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Lydia (Sturtz) Boyer


Lydia (Sturtz) Boyer (1814-1901) was born on May 21, 1814 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of John "Adam" and Maria "Catherine" (Gaumer) Sturtz Sr

At the age of 18, on Dec. 15, 1832, she married 26-year-old Samuel Boyer Sr. (1805-1878). Samuel, a longtime farmer, could neither read nor write.

Their children were Lydia Boyer, John Boyer, Mary Ellen Shaffer and Samuel Boyer Jr.

When the federal census was taken in 1860, the Boyers dwelled on a farm in Berlin, Allegheny Township, Somerset County. In 1870, the census shows that their nest was empty.

Samuel passed away at the age of about 73 in 1878.

Lydia died in Somerset County on Feb. 23, 1901.


~ Son Samuel Boyer Jr. ~

Son Samuel Boyer Jr. (1838- ? ) was born in about 1838. When he was 22 years of age in 1860, and not yet married, he lived at home and earned a living as a farm laborer.


~ Daughter Lydia Boyer ~

Daughter Lydia Boyer (1842- ? ) was born in about 1842.


~ Son John Boyer ~

Son John Boyer (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845.

~ Daughter Mary Ellen (Boyer) Shafer ~

Daughter Mary Ellen Boyer (1846- ? ) was born on April 5, 1846 (or 1844).

She married (?) Shafer ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Somerset, Somerset County.

Afflicted with kidney and heart disease at the age of 76, she died on Sept. 9, 1920 in Somerset. She was entombed in Union Cemetery, with James Shafer of Somerset serving as informant for the death certificate.


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We are grateful for records provided by Gilbert R. Gaumer of Glendale, MO (compiled 1973-1980), Paul K. Gaumer and Mary L. Shirer in the preparation of this biography.

The Gaumer and Hoyman clans are profiled in the 486-page book Some Notes, Quotes, and Quips of the Hoyman Clan and Related Lines, authored by David LeRoy Baldwin and published by Gateway Press in 1993.


Copyright 2000, 2011, 2015-2018 Mark A. Miner

Contributing their knowledge to this biography have been the late Gilbert R. Gaumer, Barbara (Moss) Wardsworth and Keith Sturts.