Biography of Charles J. C. Boynton
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This prosperous and substantial agriculturist, whose home is in Section 2, Pulaski township, Williams county, was born April 14, 1831, in Maine, of which State his parents, Alpheus W. and Sarah (Stockbridge) Boynton, were also natives. There the mother died in 1836, and when our subject was six years old the father brought his family to Ohio, locating in Maumee, where he made his home for four years. In 1841 he became a resident of Pulaski township, Williams county, and for twenty years successfully engaged in mercantile business in the village of Pulaski, whence he removed to Bryan, dying at that place February 22, 1875. He was one of the prominent and representative citizens of his community, for nine years acceptably served as county commissioner, and was also notary public for many years. He was four times married, and by the first union had six children four sons and two daughters - Charles being fourth in the order of birth.

The subject of this sketch accompanied his father on his emigration to Ohio, and was ten years of age when they came to Pulaski, where he grew to manhood. As a clerk in his father's store he early became familiar with business methods. Since 1853 he has successfully engaged in farming, having in that year formed a partnership with his father for the purpose of carrying on that occupation, and that connection continued until the latter's death, which occurred in 1875. Our subject now owns and operates a valuable farm of one hundred and ninety acres in Pulaski township, which is improved with good buildings and is under a high state of cultivation.

In 1857 Mr. Boynton wedded Miss Mary Clampitt, who died in Pulaski township in 1860. Of the two children born to them - Sarah E. is now the wife of Bartlett Thompson, of Pulaski; and one daughter died when only six months old. For his second wife Mr. Boynton married, December 11, 1862, Miss Catherine Kennedy, a native of Ashland county, Ohio, and a daughter of G. W. Kennedy, and Charlotte (Glesner), of Pulaski township. Williams county, the former of whom died in 1877, the latter in 1852. Seven children blessed this union two of whom died in infancy, the others being: Alpheus W., Heman C., Horace D., Dora, and Josephine. Of these - Alpheus W. is now living in Los Angeles, California, where he was married, in September, 1897. Of our subject's brothers, Alpheus W. and Thomas H., the former died May 21, 1888, aged fifty four years, the latter passing away January 1, 1888, at Randall, Kansas. The subject of this sketch has been a member of the M. E. Church for thirty years; has held the office of steward for most of the time, and that of trustee for all of the time, holding the office at the present. His wife and two daughters are also members of that Church.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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