Amos J. Boyce is one of the prosperous and enterprising representatives of the agricultural interests of San Joaquin county, and on his fine estate of three hundred and fifty acres, situated near Woodbride, he has given ample evidence of the progressive sirit and up-to-date methods which make for success along every line of worthy endeavor. Mr. Boyce is a member of a well known and old-time San Joaquin county family, and he himself has practically grown up with the county, having lived here since 1859, which is an early daate in the county's history. On his farm he does grain-farming principally, and also has twenty acres in vineyard, and his home and all its surroundings are delightful both in appearance and for profit.

Mr. Boyce was born in Richland county, Ohio, March 22, 1852, being the youngest of the family born to Jonathan and Nancy (Jump) Boyce, who were born, respectively, in Lincolnshire, England, and in West Virginia. Jonathan Boyce came to this country in boyhood, and later settled in Ohio, from which state in 1856 he took his family to Iowa, and then in 1859 brought them all across the plains to the Golden state of California. The family home for a time was located in Sonoma county, but in 1859 was moved to San Joaquin county, and in 1860 was transferred to the old homestead which for forty-five years has been in the Boyce name, being now the property of John Boyce, a son. The father lived there until his death in 1875, and his wife also died there, in 1872. Jonathan Boyce was a Democrat in politics, and as a man of self-made success and of great integrity and force of character he commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him. Four of his children yet survive: John; Rober; Theodosia, widow of Philip Megerle, late of San Joaquin county, where he was one of the pioneer settlers of the early fifties; and Amos J.

Reared in San Joaquin county and educated in the Woodbridge public schools, Mr. Boyce has, since attaining man's estate, employed his years in useful activity and is one of the substantial and progressive men of his locality. He was married in November, 1877, to Miss Mary E. Harnly, a native of Ohio, who has been a resident of the state of California and of San Joaquin county since 1874. By this marriage Mr. and Mrs. Boyce have two daughters, Erma and Vivian. While not a member of any church Mr. Boyce contributes of his means to the support of Christianity, and in many ways manifests his interest in the world at large. He has fraternal affiliations with Woodbridge Lodge No. 131, F. & A. M., and with Duroc Lodge No. 50, Knights of Pythias, at Woodbridge. He is a stanch friend of education and good schools, and he has served as a trustee of Lafayette school district and also of the Woods school district.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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