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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE BOYER, the capable Secretary of the Farmers’ Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pennsylvauia, and a favorably known resident of Kreidersville, is a native of the Keystone State, having been born in Bucks County, November 30, 1821. His parents, Jacob and Maria (Lauback) Boyer, were natives of Bucks and Northampton Counties respectively. The father removed to this village in 1830, and died in 1858. His life was passed in the pursuit of agriculture, and he was in every respect an estimable man.

With his father, George Boyer came to Allen Township, passing his youth on his father’s farm. His time before attaining his majority was principally passed in attendance at the district school and in helping his father with the farm work. For a short time he attended a private school in Easton, but, being a wise man, did not allow his education to stop at the time he was obliged to leave school to engage in the practical and arduous duties of life. To obtain a livelihood he engaged in the mercantile business on attaining manhood, in the town where he still resides. He was also honored with the position of Postmaster, and has held various other local offices, having served as School Director of Allen Township, and officiated in other capacities. For five years he served as Justice of the Peace of this township, proving himself thoroughly trustworthy and responsible. In 1883 he was made Secretary of the Farmers’ Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company, in which office he has since officiated. He is the owner of one hundred and thirty acres of fine land, under good cultivation.

The faithful and loving wife and helpmate of our subject was in her maidenhood Elizabeth Ruch, and the ceremony by which she became Mrs. George Boyer was performed November 11, 1845. A native of Northampton County, she is the daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth Ruch, likewise residents of this locality. To Mr. and Mrs. Boyer six children have been born, four of whom are living: Elizabeth, wife of Solomon J. Stetler; Marietta, wife of James M. Kleppinger; Amanda C., Mrs. James H. Dieter; and Ellen. Edwin and Alfred J. are deceased. In politics Mr. Boyer votes with the Republican party, which best embodies his views and convictions. A zealous and active worker of the Reformed Church, he is identified with Zion Church, of which he is now Secretary. He is also the Treasurer of the Zion Cemetery Company, and in all measures affecting the general good always shows himself to be devoted to the welfare of his fellow-citizens.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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