|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1818|
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1905|
As a young boy, he moved with his parents to Indiana, after his father Abraham died he moved to Jefferson County, Iowa with his mother, and in 1849, when the gold excitement was high in the country he crossed the plains by ox team to California, becoming one of the 49'rs.He and his nephew John mined in California for a few years then on to Oregon by 1851.. He was the first known white man to explore the South Umpqua Valley east of Canyonville, where he acquired land donation claim No. 40 in 1852. He married Phoebe Thrush in 1858. He served as a Indian Scout in Spy Company of the 2nd Oregon Mounted Volunteers during the Rogue River War. "Pioneer Days of Canyonville' booklet published August, 1969.
Isaac and Phoebe Thrush Boyle had seven children .
The Fairfield Tribune, Wed., Mar. 9, 1892, Page 1, col. 5.
THE ARGONAUTS OF ‘49.
More About the Jefferson County Gold Hunters--
Their Trials and Tribulations -- Hard Experiences and
Very Little Gold -- The Conclusion.
By Hiram Heaton.
The "Spartan Band," as the company called itself, while united, found that nuggets of gold were not as plentiful as hickory nuts, even in California. They had lost a number of cattle near the headwaters of the Pitt river, stolen by Indians, and although they had sent a detachment to recover them, they only found their hides, the Indians having butchered them. The loss of the cattle had compelled them to abandon a large amount of their effects, and now their first work was to renew their supplies by sending a number of men to Sacramento for provisions. On their return, Hugh Shuffleton, James Hardin, McWhirter, and others, got lost, and wandered about all night. But finding their way soon after daybreak, at a place called Long's bar, they attempted to cross Feather river. It had rained heavily in the night and the river rose very suddenly and when Hardin, with two other men, attempted to cross, they being the last, the water was like a mill sluice. Hardin used a shovel for a paddle, but at the first stroke the canoe capsized, and although Hardin could swim, and neither of the other men could, he was drowned and they both escaped.
Diligent search was made for the body, but in vain. This occurred in November. In June following Isaac Boyle, looking for oxen, saw something unusual in a drift of the river, and on inspection it proved to be the remains of a man. Hardin's brother Evan recognized the remains as his brother, and they were sent to Fairfield for burial; Hardin having been a Free Mason.
Before 1900 Isaac moved out of his home with Phoebe and stated he was single , he lived his remaining few years with his son Joseph Lane Boyle and his family. Also living in the home was 28 year old Maude Blundell, niece to Phoebe and Isaac, the daughter to Phoebe's sister Susan Thrush Blundell. Phoebe is not buried with the rest of the Boyles in the family plot, she is off near the edge of the cemetery, wonder what that was all about??
Of all the people that I never knew I would have loved to have known my great grandfather Isaac Lee Boyle.I would have asked him about his parents and grandparents,what were they like, about his early life in Virginia,and of course I would want to know about the Snodgrass and McClanahan family lines and Robert E. Lee who the family knew. If only!
Bio and Research by JMB
Abraham Boyl (1774 - 1834)
Margaret McClanahan Boyl (1780 - 1851)
Phoebe Thrush Boyle (1844 - 1925)*
Joseph Lane Boyle (1861 - 1921)*
Emma Boyle Evans (1862 - 1953)*
Isaac "Lee" Boyle (1865 - 1920)*
James R Boyle (1867 - 1891)*
Walter H Boyle (1870 - 1945)*
Thomas Jefferson Davis Boyle (1873 - 1961)*
Ida Mae Boyle Montgomery (1883 - 1973)*
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Record added: Mar 25, 2009
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