I'm hoping someone might be able to shed some light on a very confusing situation I've discovered in my Geer ancestry.
My gg-grandfather, Abel Burdick, was the son of Rowland Burdick & Lydia Geer. Lydia Geer was the daughter of Samuel Geer & Lucy Tracy. Up to this point, my Geer ancestry is clear and well-documented. Beyond Samuel & Lucy (Tracy) Geer, however, the line becomes confused by 2 separate versions of Samuel Geer's parentage provided in "The Geer Genealogy" by Walter Geer(1923). On page 45, Samuel Geer is listed as the son of Abel Geer & Esther Fitch. His line is brought forward to include several children, the eldest of whom is my ggg-grandmother, Lydia Geer.
Everything becomes confused by information provided in the Addenda on pages 389-390, which gives 2 separate ancestries for Samuel Geer: 1) as the son of Abel Geer & Esther Fitch; and 2) as the son of Silsby Geer & Lydia Allen. The first version was "derived from the Genealogy and records of James Geer, and from a letter received in January 1919 from Russell Leigh Jackson [gg-grandson of Samuel Geer] , of Newburyport, Mass., a member of the New England Hist.-Gen. Society." The second version was "furnished about 1880 by Samuel Gere's dau. (9) Eliza".
Is anyone aware of a more recent source where this mystery can be cleared up? I was up to this point under the impression that Abel Burdick had been named after his grandfather, Abel Geer, but now I don't know what to think!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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