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  • ID: I12163
  • Name: Solomon GEER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 SEP 1819 in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA
  • Census: 1850 , Stark, Illinois, USA 1
  • Military Service: 3rd Colorado Calvary 1888 2
  • Burial: Niwot Cemetery, Altona, Boulder, Colorado, USA 3
  • Death: 18 JUL 1892 in Altona, Boulder, Colorado, USA 3
  • Census: 1860 Bradford, Stark, Illinois, USA 4
  • Census: St. Vrain District. P.O. Boulder City, Boulder, Colorado, USA 1870 5
  • Census: 1880 Left Hand, Boulder, Colorado, USA 6
  • Military Service: Civil War 3
  • Note:
    Notes for Solomon GEER
    Solomon's ancestor was John Geer who had a brother named George. The two brothers were shanghaied and brought to America in 1735.
    [Info from other sources show George as the ancestor. His father was named Jonathan but didnt come to US. The time is about right though]

    CIVIL WAR PENSION INDEX
    Solomon Geer
    Images Online #: 313 State Filed: Colorado
    Widow: Nancy Geer Relative:
    Minor: Comments:
    Service: H. 3rd Colorado Cavalry
    Date of Filing: 25 Oct 1888
    Class: Invalid
    Application No.: 676789
    Certificate No.: 705887
    State From Which Filed: Colorado

    Date of Filing: 31 Oct 1892
    Class: Widow
    Application No.: 563574
    Certification No.: 395942
    State From Which Filed: Colorado

    Article by Forest Crossen, "Daily Camera," Boulder, Colorado (date unknown, but presumably before 1962):

    "The old-timers were great people," said George T. Springsteel, 2859 10th St. "I've been with them all my life. I was raised among them. The one I remember better than any other was my grandfather, Solomon Gear. He was out here in this country before the gold mining started in 1859, before there was any Denver or Boulder."
    George Springsteel is an old-timer himself. He was born of pioneer parents in Gear Canon, a dozen or so miles north of Boulder, in 1875. This makes him a Territorial Pioneer, one of the last of that brave company.
    "Grandfather was a soldier in the U.S. Army, in the (3rd Colorado) cavalry. To the best of my recollection, he was stationed at Fort Laramie, up at the junction of the North Fork of the Platte and the Laramie. They were guarding the Oregon Trail--I've heard him tell lots of times of covered wagon trains going through to Oregon and California--trying to keep the Indians quiet. He saw some pretty rough times."

    Grandfather Was Captured By Indians

    "One time during an Indian fight he and two other soldiers were captured. The Indians took them to their camp, a long ways from Fort Laramie. The Indians took a liking to grandfather. He was a great fellow and didn't seem to be afraid of anybody.
    He had a fast horse, so he challenged the Indians to a race. They were great for horse racing, had some pretty good horses, too. He was shrewd enough to hold his horse back, let them win at first. He kept telling the Indians the distance they were racing wasn't far enough to give his horse a chance. So they agreed to run a longer race, out away from the camp. They started and when they finished Grandfather told them it still wasn't far enough. They kept going out farther and farther.
    "Finally, when he was out about half a mile, he showed them what a real race horse would do. I don't know how he had got hold of this horse, probably won him in a poker game. He played enough, would bet on anything.
    "He ran off and left them. . .and just kept going. They took in after him but he had too much of a start. He made it into Fort Laramie all right."
    George paused, his blue eyes alight. "He was all over this part of the country on those Indian campaigns." Fort Laramie was the focal point from which troops were dispatched in all directions. "I used to ask him where he went and he'd always say 'Everywhere, George, everywhere.'
    "Finally he was caught in a bad Indian fight. He was shot in the calf of the leg, the bullet splintering the bone. In those days they didn't have good surgeons, so his leg was never right. Splinters of bone kept coming out. He walked with a cane; he couldn't get around very well."

    Built First Cabin In Jamestown

    "They discharged him from the army, so he went back to Illinois for his family. That must have been along about 1861 or 62. He brought them out to Denver.
    "They started out in a covered wagon with a good team of horses pulling it. Behind the wagon came a milch cow. They came out on the Oregon Trail and then came up the South Fork of the Platte to Denver. Somewhere on the way one of the horses died, so he hitched up the cow and that's how they landed down on Cherry Creek.
    "Grandfather went up to Central City and Blackhawk and did some mining. Then he drifted north to Jimtown, hunting gold. He built the first cabin there.
    "Finally he found a canon that suited him and he decided to go in for cattle ranching. This canon is the first one to the north after you pull into Left Hand. More of his family came out and they took up nearly all the land there. My father was one of them. I was born there in Gear Canon, named for grandfather.
    "He was a short man, heavy set. He had dark red hair and always wore a clipped beard on his chin, I think you call it a Van Dyke. Part of the time he let his sideburns grow. He was the most optimistic man I've ever seen--and he was a money-maker."

