Garden Grove Express
February 15, 1894
Garden Grove, Iowa
DAVID J. BOYDSTON
Was born at Mt. Morris, Pa., August 24, 1819; died Feb. 6th, 1894; aged 74
years, 5 months 12 days.
Married Rebecca A. GARRARD Sept. 25, 1842; to whom were born nine children,
seven of whom are still alive, four boys and three girls. Two girls having
died in infancy. Lived at place of birth until spring of 1854, when he and
family of wife and four children started west, and landed at Oskaloosa, Iowa, in
May, 1854. Moved to Knoxville, Iowa, in April, 1855. Lost his wife Nov. 5,
1860. Married Martha C. MCMICKEN Dec. 4, 1861, who still lives to mourn his
death. To them were born four children, two of whom died in infancy.
He was a cabinet maker by trade and worked at his trade until 1861, when he
was elected Sheriff of Marion county, Iowa, and when his term expired in 1863,
he purchased a farm near town on which he lived until November, 1873, when he
traded the farm for a mill in Garden Grove, Iowa, to which place he moved Nov.
29, 1875. In August 1877, he traded the mill for a farm adjoining Garden
Grove, on which he lived until April 18th, 1893, when he moved back to his former
home at Knoxville, Iowa, at which place he lived until death called him away
Feb. 5, 1894 at 12:15 p.m.
As to his Christian life it is better told in his own words which were
recorded in the family bible in his own hand writing, which is worth more to the
children than riches, and is as follows:
"D. J. BOYDSTON joined the M. E. church in the fall of A. D. 1841 through the
ardent and continued entreaty and prayer of Bro. Henry AMBLER, then pastor of
Mt. Morris charge, Pittsburg conference. After 6 days of earnest struggling
found peace in believing on the Lord Jesus Christ while partaking of the
emblems of the broken body and shed blood. I had a clear realization that all my
sins were washed away and though not a word of praise then and there escaped my
lips, there was a sweet peace the world knows nothing of, and from the same
fountain I continued to draw strength and grace for each day and trial, and yet
the fountain is inexaustably full and free for all. I desire no eulogy upon
my much defected Christian life. Simply to know that I am a sinner saved by
Through his entire sickness no murmur of discontent escaped his lips, but he
seemed only to be waiting until the Lord saw fit to close his labors here on
earth. He was conscious until the last, but the change came so quick that none
of the children were permitted to be by his side when his soul took its
flight to the Mansions above. His last words were "All is well with me. Lift me
up and let me die easy." The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church,
conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. W. HACKLEY, who took for his text the 37th
verse of the 37th psalm.
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January 16, 2004
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