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During the past year our participant number has grown to 31 providing a picture of the genetic makeup of eleven (11) separate Geer/Gear/Gaer/Geere DNA family lines in the United States, England and New Zealand. Special thanks to Donna Gear Loper (GEAR LINEAGE I), Ginger August (GEER LINEAGE I), Gary Wiseman (GEER LINEAGE III) and Jeremy Geere (English Geere/Geare/Geer Lineage II) for persevering on their respective lines and their commitment to the Geer DNA Project.
Unknown Geer Lineages - Participants G-21, G-25 & G-26 do not share a common DNA profile with any other project participant, thus indicating other possible Geer lineages in the United States.
Geer Lineage I - George and Thomas Geer Families of Connecticut: Participants G-12, G-13 and G-24 have been shown to be an exact DNA match, this indicating their common ancestor to be George Geer (c1621-1726) of Preston, New London Co., CT. Participant G-11 was a near match to these participants, but is probably not related due to a genetic distance of 2 in the 12 yDNA markers. This indicates that the ancestry of participant G-11 may have a disconnect from the George Geer line, possibly at William Kenton Geer [ID# 995-3].
Geer Lineage II - John Geer Family of Orange Co., North Carolina: Participants G-2, G-3, G-7, G-14, G-18 & G-20 all share an exact DNA match indicating a common relationship to ancestor John Geer (d. 1769) of Orange Co., NC. In particular, participants G-7, G-14, G-18, G-20 all share a common ancestor identified as Solomon Geer [ID# 389], proving that this Solomon was misplaced in the 1923 Geer Genealogy and not a descendant of George Geer [ID# 1] of Connecticut.
Geer Lineage III - Ransom Geer Family of White Co., Tennessee: Participants G-1, G-5, G-6 and G-31 are an exact DNA match indicating they share a common ancestor, believed to be Ransom Erastus Geer (1802 - 1885) of Sparta, White Co., TN. This DNA profile is also an exact match to the Nanney surname that can be traced back to Brunswick Co., Virginia and later Rutherford and Orange Co., NC. It is speculated that Shadrach Nanney (1769 Brunswick Co., VA - 1836 Union Mills, Rutherford Co., NC), son of John B. Nanney (1746-1804) and Ellie Cator (b. c1745), is Ransom?fs father based on marriage dates and locations of the family, however it cannot be known for sure in that the DNA profile only indicates genetic connection and not specific individuals. Ransom?fs mother is identified as Mary ?gPolly?h Geer, daughter of Frederick Geer and granddaughter of John Geer (d. 1769) of Orange Co., NC (Geer Lineage II). This relationship is supported by the affirmation of Mary?fs great-grandson, Hul Higgson Usrey (1867-1977) of White Co., TN who states:
?c My father's name is Thomas C. Usrey. He was the son of Sam Usrey and Mary, his wife. Her name before her marriage was Geer, the daughter of Frederick Geer (Ransom was her son) before her marriage to my grandfather, Sam Usrey. ...by H. H. Usrey, May 16, 1939
Geer Lineage IV - Peter Franklin Marion Geer Family of New York and Early Co., Georgia: This line needs participants.
Gear Lineage I - Samuel Gear Family of Preston, New London Co., Connecticut: Participants G-4, G-10 & G-22 share a DNA match indicating they share a common ancestor. Since this line is not a DNA match to participants identified in Geer Lineage I and recorded in the 1923 Geer Genealogy, the results indicate a disconnect from the George Geer Family of Connecticut, possibly at Samuel Gear [ID# 57]. See comments for further research below.
Gear/Gaer/Geer Lineage II - Nathaniel Gear/Gaer Family of Orange Co., Virginia: Participant G-19 has identified a DNA profile that needs additional participants in order to establish a connection to a common ancestor.
English Geere/Geer Lineage I - Walter Geere of Heavitree, Devon, England: This line needs English participants to identify a DNA profile that may provide evidence of a connection to Geer Lineage I - George & Thomas Geer Families of Connecticut.
English Geere/Geer Lineage II - Unknown Common Ancestor born before 1500: Participant G-15, a descendant of John Geere of Wivelsfield, Sussex, England, is an exact DNA match to participant G-17, a descendant of John Geare of Exeter, Devon, England, indicating in this case that the Geere's of Sussex are genetically related to the Geare's of Exeter. Participants G-15 and G-17 share an unknown common ancestor, born before the year 1500. Participant G-13 does not share a DNA profile with G-15 & G-17 indicating at some point in his ancestry there is a disconnect from John Geere of Wivelsfield, Sussex, England.
Greer Lineages - Participants G-8 & G-9 do not share a common DNA profile. Participants may find a common ancestry in a Greer surname project.?@
Comments for further research: All Geer/Gear/Gaer/Geere ect. family lines would benefit from additional participants. Our goal is to test each male line from the identified patriarch to firmly establish each DNA line profile. Specifically, previously untested lines of De Geer, Gehr, Gayer would be welcome for participation.
Unknown Geer Lineages - Participants may share their individuals ancestries with the project to help in identifying related individuals that may be DNA tested.
Geer Lineage I - Finding English participants from the Walter Geere family (English Geere/Geer Lineage I) could clarify DNA markers for the descendants of American Immigrants George & Thomas Geer of Connecticut. Descendants of Joseph William Geer [ID# 995] should be tested to clarify the ancestry of participant G-11.
Geer Lineage II - Exploring German, Dutch or Swedish ancestry may benefit the search for the European origins of Geer families that settled in the southern United States and may identify the American Immigrant of the descendants of the John Geer (d. 1769) of Orange Co. North Carolina. Continued testing of other male descendants on this line such as: William Geer (d. bef. May 28, 1770) of Brunswick Co., Virginia, William Geer (d. bef. May 8, 1844) of Morgan Co. Georgia; Frederick C. Geer (d. abt. November 5, 1848) of Wake Co., NC; Jesse B. Geer (d. aft. 1880) of Durham, NC and Frederick "Fred/Teddy" Geer (d. May 25, 1867) of White (now Putnam) Co., Tennessee.Geer Lineage III - Continued testing of Ransom Geer descendants: R. M. Geer (b. 1850), Samuel Vance Geer (b. 1858), William J. ?gWill?h Geer (b. 1860) and Erastus Alexander ?gAlex?h Geer (b. 1868) will further develop the genetic profile of this Geer line. It is assumed that Ransom?fs sons John Wayman Geer (1835 - c1851) and Samuel Vance Geer (1838 - bef. 1860) had no issue due to their deaths at young ages.
Gear Lineage I - Continued testing of descendants of Samuel Gear [ID# 57], specifically descendants of Samuel Gear, Jr. [ID# 177], Epaphras Gear [ID# 179], George Gear [ID# 180] and Hezekiah H. Gear [ID# 181].
English Geere/Geer Lineage II - Further traditional genealogy research and additional participants from identified patriarchs John Geere (c1520 - c1569/70) Wivelsfield, Sussex, England and John Geare (d. 1696) of Exeter, Devon, England are needed to identify a common ancestor.