Truxton W. Boyce genealogical research and family papers
Biographical and Historical Notes
Truxton W. Boyce
Truxton W. Boyce (1919–2007), native Delawarean and University of Delaware alumnus, was an avid family genealogist and avocational
historian. Boyce was born on April 23, 1919, to Elizabeth ("Bess") Armstrong Morrow Boyce and William Truxton Boyce. At the
time of his birth the Boyce family resided in Stanton, Delaware, in what is now known as the Hale-Byrnes House. The Boyces
were the last owner-residents of the historic home where, in 1777, General George Washington held a war council following
the Revolutionary War Battle of Cooch's Bridge. The Hale-Byrnes house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places
and is open to visitors.
Following graduation from Alexis I. du Pont High School in 1937, Boyce enrolled at the University of Delaware. There, he met
his future wife of sixty-four years, Doris Lee Jolls Boyce. While at Delaware, Boyce played on both the tennis and soccer
teams and was president of his junior class. Boyce received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delaware in 1941. Doris Jolls Boyce,
who reigned as Delaware's 1941 May Queen and was active with the student theater group the E-52 Players, graduated in 1942.
After completing his degree at the University of Delaware, Truxton Boyce entered the United States Army Air Force in 1941.
Boyce rose through the ranks, finally obtaining the rank of Major in 1945 while stationed with the Fourth Air Force in San
Francisco, California. During his five years of service Boyce was stationed in a variety of locales, including Fort Du Pont,
Fort Miles, Camp Davis, and in the Pacific Theater abroad (most notably in occupied Japan). He left the service in 1946.
Following his military career, Boyce began employment with Sears Roebuck & Co. in Wilmington, Delaware. He became assistant
manager of several additional Sears stores located in Dover, Delaware; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania.
After moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1953, Boyce became involved with the Stewart In-fra-red Commissary Company, a
budding food franchise that used pre-microwave technology to quickly cook sandwiches for customers. Boyce remained with Stewarts,
first in Allentown, then in St. Louis (1965–1971) and Boston (1971–1982), until he and Doris ultimately retired home to Wilmington
Truxton and Doris Boyce had two daughters. Barbara ("Bunny") Jolls Boyce (married name Meyer) was born on April 4, 1944 and
Virginia ("Ginger") Truxton Boyce followed on May 15, 1947.
In 1961 Boyce began conducting research into the ancestral history of his mother, Elizabeth ("Bess") Armstrong Morrow, who
descended from the Morrow family, which settled in Wilmington in the 1830s, and the Justis family, which first came to Delaware
from Sweden in the 1630s. Following this initial research into his mother's family, Boyce maintained his interest in genealogy
and remained an active family genealogist and record-keeper throughout his life. His efforts have produced a multi-volume
family history that details several lines of both his and his wife's ancestors. Along with his interest in genealogy, he also
was interested in antiques, the history of America, Delaware, and Native American cultures.
Truxton Boyce passed away on April 25, 2007, two days after he celebrated his 88th birthday.
Additional biographical information derived from the collection.
The following genealogical charts were compiled by Lora J. Davis during the processing of this collection. These charts correlate
to those created by Truxton W. Boyce over the course of a half-century researching his family history and housed within the
thirteen genealogical notebooks in this collection (Notebooks 1–13). These transcribed charts are provided to assist with
navigation of the collection and do not represent authoritative information for genealogists.
A statement is included following the heading for every chart indicating the notebook(s) from which the chart was transcribed.
Extensive family and historical notes are included in the Detailed Contents List of this finding aid.
Genealogy Chart 1, Boyce Family (Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, and
See notebooks 3 and 4 for the original genealogical charts from which this chart was
Daniel Boyce (b. circa 1718–d. circa September 12, 1804), m. circa 1740 Lucy (b. circa 1724)
William Shreve III (b. August 26, 1761–d. January 26, 1837), m. December 17, 1790
Elizabeth Lawrence (d. circa 1806), m. Ann Bennett Wake (b. September 20, 1775–d.
