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John L. Geiger in southeastern Georgia
Posted by: Bryant Knight (ID *****9564) Date: April 08, 2009 at 18:23:35
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Washington L. Geiger was a Baptist minister in southeastern Georgia (Bulloch County, Georgia, and nearby areas) for many years, and there is a considerable amount of information available on him.

However, I recently came across an obituary of one of Washington's sons, and the obituary is very confusing to me.

The obituary is from the Statesboro News, 18th October 1901, page 5. It reads:
J. L. GEIGER DEAD
Mr. John L. Geiger died sudden-
ly at Parrish on saturday night
last. He was in the employ of
W. M. Durden and Co., as black-
smith, and had been in his usaul [sic]
health, up to an hour or two of
his death. It was thought by
some that he had been poisoned
but no inquest was held, and he
was buried Sunday morning at
Excelsior, where his mother was
laid to rest several years ago. He
was a son of W. L. Geiger well
known to many of our people, and
who resided for several years at
Excelsior. He has a brother, J.
B. Geiger a leading lawyer of Mt.
Vernon.

Which son is this?

Jackson L. Geiger died on 12th November 1900, according to the inscription on his tombstone. He seems to be the only son of Washington L. Geiger who was buried in the Excelsior Cemetery. This seems the most likely person to choose, but the date on the tombstone does not correspond with the date of the obituary.

John C. Geiger died in 1914, according to page 2903 of "A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians" by Lucian Lamar Knight.

As far as I can tell, Washington and his second wife Julia Peavey did not have any children who might be the John L. Geiger referred to in the obituary.

Anyone know who this John L. Geiger is?


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