The evidence comes from the account given by Jephthah Geer who stated he received the account from his father Thomas Geer but mostly from Joseph Geer grandson of George Geer when he (Jephthah Geer) was 15 years old.
Jephthah's account appears in James Geer's history published in 1856.
Jephthah Geer was born in 1774.The Joseph Geer he refers to was born in 1719.
However no records have been found in England to support the account given by Jephthah Geer.This does not mean the account is untrue, just that the records dfo not exist to support it.
There certainly was a Geere family in Heavitree which is now within the city of Exeter.The Geere family of Kenn near Exeter are the same family and are well recorded.If the story is true then I believe George Geer must descend from another branch of the family that have gone unrecorded.
Alternatively, the story may be true but some of the facts may have become muddled.The link with Heavitree may have been made back in the 18th-19th century as a result of discovering that there was a Geere family recorded there and it was then assumed that must be the family that "Joseph Geer" was talking about when perhaps Joseph made no reference to Heavitree, just to England or perhaps some other specific location which was then forgotten.
I have a fairly good knowledge of the various families in the United Kingdom and there is nothing to link George Geer to any other them that I have found to date.
I descend from the Geeres of Sussex.The brother of my ancestor, Thomas Geere of Ovingdean, was a Diones Geere who went to Boston in 1635.He died shortly after arrival.He left a widow and two daughters.
The Geer Family History published by Walter Geer states that George Geer and his brother Thomas arrived in Boston in 1635.I am not aware of any evidence to support this but find it curious that 1635 is the year Diones Geer is known to have arrived in Boston.
Is there a link between George and Diones?Or did the story of George arriving in 1635 come about merely because a reference was found in the records to the arrival of Diones Geere?But if so, why did neither James Geer in 1856 nor Walter Geer in 1923 make reference to Diones Geere?
It may be of interest to note that there is a well documented story of Thomas Geere of Ovingdean (nephew of Diones Geere of Boston) helping Charles II in his escape to France. But like the story of George and Thomas Geer, the evidence is merely tradition that can be traced back to within 100 years of 1651.We do know that one of Thomas Geere's daughters married a Tattersall from Brighton and of course it was Captain Tattersall who took Charles II across to France.
But referring back to Diones Geere of Boston, his will refers to John Winthrop who founded Massachussetts, a known puritan and to Hugh Peter, one of the regicides hung by Charles II when he returned to the throne.
So whereas Thomas Geere appears to have supported the crown, his uncle appears to have supported the republicans.NOt uncommon in those days.