The Geyer Family : Schleiz-Lobenstein to Buffalo, NY
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The Geyer Family : Germans 
from Schleiz-Lobenstein

Germans from Schleiz-Lobenstein

Welcome to the home page for our Geyer family. Marie Louise Mohr, above, is the great-granddaughter of Frederick W.C. and Margaret Geyer who settled in Buffalo, New York between 1850 and 1860. We will add new research to the website as it is discovered.

According to a naturalization record at the Erie County Hall archives, our Geyers came to America in 1853. When Frederick and Margaret Geyer and their children first appeared in the Buffalo, New York City Directory in 1858, other Geyers were already here. Frederick was a cigar manufacturer and some of his sons worked with him in the business. Their daughter Louisa married Edward Mohr, another recent German immigrant, in 1857 at St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, 427 Washington Street, in downtown Buffalo.

Although the 1860 Census for Buffalo, New York states that Frederick and his family were "Germans from Rouseland" (Russia), I have not been able to find any Russian connection to this family. However, a marriage record for one of the sons at St. Paul's German Lutheran Church in Buffalo states that he came from Schleiz-Lobenstein in the principality of Reuss. This is located in Thuringia (or Thuringen), Germany. Several years ago I visited this region but was unable to find a record of this family. Presumably they came from one of the towns surrounding the town of Schleiz and the town of Lobenstein. If you have any information about this family, please contact me at I hope to connect to other descendants to learn more about our Geyer ancestors.

Frederick W. C. Geyer was born about 1808 and died 28 Jun 1880. His wife Margaret was born about 1813 and died 17 Dec 1889. Their known children are:

1. Louisa Sophie Marie Geyer, born 1 Feb 1834 (per family record), died 3 Apr 1902.
    She married Edward Anton Mohr, an immigrant from Saxony, whose father was from Thuringia.
2. Frederick W.C. Geyer, Jr., born about 1837, died 1864.
3. Christian Geyer, born about 1838.
4. Charles Geyer, born about 1841.

Geyers buried in the family plot are:

F.W.C. Geyer (Frederick W.C. Geyer), co-owner of plot, 1808 to 28 Jun 1880
Frederick Geyer, son, 1837-1864
Margaret Geyer, wife, 1813 to 17 Dec 1889
Louisa Sophie Marie (Geyer) Mohr, daughter, 1834 to 3 Apr 1902
Augusta H. Geyer, wife of an heir, 13 Dec 1914
Charles N.F. Geyer, son of owner, 1 Jun 1915
Carl Frederick Geyer, son of an heir, b 12 May 1865 - d 26 May 1928
Albert W. Geyer, son of an heir, 1874 to 22 Aug 1938
Clara Finley Geyer, wife of heir, 1867 to 17 Aug 1951
Eva G. Geyer, an heir, 1878 to 21 Jun 1962
Clarence A. Baker, husband of an heir, 1888 to 8 Jul 1962
Chester M. Geyer, 1896 to 19 Jun 1966
Mildred G. Baker, an heir, d 26 May 1978

If you have any of the above people in your lines or are researching Geyer families, please e-mail me. Scroll down to read about other Geyer families currently being researched and for some helpful links.

Other Geyer Families & Researchers

Christine Geyer of Germany is trying to find information on her grandfather's family tree, and to contact descendants of his second marriage. Johann GEYER was born 11 Feb 1919 in Neu-Schowe. He married first Else HANISCH, who gave birth to their son Reinhard GEYER. Then Johann married Katharine GERSTENHEIMER, born in Bulkes, and they had two daughters: Helga Caroline GEYER and Rita Elisabetha GEYER. Johann and Katharine GEYER lived in Bavaria/Germany in former Hölsbrunn (Huttenkofen), which is now part of the town of Gangkofen. Please send any info or advice to Christine at

Sarah Knox is researching STEFI GEYER, the famous Hungarian violinist. Stefi GEYER was born 23 Jun 1888 in Budapest, Pest, Hungary and died in December of 1956 in Zurich, Switzerland. She m/1 Erwin JUNG of Vienna, and m/2 Walter SCHULTHESS. Stefi GEYER also had a daughter called "PUCI." Any info greatly appreciated. Please write to Sarah Knox at

Brandie Geyer is researching the family of her grandparents, Kelcy & Hilda GEYER of Southeastern Ohio. Kelcey GEYER was the son of George and Leona GEYER. Please contact Brandie Geyer at

Dan Geyer's ancestors came from Chemnitz and Mittweida. Assistance in Chemnitz has managed to trace his Geyer line back to 1624 in Schönfeld. Visit Geyer in Sweden & Germany or write to Dan Geyer,

Krista Stortz is looking for info about Anna-Maria Geyer (1830-1910), from Tuttlingen, Germany, who married Johannes Stortz (1828-1908). Please write to Krista Stortz at

