As I mentioned, I don't know much about the Boyce family. From censuses, I have the childrens listed the same as you, except Mary instead of Amy (and that's probably because I misread the census taker's writing, or perhaps she had both names). Pearl was Agnes Pearl.
One of Silas Sr's and Margaret's descendants has posted undocumented, but probably true, information that Silas was the son of Robert Boyce and Martha M. Cunningham and that, after Silas's father's death when he was very small, Martha married Thomas F. Morton. I have not found Silas's parents on the 1850 census. I believe, but can't be sure, that this Thomas F. Morton was in St. Croix County, WI, just across the river from Chisago County in 1850. The 1860 census reported Silas as born in WI, and the 1880 census reported him as born in IL. The 1870 census has Martha Martha in Chisago County, but that page is missing or misfiled in my subscription data base.
I know that Thomas F. Morton's second wife was named Martha M. and that she was born in Ireland as was Silas's mother. If this marriage occurred, it must have been between 1850 and 1854 because, per the 1860 census, they had a son Frank born 1854 or 1855. Thomas was brother to Margaret Evelyn's father George Morton. As I stated, Silas's presumed mother Martha was alive and widowed (Thomas died August 1869.) on the 1870 and 1880 censuses, but I didn't find her in 1900.
Per the MN death index, Margaret Evelyn died 14 June 1918, and Silas died either 21 January 1922 or 5 June 1927 (one date the father's, one the son's).
E-mail me, and I'll send you all my Morton data.
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