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"History of Logan County, Illinois", published 1886.
pg 457

John T. Boyden, undertaker, Lincoln, was born near Conway, Franklin County, Massachusetts, September 5, 1849.  He was reared on a farm till his fourteenth year, and was educated at a private school in Conway, and at Conway Academy.  In his fifteenth year he was employed as a clerk in the wholesale boot and shoe store of Hixon, Barney & Shaw, at Springfield, Massachusetts, for one year, and in 1864 he came to Logan County, Illinois he located at Lincoln, where he clerked for Aogeson & Smith about six months when he went to McLean, McLean County, Illinois, and had charge of the elevator of H.F. Lewis & Co. for six months.  he then went to Chicago where he was employed by the same firm as salesman on the Board of Trade for three years.  In 1869 he returned to Lincoln and was employed as teller in the private bank of William F. Dustin for ten years.   He then, in 1880, engaged in the undertaking business.  In the fall of 1880 he was elected coroner of Logan County, and re-elected in 1882, serving in all four years.   He was married at Lincoln, December 25, 1872, to Flora Warner.  They have three
chldren-Nellie Edna, George L. and John H.  In politics Mr. Boyden is a   Republican.  He is a member of Lincoln Lodge, No. 204, I.O.O.F.  he is also a member of Lincoln Lodge, No. 210, A.F. & A.M.; Lincoln Chapter, No. 147, and Contanstine Commandery, No. 51.