Russ Seel is searching for information on Mr. H.M. GEYER who was living in Tampa, Florida in the early 1900's. His daughter, Mary T. GEYER, born abt 1916, moved to Ohio. She had at least an older half-brother and sister. Please contact Russ Seel at

Daniel Geyer is searching for the ancestors of Fredrick GEYER and his wife Christiana SPIELER who came to America in the 1850's. They were both born in the Rheinpfalz area and married in Alsenz 30 Jul 1846. Their children were: Elisabetha, Katherina, Jacob, Sophie, Hennerjetha, Heinrich, Fina, Phillip*, and Klara in that order. If you have any info on this family, please write Daniel Geyer at

Susan Geyer is looking for ancestors of Edward G. GEYER who was b 1 May 1892, d 23 Jul 1934 Queens, NY Co., NY; m Sophia PICARD 17 Aug 1916; bur St. John's Cemetery, New York, NY. "Edward might have been born in New York because Sophia was born there as well. Please e-mail me at Thank you."

Peter Scriven is trying to find more information on Franz GEYER from Steyr, Austria. Franz died in 1915. His son Paul GEYER moved to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1927.

Pearl Jean Brewster is researching Christian GEYER who was born 28 May 1795 near Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. He died 30 Oct 1849 in Ohio. Before emigrating to the U.S., Christian toured Europe for 9 years, learned the tannery trade in Russia, learned brewing beer in France, then returned to Saxony where he married Eva GROSS in 1822. He owned a tavern & brewery. They left Germany on 1 Apr 1842 and arrived in Sandusky, OH on 23 Aug 1842. They settled in Tolfert, OH where he operated a tannery. Their 10 children were all born in Germany: Edward, Louisa, Christian, Ernest, a baby who died in Germany, Lesetta, Charles, Ernestina, Gustave, and Matilda.

Carolyn Neault Carolyn Neault is researching her g-g-grandmother Sophia Amelia GEYER (b 1846; d 9 Oct 1897 Bloomfield Twp., Logan Co., OH) who m Louis or Ludwig GROSS on 5 Nov 1865 in Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH. If you can help, please contact Carolyn at

Jim Briars is helping his mother research the family of her grandparents: Hansen GEYER (b 17 Dec 1850 Cashtown, Adams Co., PA) and his wife Jennie. Hansen (29) and Jennie (25) are found on the Franklin Twp. census dated 16 Jun 1880 with four children: Annie, 9; Ella, 7; Charles, 5; and George, 2 years old. Please contact him if you have any info or advice.

Laura Geyer Beauchamp is researching Carl Friedrich August GEYER, merchant in Zwickau, Saxony, and his wife Christine Henriette ZSCHENDERLEIN (b abt 1786 Zwickau); ch: (1) Carl Ludwig, b 1812 Zwickau, m Johanna Maria SCHWEFEL Lebanon, Wisconsin; (2) Natalie Henriette, b 1814 Zwickau, m 1836 Friedrich BOEHLAU St. Louis, Missouri. Carl and Natalie emigrated to Missouri in 1834 with other Saxon Lutherans who became the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church. Carl was ordained a pastor in St. Louis and posted to Dodge Co., WI. Some descendants settled in Texas. Laura has more info on Saxon emigration and early years in America: Zion on the Mississippi by Walter O. Forster, with "a marvelous amount of detail and color."

Mary Perry would like to find info on the family of Caroline GEYER, b 2 Jul 1858 Buffalo, NY; m John LUH who was b abt 9 Jun 1855 also in Buffalo area. Her father died sometime bef 1880. Caroline's mother Caroline (BURNHARD) GEYER m/2 Gotlepf MICHLER and res Olean, Cattaraugus County, NY; d 1905. She had 8 children with 5 living in 1900. At when they res at 116 S. Fourth St., Olean. Sons Jacob, 23, and Val J., 25, were still living at home, along w/grandchildren Minnie ADAMS, James and Louisa ADAMS.

Robert Ray is researching the family of Peter GEYER, b 18 Aug 1853 near the Volga District in Saratov, Russia; d 21 Jul 1944 North Dakota. Peter attended a German University in Russia, and afterward married Johanetta FRICK. They moved to Neu Heim, near the Kuban River. In 1891 they left Russia, passing on their route through Odessa, Berlin, Hamburg, Liverpool, Quebec (they had planned on New York), Winnipeg where they stayed over the winter, and finally reached North Dakota in 1892.

Amanda Velazquez is researching the family of August GEYER and Henriette FRICKE of Goslar, Germany. Their son Heinrich emigrated to Masaya, Nicaragua, m Josefa ABAUNZA, and had at least 12 children. Heinrich's son Jose GEYER left Nicaraugua for New York and then Venezuela. He had at least these children: Maritza, Eleonor, and Jose GEYER.

