young girl of
about 16 years, was a rebel for the cause of Freedom during the
War. In fact, her Patriotism to the American cause was so great, it
her the pseudonym "Daring Dicey".
provided valuable information to the Whigs and harassed the enemy
the entire war. This was Dicey
Langston, the daughter of Solomon Langston of Laurens
Bloody Bill Cunningham and his Scouts were a company of loyalists, so called because of their "ruthless cruelty". When Dicey heard by accident that the Bloody Scouts were about to visit the "Elder settlement" (a.k.a. the Elder settlement, or Little Eden, Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution) 20 miles away where her brother James and some friends were living, she was determined to warn them. She left home in the middle of the night and walked many miles, crossing streams and marshes on foot, as there were no bridges. She crossed the Tyger, which was swollen from the recent rains. She finally made it to her brother's house and warned him of the Bloody Scout's intentions to destroy them. He and his friends rushed to warn everyone, and the next day, when the 'scout' arrived, they found the area deserted, no one was there for them to "wreak their vengeance."
This was posssibly the exploit that secured her place in history.
At a later period of the war, the father of Miss Langston incurred the displeasure of the loyalists in consequence of the active services of his sons in their country's cause. They were known to have imbibed their principles from him; and he was marked out as an object of summary vengeance. A party came to his house with the desperate design of putting to death all the men of the family.
"Do you think so?" Dicey turned the barrel to his head and said, "No you don't. And you won't unless you give me the sign!" she cried, cocking it, and presenting the muzzle at the leader. "If the gun is in your possession, take charge of her!" Her look and attitude of defiance showed her in earnest; the countersign was quickly given; and the men, laughing heartily, pronounced her worthy of being the sister of James Langston. As the men left, the leader lingered and looked back at Dicey and smiled. She returned the smile. The leader, Thomas Springfield, [Read Thomas Springfield's Will here] would become her husband after the war.
After the struggle with the mohter county ended, Dicey married Thomas and moved into the Greenville District of South Carolina near Traveler's Rest. Here she lived and died near Enoree Church and there one can see a monument today honoring a girl that dared to risk her life because of her love for liberty."
about Dicey Langston in the
of South Carolina in the Revolution WebSite!]
Daughters of The America Revolution Medallion CollectionThis dark blue, bound volume measures 11-3/4" by 10". It houses 36 pewter medallions featuring "The Great Women of the American Revolution." Elva B. Crawford, Archivist/Historian, NSDAR, says that this was produced by the Franklin Mint for the DAR in 1976 at the time of the Bicentennial of the U.S.A. Each set of 36 medallions was accompanied by a "Certificate of Authenticity: dated and signed by the President General, NSDAR." In addition to this volume, there was a companion book also entitled "The Great Women of the American Revolution." This 136 page publication included biographies of each of the women shown on the medallions. Some of the women on the medallions are, DICEY LANGSTON, ABIGAIL SMITH ADAMS, EMILY GEIGER, and NANCY HANSON. They are beautifully mounted and a great DAR volume to collect.
GREAT WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION DICEY MEDAL
Greenville (SC) Mountaineer
June 10, 1837
|Died on Tuesday, the 23rd ult., Mrs. Laodicea Springfield, aged 71 years, wife of Thomas Springfield. The deceased was the daughter of Solomon Langston of Revolutionary memory, whose family perhaps suffered more from the ruthless ravages of the Tories and Indians than almost any other, and the subject of this remark took an active part in the struggle and performed many daring deeds on behalf of her suffering country and friends. She was the mother of 22 children and has left about 140 grand and great grand children. She was a kind and affectionate wife, mother, and neighbor, and has left a large circle of acquaintances to deplore her loss.|
grave site of
Dicey Langston Springfield is located off Tigerville Road. One mile off
US 25 near Travelers Rest, SC.
From US 25 turn onto Tigerville Road. Go one mile to Langston Road. Turn right and go until the end of the road. The grave site is located in a Grove of trees just beyond the end of the road to the right. It is on private property owned by a Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ivey.
There is a marker at the site erected by the D.A.R.
History and Archives Center, Columbia, SC!
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or other South Carolina ancestors
at the SC Archives in Columbia
on site specifically at your request!
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HONORARY MARKER IN TRAVELERS REST, SC
Highway 25, just north of Traveler's Rest, South Carolina, turn right onto Old Tigerville Road. Approximately 1.5 miles, the Marker is in the front yard of a private residence on the right side, just across the road from a Baptist Church.
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