Mrs. Amos C. Boynton.
Born, married, diedóthree important events to be chronicled in the life of this good woman.
When one lives to the ripe age of 87 years as did the subject of this sketch, she either grows in grace and usefulness by reason of the years or she becomes a useless, soul-less individual. She exists the day that she was born or she shames it in her life. She glorifies death in the life which she lives, in preparation for death, or to her there is nothing beyond the grave. She makes of her earthly home a heaven upon earth, or she makes it a place from which one would wish to flee.
Each of the three epochs chronicled above, this stalwart Carthagenian character fully justified in the life which she lived.
Born of fine old Georgia stock, with refinements, if not wealth a plenty, Martha B. Fort was educated in the public schools of her state, and was trained in the simple virtues and the homely philosophies. Her rare common sense caused her to make use of her every faculty and every opportunity. To her, life meant moderation in all things.
The trials and horrors of the Civil war were fully known to, and experienced by, her. After her young sweetheart, Amos C. Boynton, returned from the war, broken in body and purse, but not in spirit, two courageous young hearts were united in matrimony.
A migration to Texas was begun, and led by Mr. and Mrs. Boynton, Sr., the young couple braved the adverse conditions at that time in Texas, and located at Longbranch, this county, where they lived for a number of years, and where their older children were born. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Boynton, Jr., moved to Carthage, where their family was fully reared and where the old homestead was maintained until the death of the sainted wife and mother. Mr. Boynton, who was in the lumber business for many years in Panola county, passed away fourteen years ago.
It is not difficult to understand why the spirit of Amos C. Boynton, Jr., was beckoned to this country nearly three-quarters of a century ago, but the self-sacrifice of the woman who shared his fortunes and misfortunes is one of the most inspiring records to our county's and state's history. In all the train of progress that has swept over the country, this pioneer woman never hesitated in following and, at times, leading the way through the wilderness of promise, or even of despair and doubt.
Carving out of the wilderness a home, the young Boynton's sanctified that home by bringing into it children, of which there were eight, a daughter dying when quite young. Next to being a devoted wife, who ever said to her husband, as did Ruth to Naomi, "Whither thou goest I will go." Mrs. Martha Boynton was an ideal mother, she nourished and admonished her children to the day of her death. And what a mother! "Oh, mothers of men, how great your calling! How wonderful your self-effacement and self sacrifice. Men make the laws, but you, by your training and guidance, make men!"
Six stalwart menóLes, Chapman, Moses, Albert, Walter and Lester Boynton and one daughter, Stella (Mrs. J. A. Daniel), survive, as well as twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. It is given to but few mothers to be surrounded until death by a lot of her family and to be the object of their tender solicitude and care. Up to the time when she was stricken at Thanksgiving, Martha Boynton's children had never known her to occupy a sick-bed.
Panola Watchman, Carthage, Texas, January 7, 1932
Note: Martha B. FORT married 30 JAN 1866 in Talbot County, Georgia, to Amos C. BOYNTON.
Miranda Fort (1806 - 1885)
Elizabeth Stanford Fort (1810 - 1875)
Amos Chapman Boynton (1841 - 1917)*
Lee Fort Boynton (1867 - 1951)*
Martha Estella Boynton Daniels (1870 - 1961)*
Moses Miranda Boynton (1873 - 1958)*
Albert Lary Boynton (1875 - 1935)*
Walter Knox Boynton (1880 - 1971)*
Alice C Boynton (1884 - 1888)*
Robert Lester Boynton (1886 - 1949)*
Amos Chapman Boynton (1887 - 1972)*
Robert Emmett Fort (1840 - 1918)*
Martha B Fort Boynton (1844 - 1931)
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: EastTexan
Record added: Apr 15, 2008
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