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The migration path from Newtownards, to New Brunswick and then to Boston, MA in the 1810’s to 1830’s
The second known son of Hugh Boyd and Janes Craig of Movilla, Newtownards was Hugh Boyd, who was born in 1770 and in 1792 married Mary Patton. Her parents unknown. This second Hugh Boyd was also a farmer.
“Hugh resided at the place of his birth until 1818, when he and his wife emigrated to New Brunswick, and resided there for four or six years. In 1824 they went to Boston and made a permanent home until their death.” Respectively 1833 for Hugh and 1836 for Mary.
This source does not say where – town and county – in New Brunswick that they settled in 1818. Nor where in Boston, MA they lived. I assume what would now be called “down town” or now central Boston.
Was this a common migration route for those families leaving Newtownards?
It is also interesting that Hugh Boyd was about 48 years old when he migrated. So while he was a farmer in County Down – presume on his father’s farm – might he have migrated so that he could get land for his children?
House of Boyd Society
The family of Hugh Boyd (b 1742) and Jane Craig of Movilla, Newtownards.
In W. P, Boyd’s book of 1912, he outlines the family of Hugh Boyd (born 1742) and Jane Craig whom Hugh is said to have married in 1766, when he was about 24 years old. It is said that Hugh "married for his first wife, Jane Craig.” But no second wife was given nor date of death given for both Hugh and Jane. Nor is it clear if Hugh and Jane died in County Down or in the USA where members of the third generation migrated to.
The old Homestead was situated at Movilla, which in the language of that country, was called "Ma-Hill" or "Maugh-ill," which interpreted the Mayh - meaning a plain. This place was situated one mile from Newtownards, and old town settled in King James 1 time. The whole population in and about Newtown were originally from Scotland.
The only Hugh Boyd that I could find in the Movilla Cemetery is this Hugh Boyd:
“Erected by William Boyd, Drumhirk, in memory of:
Hugh (father) died 11-12-1821 aged 74 years
Jane (mother) (alias Withers) died 9-6-???? aged 37 years
Elizabeth (sister) died 24-6-1794 aged 6 years
Mary (daughter) died 28-5-1820 aged 3 years
Margaret (daughter) died 8-12-1831 aged 6 years”
But this would place his birth as 1747 and his wife’s surname is “Withers” and not Craig. So this grave does not appear to “fit” the limited data that is available for Hugh Boyd and Jane Craig. So if Hugh Boyd of Movilla is buried in the Movilla Cemetery, he does not appear to have a grave marker now visible.
The known children listed for Hugh and Jane are:-
a) William Boyd, b1767, d 1847, who married Jane Gaw and had nine known children.
b) Hugh Boyd, b 1770, d 1833 (Boston, MA), who married Mary Patton and is said to have 12 children.
c) Peggy Boyd, b 177x, d 1835, un-married
d) Mary Boyd, b 1776, d 1867, un-married
e) John Boyd, b 177x, died in Belfast, and appears to have had three children, but his wife’ name was not given.
>From the “gaps” in the birth of these children, it would suggest more children were born to this couple. So did they die at birth or in infancy?
If you descent from this family in either Ireland or the USA, I would like to hear from you please, so your known details can be added to the family Chapter that I have already drafted.
House of Boyd Society
Who is Samuel Boyd, born in 1736 at Worcester, Worcester County, MA
In the "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VQXL-996 : 4 December 2014), Samuel Boyd, 31 Jan 1736; citing WORCESTER,WORCESTER,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 864,093, 864,090.
It provided this information:
Name: Samuel Boyd
Birth Date: 31 Jan 1736
Father's Name: James Boyd
Mother's Name: Jean
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50164-1
Does this entry fit your Boyd family? Or do you know the family of this James and Jean Boyd of Worcester, Worcester County, MA and where they might have come from?
House of Boyd Society
Who is the Thomas Boyd of Crownerston (Newtownards) – made Denizen in 1617?
It is known that from the Calendar of Patent Rolls, James I., pp. 326, 339, that a list of people, including a “Thomas Boyde of Crownerston” were granted letters of denization in 1617. Where the majority of them having settled on Sir Hugh Montgomery's estates in County Down probably ten years prior to that date.
I have not been able to find the location of “Crownerston” – which seems to be located near Newtownards, County Down in some sources. (Hear, I am assuming that “Crownerston” is a townland?)
