George W. Boyer
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
GEORGE W. BOYER, who owns 170 acres of fine land in Dinsmore township, Shelby county, O., resides on one farm of 120 acres, situated two miles southeast of Botkins, O., his other farm of fifty acres lying not far distant. He was born in Dinsmore township in 1846, and is a son of Samuel F. and Elizabeth (Veach) Boyer. Samuel F. Boyer was born in Pennsylvania and his wife in Virginia. After they came to Shelby county they resided on their farm and reared ten children, the record being as follows: Jane, George W., Samuel F., William H., Henry, Harriet, Christina, Frances, Anna and Edward.
George W. Boyer is probably one of the youngest surviving soldiers of the Civil war who entered the service in 1861, for he was only fourteen years old when he enlisted at Sidney, under Colonel Wilson, and served out his first enlistment and was honorably discharged at Vicksburg, when, he re-enlisted and served as a veteran until his second honorable discharge in 1865, when he was mustered out at Columbus, O. So young that only a boy's judgment controlled his actions, soldier Boyer lived up to the measure of a man and on many a battlefield proved his patriotism and courage. After the war he returned to Shelby county and ever since has been interested in farming and stock raising and additionally, for many years, ran a threshing machine. He has made all the improvements on his farms and all his land is valuable and productive.
Mr. Boyer married Miss Nancy Blue and they have had the following children: William E., who married Lena Bonnowont and they live in Dinsmore township; John H., who is also a resident of this township, married Margaret Finkenbine; James E., who is a farmer in Dinsmore township, married Millie Schurr; Delia G., who married Michael Munger and they live at Botkins, O.; and Grace E., who is the wife of Augustus Bush, of Botkins. The parents of Mrs. Boyer were natives of Ohio. She had two brothers and two sisters, namely: James K.; Oliver C; Mary, who married F. Stough; and Nora, who married Jack Stenrod. Mr. Boyer and family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and they are well known people throughout Shelby county.