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Lewis Miller Boyer
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1863
Mount Vernon
Linn County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1949
Eureka
Humboldt County
California, USA

Son of Michael Boyer and Rachel Elizabeth Troup

Married Lillie Belle Zora Rossiter 30 March 1890 in Linn, Washington County, Kansas

Children:
Ethel Mabel Boyer - 1 January 1891
Elsie Mae Boyer - 4 May 1892
Lawrence Miller Boyer - 27 September 1894
Stephen Abijah Boyer - 9 September 1897
Rachel Elizabeth Boyer - 20 March 1900
David Marion Boyer - 6 September 1902
Althea Luetta Boyer - 27 November 1904
Beulah Myrtle "Minnie" Boyer - 23 April 1907
Clarence Michael Boyer - 26 May 1909
Hope Marcella Boyer - 26 July 1916

Lewis was one of four children of Michael and Rachel Boyer and was a twin to his sister Rachel. Neither Lewis nor Rachel knew their father. They were born after he left home with his infantry unit down the Mississippi during the Civil War, became sick and died in Saint Louis. His father's letters home mention the twins and how much he missed not seeing them.

Lewis's mother remarried Newland Moffit Harmer and continued living in Iowa where three half-siblings were born. After 1870 the family moved from Linn County, Iowa, to a farm outside Linn, Washington County, Kansas.

After marriage in 1890 Lewis and Belle remained in Kansas where their first two children were born. By 1894 they moved to Oklahoma, following Lillie's parents, and in 1900 are found living in Arapahoe Township, Blaine County, Oklahoma (NW 1/4 of section 29, Range 13), about 10 miles west of Watonga and 4 miles east of Fay, Dewey County. They established a homestead of 160 acres, living first in a dug out and then a small log cabin, eventually making improvements and building up the farm. In the spring of 1908 Lewis sold the Oklahoma farm and in October brought the family to Walla Walla, Washington, in search of farm land. He found temporary work and finding land prices too high soon bought a farm outside Carlton, Yamhill County, Oregon, where the family moved in November 1908 andtheir last son, Clarence, was born in 1909.

Always on the lookout for new opportunities and horizons Lewis sold the Oregon farm in late 1909 and in December started off for Alberta, Canada, where he established a farm on 480 acres of land purchased from the Canadian-Pacific railroad near Strathmore. Finding growing conditions unfavorable and struggling for five years, the family moved in 1915 to Handford, Washington where he found farm work in the summer harvest and moved July 1916 to a rented farm near Suver, Polk County, Oregon, where the last child, Hope, was born.

During following years, the family worked rented farms in Polk and La Comb counties, Oregon, and then by 1927 were operating a rented fruit farm near Escalon, San Joaquin County, California.

From 1930 Lewis and Lillie are in Humboldt County, California. Lewis was always a farmer.

Lewis kept contact with his twin sister and relatives in Sebastopol, California, their visits remembered by Lewis' grand niece Lucille Elaine Dampier who was impressed with the Boyer boys. Son Stephen kept up contacts with the California family and wrote a memoir of growing up in Oklahoma, the family moves and working in the timber industry in Oregon where he finally settled.

Stephen had this to write about his father: "I will say this for my father, he was a very hard working man. He believed all should work hard ... When father passed away November 12, 1949, at the age of 86 years he was a man of hard work and determination. There is much of him to remember, he represented an era that will not be seen again."

Barry Michie G-G Nephew

References:
1982 Memoir of son, Stephen Abijah Boyer
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Michael Boyer (1819 - 1863)
  Rachel Elizabeth Troup Harmer (1836 - 1919)
 
 Spouse:
  Lillie Belle Zora Rossiter Boyer (1872 - 1958)*
 
 Children:
  Elsie May Johnson Boyer Houston (1892 - 1974)*
  Lawrence Miller Boyer (1894 - 1948)*
  Stephen Abijah Boyer (1897 - 1984)*
  David Marion Boyer (1902 - 1972)*
  Althea Luetta Boyer (1904 - 1923)*
  Clarence Michael Boyer (1909 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jennette Boyer Hickox (1848 - 1931)**
  David Michael Boyer (1859 - 1922)*
  Anna Margaret Boyer (1860 - 1943)*
  Lewis Miller Boyer (1863 - 1949)
  Sarah Miranda Boyer Shatto (1863 - 1908)*
  Will Levin Harmer (1867 - 1924)**
  Mary Elizabeth Harmer Lunceford (1872 - 1963)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
Eureka
Humboldt County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Deborah Robinson
Originally Created by: Jack Duffey
Record added: Jun 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54106373
Lewis Miller Boyer
Added by: Barry Michie
 
Lewis Miller Boyer
Added by: Deborah Robinson
 
Lewis Miller Boyer
Added by: Deborah Robinson
 
 
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