For over a decade and half, I have been trying to find this “Crownerston” – without any success – but I thought that I would have another look at the Ordnance map with the townlands on the back. I could not find “Crownerston” but I did find Cronstown about 3 kms NE of Newtownards. This is about 1km past Movilla. Both are in the general area I have seem “Boyd” marked on a map of County Down outlining the Montgomery and Hamilton lands. This area was within the Montgomery Lands. The second area was just west of Donaghadee and the third and fourth areas where Boyd were marked, I think, were between Greyabbey and Portavogie in the Hamilton lands. However, nothing was marked around the Ballycastle townland area near Mount Stewart, where Colonel David Boyd was granted 1,000 acres in Greyabbey Parish.
So is “Crownerston” of 1617 what is now called “Cronstown” on the modern map?
The second problem is the reference to that these 1617 letters of denization is that they had “probably settled ten years prior to that date in Ireland”.
It has been ASSUMED by many writers, over a long period, that this Thomas Boyd was the son of Colonel David Boyd, the natural son of the fifth Lord Boyd, Robert Boyd?
The details of Colonel David Boyd’s family is unknown in full details. In the 1590’s he was married to Dame Margaret Wallace, the widow of Ross of Hayning just east of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. It is recorded they had three sons – Robert, David and Thomas – but I have yet to find any dates of their birth for these three sons. However, if we assume that David and Margaret were married in the mid 1590’s, you might expect the three sons to have been born between 1595 and 1606. Thus not making them old enough in 1607 to take out the lease of any lands and in 1617 to take out letters of denization at such a very young age.
Again it has been said by a number of sources, that this Thomas Boyd of Crownerton moved before 1660 to Portavogie, which is situated in the Hamilton land area of County Down, as a Thomas Boyd died in that and left a will, citing his wife “Jean Boyd”, whom it is known was a “Shaw”. This Thomas Boyd is cited in the 1659 Census for Ireland.
So do we have two Thomas Boyd’s on the Ards Peninsular or only one Thomas Boyd? From the number of Boyds listed in the 1630 Muster Roll for County Down, I would not be at all surprised if there not two rather than “SINGLE PERSON” CURENTLY ASSUMED.
In the book History of the Boyd family and descendants, with historical sketches of the ancient family of Boyd's in Scotland from the year 1200, and those of Ireland from the year 1680, with records of their descendants in Kent, New Windsor, Middletown and Salem, N. Y., Boston, Mass., Northumberland County, Pa., and sketches of those from the southern and western states from 1740 to 1912. By William P. Boyd ... Rochester, N. Y., John P. Smith printing company, 1912, pp 445-461, it outlines a family of Hugh Boyd, born in 1742, who in 1766 married Jane Craig (of unknown parents). This family later moved to Boston, MA
So is there any connection between this Hugh Boyd of Movilla, Newtownards, with the Thomas Boyd of “Crownerston” of 1617? There is a gap of 125 years and perhaps about five generations that would need to be found to fill this gap and develop an direct line between these two Boyds.
>From the list of Boyds buried at Movilla Graveyard at Newtownards – there were quite a number of graves that have pre 1742 dates – but it can not be determined from just this list of graves if any of the graves might fill in this gap between Hugh and Thomas. The townlands mentioned on these graves are – Drumhirk, Ballyrogan, Whitespots, Ballylisbredon, Ballyhenry - that might help future researchers to make links as younger members of thi family might have moved to new locations.
So does anyone have any additional information on Thonas Boyd of Crownerston in 1617 – who he married, his children; descendants and his origins in Scotland?
House of Boyd Society
Is Tony Taylor, NZ who in the Spring 1993 issue of Dean Road, pp 10 – 11, posted 13 Boyd graves inscriptions for the Old Ballyhalbert Churchyard still on this list?
Or do any of our New Zealand cousins know what might have happened to him.
It is unclear if he is a part of a number of Boyd families form around Ballyhalbert, including Glastry, and Rowreagh
I have seen this same story written in several sources but for ease I
will use this one:
"History of the county of Ayr: with a Genealogical account of the
Families of Ayreshire vol 2" by James Paterson page 187
Here is a link for those who can:
In the Chapter on the parish of Kilmarnock and the account of the family
Muire/ Mure we read about a struggle betwee the Laird of Rowallan and
the Crawfords. This seems to be some kind of contest for the power of
the sheriffdom in the absence of the strong Boyd leadership. The Boyds
are usually aligned with the Crawfords. This fellow Robert "the Rud of
Rowallan" died in 1504. He had four sons and a daughter:
1) John- who succeeded him
2)Robert "in the well" whose son (must have been grandson?) John was
slain by the Boyds at Prestwick Kirk near Arye in 1571
3)James Mure- in Craig
4) William of Cocktries
5) unnamed daughter who married a Boyd "of Hietrie"
first questions; Who was this daughter and who are the "Boyds of
Hietrie"? Where was this place?
