|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1806|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1886|
Elizabeth Lark Boyer was the daughter of John and Mary Higher(Hier?, Heyer?) Lark of Pennsylvania. Her father was born in England and her mother in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth had a German Bible, but it is unclear if she could write. (Towards the end of her life she signed some legal documents with "her mark" although this may have been due to having a shaky hand due to aging) She was fond of sewing, needle-work, art, knitting, lace making, bead work, shell work, embroidery and the making of hair flowers. She did not like work which soiled her hands . Elizabeth was tall, slender and erect. She always wore a white lace ruffled cap with satin ribbons which tied beneath her chin. If she went away from home, she wore a black cap. She always wore dark dresses with a white collar or jabot.
On March 31,1825 Elizabeth Lark married George Washington Boyer, the son of Henry Boyer and Mary Magdalene Kann Boyer. George owned an hotel and livery stable and later became a farmer. Geo and Elizabeth left Pennsylvania and moved first to Ohio, then Illinois. They had eight sons and two daughters, Lavina and Rosanna. Two sons died in infancy and one daughter,Lavina died shortly before her wedding day and was buried in her wedding gown.
"I will bury mother when she stinks."
In 1848, without any sign of illness Elizabeth suddenly became unconscious. Doctors pronounced her dead. Her husband, George, refused to bury her, saying, "I will bury Mother when she stinks." She remained unconscious ten days then awoke. Everyone was eager to know if she had seen Lavina? She answered: "I have been perfectly conscious, knew everything, but powerless to speak or move. My only hope was in Father's promise not to bury me until it was necessary."
The Boyer sons in the Civil War
All six surviving sons of George and Elizabeth served in Company E of the 3rd Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. Elizabeth refused to allow her youngest son, Cerveo, to join up until their Illinois farm was raided by southern sympathizers looking for an older brother who was home on furlough from his army unit. The brother and Cerveo had been hidden under sheets of goose feathers which were drying in the sun. After that close call Elizabeth decided that perhaps her youngest son was safer with his brothers in the military than he was home on the farm. All six of her sons returned safely from the war.
Final days in Delphos, Kansas
On March 31, 1875, George and Elizabeth celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Old Ripley, Illinois. In 1979, the couple moved to Spring Valley, Nuckolls Co, Nebraska where they lived near their son Cerveo. After George's death in 1884, Elizabeth moved to Delphos, Kansas to live with her daughter, Rosanna Boyer Miller. She loved to knit and would make anyone sox, wristbands, scarves, hoods and mittens for free if they provided her the yarn. She preferred colored yarns and her granddaughter Estelle wrote that "the entire neighborhood blossomed out in colors they never had worn before."
Elizabeth died in 1886 after a brief illness.She is buried in the Boyer plot in the Delphos Cemetery.
Elizabeth belongs to haplogroup H6a, a lineage recorded in her mitochrondial DNA.
George Washington Boyer (1805 - 1882)*
Henry Boyer (1829 - 1893)*
Rosanna Boyer Miller (1831 - 1917)*
George Washington Boyer (1834 - 1921)*
John Boyer (1838 - 1875)*
Oliver Boyer (1842 - 1918)*
Cervero Boyer (1846 - 1931)*
Created by: helenpatricia
Record added: Aug 28, 2005
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