|History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, MO,
1888, Goodspeed, p. 493 |
Daniel D. Boyce, a prominent farmer,
stock raiser and merchant at Blue Ridge, was born December 11, 1832, in
Harrison County, Ky., and is the fifth of eight children of Noah and
Matilda (Miles) Boyce, natives of Scott County, Ky., and Harrison
County, Ky., respectively. The father assisted in ejecting the Mormons
from Illinois, and being a prominent man of his county was offered
several offices of different kinds, which he refused to accept. He was
the son of William and Abbie Boyce, natives of Scotland and Virginia,
respectively. The former was a soldier in the War of 1812. Mrs. Matilda
Boyce was a daughter of Charles Miles, a native of Virginia. Daniel D.
accompanied his parents to Morgan County, Ill., when a year old and
lived there until November, 1856, when he came to Harrison County, Mo.
He began life for himself at the age of seventeen with $50, and
afterward received $100 from his father's estate, but the remainder of
his property has been earned by his own efforts. He has 781 acres of
excellently improved and cultivated land which is well stocked and
equipped for argicultural pursuits, and is one of the well-to-do farmer
citizens of the county. Mary 20, 1857, he married Miss Catherine Maddox,
by whom he had two children: Ida F. and Elizabeth E. (deceased). Mr.
Boyce lost his first wife January 1862, and was married a second time on
May 25, 1863, to Miss Nancy J. Baldwin, daughter of William Baldwin, who
married Miss Elizabeth Harrison. This marriage of Mr. Boyce has been
blessed with two children: Lillie P. and Ettie L. Mr. Boyce belongs to
the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his wife to the Missionary Baptist.
In politics Mr. Boyce is a Republican, and has served three years as
county judge and eight years as justice of the peace. He is a member of
the I.O.O.F. He enlisted in the Union army at the commencement of the
war, and served a greater portion of the time until November, 1864, in
Company E, Forty-third Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered out
at Benton Barracks July 8, 1865, as second lieutenant of his company.