From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 603-604


Harmon Boyer was born in Stark County, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1827.  When in his tenth year his parents, John and Sarah Boyer, moved to DeKalb County, Ind., and in February of the following year to Otsego Township, of this county, where his father entered 160 acres of land and made a farm.  He was one of the pioneers of that township.  Five children were born in Ohio, and one in Steuben County-- David, of Minn.; Harmon, our subject; Mary Ann (deceased), wife of Hemon Trowbridge; Margaret, died aged eighteen years; Mrs. Louisa Mayhood, of Fremont; Martha Ann (deceased), wife of John Mayhood.  John Boyer died May 3, 1861, aged sixty-one years, and his widow, Sarah Boyer, March 11, 1864, aged sixty-three years.  Harmon Boyer lived with his parents until he was past twenty-three years of age.  He was married Sept. 5, 1852, to Diantha Gaskell, daughter of George and Theodosia Gaskell, early settlers of York Township, coming from New York in 1839.  Her father died Oct. 10, 1870, aged sixty-three years, and her mother Nov. 17, 1884, aged seventy-five years.  Mr. Boyer has always followed farming.  He commenced married life in Otsego Township, and moved to York in the spring of 1854, and located on the farm of sixty acres, which he now owns on section 21.  Mr. and Mrs. Boyer have six children-- Plin V.; Marcus D.; Mrs. Sarah Eggleston of Jackson County, Mich.; Mrs. Theodosia Foster, of Williams County, Ohio; Adam and Lamora. Adam was married Feb. 25, 1885, to Florilla Moss, daughter of Raphel and Louisa Moss, of Williams County, Ohio.  In politics Mr. Boyer is a Republican, and in religion, is a member of the Disciples church.