I am trying to find connections to Elizabeth Gear(Geer, Gier) in Buncombe County in 1860. She is listed as 59 years old in 1860 census.Her place of birth is listed as Rutherford and she has no occupation and is identified as a pauper.
Her daughter Mary A, age 30, is the mother of Adolphus & Harriet.They are listed with last name Gear, but are shown as son and daughter of Mary A.
Adolphus Gear/Geer/Gier is my g-g-grandfather.This was only recently discovered as our g-grandmother had always claimed her maiden name was Black.We are suspecting that the father of Adolphus was known and was a Black and for that reason the daughters took the name.Four daughters of Adolphus and Althea Hawkins were left orphaned and were parceled out to relatives and natives.
Since we (my sister and I) have just started this search for Gear (the name was spelled Gier on Ben Hawkins estate records naming the children of Adolphus and Althea heirs).
Would be very happy if you could share additional information or connection to the Rutherford NC Geers.