I tried replying to your latest e-mail, but it was bounced back from your ISP a few times with an error message I can't begin to understand - I have asked my ISP to look into the problem - yours is the only mail server I have had a problem with - so perhaps the problem is at your end. In the meantime it looks like I can receive your e-mails but can only reply through this forum! - My e-mail message follows:
It was just conjecture, based on no-one having found any evidence for Radcliff apart from the birth entry on IGI and only evidence for Boyer from the 1951 census onwards. The dates of birth are two years out - Boyer's (as on the death record in US) 1st April 1847 and Radcliff's Baptism record a few days later in April, but two years later in 1845. To confuse matters Boyer is shown in 1851 as being aged five. I am not wholly convinced, but strongly prepared to consider them being the same person - if I were named Radcliff Bonnyman, I am sure my mother would have called me something else on a day-to-day basis (Boy-Boyer who knows) - whatever if she didn't I would certainly want to be called something else later to avoid the responses of what/who etc. Boyer may have changed his age on entry to the US - aparently it was niot uncommon for immigrants to change their ages and occupations during the trip across the Atlantic - so who really knows?
Radcliff could have died as an infant - in which case there should be a death record somewhere. I intend to search the parish records sometime this year, but that will have to wait until I have the time to get to the Manx Museum Library when it is open.
If you have now linked into Boyer at least you have now found relatives in Illinois and elsewhere. I would be very interested in your family tree as I hope to be able to link Boyer's family into mine sometime this year - the stumbling block at the moment is identifying his grandfather's origins (Andrew Killip).
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