Alexander/Sander Boyer

Dates of Birth and Death


In 1623 Cornelius Mey of Hoorn, Holland built a trading post called Fort Nassau on the Delaware River. The Swedes also established settlements along the Delaware River. Peter Ridder, a Dutchman working for the Swedes, negotiated with the Indians for the entire side of the Delaware River from Raccoon Creek to Cape May. In 1643 Johan Printz became governor of New Sweden.

In 1646 Governor Stuyvesant sent 320 troops from New Amsterdam to Fort Nassau to re-establish Dutch control of the area. Alexander Boyer, a freeman, also called Sander Boyer, arrived with the troops and served as the Dutch quartermaster at Fort Nassau (Gloucester, NJ) from 1646 until the capture of Fort Casimir (New Castle, Delaware).

On Trinity Sunday, 21 May 1654 the Swedes conquered Fort Casimir and renamed it Fort Trinity. They also acquired a new group of settlers, predominately Dutch but also including a number of Swedish families. In May 1654, Governor Rising reported that Sander Boyer was considered a "malicious and hateful man," but, since he had a Swedish wife, he was allowed to stay at Fort Trinity. (in Craig citing Rising's Journal, 161, 167.). On June 9th 1654 Sander Boyer signed a Swedish loyalty oath on Tinicum Island. He made purchases from the company store from 6 July 1654 to 10 November 1654 and sold his tobacco crop to the store on 18 May 1655. (In Craig citing Jungh, 81;Von Elswick, 134.)

In 1655, the Dutch reclaim the area from the Swedes. Sander Boyer returned to Manhattan where his two sons, Samuel and Peter, were baptized on 1 December 1655. (citing Baptisms, New York Dutch Church, 40). However, by the end of that month he had returned to Fort Casimir, where he remained. Governor Stuyvesant granted him a lot near the fort in 1656. He was still living 18 February 1661, when he sought restitution of land sold to Jacob Alrichs, deceased, which had not been paid for. (citing several References: in Gehring and in the NYHM: Register of Solomon Lachaire, 11, 26-27)

Boyer was survived by one known son, Jan (John) Boyer, and one known daughter, Joseyn. (in Craig citing NCR, 1:247, 398, 480, 2:71.)

Biography Author

Harold Douglas Ford #305


The Swedish American Genealogist (1998) ISSN 0275-9314, New Sweden Settlers, 1638-1664, Part 6

1654, continued), Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig, pp. 139-140.