April 13, 1849) see Genealogy Chart 5, Wright
Levan Lawrence Shreve (b. August 27, 1793–d. April 3, 1864), m. October 1819
Hannah D. Andrews, m. Mary Sheppard
Thomas Shreve (b. February 4, 1796–d. November 5, 1869), m. November 9, 1818
Mary Scott, m. January 5, 1826 Eliza Ann Rogers, m. April 28 1859 Belle Sheridan
John William Shreve (b. July 18, 1821–d. April 4, 1849)
Charles Upton Shreve (b. January 12, 1828–d. April 14, 1916), m. Sallie B.
McCandles (d. March 1, 1905)
Levan Lawrence Shreve (b. March 12, 1866), m. Elizabeth Mitchell
Eliza Ann Shreve (b. January 6, 1801–d. February 23, 1832), m. John Marshall Hewitt
William Martin Shreve (b. circa 1803), m. Caroline Boyce
Upton Lawrence Shreve (b. circa 1806–d. October 1826)
Elizabeth Shreve, m. Halls
Mary Shreve, m. Mead
Benjamin Shreve (d. circa 1790), m. Ann Berry
Mary Shreve (b. January 3, 1760–d. February 5, 1840), m. circa 1785 William
Elizabeth Shreve, m. circa 1786 (Captain) Moffet
William Shreve (b. July 2, 1764–d. March 21, 1838), m. June 15, 1786
Benjamin Shreve (b. 1769–d. 1854), m. Nancy Thrift, m. Laura Simpson
Joshua Shreve (b. circa 1769)
Abner Shreve (b. circa 1769)
Caleb Sheriff (b. March 3, 1707)
Benjamin Sheriff (b. 1709)
Elizabeth Sheriff (d. January 5, 1719), m. Edward Carter
Sarah Sheriff (d. June 24, 1732), m. John
Genealogy Chart 4, Martin Family (New Jersey)
See notebook 2 for the original genealogical chart from which this chart was transcribed.
Benjamin Martin (b. 1656), m. October 24, 1680 Margaret Reynolds
Jonathan Martin (b. June 12, 1687 or 1688–d. August 1768), m. 1706 Elizabeth Dunham (b.
November 26, 1689–d. circa 1713), m. 1713 Martha Runyan (b. July 30, 1693–d. circa 1722), m.
1722 Dinah Pyatt (b. February 2, 1703–d. 1789)
Mary Martin (b. September 21, 1707)
Mercy Martin (b. September 21, 1707), m. John Sutton
Jonathan Martin (b. March 19, 1709)
John Martin (b. May 16, 1715), m. Priscilla Dunham
Martha Martin (b. April 16, 1716)
Mercy Martin (b. April 16, 1718)
Ann Martin (b. March 4, 1720)
James Martin (b. circa 1824), m. February 25, 1747 Ruth Dunham
Peter Martin (b. circa 1727), m. December 1748 Anna Ladner
Elizabeth Martin (b. circa 1730), m. December 17, 1749 Daniel Dunham
Rachel Martin (b. circa 1733), m. January 19, 1753 John Munday
William ("Will") Eves Morrow (b. February 22, 1848–d. August 18, 1907), m. April 28,
1874 Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Armstrong Justis (b. January 20, 1844–d. February 24, 1939) see Genealogy Chart 19, Justis Family
Bertha Eves Morrow (b. February 1, 1875–d. September 26, 1941), m. November 16,
1904 Frank Law Harrar (b. November 13, 1871–d. August 29, 1943)
John Brynberg Morrow (b. September 16, 1877–d. December 13, 1937), m. April 28,
1915 Francis Lotta Springer (b. July 29, 1890–d. January 12, 1919), m. Mary Carrow
Hyland (b. April 15, 1886–d. November 24, 1970)
Elizabeth ("Bess") Armstrong Morrow (b. May 3, 1880–d. October 17, 1959), m. April
28, 1909 William ("Trux") Truxton Boyce (b. October 25, 1876–d. July 28, 1955) see Genealogy Chart 1, Boyce Family
Mary Elizabeth ("Sissy") Morrow (b. August 1, 1849–d. December 9, 1850)
John Ferris Morrow (b. July 1, 1851–d. August 11, 1881)
Robert ("Robbie") DuBois Morrow (b. May 5, 1853–d. September 8, 1939), m. Anne
("Annie") Hodgson (b. July 29, 1890–d. June 19, 1932)
James Cleland ("Cleland") Morrow (b. September 20, 1855–d. July 31, 1910), m. Kate
Reese Pearce (b. October 22, 1859–d. December 8, 1927)
Lewis ("Lew") Bush Morrow (b. June 7, 1857–d. 1916), m. Ella J. Dyne (b. 1865–d.
