April 15, 1897


G. L. Boaz, one of the oldest citizens of Crittenden county, was born near Lexington, Ky., July 12, 1817, and has therefore, nearing his 83rd milestone.  His parents were Virginians and noted for longevity, his father dying at the advanced age of nine-one, his mother at 86.He lived in Fayette county, Ky., till he was six years of age, when his father, John Boaz, moved to Livingston county, and settled on a farm two and one half miles from Salem.  Here G. L. Boaz grew to manhood.  He obtained a very limited education.

He has been remarkably healthy all of his life.  He attributes his sound physical and mental condition to correct habits and simple living--never having exposed himself, even when a boy.  His great grandfather had seven sons five of whom served through the Revolution.

He was a Whig before the dissolution of that party--having cast his first vote for president for W. H. Harrison.  Since the death of the Whigs, he has been a staunch democrat, being a great admirer of W. J. Bryan.  He has been a member of the Baptist church for sixty years.

"Uncle George," as his young friends call him, has been married twice, first to Sarah Owen, Dec. 14, 1841.  To them were born four sons and four daughters--all of whom are living except two.

His second marriage was to Mrs. Sarah Travis, March 5, 1865.  She is still living.  No children were born of this union.

"Uncle George" bids fair to live several years yet.  He is kind and pleasant, sociably and entertains his friends with cordial hospitality.


Source:  Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, April 5, 1900, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.


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