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Jacob Boyer[1]

Male 1815 - 1872  (57 years)


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  • Name Jacob Boyer  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 1815  Rowlandville, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Lived in 1850  Bristol Twp., Philadelphia Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 11
    Occupation 1850  [5, 12
    Saw Grinder 
    Occupation 1860  Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 13
    Laborer 
    Occupation 1870  [5, 14
    Laborer 
    Living in 14 Jul 1870  Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204727850 
    FindAGrave ID 204727850 
    FamilySearch ID LTJJ-YCD 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LTJJ-YCD 
    Died 22 Apr 1872  Olney, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 9, 10, 16, 17
    Buried 24 Apr 1872  St. James the Less Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I3102  Main
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2020 

    Father John Boyer,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth Cowper,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Unknown,   d. Bef 1850 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • According to WRBJr "George Washington Boyer (Sr.) had only half brothers and half sisters."  This fact was common family knowledge.

      Depending So Jacob Boyer may have had at least two wives.  George W. Boyer Sr.was the only child with the first wife, whose name is still unknown to us.  When George was 2 years old he appears in the census of 1850 but even at this early age there is no record of his mother.  We can only guess what happened to her - at this time death from childbirth or disease was common. [18]
    Children 
    +1. George Washington Boyer,   b. 21 Feb 1848, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1926, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F1248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Merion,   b. 1829, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [19
    Notes 
    Married:
    • American Boyers 1984 ed, p. 639: Jacob Boyer b. 1813 at Rowlandville, now part of Philadelphia, PA married Elizabeth Merion, a Quakeress. Children: George W., Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Herny, John, Adelbert, Leah, and Brunner.

      The 1850 census shows that Margaret Merion, age 21 is living in the household of Jacob Boyer, along with George Boyer, age 2, and two others named John and Elizabeth Butler (no known relation).  Jacob's wife in future census' (including 1860 and 1870) is named Margaret, and the ages mach Margaret Merion's age in the 1850 census - so it is on this basis that we conclude for now that Margaret Boyer was Margaret Merion before her marriage to Jacob Boyer sometime between the 1850 census and the birth of her first child cir 1851.

      A fascinating glimpse at family life is provided in the 1870 census which shows the children in the family - even Lizze, age 13 - as "Works in Wollen Mill".  Bill Boyer thinks perhaps this was Whitaker's Mill in the Olney section of Philadelphia. [20, 21]
    Children 
     1. Anna Boyer, "Annie",   b. 16 Apr 1851, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1933  (Age 81 years)
     2. Sarah Boyer, "Sallie",   b. 30 Aug 1857, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1917, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Elizabeth Boyer, "Lizzie",   b. Abt 1860, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jacob Boyer,   b. 8 Sep 1861, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     5. Henry Boyer,   b. Abt 1862,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. John Boyer,   b. Abt 1865,   d. Abt 1933  (Age ~ 68 years)
     7. Aldelbert Boyer, "Del",   b. Abt 1867,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Aleah Boyer, "Leah",   b. 11 Oct 1869, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1933  (Age 63 years)
    +9. Brunner H. Boyer,   b. Abt 1872,   d. Aft 1920  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Documents
    John Boyer m. Elizabeth Cowper and their son Jacob Boyer.
    John Boyer m. Elizabeth Cowper and their son Jacob Boyer.
    Jacob Boyer b. 1813 at Rowlandville, now part of Philadelphia, PA married Elizabeth Merion, a Quakeress. Children: George W., Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Herny, John, Adelbert, Leah, and Brunner.


    Last Modified 30 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F1249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1815 - Rowlandville, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - 1850 - Bristol Twp., Philadelphia Co, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1860 - Philadelphia County, PA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Documents
    1850 Census - Jacob Boyer Family
    1850 Census - Jacob Boyer Family
    1850 Census image, Bristol Township in the County of Philadelphia.
    Dwelling number 318, Family number 320.
    Enumerated 28 August, 1850

    (Bristol Twp., Philadelphia County, was located just east of Germantown. The present day neighborhoods of East and West Oak Lane, Fern Rock and Logan are where the old Bristol Township was.)

    Persons listed as being in the same "family" were (order below is same as census order):

    Jacob Boyer, age 34, Saw grinder, born PA, "married within the year" not indicated.
    George Boyer, age 2, born PA
    Margaret Merion, age 21, born PA, "married within the year" not indicated.
    John Butler, age 32, Saw grinder, Born Ireland
    Elizabeth Butler, age 30, born England
    1860 Census - Jacob Boyer family
    1860 Census - Jacob Boyer family
    1860 Census
    P. 17 1st district, 22nd Ward, Philadelphia County, PA
    Enumerated 8 Jun 1860, Post office: "Germantn"
    All born in PA
    Jacob Boyer, 42, Laborer
    Margt. ,30
    George, 12
    Anna, 9
    Sarah, 7
    Elizabeth, 5
    Jacob, 9 months
    1870 Census (1st enumeration) Jacob Boyer Family
    1870 Census (1st enumeration) Jacob Boyer Family
    1870 Census - Philadelphia County, Ward 22, District 71 Germantown Post Office. Enumerated 14 July 1870

