Private Richard Boice/Boyce
Born in England (or Scotland), in1838, 22, parents Francis and Jane Wright Boice/
Boyce,, shoemaker, single, enlisted in New York City on September 4 1861 for three
years in Co C, 49 NY Infantry. ( New York Data Base says he enlisted in Portchester,
Boice enlisted along with the Lovelett brothers, Henry and William, and with William
Strang ( in the 1860 census Boice was living in the home of Strang's parents).
He fought at Gettysburg, Antietam, First and Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Cold
Harbor, Spotsylvania Court House, Bull Run, "and others" in his own words to the clerk.
His WPA file card states that he also fought at Suffolk, Smith Hills and Smithfield.Va.
He seems to have seen more action than any other Civil War veteran in St Stephen's
cemetery. He served his three years unscathed and the Adjutant General's NY Data
Base states that he, #188 was mustered out with his company in Buffalo on October 18
1864. The WPA file says he was mustered out April 26 1865.
He lived in Armonk, was still a shoemaker in the 1870 census, received an invalid's
pension on September 26 1877. His wife, Rebecca received her widow's pension on
September 7 1898. He has a government stone that reads BOYCE, and is 8607 in
WPA location. And he is buried, probably as he would have wished, near the Loveletts
He is on page 5, North Castle Town Clerk's roster, is NARA 551/roll12, National