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George Geer

Nicknames: "Geroge Greer"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Heavitree, Devon, England
Death: Died in Preston, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Geer and Eleanor Wife Of Jonathan I Geer
Husband of Sarah Geer and Sarah Greer
Father of Joseph Geer; Sarah Park; Jonathan Geere; Joseph Geer; Hannah Williams and 10 others
Brother of Thomas Geer and Margaret Geer

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About George Geer

George and his brother Thomas emigrated to America in 1635. He was one of the earliest settlers in North Groton, Conn. George settled in Boston, but in 1651 went to New London, Conn. with Robert Allyn and others. On Feb 17 1658 he married Sarah Allyn and was given a tract of land adjoining that of Robert Allyn, his father-in-law. That tract was 50 acres and he soon purchased 150 acres from Eleazer Isbell, which was part of the original Poquotannock grants. In 1665, the town granted him 100 acres more land, and he also purchased tracts in Preston and in what is now Griswold, Conn. -------------------- George Geer and His Descendants (from Linda Darien http://www.lindaslineage.com/geer.html )

Family stories are told that George Geer and his brother, Thomas, were left as young boys under the guardianship of an uncle in Heavitree, Exeter, Devonshire, England. The uncle gave them little or no schooling and arranged to ship the boys to America in order to obtain possession of their property. The ship arrived in Boston in 1635 and the boys were put on shore without money or friends. Researchers found George Geer again when he and his friend, Robert Allyn, arrived in New London, CT. He took up land east of Allyn in 1651 in an area he named Geer Hill. Two years later he married Robert Allyn's daughter, Sarah Allyn. They had 11 children. George was reputed to have lived to age 105.


He was buried near the Welcome Browning farm in an old Indian burial ground (now the town of Griswold) about 2 miles from the farm where he died. The early graves were marked by flat stones. George's grave was known by a white oak tree which marked the spot. Later the tree was cut to the ground and used for ship timber, but the grave continued to be marked by the stump.


In the 1670 CT Census, the population of New London was 633.


George Geer's grandson, Ezra Geer, settled near Geer Mountain, 2 miles southeast of the village of Kent, CT, about 1750. He married Elizabeth Canada and had 14 children. After 4 generations were born, lived and died in Kent, CT, Ezra Geer's great grandson Nathaniel moved his family from CT to NY and then to IL. Nathaniel, lost his wife, 2 youngest children, and granddaughter to an unknown misfortune within months in 1874 in IL.


Nathaniel Geer's daughter, Harriet D. Geer witnessed the Lincoln/Douglas Debate held in Ottawa, IL in 1858 and saw Lincoln carried on the shoulders of his fans. She observed them again in debate for the Presidency in 1860. She also traced her family history to the Mayflower. Several of her descendants have joined the DAR, Colonial Dames, Pilgrim John Howland Society, and Mayflower Society through her record-keeping efforts. She was my great grandmother and she died the year I was born.

  - Linda Darien
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George Geer's Timeline

1621
1621
Heavitree, Devon, England
1658
February 17, 1658
Age 37
New London, (Present New London County), Connecticut Colony
1659
February 27, 1659
Age 38
New London, New London, Connecticut, United States
1662
May 26, 1662
Age 41
New London, New London, Connecticut
1664
October 14, 1664
Age 43
Niantic, New London County, Connecticut Colony
October 14, 1664
Age 43
1666
February 27, 1666
Age 45
Groton, New London, CT, USA
1669
February 2, 1669
Age 48
Preston, New London, CT, USA
1671
March 26, 1671
Age 50
Of Marlboro, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1673
September 1673
Age 52
New London, New London, Connecticut