    Jacob Boyer, age 55, Laborer, both parents born in USA, born PA, male citizen of US 21 or over
    Margaret, age 41, both parents born in USA, born PA
    George, age 23, Gardener, born PA, male citizen of US 21 or over.
    Annie, age 19, Works in wollen mill, born in PA
    Sallie, age 17, Works in wollen mill, born in PA
    Lizzie, age 13, Works in wollen mill, born in PA
    Jacob, age 11, born in PA, attended school within the year
    Henry, age 8, born in PA, attended school within the year
    John, age 5, born in PA
    Delbert, age 3, born in PA
    Aleah, age 9 months, born in PA, born within the past year in October.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Jacob Boyer m. Elizabeth Merion
    Jacob Boyer m. Elizabeth Merion
    Name: Elizabeth Merion
    Event Type: Marriage
    Marriage Date: 3 Jul 1845
    Marriage Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Organization Name: St James Church, Kingsesslng
    Spouse: Jacob Boyer

    Source Citation
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 226

    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

    Original data: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

    Methodist Church Records. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History.
    John Boyer m. Elizabeth Cowper and their son Jacob Boyer.
    John Boyer m. Elizabeth Cowper and their son Jacob Boyer.
    Jacob Boyer b. 1813 at Rowlandville, now part of Philadelphia, PA married Elizabeth Merion, a Quakeress. Children: George W., Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Herny, John, Adelbert, Leah, and Brunner.


    Bristol Township, Philadelphia - Townships Consolidated in 1854
    Bristol Township, Philadelphia - Townships Consolidated in 1854
    Jacob Boyer - Return of Death certificate
    Jacob Boyer - Return of Death certificate
    Jacob Boyer - died of suffocation
    Jacob Boyer - died of suffocation
    Philadelphia Inquirer - 25 Apr 1872, p2.

  • Notes 
    • JSH notes: Verbal family history says he must have been married twice. It is common knowledge among his living descendants today (2020) that his son George Washington Boyer was half-brother to all of his siblings.

      More details here: https://jhowell.com/wp/who-was-george-washington-boyers-mother/

      Cause of death: Suffocation from pieces of ? lodging in wind pipe (see "Return of Death" document)

      Notes from American Boyers (1915) p. 174: "c (10) Jacob Boyer, son of John Boyer and Mary Smith, was born 1813 at Rowlandville (now part of Phila.,Pa., and died in Olney, Pa., 1872.  Married a Quakeress, Elizabeth Merion.  The children were George W., Jacob, John, Adelbert, Henry, Bruner, Ann, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Leah."

      Notes from "American Boyers" p. 639:

      "4 - AG171 Jacob Boyer, b. 1813, at Rowlandville, now a part of Philadelphia, PA, d. 1872 in Olney, PA. Married Elizabeth Merion a Quakeress."

      The 1850 census implies that Jacob was 32 when George W. Boyer was born, making it plausible that Jacob may have been married to someone else before Margaret. [22, 23]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, 22 Ward, P135, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA - age 55.

    3. [S1735] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 26 Aug 2018), entry for Jacob Boyer, person ID LTJJ-YCD.

    4. [S977] 1860 U.S. Census, "Jacob Boyer, age 42", Philadelphia County, Ward 22, District 1, p17, enumerated 8 June, 1860.

    5. [S1656] Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204727850/jacob-boyer.

    6. [S1252] Death Certificate, Sarah Boyer death certificate.

    7. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, 22 Ward, P135, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA - age 55. implies b 1815.

    8. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, age 34 - implies b. cir 1816.

    9. [S1357] American Boyers, Donald Arthur Boyer, Historian, (7th Edition, Published 1984, 990 East Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17403), p. 639 "AG171 Jacob Boyer b. 1813, at Rowlandville, PA, d. 1872, Olney, PA".

    10. [S1252] Death Certificate, Jacob Boyer index of death certificate. Name: Jacob Boyer Birth Date: abt 1815 Birth Place: Philadelphia Death Date: 22 Apr 1872 Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Age at Death: 57 Burial Date: 24 Apr 1872 Burial Place: St James.

    11. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, Bristol Twp, Philadelphia Co., PA.

    12. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, Saw grinder.

    13. [S977] 1860 U.S. Census, "Laborer" Philadelphia County, Ward 22, District 1, p17, enumerated 8 June, 1860.

    14. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, 22 Ward, P135, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA - age 55, Laborer.

    15. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, Living in Germantown.

    16. [S1252] Death Certificate, Return of Death Certificate in the City of Phila Citation.
      Citation
      "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6Q1Y-8T?cc=1320976&wc=9FRP-W38%3A1073323201 : 16 May 2014), 004010383 > image 988 of 1165; Philadelphia City Archives and Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

    17. [S1122] Philadelphia Inquirer, "...Jacob Boyer, aged 57 years, a resident of Olney, Twenty-second Ward, who was found dead in a wood shed in the rear of the Feltenville Hotel ... the deceased died of suffocation superinduced by the lodgment of a piece of meat in his throat.".

    18. [S8] WR Boyer, 5 sep 2003.

    19. [S1793] Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, (Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records).
      Name: Elizabeth Merion
      Event Type: Marriage
      Marriage Date: 3 Jul 1845
      Marriage Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
      Organization Name: St James Church, Kingsesslng
      Spouse: Jacob Boyer

      Source Citation
      Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 226

      Source Information
      Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

      Original data: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

      Methodist Church Records. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History.

    20. [S8] WR Boyer, Conversation 25 Nov 2005.

    21. [S1357] American Boyers, Donald Arthur Boyer, Historian, (7th Edition, Published 1984, 990 East Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17403), American Boyers 1984 ed, p. 639: Jacob Boyer b. 1813 at Rowlandville, now part of Philadelphia, PA married Elizabeth Merion, a Quakeress. Children: George W., Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Herny, John, Adelbert, Leah, and Brunner.

    22. [S8] WR Boyer, interview.

    23. [S563] Wendy HINSDALE Smythe, interview 28 Apr 2004 reunion.