Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 477
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
David Boyce, who followed farming near Sterling, represented a family widely and favorably known in this locality. He was born in Preble county, Ohio, near Fairhaven, on the 25th of January, 1826. His father, Robert Boyce, was a native of South Carolina, born in a fort, on the 2nd of August, 1776 – the memorable year in which the nation declared its independence. He became a pioneer settler of Ohio and there spent his remaining days, his death occurring in 1847. He first married Miss McGaw, and after her death, wedded Rachel Latti. They reared five of their seven children, two of whom are yet living: J L Boyce, who is upon the home farm; and Mary J.
The subject of this review was reared in the state of his nativity and in 1858 went to Iowa, where he owned and operated an eighty-acre farm near Keokuk, continuing its cultivation until 1875, when he came to Kansas and purchased one hundred and twenty acres of school land, near Sterling, for three dollars and a half per acre. He with his brother and sister lived in Iowa together and together they came to the Sunflower state. His brother married Mrs Wolley, a widow, but they had no children. The brother, the sister-in-law and sister all lived together as one family and the relation between them was one of utmost harmony. The brothers carried on general farming, raising wheat and corn. For a number of years they were engaged in the production of broomcorn, but the low price that was paid for that product led them to discontinue its cultivation. They carried on farming along progressive lines and the richly cultivated fields of the homestead of our subject insured him a golden reward for his care and labor. He supported the Republican party, as does also his brother, casting their ballots to further its interests. He also belonged to the Presbyterian church in Sterling and was deeply interested in everything pertaining to the welfare and substantial progress of the community. Not only was he numbered among the early settlers of this portion of the state, but was among the worthy and highly respected citizens, entirely free from ostentation, and his commendable characteristics won for him the esteem of all with whom he was associated. These statements also hold good in the case of his brother, with whom he was so long and intimately associated, having had a home in common, as he never married. Mr Boyce was summoned into eternal rest on the 13th of November, 1901, and his death was sincerely mourned in the community where he had so long made his home and where his sterling worth of character was duly appreciated.