George Melvin Boyer was born on March 14, 1883 in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. His parents were David and Rhette (Blowers) Boyer. Rhette died in 1883. David married Eunice Electra White. George was raised by David and Eunice. George had three half sisters and two half brothers ; Nellie (1887), Daniel (1888), Clarence (1890), Flossie (1894), Celia (1900).
In the 1900 Federal Census, George is sixteen years old and has finished his schooling. His occupation is listed as Farm Laborer. On January 13, 1914, George married Mabel Dora Pomeroy.
One year later in the 1915 New York State Census, George and Mabel live in Buffalo Ward 25, Erie County, New York. They have a daughter, Mabel Esther who is 212 days old. On George’s 1918 Draft registration, George states that he works for Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Company which is located on 2600 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, New York. He list his occupation as a Mechanic and his birthday is listed as Mar 14, 1881. (not 1883)
In the 1920 Federal Census, George and his family are still found in Buffalo. He works in the “Aeroplane” Industry and a engine Mechanic. He and Mabel have four children; Ester (1915), Melvin (1917), Ethel (1918) and Donald (1920). In the 1925 New York State Census, George listed his occupation as garage mechanic.
By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, George is a Millwright. George and Mabel have two daughter who remained at home. In the 1940 Federal Census, George is working as a Millwright. Ester and Ethel still live at home.
George registered for the World War II Draft and stated that he was born in 1883 in this record. He is employed by Houde Engineering Company. The family resided at 41 Arkansas Street in Buffalo, New York.
Sixty years ago on December 24, 1959, George Melvin died in Buffalo, New York. As of today, I am unable to find a tombstone or the location where George is buried. When I find out that information, I’ll update this blog.
Rest in peace, George