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Jabez Geer - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: June 25, 2001 at 09:00:34
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Biographical sketch of JABEZ GEER from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 648-649


The agriculturists of Clay township, St. Clair county, Michigan, have among them a no more successful and respected man, ex-soldier, farmer and fellow citizen than Jabez Geer, who was born in this township March 23, 1837, and is a son of Joseph W. and Theda (Crane) Geer, natives of Vermont, and born respectively June 22, 1798, and September 23, 1802, and married May 4, 1820. About 1833 Joseph W. Geer and wife came from the Green Mountain state to Michigan and first located in Plymouth, Wayne county, whence they came, two years later, to Algonac, where for several years he followed his trade of millwright and carpenter, but later became a farmer. To Joseph W. and Theda Geer were born seven children, namely: Abigail, Charles, Hannah, in Pinconning, Michigan, Sallie, Jabez, of whom further mention will be made, Franklin, and Theda E. The father of this family owned forty acres of good land, which he himself cleared up from the wilderness of Clay township, St. Clair county, and developed into a valuable homestead. In politics he was in early life a Whig, but upon the decadence of that party became a Republican. He was elected a justice of the peace, which office he held for several years, and was also elected to several minor officers, all of which he filled with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents. His death occurred November 13, 1879. His wife had died in April, 1845, and he, in 1862, married Miss Jannette Warner, also from Vermont, and who survived him some eight years.

Jabez Geer was reared to manhood in Clay township and was trained to the vocation of farming, which he followed until 1863, when he enlisted at Algonac in Company I, First Regiment Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. At the conclusion of that glorious military spectacle, the grand review at Washington, then to Nashville, Tennessee, and thence to Jackson, Michigan, where he was mustered out of the service with the rank of sergeant. After his return he engaged in carpentering and ship-building, was subsequently a lighthouse keeper for nine years on the St. Clair flats. He then engaged in farming, which is still his occupation. For two terms he was township drain commissioner.

Jabez Geer was first joined in marriage August 23, 1859, with Mrs. Theda L. (Warner) Bartholomew, daughter of Capt. Edward B. and Olive (Reed) Warner, natives respectively of Ohio and New York. Capt. Edward Warner was born April 14, 1811, was a sailor for thirty years and was captain from the age of nineteen, and served as master of both sailing vessels and steam boats. For some years he was a resident of Ohio, then of the northern part of Indiana, and in 1845 brought his family to Algonac, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying February 11, 1891. He was first a Whig and later a Republican. To Capt. Edward B. and Olive (Reed) Warner were born eight children, in the following order: Willis E., Susannah, Theda L., George E., Stephen A., Amanda R., Harriet A. and Mary A. Mr. and Mrs. Geer have also eight children, namely: Edward J., who died at fourteen years of age; Salina L., was first married to Frank Bates and secondly to Elisha B. Moore; Reuben G. died at two years of age; Addie A.; George F. is a sailor and married Ann Macdonald; Henry H. died at four years of age; Pearl; Sybelia is married to Gilbert Quackenbush, an electrician. Mrs. Geer was married at the age of sixteen years to Albert Bartholomew, who died three years later, leaving one daughter, Harriet A., wife of S. O. Durrant, of Marine City.

Mr. Geer owns forty acres of good land, which he has cleared and improved and has converted into one of the handsomest and most profitable farms of its dimensions in the county. He is a member of the F. & A. M. lodge at Algonac, and he and family are held in the highest esteem throughout St. Clair county.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the GEER surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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