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Jacob Boyer[1]

Male Abt 1815 - 1872  (~ 57 years)


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  • 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.
    1870 Census (2nd Enumeration) Jacob Boyer Family
    1870 Census (2nd Enumeration) Jacob Boyer Family
    Page 6, 71 District, Philadelphia County, PA
    "Fishers Lane" appears at top of page. No enumeration date or other details on individuals provided.

    Jacob Boyer, age 55, Farmer
    Marguerite, age 41
    George, age 22, Farmer
    Annie, age 19
    Sarah, age 18
    Elizabeth, age 13
    Jacob Jr., age 11
    Henry, age 8
    John, age 6
    Aldelbert, age 4
    Leah, age 1

  • Name Jacob Boyer  [2, 3
    Born Abt 1815  Rowlandville, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Lived in 1850  Bristol Twp., Philadelphia Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1850  [8
    Saw Grinder 
    Occupation 1860  Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Laborer 
    Occupation 1870  [10
    Laborer 
    FamilySearch LTJJ-YCD 
    Died 1872  Olney, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Person ID I3102  Main
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2017 

    Father John Boyer, "Revolutionary War",   b. Abt 1750, Oley Twp. Berks Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1814, Bristol Twp., Philadelphia Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Smith,   d. 19 Oct 1834, Germantown, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2795  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Unknown,   d. Bef 1850 
    Married Bef 1848 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • According to WRBJr "George Washington Boyer (Sr.) had only half brothers and half sisters.". So based on what we know so far Jacob Boyer must 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. [11]
    Children 
    +1. George Washington Boyer,   b. Feb 1848, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1926, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    Last Modified 20 May 2006 
    Family ID F1248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Merion,   b. Abt 1829, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • 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. [12]
    Children 
     1. Anna Boyer, "Annie",   b. Abt 1851, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Sarah Boyer, "Sallie",   b. Abt 1853, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Elizabeth Boyer, "Lizzie",   b. Abt 1857, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jacob Boyer,   b. 1859, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     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. Oct 1869, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1932  (Age ~ 62 years)
    +9. Brunner H. Boyer,   b. Abt 1872,   d. Aft 1920  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2005 
    Family ID F1249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 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 MapsDied - 1872 - Olney, PA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • 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."

      JSHJr notes: There is something amiss wtih the American Boyer 1915 statement.... Jacob Boyer b. 1813 as the youngest child would mean he was 41 years younger than his older brother Gabriel b. 1772.  Jacob is also born within one year of his father's death - according to the dates we have.  So either the dates are wrong, or we are missing a generation, or....

      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."

      I can't find any documentation to support that this Jacob was married twice.  We do have what was recounted to Wilbur R. Boyer Jr. who remembers from verbal accounts from his father that George Washington Boyer, Sr. had seven half brothers and sisters.  This number does reconcile exactly with 1880 census data which by that time shows Margaret as a widow and the seven children being 1) Annie, 26, daughter, Works in Wollen Mill, 2) Sarah, 24, daughter, Works in Wollen Mill. 3) Elizabeth, 22. daughter, Works in Wollen Mill, 4) John, 14, son, Works in Wollen Mill, 5) Delbert, 12, son, Works in Wollen Mill, 6) Leah, 10, daughter, at school, 7) Brunner, 8, son.

      In the 1850 census Margaret Merion appears (age 21) living in the same household with Jacob Boyer (34), George Boyer (2), and another couple named John and Elizabeth Butler.  For now we are making the assumption that this Margaret Merion is the same Margaret that becomes Jacob's wife based on the ages shown in the census - but it may be that Jacob's wife is not Margaret Merion, but another Margaret.

      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. [13, 14]

  • 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 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S977] 1860 U.S. Census, "Jacob Boyer, age 42", Philadelphia County, Ward 22, District 1, p17, enumerated 8 June, 1860 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, 22 Ward, P135, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA - age 55. implies b 1815 (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, age 34 - implies b. cir 1816 (Reliability: 0).

    6. [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" (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, Bristol Twp, Philadelphia Co., PA (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, Saw grinder (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S977] 1860 U.S. Census, "Laborer" Philadelphia County, Ward 22, District 1, p17, enumerated 8 June, 1860 (Reliability: 0).

    10. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, 22 Ward, P135, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA - age 55, Laborer (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S8] WR Boyer, 5 sep 2003 (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S8] WR Boyer, Conversation 25 Nov 2005. (Reliability: 0).

    13. [S8] WR Boyer, interview (Reliability: 0).

    14. [S563] Wendy HINSDALE Smythe, interview 28 Apr 2004 reunion (Reliability: 0).