Biography of Erastus Geer
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ERASTUS GEER, LEBANON: Farmer.

The Geer family, or the branch of it which is now so numerous in New London county, traces its origin directly to George Geer, who was born in Hevitree, England, in 1621, and his brother Thomas in 1623. The biography of the ancestor and his descendants, to and including the subject of this sketch, is given in the history of New London county substantially as follows:

"They (George and Thomas) were bereaved of their parents while young, and were put in charge of an uncle. They came to America and settled. in Boston in 1635, without friends or money. George Geer became an early settler in New London, Conn., about 1651, and Thomas 1682.

On the 17th of February, 1658, George Geer married Sarah, daughter of Robert Allyn, one of the earliest settlers in New London, Conn. Immediately after his marriage he settled on a tract of land adjoining or near said Allyn's land, on the grant of fifty acres made to him by the town of New London, now railed Ledyard. He was one of the first officers of the town. He died towards the close of the year 1726 at the age of one hundred and five years. He had a family of eleven children, the eighth of whom was Robert, born Jan. 2, 1675, and died in 1742. Robert married Martha Tyler and had five children, the second of whom was Ebenezer, born April 1, 1709, and died August 28, 1763. Ebenezer Geer married Prudence Wheeler. Jan. 2, 1735. She was born Sept. 25, 1712, and died June 2, 1797. They had ten children, the youngest of whom was David, born June 18, 1755, and died Aug. 31, 1835.

David Geer married Mary Stanton, May 17, 1781. She was born Aug. 28, 1756, and died December, 1837. Their children were Dorothy, David (2) born Jan. 20, 1784, William S., Prudence, Joseph, Cyrus, Anna, Robert, Isaac W., and Charles, all born in Groton, now Ledyard, Conn.

David Geer (2) married Anna Gallup, Jan. 11, 1910. She was born Sept. 3, 1787, and died Feb. 12, 1862. He died May 19, 1867. Their children were Cyrus G., William F., Thankful S., an infant son, Sarah A., David, and Erstus, the immediate subject of this sketch, born Oct. 9, 1823. David Geer settled in Lebanon, Conn., 1817, on the farm now (1891) owned and occupied by his son Erastus. His farms, now comprising nearly eight hundred acres, are in a good state of cultivation. Among Lebanon's substantial men and representative farmers, none, perhaps, have accomplished more than the Geer family, and much credit is due to the indefatigable energy and perseverance of David Geer. He was a whim and republican in politics.

His brothers and sisters settled in New London county, excepting Wm. S., Robert, and Charles, who settled near Syracuse, New York. His children settled in Lebanon, with the exception of Wm. F., who settled at Syracuse, New York. Erastus Geer was reared on the farm, and early learned the cardinal principles of success, industry and frugality. His advantages for an education were such as the common schools of the day afforded, supplemented with a few terms at Bacon Academy, at Colchester, Conn. At the age of nineteen he commenced teaching school, and taught ten terms during the winters, working on the farm summers. Being the youngest of the family, he very naturally continued the occupancy of the homestead. He is energetic, prudent, and practical alike in public and private affairs. As a man he is respected at home and abroad; as a farmer he ranks among the most enterprising of the town. In addition to his fanning interests, he manufactures the patent iron stall window frame, a device the result of his own invention. In politics a life long whim and republican, and as such has held important offices of the town.

In 1877 he was a member of the state legislature, serving on the committee of claims. In 1878 he was appointed one of the county commissioners of New London county, and served two terms, retiring in 1884. He has been twice married, first to Almira H. Saxton, May 12, 1852. She died May 3o, 1853, leaving one son, Wm. H.; second, to Frances A., daughter of Joseph and Lura (Witter) Geer of Ledyard, Conn., Nov. 21, 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Geer are members of Goshen Congregational church in Lebanon, Conn.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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