06/23/2013 12:27 pm ET

Noah Boyce, Michigan Teen With No Records, Celebrates 'First Birthday' (VIDEO)

Noah Boyce just celebrated his "first birthday" -- but he's 19 years old.

The teen from Brooklyn, Mich., has lived an unrecorded life -- no documents to prove his birth, citizenship, or education history exist.

"It was pretty awesome to have a birthday," Noah told "I didn't know what to expect, but people started giving me presents and birthday cards."

Noah's father, David Bryan Boyce, does not recognize government authority.

In 2011, the family was forcibly removed from their Jackson County property after refusing to pay taxes, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

"A tax on land is unlawful," Boyce told the Patriot after the eviction. "It makes you a tenant, not an owner."

According to, which has done a series of articles on the Boyce family, Noah Boyce's three older siblings had left home when the family was forced out. Noah, then just 17, went off on his own, staying with friends and members from a local church.

The community rallied to help Noah, and a Good Samaritan called Chuck Chapman took him in and helped establish documents that proved who he was.

Two years later, the attention is on the 19-year-old, and his reintroduction to the world.

“I’ve taken control of my own life now and things are starting to look up,” he said. “I wish I had been able to go to school when I was younger. I’d be in a better place now. It’s hard to catch up, but I’m still young. Like they say, you’re never too old to learn.”

Reading Writing Connection has awarded Noah a 1-year scholarship with one-on-one instruction to help him get back on track, 6 News reports.

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