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Re: Descendants of John Geer of Rutherford Co., NC
Posted by: Samuel Taylor Geer (ID *****4055) Date: February 03, 2009 at 12:29:22
In Reply to: Re: Descendants of John Geer of Rutherford Co., NC by Beverly Watson of 1061

That is an old post which was based on an interpration of the will of Martha Geer and Frederick listed as next of kin, since that post additional research now shows that that Martha was Frederick's mother, not his wife. You are correct that Frederick's wife is Sarah Reeves.

Two significant items of interest, identify John Geer’s wife as Martha
Geer researcher Ethan Tobias Geer, of Blue Springs, GA, has identified several Brunswick Co., VA land records, including one in Deed Book 7, dated August 24, 1761, where Martha, along with husband John Geer, relinquished her right of dower to land conveyed to him on September 27, 1749. Ethan also uncovered the estate record for William Geer of Meherin Parish, Brunswick Co. (Will Book 4, p. 14), recorded May 28, 1770 that leaves his entire estate to wife Patty including “what is due me from my father’s will.” This William Geer is likely the brother of David and Frederick, recognizing his inheritance from his father, John Geer, who d. October 02, 1769 in Orange Co., NC.
Additionally, estate records in the Wake Co. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (December 7, 1790, p. 71) appoint Frederick Geer, “as next in kin,” administrator of the estate of Martha Geer. Since the 1790 census was taken August 2, 1790, Martha Geer would have been included in a household count. This record could not apply to Frederick’s wife, believed to be Sarah and not Martha Reeves as indicated in deed records of Madison Co., KY. Thus Martha Geer, the mother, is placed in David’s household in the 1790 census.
Administration of the Estate of Martha GEER
from: Wake County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1787 thru 1792, Book II, by Weynette Parks Haun, (Durham, NC: Weynette Parks Haun, 1979):

p. 53450-71 (Tuesday, December 7, 1790) Administration on the Estate of Martha GEER decd. was granted to Federick [sic Frederick] GEER as next in kin who came into entered into Court & entered into Bond in the Sum of L200 with William FERRILL & Woodson DANIEL his Securities and at the same time Qualified as administrator agreeable to Law & Returned an Inventory of said Estate which was duly proved and ordered to be Recorded.

p. 61477-98 (Wednesday, March 3, 1791) John HUMPHRIES a Deputy Sheriff of Wake County came into Court and made a return of the Account of Sales of the Estates of Martha GEER, William LITTLE and Charles JORDAN deceased, whereon he was allowed two and an half per cent. Commissions.

p. 93593-214(Tuesday, June 8, 1792) A Deed from James ALSTON to Frederick GEER, was duly proven in open Court by the Oath of William REEVES Esqr. a Witness thereto and ordered to be Registred.

p. 111657-278 (Tuesday, December 4, 1792) A Deed from Frederick GEER to John ALSTON was duly proved in open Court by the Oath of William REEVES Esquire a Witness thereto and ordered to be Registred.
from: Wake Co., NC - Deed Book 5, p. 184
April 15, 1822 - Samuel & Elizabeth Southerland; Phillip & Sally Alston; Willis & Betsy Roberts; Lucy Shiring; Frederick Geer Junr.; and Samuel Couch, gaurdian for Lucy H. Couch, all of the counties of Orange & Wake, and heirs of William Reeves, Senr., late of Madison Co., KY, appoint Jesse B. Geer of Wake County their attorney to ask and receive from all persons all money or other property coming to them by the death of the sd. William Reeves. All the men sign their names, the women sign their marks. Witnesses: Vincher Jones, Jurat., recorded 2 July 1822.
All of the above parties are children of Frederick Geer, thus the mother of Frederick Geer's children should be a Reeves, already deceased at the time of her father's death. The absence of William, David and Mary in this record suggests that they were not living in Wake County in 1822.

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