    Gambled Prospect In Game Of Cards

    George chuckled. "But one time he wasn't so lucky. Like most all old-timers, he drank. Over at Longmont one day he got to drinking and gambling. He was a great hand to play poker.
    "A druggist over there cleaned him and the other fellows. Then he said to Grandfather, 'Haven't you got anything else to gamble?'
    "My grandfather thought a minute, then he said, 'Yes, I've got a prospect up at Gold Hill.'
    "'Why don't you put it up? You might win everything back on the turn of a card.'
    "My grandfather nodded.
    "'What do you figure it's worth?' the druggist asked him.
    "'I don't know yet, but I figure $2,000.'
    "'All right. I'll bet $2,000 against it.'
    "They played another hand. . .and Grandfather lost."
    "And the prospect?" I asked.
    George smiled, then shook his head slowly. "It was the Alamakee. The druggist went up there and began sinking. He took out $100,000 in the first 100 feet." --end--

    Birth: Ancestry.com, Sandy Neder (neders@vcss.k12.ca.us).

    Death: Nettie Rooks, Boulder, CO.




    Father: Luther A. GEER Sr. b: 17 FEB 1793 in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA
    Mother: Esther WHIPPLE b: 16 APR 1795 in ,, North Carolina, USA

    Marriage 1 Nancy PHENIX b: 19 AUG 1824 in Harrisburg,, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Married: 03 MAR 1842 in La Fayette, Goshen, Stark, Illinois, USA 7
    • Note:
      In the Smith Cemetery book pages 3 & 4 are listed 4 Geer children Tombstones. They all say they are the children of Solomon and Mary Geer. This is certainly confusing as the only Solomon who was alive and in Stark county at this time was married to Nancy Phenix. It is possible they read the name wrong on the tombstone. Or that there is another Soloman unknown of at this time. However I will list the children and thier info here for now even though a couple were born before their marriage date.

      Emma E. Geer; d. 28 Aug 1863, aged 10 yrs, 2 mos 15 days., dau of Soloman & Mary Geer. B-66

      John O. Geer; d. 9 Sept 1842. aged 2 yrs 9 mos 8 dys. son of Soloman & mary Geer. B-64

      Lucinda Geer; d. 12 Dec 1847, aged 3 yrs, 3 mos 16 dys. dau of Soloman & mary Geer. B-63

      Nancy Geer; d. 11 Mar 1852, aged 2 mos 11 dys. dau of Soloman & mary Geer.
    Children
    1. Has Children Martha Esther GEER b: NOV 1846 in , Stark, Illinois, USA
    2. Has Children Charles O. GEER b: 1850 in , Stark, Illinois, USA
    3. Has Children Abby Amelia GEER b: 1852 in , Stark, Illinois, USA
    4. Has No Children Mary Elizabeth GEER b: 1855 in , Stark, Illinois, USA
    5. Has No Children Adelia GEER b: 1857 in , Stark, Illinois, USA
    6. Has No Children Emma E. GEER b: 1857 in , Stark, Illinois, USA
    7. Has Children Elmer Harmon GEER b: 01 SEP 1867 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

    Sources:
    1. Title: 1850 Stark County Census
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 61
      Text: Solomon Geer; 31; male; Conn; 500; Carpenter
    2. Title: Researcher listed below
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Text: Diane Allard; From her notes she says: Application No 676789, date of filing was Oct 25, 1888; Cert No. 705887, Colorado
    3. Title: Researcher listed below
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Text: Diane Allard
    4. Title: 1860 Stark County Census
      Page: 152
      Text: Soloman Geer; 40; male; farmer; 2500; 200; CT
    5. Title: Census Records
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 28 June 1870 Pages 39 & 40. 77-77
      Text: Soloman Geer; 50 male; white; laborer; canada? - probably couldnt read the CT abbreviation.
    6. Title: Census Records
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: FHL 1254088 NAF T9-0088 PAGE 474B
      Text: Solomon GEER Self M Male W 56 CT CT CT
    7. Title: Stark County Illinois Marriage Records 1839-1866
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 39
      Text: Geer, Solomon married Phenix, Nancy March 03, 1842. 1/11
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