Robert Boyce, who is the owner and operator of a fine estate of three hundred and seventy-two acres near Woodbridge, has been a resident of San Joaquin county for over forty-five years, and is therefore one of the representative and successful men of his county. He has devoted the principal efforts of his lifetime to farming and viticulture, and in these affairs, affecting his and his family's welfare as also in those pertaining to the public good he has manifested the substantial and energetic qualities which make for best citizenship and general progress. Seventy-five acres of his farm is in vineyards, and this branch of his enterprise has by no means proved the least renumerative. He is a friend of public schools and general advancement, and is known as a broad-minded and capable man of affairs.

Mr. Boyce was born in Richland county, Ohio, July 6, 1847, being a son of Jonathan and Nancy (Jump) Boyce, his father a native of England and his mother a native of West virginia. In 1856 the family went to Keokuk county, Iowa, and lived there until 1859, when they all crossed the plains to California. After a brief residence in Sonoma county the home was transferred to San Joaquin county, and in 1860 they located on the ranch which has remained the Boyce homestead to the present day, being now the proeprty of John Boyce, the eldest son, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. Here Jonathan Bouce died in 1875, and his wife had passed away in January, 1872. He was a Democrat in politics, and was well known throughout his community. There are four of the children still living: John; Robert; Theodosia, widow of the late Philip Megerle, of San Joaquin county; and Amos J.

Mr. Robert Boyce has lived in San Joaquin county since he was twelve years old, and most of his education was obtained in the public schools of the county, supplemented by the actual experience of life. He married, March 3, 1872, Miss Lorah K. Turner, who was born in Louisiana and came with her parents to California in 1856, residing in Eldorado county for a time, and then coming to San Joaquin county, where she grew up. Mr. and Mrs. Boyce have two childten: Lorah E. and Martha D., the latter the wife of Walter E. Garrison, of Modesto, California.

Mr. Boyce is affiliated with Duroc Lodge of the Knights of Pythias at Woodbridge, and in politics in an independent Democrat. While not a member of any church he contributes of his means to the support of Christianity and its various causes, and possesses the liberalizing spirit which is influential for good in all worthy enterprises.

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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