"How It All Started"

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George Geer and his brother Thomas emigrated from England in 1638 on a sailing ship. According to the accepted story, the young brothers were put on the ship by an uncle, who asked the captain to "let them off" halfway to America, so they wouldn't inherit their father's estate. But the ship captain was a man of heart, and he brought them to New York. They wandered to Boston and then to Connecticut, where they settled in Ledyard. These brothers are the immigrant ancestors of nearly all the Geers in the United States today, including those with variant spellings such as Gere, Gear, Geers, Geere, and others.

GFA History:
One spring morning in 1976

How the Current Geer Family Association Came To Be by Roger Friesel11 Geer [ID# 599-1-5-1-2-G], former GFA President, of Albuquerque, NM

Charlotte Avery Geer, shown in photo on left.

One spring morning in Milwaukee, [WI] while talking to my wife Mary Louise (Michael) Geer, we decided that we would have our own family gathering. During our conversation, I remembered talking to my father about the time he had stopped and visited at the Geer Family in Ledyard, CT. He said that this family has been living in the house that George1 Geer “born about 1621”had lived in the 1600s. We contacted family in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, and they all agreed to get together, if I could get all details together. I called Isaac [ID# 1896-G] and Charlotte Geer [ID# 761-1-1-2-G] in Ledyard, CT and asked if something could be worked out. I heard Isaac, in the background say, “ lets do it.”

Charlotte made some calls and called me back the next day and said OK and suggested that we come to Ledyard the 3rd weekend of June 1976. This worked out to be the first reunion of the current Geer Family Association.

What a turn out! There were at least 100 Geers from the local area and other Geer families from all over the country. It was decided to have the next meeting in 2 years. At the next meeting it was decided to have the reunions every 3 years and at other locations every other meeting.

The Geer Family Association [GFA] is now one of the largest family associations in the USA. We have members from all states and several foreign countries. Many of our members do not know who the present and past officers are. I am asking active members to tell us about themselves. There have been several members, who upon reading the newsletter, have found family ties with other families that are closer than just a similar name. Tell us of some of your family history, and also send a photo of yourself and/or your family. [Especially pictures of your family reunions!]

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First GFA Meeting George Geer Grave
The first GFA Reunion was held in Ledyard, CT, in 1976. Shown here is the luncheon which followed the first business meeting, held in the Congregational Church of Ledyard. The grave of George Geer is in an old Indian burying ground near Ledyard.
Homestead Old school
One of the Geer homesteads on the historical tour of Ledyard. The old "Geer Schoolhouse," built in the 1700's, still stands in Ledyard.
Spring Cemetery
Alex Christensen, age 6, of Ashland, Massachusetts, ponders the significance of the spring on the homestead site of his 12th-great-grandfather, George Geer. The old cemetery where George Geer and other Geers are buried.