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George Washington Boyer[1, 2, 3]

Male 1848 - 1926  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name George Washington Boyer 
    Born Feb 1848  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth Feb 1855  PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Cemetery Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Greenmount Cemetery 
    Lived in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    5337 Front St. 
    Occupation 1870  [12
    Gardner 
    Lived in 1920  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    5399 Front Street 
    Occupation Built homes including his home on Front Street and his son Wilbur's home.  [13
    Occupation 1920  the Fern Rock Section, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Night Watchman for the Water Bureau 
    Religion Olney, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    member of St. Alban's Episcopal church 
    FamilySearch LTFL-VBR 
    Died Jan 1926  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Jan 1926  Greenmount Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Person ID I90  Main
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2017 

    Father Jacob Boyer,   b. Abt 1815, Rowlandville, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, Olney, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Mother 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. [17]
    Family ID F1248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gwendolen Alice Reese,   b. 1859-1860, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1897, Olney, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 11 Apr 1887  Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    Notes 
    Married:
    • From the marriage record p.280 : Married Monday April 11, 1887 at 455 N. 7th St. George Washington Boyer age 37, residence Olney, Phila. Parents Jacob & Margaret Boyer. Gwendolen Alice Reese age 29, residence 457 Marshall St.. Parents Thomas & Gwendolen Reese. Signature of Clergyman: R. Boroden Shepherd (no witnesses shown in register) [20]
    Children 
     1. Edith (baby) Boyer,   b. Abt 1888,   d. Oct 1888, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Mabel G. Boyer,   b. Oct 1889,   d. 11 Dec 1900, Olney, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 11 years)
     3. George Washington Boyer, Jr.,   b. 22 Jun 1892, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1980, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +4. Wilbur Russell Boyer,   b. 7 Dec 1896, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1985, Ft. Myers, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Documents
    Boyer - Reese Marriage
    Boyer - Reese Marriage
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Whiteheart,   b. Aug 1851, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Mary was in her 60's when she married George. [21]
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F1246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Feb 1848 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Feb 1855 - PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCemetery - Greenmount Cemetery - - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - 5337 Front St. - - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Apr 1887 - Philadelphia, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - 5399 Front Street - 1920 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Night Watchman for the Water Bureau - 1920 - the Fern Rock Section, Philadelphia, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - member of St. Alban's Episcopal church - - Olney, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1926 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jan 1926 - Greenmount Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA Link to Google Earth
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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
    Boyer house fire article
    Boyer house fire article
    pdf version of Article appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer 11 Feb, 1897 describing the terrible fire in which Gwendoline was killed.
    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
    1920 Census - Boyer
    1920 Census - Boyer
    Enumerated 2 January, 1920

    W.R. Boyer family:
    5401 Front Street, Philadelphia, PA

    William R. Boyer, head, rented house, age 22, reads, writes, born PA, father born PA, mother born New Jersey, supervisor, Penna RR Co.
    Elizabeth M., wife, age 20, reads, writes, born PA, parents born PA.
    Evelyn, daughter, age 1, born PA.
    Heatherlin, Mary C, aunt, age 59, reads, writes, born in PA, father born Canada (English), mother born PA.

    George W. Boyer family
    5337 Front St.
    George W., head, owner, age 72,reads, writes, born PA, parents born PA, night watchman, Water Bureau.
    Mary A., wife, age 69, reads, writes, born NJ, father born NJ, mother born PA.

    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
    Phila Inquirer re: Gwendoline Boyer fire
    Phila Inquirer re: Gwendoline Boyer fire
    Article appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer 11 Feb, 1897 describing the terrible fire in which Gwendoline was killed.
    1900 Census George W. Boyer Family
    1900 Census George W. Boyer Family
    Tabor Road, Philadelphia, PA. George W. Boyer, head b. Feb. 1855 age 45 'gardener helper(?)'; Mabel G., daughter, b. Oct. 1889 age 10; George W., son b. June 1892 age 7(?); Wilbur R, son, b. Dec. 1896 age 3; Mary Whiteheart(?), H. Keeper, b. Aug, 1851.

