Mary Loker (1680-1767)
Mary Loker was born on 03 Aug 1680 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts as the third child of John Loker and Sarah Rice. She had three siblings, namely: Sarah, John, and Henry.
A couple years before she was born, Mary’s dad accepted “twenty pounds of money of New England, and also forty acres of land on the west side of the great river of Sudbury, in some place of the common land, that he, the said John Loker, shall choose, near to that called the World’s End” in exchange for giving up a house and land that the … Continue reading
Adam Boyce (1787-1874)
Adam Boyce was born on 25 Jul 1787 in Londonderry, Rockingham, New Hampshire as the fifth child of Robert Boyes and Genet Boyes. He had six siblings, namely: Mary, Joseph, Hugh, Margaret, James, and Robert.
War of 1812
As a young man, Adam served in the War of 1812. He went as a substitute for a man named Joseph Pillsbury who was drafted. Adam enlisted for a three-month term beginning 12 Sep 1814. He was discharged on 3 Nov 1814.
Marriage and Children
When he was 31, Adam Boyce married Mary Loverin, daughter of Continue reading
Betty Hall (1768-1848)
Betty Hall was born on 05 Jul 1768 in Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts as the eighth child of Edward Hall and Lydia Brown. She had nine siblings, namely: Hannah, Ezekiel, Abijah, James, Edward, John, Lydia, Ezra, and Darius. Betty was baptized on 4 Sep 1768 at Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Her father moved the family to New Hampshire during the American Revolution.
When she was 17, Betty Hall married John Loverin, son of Ebenezer Lovering and Lydia, on 16 Jun 1786 in Croydon, Sullivan, New Hampshire.
John Loverin and Betty Hall had the following children:
Eunice Loverin was … Continue reading
Gertrude Lovin Boyce (1865-1957)
Gertrude has made it easy for us to know about her life. She not only wrote a lengthy memoir towards the end of her life, but also studied her parents’ ledger book and left us a brief narrative of their lives.
Gertrude Lovin Boyce was born on 23 May 1865 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the second child of Oliver Selam Boyce and Mary Jane Frost. She had one sibling, namely: Mary B. Boyce. When Gertrude was young, the family moved from Massachusetts to Blackberry Township, Kane, Illinois.
As she told us, above, in her own words, … Continue reading
Oliver Selam Boyce (1827-1878)
Oliver Selam Boyce was born on 30 Apr 1827 in Springfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire as the fourth child of Adam Boyce and Mary Loverin. He had six siblings, namely: Elias Smith, Achsah Jane, Sophronia Jennette, Sylvanus, Lucinda Hall, and Mary Loverin. He was called Selam.
When he was 30, he married Mary Jane Frost, daughter of Joseph Frost and Caroline Mumford, on 02 Jul 1857 in Massachusetts (New England). She was called Lady.
Oliver Selam Boyce and Mary Jane Frost had the following children:
Mary B. Boyce was born on 21 Nov 1860 in … Continue reading
Sarah Everett (1644-1677)
Sarah Everett was born on 12 Apr 1644 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts as the third child of Richard Everett and Mary Winch. She had four full siblings, namely: Abigail, Israel, Ruth, and Jedediah. Her father had been married before he was married to Mary Winch, so Sarah had six half-siblings, namely: Israel, John, Mary, Samuel, Sarah, and James. Many of these children had died before Sarah was born. For example, she had a sister with the same name who only lived from 14 Mar to 1 April 1641. It was common then to reuse the names of deceased … Continue reading
Mary Jane Frost (1825-1915)
Mary Jane Frost was born on 05 Feb 1825 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the fourth child of Joseph Frost and Caroline Mumford. She had four siblings, namely: Thomas, George, Sarah E. S., and Charles. She grew up in Dorchester.
When she was 32, Mary Jane Frost married Oliver Selam Boyce, son of Adam Boyce and Mary Loverin, on 02 Jul 1857 in Massachusetts. She was called Lady. He was known as Selam.
On the day of their marriage, the couple started a ledger to keep track of their expenses. The book still exists. What … Continue reading
Mary Loverin (1792-1884)
With the help of a family bible, an application for an 1812 War Pension, and the memoir of her granddaughter, Gertrude Lovin Boyce Phillips, we can get a glimpse into “Polly” Loverin Boyce’s life as she lived in New Hampshire and Vermont and finally on a farm in Illinois.
Mary Loverin was born on 01 Feb 1792 in Croydon, Sullivan, New Hampshire as the fourth child of John Loverin and Betty Hall. She had ten siblings, namely: Eunice, Aehsa, Kimbell, Caleb, Betty, Eunice, Hannah Hall, Lydia Hall, John Caleb, and Loisa Jane Printice. Mary Loverin … Continue reading
John Frost (1754-1822)
John Frost was born on 03 Jan 1754 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts as the only child of Joseph Frost and Deborah Esterbrook. John’s father was killed on 17 May 1755 after falling from the tongue of an ox cart. His mother died 15 May 1756. So, as a two-year old, John was an orphan. We don’t know who raised John.
When he was 22, he married Mary Bacon, daughter of John Bacon and Abigail Sawin, on 14 Nov 1776 in Natick, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
Though he was a young man during the American Revolution, there is no record of … Continue reading
Hannah Tolman (1642-1729)
Hannah Tolman was born on 27 Jul 1642 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the third child of Thomas Tolman and Sarah. She had six siblings, namely: Sarah, Thomas, John, Ruth, Rebecca, and Mary. Hannah’s mother died when Hannah was young. She had a step-mother named Katherine.
A few months before Hannah was born, the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed the first law in the new world requiring that children be taught to read and write English. Heads of households had to make sure that their own children were educated as well as anyone else in their household such … Continue reading