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Daniel D. Boyce


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.


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