    Headstones
    Boyer Plot - Greenmount Cemetery
    Boyer Plot - Greenmount Cemetery
    Greenmount Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA - unmarked plot of George Washington Boyer, his wife Gwendolen Reece, his daughters Edith Boyer and Mabel Boyer.

  • Notes 
    • William R. Boyer, Jr. notes:

      "He was born and raised in a large sprawling farmhouse which in 1935 was underneath the Wyoming Ave, bridge (which goes over Frankford Creek) about one mile from Olney, Pa.  I was told this by my father in about 1935 as we were driving in the area"

      John S. Howell, Jr. notes:

      Visited his grave in May 2004 at the Greenmount Cemetery.  Photo and copy of plot card on file.  Others buried in this plot are: Gwendolen A. (wife), Baby Edith Boyer, (daughter), Mabel G. Boyer (daughter). 

      The cemetery records show that the only gravestone marking the plot is that of Baby Edith Boyer, however upon visiting, no gravestone, other than one that was illegible, could be found. [22, 23]

    Cemetery:
    • File copy of deed for 140 sq ft dated 1888. Plot #154 Section F.

    Occupation:
    • He walked 3 miles each way to work.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S826] 1920 US Census, 5337 Front St. (Reliability: 0).

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

    4. [S826] 1920 US Census, Age 72, implies b. 1848, living on Front St. (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, Age 2, Philadelphia, Bristol. Implies b. 1848 (Reliability: 0).
      Census Image: http://www.ancestry.com/search/io/browse.asp?c=11&state=Pennsylvania&county=Philadelphia&township=Bristol&ed=&roll=M432_824&STAbrv=PA&startimg=170&endimg=223&rp=216&hash=123704743&width=2345&height=2917&levels=5&colorspace=Grayscale

    6. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, 22 Ward, P135, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA - age 23, Gardner, living with Jacob, Margaret, Annie, Sallie, Lizzie, Jacob, Henry, John, Delbert, Aleah (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, so age 45 ? (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S939] 1870 Census - Second Enumeration, Age 22 - implies b. 1848 (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S1357] American Boyers, Donald Arthur Boyer, Historian, (7th Edition, Published 1984, 990 East Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17403), p. 639 "AG1711 George W. Boyer. b. 1848. Olney, PA No further data" (Reliability: 0).

    10. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, b. Feb, 1855 age 45 (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S563] Wendy HINSDALE Smythe, email 26 Feb 2004 encl copy of greenmount cemetery deed to George W. Boyer. (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, Gardner (Reliability: 0).

    13. [S8] WR Boyer, 4 Sept 2003 (Reliability: 0).

    14. [S826] 1920 US Census, Enumeration district 1549, Ward 42, living on Front St., working for Water Bureau (Reliability: 0).

    15. [S8] WR Boyer, 6 Sep 2003 (Reliability: 0).

    16. [S934] Greenmount Cemetery Records, May 2004 visit. Copy of plot card obtained. (Reliability: 0).

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

    18. [S1598] Marriage License Index 1885 - 1916, Orphan's Court - Philadelphia, Reese Gwendolen A (Boyer) Year 1887 F License #10233 (Reliability: 0).

    19. [S1649] Philadelphia Marriage Records, (online: http://sharing.ancestry.com/1925332?h=9faf23&e=d2VuZG94eUBhdHQubmV0), "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DZ5Q-JLJ?cc=1388247&wc=M6P3-Y29%3A10548501%2C10937301 : 21 May 2014), 1885-1916 > R > image 57 of 279; citing Clerk (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S1649] Philadelphia Marriage Records, (online: http://sharing.ancestry.com/1925332?h=9faf23&e=d2VuZG94eUBhdHQubmV0), p. 280 (Reliability: 0).
      From the marriage record p.280 : Married Monday April 11, 1887 at 455 N. 7th St. George Washington Boyer age 37, residence Olney, Phila. Parents Jacob & Margaret Boyer. Gwendolen Alice Reese age 29, residence 457 Marshall St.. Parents Thomas & Gwendolen Reese. Signature of Clergyman: R. Boroden Shepherd (no witnesses shown in register)

    21. [S8] WR Boyer.

    22. [S518] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com), Visited cemetery, May 2004 (Reliability: 0).

    23. [S8] WR Boyer, May 2006 in a conversation. (Reliability: 0).