Tombstone Tuesday – December 22, 2020 – David Minor Boyer


David Minor was the son of Valentine and Nancy Jane (Leet) Boyer born on March 31, 1849 in Rose Center, Michigan. Valentine and Nancy had six children; Amy(1843), Dennison (1845), Austin (1848), David Minor (1849), Sarah Ann (1852), Elizabeth (1857). Valentine was a farmer in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. In the 1850 Federal Census, Valentine and Nancy had four children living with them; Amy, Dennison, Austin and David.

In the 1860 Federal Census, David is listed as a nine year old but he is really closer to eleven years old. Valentine and Nancy have six children with the addition of two daughters; Amy (Nora), Dennis, Austin, Davis, Sarah Anna (1853), Elizabeth (1856).

David M. Boyer was married twice. His first marriage was the Rhetta Blowers. She was born in Wisconsin. The marriage likely occurred around 1875 but I am unable to find a marriage record. They had two children; Edith (1778) and Henry P (1876).

In the 1880 Federal Census, I find Austin Boyer, his first wife, Aritt and their son Lennie, David and Rhetta and their two children living in Rose Township with Valentine and Nancy. Rhetta died in 1883. He married Eunice White on April 4, 1886 in Oakland County, Michigan. The Boyer brothers, Austin and David married White sisters, Mary Florence and Eunice. For both Boyer brothers, this is a second marriage.

The next available Federal Census is the 1900, By that time, Eunice and David have had six children; George (1884), Nellie (1887), Daniel (1889), Clarence (1890), Flossie (1895) and Celia (1898). Nancy Boyer is living with David and Eunice. She is an eighty six year old widow who is blind. George is likely the last child born to Rhetta and David since he was born before Eunice and David were married. His older siblings have married and are living on their own. On November 14, 1905, David and Eunice had a son, named David Valentine. David Valentine died on March 7th, 1906 at the age of 5 months.

By the 1910 Federal Census, David and Eunice have their three youngest children still living at home; Clarence, Flossie, Celia. By the 1920 Federal Census, David and Eunice are living alone in Pontiac, Michigan.

Ninety three years ago on December 22, 1927, David Minor Boyer died in Highland, Michigan. He is buried in the Boyer family plot in Beebe Cemetery in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan.

Rest in Peace, David.

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