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Elam Wesley Boyer
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Birth: Dec. 15, 1859
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1917

Elam's middle name is Wesley.
DOB is Dec 15, 1859.
Place of birth is USA, Iowa, Mahaska County.
DOD is June 23, 1917.
Place of death is USA, Iowa.

Father is Edward Louis Boyer FAG No. 78563672.
Mother is Eliza Jane Reader Boyer FAG No. 78563635.

Elam Wesley Boyer was born on December 15, 1859, in Mahaska County, Iowa, son of Edward and Jane (Reader) Boyer. At age two, he came with his parents to Tama County, Iowa and lived on a farm north of Chelsea. When he was 17, the family moved to the old Boyer farm. He could not go to school but stayed home to help with the work. However, he continued to read and study on his own and by the time he reached manhood, he was a well read young man.

Elam married Margaret Ella Wilson, known as Ella, daughter of Colonel B.W. and Mary E. (Lux) Wilson, on April 28, 1881.

They are the parents of Alyce, Lelia and Orange. They also raised three of the motherless children of David (Delia Lucinda Wilson) Boyer, Mary Elizabeth, Bartholomew and Dorothea Jane.

Elam was a leader in the community and loved his home and family. He toiled with diligence and devotion in the interest of home, family, school, church, community and country. His health began to fail in 1913. In 1917 he suffered a nervous breakdown from which he never recovered and on June 23, 1917, at the age of 58 years, he took his own life.

After Elam's death, Ella moved to Toledo. In 1939 she moved to Marshalltown, Iowa and lived with her daughter. Ella died August 13, 1946.

Elam and Ella are buried in the Rector Cemetery near Chelsea, Iowa.

Bio info obtained from "Boyer, Elam Wesley and Margaret Ella (Wilson)" F122, written by Mary L. Kaloupek as published in the book titled History of Tama County Iowa, Volume I, 1987, page 410, 977.7756 HIS Iowa, located in the Toledo, Iowa Public Library 
Family links: 
  Edward Louis Boyer (1837 - 1916)
  Eliza Jane Reader Boyer (1836 - 1928)
  Margaret Ella Wilson Boyer (1859 - 1946)*
  Mary Alyce Boyer Baker (1882 - 1972)*
  Lelia Evalyn Boyer Clark (1886 - 1950)*
  Orange Paul Boyer (1893 - 1964)*
  Elam Wesley Boyer (1859 - 1917)
  David Washington Boyer (1861 - 1929)*
  Charles Elmer Boyer (1867 - 1942)*
  Infant Boyer (1872 - 1872)*
  Loretta Boyer (1872 - 1873)*
*Calculated relationship
Rector Cemetery
Tama County
Iowa, USA
Created by: colette harrison
Record added: Sep 22, 2011
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Elam Wesley Boyer
Added by: colette harrison
Elam Wesley Boyer
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Elam Wesley Boyer
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