This source says that Robert "the Rud" had a son John who succeeded him
in 1501, before his death in 1504
John Mure married Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of the first Lord Evandale
1) John, his successor - married Margaret Boyd daughter of Archibald
Boyd of Bonshaw
2) Archibald, called Mickel Archibald
!3) Patrick Boyde !!!!!!!?
4) James Muir
These two brothers - James Muir, and Patrick Boyd were both convicted
with 27 others on Nov. 3, 1508 of being " art and part of convocation of
the lieges against the act of parliament, coming to the Kirk of
Stewarton, in company with John Mure of Rowallan, for the office of
parish clerk of the same kirk, against Robert Cunynghame of Cunynghame
and his servants in the year 1508."
to James Mure, Patrick Boyds brother, is added the additional conviction
of "art and part of the forethought felony and oppression done to John
Mowat Jr. Laird of Busbie and Andrew Stevinstone in the town of
Stewarton, in company with the Laird of Rowallan." (must be John the
5,6,7) Three daughters Lady Macfarlane, Lady Balquider, and the gudwife
So, John- son of Robert the Rud was Laird of Rowallan from 1501 til his
conviction in 1508- thence the title and lands of Rowallan passed to the
grandson John who was a minor.
Now for the interesting part:
Enter "the Mistress" Margaret/Marion/Margot Boyd- daughter of Archibald
Boyd of Boneshaw, natural grand niece to the first Lord Boyd and niece
to his daughter Elizabeth Boyd the wife of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl
Angus Known as "Bell the Cat" who became the most powerful Scottish
nobleman during the reign of James the 4th.
Her father having been executed; and uncle having been attained and
living in obscurity in north east England; Her cousin Thomas the Earl of
Eroll being dead and buried in Antwerp- this poor young Lady was raised
by her Aunt and uncle the Douglass of Angus in her ancestral home -Dean
castle- and was often taken to the court of James the fourth. And it is
to her that Archibald Douglass owes much of his success.
Margaret or Marion- who the king called "Margot" in his letters was the
first significant mistress to the young king. She became his mistress
before 1490 when she gave him a son Alexander who would later become
Archbishop of st Andrews. She also had a daughter by the king -Catherine
Stewart who would marry James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton. There may
have been another child that died young.
James the fourth soon tired of his Boyd mistress and fell in love with
Margaret Drummond who would not stand for Margaret being around court;
so he married her to the young ward, John Muire "laird of Rowallan", who
was then only about eight- and gave her, charter dated January 1498, the
lands of Warnockland.
John grew up- and he and Margaret had four sons
1) Mungo Mure, who succeeded as Laird
2) Alexander. of Ormahaugh
3) Patrick ? (Brother of the Laird Mungo?)
and four daughters-
So this raises a question: Who was Patrick Boyd "brother of the Laird of
there are several possible answers-
A) He was not the "son" of John Muir- But his "son-in-law," the natural
brother of Johns wife Margaret. This would make Patrick the natural son
of Alexander Boyd of Bolnschaw. the Occam's razor answer.
B) The source cited above calls him the third son of John Mure and
Elizabeth Stewart- in which case why would his name be "Patrick Boyd"-
perhaps a son named after the lands they were in possession of during
the Boyd attainder and the war with the Crawfords?? A part of the Mungo
Muire claim on Boyd lands.
C) 1508 being the year of the court document in which we find "Patrick
Boyd- brother of the Laird of Rowallan" and the Laid of Rowallan at that
time being the younger John who was in his teens but of age to fight
(18yrs); is it possible that Margaret aka Marion/Margo Boyd may have had
another bastard son? After her relationship with James Stewart but
before her young John Mure came of age, could she have had a son named
"Patrick who went by Boyd" He would then be the true "brother of the
Laird though only a maternal half but also the natural brother to
Alexander Stewart Archbishop of St Andrew. There should be some
reference to him in this context historically if that is the case.
We may have an "origin" event here. Patrick Boyd son of Margaret Boyd of
Bolnschaw may have been a bastard by an as yet unknown father.
I am curious to know if these names Patrick and Mungo are used today in
any Boyd families according to the traditional Scottish style naming
Were these christian names used often by the Boyds prior to 1490's or is
this the first use of them?
Am I just way far off base here?
Barry in Dallas
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