|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1844|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 1917|
THE DEATH ROLL
Joshua Jones Boyles, aged 73, died Monday evening after a brief illness at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William A. Bair, of Allentown road, Upper Gwynedd township. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was a stone mason by trade, working on several important buildings in Lansdale including the new High school, the Masonic temple and the stone from the Methodist Church on Third street.
Mr. Boyles was born January 4, 1844, in Bucks county and assisted at farming until the civil war broke out. At the age of 17, he enlisted in Co. A of the 1st New Jersey cavalry, serving three years and one month. Had he enlisted a lietenancy had been promised him. He was twice captured by the rebels but each time escaped owing to the close pressure of Union troops. At Brandy station he was caught when his horse fell over a stump, but as the Confederates in their retreat had to pass single file through a narrow place he and dozen compatriots mad bold enough to run back toward the Union lines. The rebel's fired on them killing four or five men, but young Boyles luckily escaped injury, and went through his term of enlistment without receiving a wound. He made a similar escape after his capture at Savage station. After the battle of Gettysburg scouts reported that Lee was in retreat. Among those summoned for pursuit were the members of the New Jersey cavalry, including Boyles, who started of at 3 o'clock in the morning. At the Potomac river they overtook 500 rebels and made them prisoners.
Soon after this the soldier returned Bucks county and resumed farming. Meanwhile he married Miss Rebecca McMullen, an orphan, who lived on the farm at Bethel where he was working. After a year he gave up farm life to learn the stone masonry trade, finally obtaining employment with James Cousins who had an establishment near Hatboro. Cousins was large contractor and built many of the stone bridges in this section, Mrs. Boyles assisting on all of them. Probably the oldest bridge on which he did any work is the three-span structure at Mumbauer's mill in Lower Gwynedd. In the latter part of the1880, Mr. Boyles came to North Wales having engaged in business for himself and most of the rest of his life was spent in North Wales, White's corner and other places in this vicinity. Except for a brief interval at farming about 10 years age he stuck to his trade from which he retired about four years ago, following the death of his wife.
He leaves four sons, George, William, Joshua and Frank, all of White's Corner, two daughters Mrs. Samuel G. Cassel, of North Wales, and Mrs. Bair at whose home he died, 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. There are also two sisters, Mrs. George Potts, of Trenton, aged 83, and Mrs. Rebecca Luff of Weldon, aged 80.
The funeral will take place Friday 2'oclock at the house, Rev. J.J. Rothrock officiating, and burial will be in Lansdale cemetery. Surviving members of the 1st New Jersey cavalry are invited to attend the services. At one time Mr. Boyles belonged to the G.A.R. post at Hatboro, but never affiliated with the local post.
The Lansdale Reporter
Thursday, August 2, 1917
Rebecca M. McMullen Boyles (1842 - 1911)
Martha M Boyles Garner (____ - 1909)*
George P Boyles (1866 - 1943)*
VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR ENLISTED IN CO A 1ST NEW JERSEY CAVALRY
Plot: Sec F Lot 4 Grave 1
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