The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township.
George Geyer, farmer; P.O. Kansas; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, May 8, 1832, where he followed farming until 1857, when he removed to East Oakland Tp., Coles Co., Ill.. and located upon the old Donica farm, where he commenced farming with a capital of 825 cash and a team only partly paid for; he immediately went to work making improvements, which he continued until January, 1863, when he sold his improvements for $500, and purchased his present place, where he has since lived; his first purchase upon his present place was for 111 acres, upon which he made a payment of $500, leaving a balance of $1,720, to be made in payments, which he met promptly; he has since added to the same until his home farm now contains 200 acres, upon which he has erected as fine farm-buildings as any in the township; he also owns about ten acres of timber. He married Jan. 5, 1854, to Mary E. Roberts; she was born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, Jan. 19, 1833; she is the daughter of Thomas Roberts, now living in East Oakland Tp.; they have five children now living, having lost four by death. The names of the living are Maranda C., Emma R., Elizabeth I. A., Arletta A. and William F.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township