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Re: Jabez Gere/Gear family around 1840
Posted by: Richard Kurish (ID *****9335) Date: February 19, 2009 at 19:52:39
In Reply to: Jabez Gere/Gear family around 1840 by michael menke of 900

Hi Michael,

I went through a couple early histories of Huron County, Ohio, and found no mention of Jabez Gere/Gear/Geer, or anyone who could be identified as a member of his family. I also checked the Huron County Cemetery Inscription book without success. I would presume that the Jabez Gere family were residents of Huron County only for a few years, before moving on.

I did find a couple of brief mentions of the Foote family which Lora K. Gere married into. According to the "History of the Firelands comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio", published in 1879, Ebenezer Foote, father of Marcus Foote arrived in Huron County in 1832. In 1834 he built a steam sawmill in the village of North Fairfield. Ebenezer Foote is buried in the Hoyt Cemetery in Fairfield Township, Huron County. He died June 12,1857, age 79 yrs and 3 months.

The same history lists the following churches that were organized in Fairfield by the 1840s.

Methodist Episcopal Church
organized in 1822

Baptist Church
organized January 1,1832

Cogregational Church
organized February 23,1841

Several members of the Foote family were founders of the Baptist Church, in fact the church was formed at a meeting held at the home of Samuel Foote. Marcus Foote who married Lora Gere, was Samuel's brother. Perhaps Marcus and Lora were married in this church. I don't know if any of these churches still exist in Fairfield, but an internet search may provide the information.

In an 1885 "History of McHenry County, Illinois", there are a couple of biographical sketches pertaining to two daughters of Jabez and Lydia Gere. The first sketch is for Marcus Foote. The salient points:

Marcus was born near Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York on March 27,1813. He was the son of Ebenezer Foote who located in Huron County, Ohio in 1832. Marcus was foreman at his father's mill for 12 years, then engaged in selling stock for 10 or 12 years. He then studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Norwalk, Ohio. In 1874 he moved to Illinois and settled in Richmond Township, but in 1877 he returned to Bowling Green Ohio. After a year there he returned to Richmond Township, Illinois. In 1878 he starting serving as postmaster and Justice of the Peace. During the Civil War he was Deputy Marshall of Sandusky Ohio.

In June 1838 Marcus married L.K. Gere,daughter of Jabez and Lydia Gere, natives of New York. They have two children, Lydia, wife of G.W. Eldridge, and Marcus, a clerk in Commissioner Hoyne's office, Chicage, Illinois.

The second sketch covers Horatio B. Coe. The salient points:

Horatio Coe was a principal of the public schools in Harvard, Illinois. He was born in Derby, New Haven County, Conn., October 11,1824.

Horatio was married March 27,1848 to Mary D. Gere, a native of Auburn, New York. Mary was born March 12, 1832, and is the daughter of Jabez and Lydia (McKee) Gere. Two children were living in 1885. They were Fred H., born July 29,1852, and Minnehaha, born Sept. 26,1860. Fred married Feb.16,1882 to Florence Benson, a native of Portland, Oregon, born Feb. 28,1862. They have one daughter, Madge E., born May 20,1883.

There is some additional info on the parents of Horatio Coe. Apparently his father Truman Coe was a graduate of Yale University, and he tought, and was a clergyman in several states, including some time in Ohio.

I don't know if this info is of any use to you, but perhaps you can glean something out of it. Good luck with your research.


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