BOYLAN, Edward S. & MUMFORD, Esther Ann

John Boylan
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Born 09 Oct 1854 in Deer Creek Township, Mercer County, PA. Died 06 April 1927 at the home of his son, Burt in Cambridge Township, Crawford County, PA. Son of William Thompson and Jane Hart Boylan. Esther was the daughter of William Wilson and Sarah Strayer Mumford of French Creek, Mercer County, PA.

Edward was the grandson of Aaron Boylan (1784-1871) who was born in Redstone, Fayette County, PA and settled in Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County, PA in the early 1800s.

Edward married Esther Ann Mumford in 1878 and settled on land given to them by his father. Three sons were born there: Burt Aaron, Joseph William (Jay), and David Earnest . In 1894 the family moved to Venango Township, Crawford County PA. It took two days and one night for Edward and the two older boys, Burt and Jay, to drive the livestock to the new farm; a distance of about 50 miles. Hariet Belle (Belle) was born in the fall of 1894.

After many years of successful farming, Edward and Esther bought a smaller farm in Venango Township, Crawford County, PA on the banks of French Creek known as "The Brick". Here Edward carried on small scale farming, and sold his farm products in nearby Cambridge Springs. After selling "The Brick" they lived with their oldest son, Burt on his 18 acre farm on the south side of Cambridge Springs.

Edward's first love was the culture and care of his plants and animals. He was an immaculate farmer, and the same could be said about Esther in the performance of her household duties. Grandson Bill used to say that "granddad could see a weed before it came through the ground."1

From: Boylan, John A. (Project Director). History of the Boylan Family 1710-1976. Caldwell Printing: Cambridge Springs, PA., 1976.

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