|Published by GOODSPEEDS HISTORY OF S.E. MISSOURI,
Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888, Page 624.
Jacob Boyer, merchant of Doe Run, was born April 1, 1840, and is the son of John and Melane B. Boyer, who were born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. The father's birth occurred in 1808, and he is of French extraction. He was a farmer and a miner by occupation, and was married at the age of twenty-six, and became the father of six children--three sons and three daughters. His wife died in 1865, but Mr. Boyer is still living, and is residing in Ste. Genevieve County. His father, Louis Boyer, was born at Kaskaskia, Ill., in 1787, and was drafted in the War of 1812, but on account of his being a married man his brother, John Boyer, took his place. His wife was Magdaline Colman, and she was the mother of fourteen children.
Jacob Boyer was born in Washington County, Mo., and ninety-six days' attendance at school was the limit of his educational advantages. At the age of twenty-one he enlistd in the Confederate army, and after four months' service was honorably discharged. Returning home his good behavior was the means of his not being molested by Federal soldiers, and he continued farming with his father until twenty-three years old. At the age of twenty-three, he married Miss Felicen Boyer, a daughter of John Boyer, before mentioned. Three children were born to this marriage, only two now living--Blanche and Ferdinand.
Mrs. Boyer died March 22, 1870, and Mr. Boyer afterward married Miss Martha Boyer, sister to his first wife. She also bore him three children, only two now living. Richard and Sarah. Jacob Boyer followed agricultural pursuits until 1880, when he began merchandising in Bloomsdale, where he remained until the fall of 1887. He then moved to Doe Run and opened a general merchandise store, and is now one of the thrifty and enterprising merchants of that town. Although Mr. Boyer's ancestors have lived in America for a number of generations, strange to say they still cling to the mother tongue, and even the younger members of the family speak the French language with fluency. Mr. Boyer and family were reared as members of the Catholic Church and observe all its rules and commandments. He is a member of the Catholic Knights.
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