Lucy Witter Geer

23 February 1824–27 March 1899 (Age 75)
Austinburg, Austinburg Township, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of Lucy Witter

When Lucy Witter Geer was born on 23 February 1824, in Austinburg, Austinburg Township, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States, her father, Moses Geer, was 50 and her mother, Sarah Thomas, was 45. She married William Kelsy Rice on 6 October 1842, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 10 daughters. She lived in Davis, Utah, United States in 1850 and Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States for about 20 years. She died on 27 March 1899, in Lewiston, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Lewiston City Cemetery, Lewiston, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Kelsy Rice
Lucy Witter Geer
Marriage: 6 October 1842
Cora Rice
Mochiam Rice
Ellen Mariah Rice
William Kelsey Rice
Lucy Augusta Rice
Sarah Minerva Rice
Ira Moses Rice
Elizabeth Adelaide Rice
Maryette Rice
Kelsey Leonard Rice
Julliette Rice
Rosetta Ann Rice
John Asaph Rice
Lowna Adella Rice
Lilly A Rice

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 October 1842Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 1
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 6
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    Age 22
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English (Kent and Sussex): variant of Gear .German: from a personal name derived from gēr, gār ‘spear’ (see Gerhardt ).Dutch (Van der Geer and Van de Geer): topographic name from geer ‘triangular piece of land’. Compare Degeer .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Lucy Witter Gear History by Eldon Rice

    Lucy Witter Gear, the first wife of William Kelsey Rice. Joseph Young was the one who performed the ceremony that united William Kelsey Rice and Lucy Witter Gear on the 6th October 1845. She wore a l …

    Sources (37)

    • Lucy Rice, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Lucy Minerva Weis in entry for Sarah Minerva Lyons, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"
    • Lucy W Rice in household of Wm R Rice, "United States Census, 1860"

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