Proof of the Ride Taken by Emily Geiger During the American Revolution, and Also Proof of Her Existence:

Hon. T. Roots Davis, ex-senator of Calhoun county, South Carolina, has very kindly loaned his affidavits, in proof of the above, copies of which are given below.

State of South Carolina,  )                  Copy

County of Oconee           )                  Affidavit

Personally appeared before me, Harriette McCollough Legare, who, on oath, says, "I am. a resident of Walhalla, said county and state, and am a great granddaughter of Elizabeth Geiger Bell, whom. I have often visited during my childhood days in her home in Richland County, near the city of Columbia. My great grandmother was the youngest daughter of John Conrad Geiger, and was born and reared about three miles below Granby, Lexington county, on what is known as the old Charleston road. I heard her on many occasions tell as a fact that Emily Geiger, her first cousin, delivered a message from General Greene to General Sumter, during the Revolutionary war, and that she was captured and searched by the Tories, and finding no incriminating evidence about her person, in view of the fact that she had swallowed the note, released her; that after her release she spent the night at my said great grandmother's home, who was at that time a girl of ten or twelve years of age; that ray said great grandmother told me that Emily Geiger, on the night spent at her home, related in detail the circumstances of her ride, arrest and release."


Harriette McC. Legare

sworn to before me this

3rd day of Feb. 1931

G. W. Shirley (L.S.)

Notary Public of South Carolina


Reminiscences of Mrs. Jacob Bell and Emily Geiger for Albert Taylor, by Mrs. Ellen S. Elmore, of Columbia, S. C. June 21, 1911.

"Mrs. Bell was a valued friend of our grandmother, Mrs. John Taylor, and all of us chi1dren looked upon her with the greatest veneration. She told me her father kept the tavern of the town of Granby; that she was at school at a Mrs. Horlbeck's in Charleston, during the British occupation and that British soldiers were in Granby during the siege by the Americans, end that Major Maxwell, the British commandant, when he evacuated the place, left several soldiers ill, and she helped nurse them. I asked her name before she married, and when she said Geiger, my enthusiastic, patriotic little soul fired up, and I burst out, "Any kin to the girl that ate the letter?" "O yes," she replied, "Emily was my cousin."

And this is proof to me that Emily did eat the letter, for Mrs. Bell was a noble Roman, and would never have made this assertion had she not known it to be true, for she was truth itself.

I feel myself fortunate in having known two other Revolutionary ladies, Mrs. Finley, of Charleston (related to the Haynes) and Mrs. Mary Murray, of Pacolet River, Union or Spartanburg county, whose name was Goudelocke, and she lived near where the Trough Shoals Mills now are located. All that country is full of Indian and Revolutionary tradition; and my mind was fed on them.


Ellen S. Elmore


"I take pleasure in stating that I knew Miss Ellen Elmore personally, and consider her to have been a woman of high character, and thoroughly reliable.


K. G. Finley, (Bishop)

Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Trinity Parish House Columbia, S. C.


To Whom it May Concern;- I hereby certify that I knew Miss Ellen Elmore, now deceased, formerly

of this city, well for years. That she was a lady of outstanding intelligence, character, and standing, and successfully conducted a young women's school for years.

She enjoyed a high reputation for integrity and truthfulness and I would be willing to accept any written statement of hers as true.


John T. Seibels

Ex-State Senator T. R. Davis, whose affidavits are given above, is the sone of J. Kinsler Davis and wife, Sallie Kaigler, who was the daughter of George Kaigler and wife, Catherine Kinsler. George Kaigler was the sone of George Kaigler and wife, Elizabeth Geiger, who was the daughter of John Geiger, a first cousin of Emily Geiger.

Mr. Davis grandfather, George Keig]er, was born in 1803, 14 years before his grandfather, John Geiger, died in 1817, and it is from him as well as these others that his information has been gathered.


Lillian M. Cain

Copied from papers of Mrs. Annie Wolfe Roof by Sara Texas (Geiger) Geiger January 27, 1965

Copies for:

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

Alexander Lilburn Geiger (Son of Lellan Caughman and Alexander Geiger)

Sara Anne Geiger (Daughter of Sara Texas Geiger and William Muller Geiger)

William Henry Geiger (Son " " " " " " "

John T. Seibels

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