Biography of Edgar M. Boyer
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

EDGAR MARCIELLUS BOYER, of Swissvale, chemist in the laboratory department of the Carnegie Steel Company at Braddock, was born October 27, 1869, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a son of Emmanuel Boyer and grandson of Henry Boyer, who was born in 1796, in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and operated a saw mill in connection with farming. He married Margaret Hellen, also of Cambria county, and their children were: John, Henry, George, Eva, Hettie, Martin, Barney, Joseph, Mary, Reuben, Emmanuel, of whom later; and two others who died in infancy unnamed. Martin and Barney served during the Civil war. Henry Boyer, the father, died February 25, 1878.

Emmanuel Boyer, son of Henry and Margaret (Hellen) Boyer, was born near Johnstown, and attended the neighboring country schools. For several years he was employed at the rolls by the Cambria Steel Company, and in 1880 came to Braddock, where he accepted a similar position at the Edgar Thomson Steel Works. He is now in the service of the Union Switch & Signal Company at Swissvale. He belongs to the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Royal Arcanum, and in politics affiliates with the Republicans. He and his wife are members of the Disciple church of Johns­town.

Emmanuel Boyer married, in May, 1838, Sarah Jane, daughter of John Roberts, whose grandfather Roberts served in the war of the Revolution. John Roberts lived near Johnstown and served one term as sheriff of Cambria county. In politics he was a Republican. He and his wife were members of the United Brethren church.

John Roberts married Susan Singer, and the following were their chil­dren: Robert, who served in the Civil war, married Jennie Riddle; Lucinda, who died in infancy; Jacob, who died in March, 1900, married Sarah Drumfield; Oliver; Sarah Jane, wife of Emmanuel Boyer; Emma, wife of John Helbig, of Johnstown; Elizabeth, who died January 23, 1889; Augusta, wife of Isaac Foust, of Johnstown; Lee; and Jessie, wife of the Rev. John Gourley. Mrs. Roberts, the mother of the family, died in 1873, and the death of Mr. Roberts occurred January 23, 1903.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyer are the parents of the following children: Edgar Marcellus, of whom dater; Minerva, born November 20, 1871; Percy, born July 3, 1873; Cameron, born February 25, 1878; George, born May 18, 1879; James, born October 19, 1881; Jessie, born October 23; 1883; and Francis, born March 26, 1885.

Edgar Marcellus Boyer, son of Emmanuel and Sarah Jane (Roberts) Boyer, received his primary education in the Fourth ward school of his native city, and in the autumn of 188o, being then eleven years old, was brought by his parents to Swissvale. He attended the public schools of that borough, and afterward completed his education by taking a course in the Scranton Correspondence School. He is now, as has been stated, employed in the laboratory department of the .Carnegie Steel Company at Braddock, hiving made chemistry his profession,

He belongs to the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the I. O. G. T. of Braddock. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Swissvale.

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