biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
SYLVESTER BOYLES, of Monroe Township, was born in Sullivan County, Pa., Jan. 11, 1840. He came to Iowa Aug. 12, 1865, and was united in marriage with Mrs. Lucinda McMains, May 25, 1871, and to them one child has been born, Joel A., at home. Mrs. Boyles' first marriage occurred Feb. 20, 1851, by which she became the mother of five children, as follows: Mary, deceased; Amanda E., now the wife of W. A. Larkins, of Pleasant Grove Township; Charity L. is the wife of T. J. Eiseminger, and lives in White Oak Township; Jordon lives in Greenwood County, Kan., and Homer, in Monroe Township, this county. The father of these children died Dec. 17, 1865. Mrs. Boyles is the daughter of Joel and Loretta Jared Adkinson, both of whom were natives of Virginia. Her father died in 1882. Her mother is still living, and makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Hamilton Brown, of Monroe Township. Politically Mr. Boyles is a Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Boyles own 138 acres of good land, all in cultivation and well improved. He possesses all the qualities of a good citizen, is an energetic, industrious man, honorable and upright, and enjoys the confidence and regard of his friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy