Lee County Biography


JAMES GEER, the owner of a fine farm of two hundred acres, located on section 26, Nelson Township, began life here in 1860, on a raw tract of prairie land. His place is now well-stocked and improved with all the necessary buildings and farm machinery. Mr. Geer came to Lee County in 1858, making his first location in Dixon. He was at that time a young man and for two years was employed at the Nachusa House. His advent into the State, however, was in 1853, the intervening time being spent in Chicago and Elgin.

The original of this sketch was born in Indiana County, Pa., March 3, 1832, and was the son of Erastus Geer, also a native of the Keystone State. The grandfather of our subject, James T. R. Geer, was born at Lake George, Conn. His father was a Revolutionary soldier, and died at Blairsviile, Pa., when past ninety-three years of age. James T. R. Geer followed the various occupations of farmer, carpenter and millwright, and on choosing a life companion married a Connecticut lady, who de­parted this life in Pennsylvania when about seventy-five years of age. They were members of the Baptist Church and well respected in their locality.

Erastus Geer, the father of our subject, was one of a family of seven children. He is yet living and resides at Crystal Lake, McHenry County, having attained his eighty-seventh year. He has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1853, and is the owner of a fine estate in the above-named county. His wife, formerly Miss Abbie Morton, is eighty-seven years of age. She was born and reared in Pennsylvania, and after her marriage accompanied her husband to his new home, where she has been no unimportant factor in aiding him to attain his present high standing in the community. They are both members of the Presbyterian Church and are trying to live in accordance with the tenets of that denomination.

Our subject was the eldest of the four sons and four daughters born to his parents, all of whom are living and have homes of their own with one exception. Our subject was married in Dixon to Miss Catherine Boyer, who was born in Somerset County, Pa., and there resided until? coming West with her brothers and sister. Her father, Abraham Boyer, was a farmer and departed this life at Dixon, at an advanced age. Mr. and Mrs. Geer have six children: Georgia A. is the wife of E. E. Harden, and resides at Liberty, Neb., where Mr. Harden is a banker; Mattie is the wife of G. H. Harden, who is also a banker in Stratton, Hitchcock County, Neb.; Edward A., Jessie L., John A. and Frederick are at home. Mr. and Mrs. Geer attend the Lutheran Church where they are active and influential members. 

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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