Biography of Henry Boyan
Marin County, CA Biographies





Henry Boyen. Was born in Hanover, Germany, May 23, 1842. At the age of twelve years he went to sea as cabin boy, and sailed for three years in German vessels from German to English, Norwegian, Danish and Russian ports, during the Summer months, attending school during the Winter. At fifteen years of age, he shipped on a voyage from Bremen to Malaga, Barcelona and other Spanish ports; thence proceeding to Riga, in the Baltic sea finally returning home. After remaining there for four months, he shipped with his former captain on a voyage from Bremen to San Juan, Porto Pico, whence he proceeded to San Francisco, calling in on the journey at Valparaiso. After a passage of two hundred and twenty days, Mr. Doyen arrived in San Francisco, where, leaving his craft, he shipped on the American vessel " Caroline Reed" for Puget sound. At the end of two months he returned to San Francisco, and left his ship and went on board the coaster " Oceola," but at the end of eight months he left her and obtained employment in the Albany brewery, where he worked for five years. He then purchased a horse and wagon and sold beer on commission for three years, at the end of which he purchased a half interest in the San Rafael brewery, which he now conducts in partnership with F. Georl. Married June 29, 1870, Dora Mensing, by whom he has Albert, born December, 1870; Eddie, born March 19, 1871; Mary, born April 30, 1873; Amelia, born April 10, 1877; and Dora, born December 30, 1878.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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