in-command of the scouts suffered Emily to depart whither she said she was bound. She took a route somewhat circuitous to avoid further detection, and. soon after struck into the road to Sumter's camp, where she arrived in safety. She told her adventure, and delivered Greene's verbal message to Sumter, who in consequence soon after joined the main army at Orangeburg. Emily Geiger afterwards married a rich planter on the Congaree. She has been dead thirty-five years but it is trusted her name will descend to posterity among those of the patriotic females of the Revolution."

Ellizabeth F. Ellet

Published by George W. Jacobs & Co. Philadelphia, 103, 105 South 15th St. Copyright, 1900 by George W. Jacobs & Co.

Mrs. Ellet was the wife of Dr. Ellet, professor at the University of South Carolina in 1850s -- according to Mrs. Lawrence M. Keitt, who told of the visits Dr. & Mrs. Ellet would make to the Keitt home (now Puritan Farm) where Mr. & Mrs. George Keitt then lived, and where she and her husband, Hon. L. M. Keitt, and small daughter, Anna, were also visiting.

LCM

Copied from papers of Mrs. Annie Wolfe Roof by Sara Texas (Geiger) Geiger)

January 30, 1965

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Mrs. Annie Wolfe Roof (Daughter of Frederica Geiger & J. Archibald Wolfe)

William Henry Geiger (Son of Sara Texas Geiger and William Muller Geiger)

Sara Anne Geiger (Daughter " " " " " " )

Alexander Mi1burn Geiger (Son of Lellan Caughman and A1exander Geiger)

Elizabeth F. Ellet. The Women of the American Revolution. NY: Baker and Scribner, 1848 (Vols. I & II); 1850 (Vol. III). (courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)

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