1893), m. Alyce Shields (b. April 25, 1875–d. 1938)
Thomas C. Aldrich Morrow (b. January 1, 1861–d. July 10, 1861)
Joseph A. Morrow (b. October 25, 1862–d. July 24, 1876)
John Morrow (b. June 24, 1821–d. December 12, 1865)
John Morrow (b. circa 1801)
Genealogy Chart 17, Eves Family (Delaware and Pennsylvania)
See notebook 8 for the original genealogical chart from which this chart was transcribed.
Samuel Eves (d. March 6, 1742), m. Elinor
Samuel Eves (d. circa 1742)
Susanna Eves, m. Cornelius Peterson
Elizabeth Eves, m. Peterson
James Eves (d. August 16, 1783), m. Mary (b. November 19, 1721–d. January 4, 1768), m.
James Eves (b. September 22, 1756–d. July 24, 1837), m. Mary Duchein (d. circa 1803-1813)
John D. Eves (b. 1781–d. July 28, 1822), m. Mary G. (b. 1788–d. May 9, 1815)
Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Armstrong Justis (b. January 20, 1844–d. February 24,
1939), m. April 28, 1874 William ("Will") Eves Morrow (b. February 22, 1848–d.
August 18, 1907) see Genealogy Chart 16,
Charles Henry Justis (b. October 28, 1845–d. November 11, 1845)
Sarah ("Sallie" or "Ellie") Eleanor Justis (b. October 7, 1846–d. January
2, 1935), m. December 24, 1873 Charles Rubencame (b. September 21, 1844–d.
December 23, 1937)
Breata Justis Rubencame (b. January 1, 1880), m. Eugene Woodward
Mary Rebecca Rubencame (b. February 11, 1881–d. 1972)
Robert Armstrong Justis (b. March 13, 1849–d. October 28, 1916)
John Brynberg Justis (b. July 12, 1851–d. September 9, 1852)
Alfred Lee Justis (b. December 30, 1854–d. January 2, 1859)
Swen Justis (b. April 12, 1794)
Morton Justis (b. April 12, 1794)
Abner Justis (b. March 29, 1797)
Maria Robinson Justis (b. April 15, 1799)
Mary Justis (b. March 11, 1770)
Lydia Justis (b. May 28, 1730)
Annika Justis (b. July 17, 1732–d. circa 1798), m. John Morton
Johan Justis (b. May 26, 1736–d. April 7, 1755)
Sara Justis (b. September 18, 1738–d. October 19, 1750)
Helena Justis (b. May 25, 1750)
Andrew ("Anders") Justis (b. 1690–d. June 24, 1757), m. January 13, 1716 Sarah
Helena ("Ellen") Justis, m. February 7, 1721 David Morton
Swen Justis (d. 1715)
Andrew Justis, m. Brita Peterson (d. June 27, 1737)
Catherine, m. Thomas Scott, m. 1728 Thomas Willing
Annika Justis, m. June 19, 1728 Jacob Derrickson, m. August 20, 1730 Charles
John Justis (d. March 11, 1715)
Annika Justis, m. Mathias Morton, m. Jonas Walraven, m. Charles Springer, Jr.