Jack Geyer is researching the family of John GEYER (born Essig, Germany) and Louise Barbara ____. They emigrated to Pennsylvania, where their youngest son John Charles GEYER was b 8 Dec 1845 in Philadelphia. Other descendants lived in Pittsburgh and Northampton Co., PA. Some allied lines are RADER, CHRISTMAN, SIEGFRIED. Jack has more info on the family to share. Please contact him.

Catherine Geyer is researching the family of Hendrick GEYER (born 1834 Germany; died 5 Jul 1920 Ontario, Canada) and his wife Catharine SAUER (born abt 1835, died 11 Nov 1919).

Visit Dave Rankin's Genealogy Home Page for information on Casper GEYER, who was born before 1752 in Germany and living in Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania by 1770. Dave's new Geyer Families Page provides links to his research on other Geyer families and other Geyer web pages.

William Bauer is researching Augustus GEYER: born 1 August 1822 in Saxony Meiningen, came to America on 27 June 1852, setttled in Loganton, Clinton Co., Pennsylvania.

Lori Graff is researching Friedrich Albrecht GEYER, born 30 April 1839 Weida, Thuringia, Germany; died 21 Jan 1872 Clarksville, Pike Co., Missouri; married Emilie Augusta PFAUTER born 13 Dec 1863 Schmoellen, Thuringia. They arrived at Baltimore, Maryland in 1871.

Bob & Nancy Helchinski are researching the family of Helen GEYER who married Clemen GASTEL in RUSSIA about 1916. They had 7-9 children and went to America; daughter Katherine GASTEL was born 9 May 1919 in Bowdle, Edmunds Co., South Dakota. Katherine married George TARLETON.

John Guyer is researching the family of Johann Michael GEYER, born about 1760 at Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania; died before Oct 1833 in Butler Co., Pennsylvania; married Catharina SCHEURY on 19 Mar 1782.

Max and Leah Griffies are looking for any cousins related to Fred GEYER, born 2 Sep 1889 Parishville, St. Lawrence Co., NY, and Iva May ROBINSON, born 31 Oct 1888 Parishville, who were married 26 Jan 1910 in Parishville. They had one daughter, Marjorie GEYER who married Al OLIPHANT in California.

Carolyn Whipple is researching Louisa/Louise GUYRE (also called Christina Louisa, born abt 1805, died 25 Feb 1885, age 80; buried Clayton, Jefferson Co., New York; married Henry VANDEWALKER abt 1824. The 1850 census lists children: Oliver, Maria, Almira (m Abraham JONES), Juliette, Celestine, Melezar and Esther J. Louisa might have been the daughter of John GUYRE in Montgomery County, NY.

Jan Geyer is looking for the family of Johann GEYER (1777-1854) who married in 1803 Friederike Luisa SOMMEROCK (1782-aft 1854). Around 1844, they emigrated from Edigheim, Bavaria, Germany for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, within a couple of years, were residents of Meigs County, Ohio.

Ron Schellhaas hopes to find the family of Sophia GEYER, born 13 Jan 1845, died 14 Aug 1920 near Butler, Pennsylvania. Sophie married Abraham SHANOR, probably of Beaver Co., PA.

Joy Weicht has put her Guyer research on her Guyer Home Page. She is researching Johannes GUYER who settled near what is known as the William Penn Grant near Philadelphia, PA. Was he from Switzerland or Germany?

Nancy Cook is researching John GIYER who was born 18 May 1845 in PA and died 30 Nov 1930 in Wilburton, KS. Some of his descendants lived in Missouri and Oklahoma. Please contact her if you know this family.

Dianna and Bill Geyer are researching Frank GEYER who was born 1821 in Baden, Bavaria. By 1848 he was in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania and married to Lucinda _____, born 1825 in PA. They had 10 children: Mary, Jacob, Francis or Franklin, Maximilian, Frances or Franciska, Kate or Catherine, Lizzie, Christian, Ann and Rose. Rose was born 1869 in Pine Grove. Kate married Thomas DORNMEYER in 1879. Christian GEYER b 1862 PA, m/1 Carrie TOBY; m/2 Cecilia SCHWARTZ b 1850 South Wales, the oldest of nine children of Enos and Elizabeth.

Lori Geyer-Kime is researching the family of John GEYER (b 22 Dec 1816 in PA, d 11 Jul 1891 IN) and his wife Catherine (____) GEYER (b 11 Jan 1817 OH, d 29 Nov 1878 IN). Ten ch: Hiram b 1841 OH, Elizabeth b 1845 OH, Saloma b 1846, Levi b 1848, Anna b 1850, William b 1852, Joseph (1854-1932) m Rachel MILLER, Susan b 1855, Catherine 1857-1878, & John b September 1859. The eight younger ch were b in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Nappanee, Indiana.


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