|Death: ||May 6, 1921|
George Washington Boyer, Jr. was the son of George Washington and Elizabeth Lark Boyer and the brother of Rosanna Boyer Miller. He served in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry, company "D" along with his five brothers during the Civil War. A farmer by trade, he provided his own horse when he enlisted.
General Grant and George's horse
One story about George and his horse is that during the seige of Vicksburg, General Grant selected George's horse to ride for a review of the troops after his own horse went lame. Another family story is that George's horse was so famous for doing tricks that General Grant wanted to buy it. George refused to sell and he is said to have believed that his refusal was the reason he was never promoted. A third story about the same horse was that George and some men were on rotating picket duty and George was off duty and sleeping when his horse woke him up. He found the on-duty sentries were asleep and the Confederates were approaching. They rode back to alert the Union Army. The horse had saved the day. George did not report finding the pickets asleep on duty because they could have been shot.
After the war George settled in Missouri and in 1880 he and his wife Lydia and two children moved from near Clinton, Missouri to Delphos, Kansas. George and Lydia were a sociable couple. George read tea or coffee grounds to predict the future for his guests. Their farm income was mostly from poultry, eggs, cream, butter, cheese, and cattle.
From the Delphos Republican: 50th Anniversary Celebration of George Boyer and Lydia, March 1914
Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Boyer of this place celebrated their 50th anniversary of their wedding, last Sunday at their home...Mr. Boyer is 80 years old and his wife is ten years younger. They have one son, Frank Boyer, and one daughter Mrs. Lavina Day, both of this place; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren....Mr. Boyer and his five brothers served in the army during the Civil War, although their service was long, they all came safely out of the war, married and raised families. Mr. Boyer's sister, Mrs. Rosanna Miller, was present at the wedding of this couple, 50 years ago...Mr. and Mrs. Boyer are hale and hearty and were like young folks upon this happy occasion.
George Washington Boyer (1805 - 1882)
Elizabeth Lark Boyer (1806 - 1886)
Lydia M File Boyer (1845 - 1928)
Frank Boyer (1873 - 1944)*
Rosanna Boyer Miller (1831 - 1917)*
George Washington Boyer (1834 - 1921)
John Boyer (1838 - 1875)*
Oliver Boyer (1842 - 1918)*
Cervero Boyer (1846 - 1931)*
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Record added: Aug 27, 2005
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