Elizabeth Justis, m. Mathias Peterson
Genealogy Chart 20, Brynberg Family (Delaware)
See notebook 8 for the original genealogical chart from which this chart was transcribed.
Sally Jolls (b. March 26, 1799), m. Benson Bean (b. 1796–May 31, 1824)
Harriet Jolls (b. October 5, 1801–d. July 30, 1894), m. November 6, 1836
William L. Barrus
Lydia Jolls (b. March 18, 1807–d. January 23, 1893), m. May 12, 1836 Jonathan
C. Champlin (d. February 13, 1861)
Mary Jolls (b. December 31, 1808–d. December 31, 1830)
Joseph Haile Jolls (b. May 17, 1814–d. November 7, 1887), m. June 24, 1842
Sarah Child (b. September 29, 1820–d. April 2, 1849) see Genealogy Chart 30, Child Family, m.
July 30, 1855 Harriet N. Buffington (b. 1824 or 1825–d. February 4, 1872), m.
October 20, 1872 Jane Frazer (b. 1829 or 1830–d. June 11, 1925)
John Wheaton Jolls (b. October 24, 1842–d. November 24, 1905), m. December
15, 1864 Susan J. Cogle (b. February 28, 1846–d. January 14, 1903)
See notebook 12 for the original genealogical chart from which this chart was
Johann Lutz (widower)
Frederick Lutz (b. 1828–d. 1888), m. Emily Hermann (b. 1834–d. 1872)
Fredericka ("Ricka") Emily Lutz (b. August 15, 1867–d. August 22, 1918), m. March 26,
1889 Albert George Lorenz (b. August 17, 1865–d. January 13, 1942) see Genealogy Chart 33, Lorenz Family
George L. Lutz
Christopher Lutz, m. (raised Fredericka ("Ricka") Emily Lutz)
Caroline ("Carrie") Lutz
Elizabeth Lutz, m. Jackal
William ("Will") Lutz
Flora Lutz, m. Wiegaut
J. Martin Lutz
Scope and Contents
The Truxton W. Boyce genealogical research and family papers contains twenty-six three-ring notebooks and nine folders of
genealogical research notes, family photographs, correspondence, and other ephemera related to nineteenth- and twentieth-century
generations of Boyce's family lines primarily from Delaware and Virginia. In 1961 Truxton Boyce undertook the task of creating
an ancestral study of his mother, Elizabeth ("Bess") Armstrong Morrow. She was the descendent of, among others, the Morrows,
who emigrated from Ireland to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1835 and owned a confectioners shop in Wilmington in what came to be
known as the Morrow building, and the Justis family, who first arrived in the Swedish settlement in Delaware from Sweden in
the 1630s. Over the next half-century Boyce continued his research into his and his wife's ancestral past and developed a
multi-volume collection of genealogical records. In addition to these genealogical notebooks, Boyce also compiled several
additional contemporary scrapbooks documenting his own generation's family history.
This collection of personal family histories is an important historical source for a wide variety of researchers. Genealogists
as well as researchers interested in local history, photography, architecture and historic preservation, post-World War II
family life, and other topics will find original documents in this extensive collection. As a repository for generations of
original family documentation and ephemera, this collection includes, for example, images produced via many of the different
photographic processes utilized over the span of more than one hundred years. The collection includes everything from mid-twentieth-century
Polaroids and colorized portraits mounted on plywood to early nineteenth-century tintypes.
