John Albert Boyer


JOHN ALBERT BOYER, senior member of the furniture and undertaking firm of J. A. & W. J. Boyer, of Rural Valley, was born in Cowanshannock township, Armstrong county, Aug. 13, 1856, son of Noah and Sarah Ann (Patterson) Boyer.

Peter Boyer, his great-grandfather, born in Germany, became a pioneer of Plum Creek township, Armstrong Co., Pa., where he secured land which he developed into a good farm. He died there. He had three sons, John, Jacob and George.

John Boyer, son of Peter, was an early settler of Cowanshannock township, locating in the vicinity of Sauster's Mills, where he developed a farm which is now the property of Christopher Shelter, and died upon it. He married Mary Beer, and their children were: Eliza, who married John Peterman; Noah; William; John A.; Sarah, who married A. J. McIntosh; Susanna, who married Christopher Shetter; Clark; Mary Ann; Alice A., who married H. T. Hawkins; and Archibald.

Noah Boyer was born in Cowanshannock township in 1834, and was there reared to manhood's estate, becoming an intelligent farmer. After his marriage he located in Plum Creek township, where he developed a portion of a farm of eighty-two acres, and died upon his property in 1878, in his forty-fifth year. His wife, Sarah Ann Patterson, was a daughter of John T. and Catherine (Schreckengost) Patterson. Mr. and Mrs. Boyer had six children: John A.; William J.; Josiah J.; Emma, who married William Espey; Robert C.; and Mary C., who is deceased.

John Albert Boyer was brought up on his father's farm and sent to the local schools. Beginning life as a farmer, he followed that occupation on the homestead until 1892, when he came to Rural Valley and established his present business. This is the oldest established house of its kind in Rural Valley, as well as the most reliable.

In 1883 Mr. Boyer married Ida Elizabeth, a daughter of Adam Wagle, of Rural Valley, and they have children as follows: Edwin G.; Emma B., who married Ira Harmon; Josiah W.; Dessie P.; Lawrence W.; and William Paul, the latter being deceased.

Mr. Boyer is a member of the Reformed Church of Rural Valley, of which he was a deacon from 1907 until 1913, when the church disbanded. He was a member of the council of Rural Valley for two years and has also been a school director. His political ideas make him a Progressive, and at the same time he is a strong advocate of Prohibition.

Source: Pages(s) 708-709, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Neil G. Anderson for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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