T. J. Boyland is a retired farmer residing on section 19, Milo township, where
he owns a small, well improved farm embracing forty acres. His birth occurred
in Scotland on the 5th of December, 1845, his parents being Thomas and Jane
(Calder) Boyland, who emigrated to America in 1847. The father died in Canada
shortly after his arrival, and the mother brought her family to Iowa in 1858,
locating on a farm in Milo township, Delaware county. She was married a second
time, becoming the wife of William Crites, and passed away here at the age of
eighty three years. Her children were six in number. William resides on
section 19, Milo township, as does T. J., of this review.
The last named acquired his education in the common schools
and was a youth of thirteen when he came to this county with his mother. At
the time of the Civil war he left the parental roof and joined the Union army
as a member of Company F, Forty sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving with
that command for five months. He was then mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, and
returned home. Starting out as a farmer on his own account, he began operating
the tract of forty acres in Milo township which is still in his possession and
continued its cultivation through out the remainder of his active business
In 1867 Mr. Boyland was united in marriage to Miss
Julia A. Wheelock, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Ziba Wheelock.
To them have been born two children: Floyd E.; and Maud A., at home. Mr.
Boyland is a republican in politics and has held the office of school
director. He still maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades
through his membership in Post No. 190, G. A. R. The period of his residence
in this county covers fifty six years.