In addition to the significance of the material objects housed within this collection, the stories Boyce gathered and documented
about the lives, marriages, relocations, and professions of generations of his ancestors provide interesting case studies
for an investigation into the state of the nation as a whole at various periods in time. Each line of the Boyce and Jolls
families arrived on the American continent during different eras and had variously rich experiences once here. The Brynberg,
Stidham, and Justis families first arrived in New Castle and Wilmington, Delaware, from Sweden in the seventeenth-century,
whereas the earliest Jolls arrived in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island from England. Many of these early Jolls ancestors
engaged in Atlantic whaling during the eighteenth-century. Boyce ancestor Uriel Wright was a prominent St. Louis lawyer during
the antebellum period and returned to his home state of Virginia to become a Confederate staff officer during the Civil War.
During the same period, Jolls ancestor Frederick Lorenz appealed for American citizenship on November 7, 1854.
The Morrow family owned a store at 211 Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware, during the last half of the nineteenth century,
and Colonel Upton Lawrence Boyce lived on his wife's Virginia family estate, the Tuleyries, from 1866 until he moved his family
to Stanton, Delaware, as a widower in 1902. In 1929 William Truxton Boyce was appointed Federal Prohibition Commissioner for
the state of Delaware, and during the late 1960s his granddaughter, Barbara ("Bunny") Boyce served with the Peace Corps in
Nigeria. These stories, as well as many others, illustrate the widely disparate lifestyles of generations of Boyce and Jolls
ancestors. In addition, they demonstrate how truly wide-reaching a genealogy of one couple, in this case Truxton and Doris
Jolls Boyce, can become.
While much of the focus of this collection is on Boyce's ancestral past, and thus of a historical nature, another wealth of
information from this collection is of more contemporary interest. In addition to the genealogical content of the collection,
Boyce also preserved his own immediate family's history via several personal scrapbooks. These scrapbooks (Notebooks 14–22)
document over half a century of the lives of Truxton W. Boyce, his wife Doris Jolls Boyce, and their two daughters, Barbara
("Bunny") Boyce Meyer and Virginia ("Ginger") Boyce. The scrapbooks trace the Boyces' lives from Truxton and Doris's first
meeting as students at the University of Delaware in the early 1940s, to their eventual retirement in Wilmington, Delaware,
in the 1980s. The scrapbooks document Truxton's service in the Second World War, including the period when he was stationed
in occupied Japan, and the young family's transition to civilian life with Truxton's initial sales jobs with Sears Roebuck
and Company in Wilmington and Dover, Delaware; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. The scrapbooks
also document Truxton's rise through the ranks with the Stewart In-Fra-Red Sandwich Company from the mid-1950s until his retirement
in the 1980s. This career moved the family several times, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to St. Louis, Missouri, and to Boston,
Massachusetts. Photographs, newsclippings, and ephemera illustrate Boyce's career, residences, home life, family activities,
holidays, and vacations. The Boyce family scrapbooks thus represent one family's post-war, suburban, upwardly-mobile, growing
and thriving American experience.
Boyce's research notes and records also provide a glimpse into a unique time and place. Boyce conducted most of his research
during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and the research materials housed in this collection echo this time frame. In many instances
Boyce utilized then-contemporary maps to illustrate the movement of his family members from place to place, gathered period
tourist brochures and materials from his research destinations, and supplemented the genealogical charts he crafted with the
then-current whereabouts of his relatives. All of this serves to add an additional dimension to the historical content of
The collection is divided into four series. The first two series, Series I. The genealogy of Truxton W. Boyce, and Series
II. The genealogy of Doris Lee Jolls Boyce, solely contain notebooks tracing the family lines of Truxton Boyce and Doris Jolls
Boyce respectively. The family lines traced in Series I. include the following: Boyce, Tuley, Adams, Sebree, Lawrence, Brownley,
Wright, Shreve, Morrow, Justis, Eves, Armstrong, Cleland, Ferris, Brynberg, Mahaffy, Dushane, Sharpe, Hyland, Stidham, Springer,
and Hall families.
Those families traced in Series II. include the following: Jolls, Lorenz, Lutz, Lepley (or Lepple), Herman, McColgan, Colge,
and Wise families. Boyce did not trace every family line to the same degree of detail. Some lines, such as the Lutz and Lorenz
families (Notebook 12), are only traced as far back as their mid-nineteenth century arrivals in America from Austria and Germany.
