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Rev Thomas Gilmore Boyce
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1862
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 31, 1913
Atoka
Tipton County
Tennessee, USA

REV. THOMAS GILMORE BOYCE
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Thomas Gilmore Boyce, a son of Samuel Amzi Boyce and Eliza Moore [née Nisbet] Boyce, was born February 3rd 1862, in Sardis congregation, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He worked on the farm until nearly 19 years old, going to school only during the slack season of work, a few months in the winter and after the crops were laid by. He went to school one full year and then entered the Sophomore class at Erskine College in 1882. He graduated with first honors in the class of 1885. He was received as a student of Theology by the First Presbytery at White Oak (SC) A.R.P. on September 8th 1885 and prosecuted his Theological studies at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina.

Rev. Boyce was licensed to preach by the First Presbytery at Smyrna A.R.P. in York County, South Carolina on April 5th 1887. Shortly after, he was called by the Arkansas Presbytery as pastor by Hickory Springs A.R.P. in Bradley County and Shady Grove A.R.P. in Cleveland County. This call was presented and accepted on October 29th 1888. He was ordained and installed by the Arkansas Presbytery at Hickory Springs, Dec. 4, 1888, and at Shady Grove his installation occurred two days later, Dec. 6, 1888. In these churches he labored until he was called to the pastorate of Salem A.R.P. Church in Tipton County, Tenn.; which call was accepted and he was installed there March 4, 1893.

Rev. Thomas G. Boyce was married January 30th 1889, to Miss Agnes Jane Peoples, daughter of Richard R. Peoples and Agnes McDill Peoples, the marriage taking place at her grandmother McDill's in Hopewell congregation, the Rev. Jno. A. White officiating. Agnes also was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on Oct. 10, 1867. Thomas and Agnes had two children: James Harvey and Iva Theresa. Agnes died June 7, 1896.

On February 22nd 1898 Rev. Boyce was married the second time to Mrs. Lois Martin Mills, in Covington, Georgia. Lois was the widow of Rev. Robert Young Mills and daughter of Rev. John E. and Isabella [née Grier] Martin. She was born July 3, 1868. Three children were unto them: Margaret Marian, Moffatt Grier and Edward Gilmore.

During his career as a minister, Rev. Boyce was also on the editorial staff of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian publications, occupying the position of senior editor. He is an able preacher, presenting the Gospel message in a remarkably simple, clear, logical and irresistible manner. His deep spirituality and intense earnestness are not only marked in his pulpit efforts, but "in the care of the flock which comes upon him daily." It was his privilege to spend the years of his literary and Theological training in the home of his uncle, the Rev. James Boyce, D. D., whose valued assistance he has never forgotten. Wise in counsel, discreet and clear in judgment, broad-minded and progressive, he is esteemed among his brethren.

Rev. Thomas Gilmore Boyce departed this life on the 31st day of May 1913. He was laid to rest in the churchyard cemetery; where he had been pastor for 20 years.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Amzi Boyce (1815 - 1880)
  Eliza Ann Moore Nisbet Boyce (1828 - 1895)
 
 Spouses:
  Agnes Jane Peoples Boyce (1867 - 1896)
  Mary Lois Martin Boyce (1868 - 1940)*
 
 Children:
  Iva Theresa Boyce Renfroe (1891 - 1949)*
  Margaret Marion Boyce (1898 - 1965)*
  Moffatt Grier Boyce (1900 - 1975)*
  Edward Gilmore Boyce (1901 - 1970)*
  Martha Pauline Boyce Pullias (1904 - 1990)*
  Frances Emeline Boyce (1906 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nancy D. Boyce Griffith (1855 - 1930)**
  Thomas Gilmore Boyce (1862 - 1913)
  Elam Erskine Boyce (1864 - 1932)*
  Martha Ann Grier Boyce (1868 - 1903)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Salem Associate Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery
Salem
Tipton County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 19, 2010
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