Other lines, most notably the Stidham and Brynberg lines (Notebook 8), have been traced back into the seventeenth-century.
Series III. The life of Truxton W. Boyce is comprised of nine notebooks (Notebooks 14-22) and one scrapbook (Scrapbook 1)
that document nine periods in the life of this collection's compiler, Truxton W. Boyce. Unlike the other notebooks in this
collection, these nine notebooks more closely resemble personal scrapbooks with autobiographical content, rather than notebooks
of genealogical research and collected family ephemera. The nine notebooks detail eight self-defined periods in Boyce's life.
The periods are 1939–1942 Courtship and Marriage; 1941–1946 Military; 1946–1953 Sears Roebuck; 1953–1965 Allentown; 1965–1971
St. Louis; 1971–1982 Boston; 1982–1984 Wilmington; and 1985–1990s. In addition to these nine three-ring notebooks, Series
III. also contains one bound scrapbook that was kept during Truxton Boyce's youth as a student at Henrik J. Krebs Grammar
School (Newport, Delaware) and Alexis I. du Pont High School (Wilmington, Delaware).
The final series, Series IV. Miscellaneous notebooks and foldered items, includes four notebooks and nine folders containing
items that were either not originally housed in any of the notebooks or do not specifically pertain to any one family line.
The notebooks in this series include the following: Notebook 23 General Data and Letters, Notebook 24 Addresses and Antique
Articles, Notebook 25 Boyce and other notes, and Notebook 26 Letters and family ephemera. Boyce apparently used these notebooks
to collect varied reference sources supporting his research. These notebooks include information such as addresses of research
institutions and libraries, correspondence with distant relatives regarding shared ancestors, a listing of family antiques
and heirlooms noting both the items's original owners and who currently possesses them, and articles on caring for and collecting
antiques. A detailed description of the contents of these miscellaneous notebooks and folders can be found in the contents
list below. Notable among the items in this series is the reunion notebook of Col. Ephraim Preston Jolls, Class of 1913, University
of Delaware. Jolls, who retired to Newark, Delaware, after a career in the U.S. Army, received the booklet "Ye-Old-School-Tie"
(no. 1 and 3, 1951 and 1953), which includes biographical profiles of his Delaware classmates, many of whom served in either
one or both of the World Wars.
Boyce developed his understanding of the lives of his ancestors by talking to and corresponding with living relatives, consulting
county probate records, wills, church records, cemetery records and tombstones, and other common sources of genealogical data,
mining through family held records such as family Bibles, funeral announcements, marriage licenses, birth certificates, and
so on, and, frequently, by visiting the former homesteads and places of residence of his ancestors. Boyce kept detailed records
of his journeys and, over time, developed an extensive family tree. The materials housed within this collection reflect his
hard work and preserve much of what he collected while investigating his family's past. Much more than just research notes
and demographic data, the notebooks preserve a remarkable array of original family ephemera, such as hundreds of photographs
(including two tintypes) of relatives, homes, tombstones, and antiques spanning well over a century; nineteenth-century letters,
receipts, recipes, legal documents and newspaper clippings; an 1841 cookbook; a Nigerian coin from the 1960s; and First and
Second World War-era military medals.
Though each of the twenty-six notebooks is unique, the overall style, content, and structure of the notebooks are similar.
Typically, each notebook opens with research notes on the family and several pages of handwritten genealogical charts. (Many
of these charts have been compiled and reproduced in this finding aid in order to provide a roadmap for the collection.) Following
the notes, Boyce has preserved correspondence, brochures, and maps, and any additional period items such as photographs and
other ephemera related to the family line. Boyce's notes often include family memories and anecdotes about individual ancestors
and remarks about the current location ancestral antiques. Altogether, this collection provides rich documentation for several
family lines through nearly four centuries of life in America.