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I am seeking more information on the James Pillar Boyd of Baltimore who
married Anna, the daughter of James McHenry. Does anyone have more
information on this family? I am trying to determine if they are related to
my Boyd family in Baltimore.
From Wikipedia “James McHenry was an Scotch-Irish American military surgeon
and statesman. McHenry was a signer of the United States Constitution from
Maryland and the eponym of Fort McHenry.” He was born in Ballymena, Antrim,
James Pillar Boyd, Lawyer of Baltimore d. aft 1816
He was in Baltimore Hospital in 1816 due to insanity. No further reference.
Married Anna McHenry (1788-) daughter of James and Margaret “Peggy” McHenry
nee Caldwell, 2/4/1808
James McHenry (1811-1847)
John Pillar (1816-1826)
The life and correspondence of James McHenry, Secretary of War under
Washington and Adams" by BERNARD C. STEINER
“James McHenry, Forgotten Federalist” by Karen Robbins
“Biographical Notices of Graduates of Yale College: Including Those
Graduated..” By Franklin Bowditch Dexter
This story was passed down for generations. In 1910 three descendants put
the oral history on paper. We are very lucky to have this. I have
attached some notes at the end.
*Short Sketch of the Boyd Family*
William Boyd, the first of our ancestors of whom we have any record, was
born at Lynchen, County Down, Ireland, on March 24, 1768.
He always lived with his grandfather. He was a college man and was also an
engraver and slater by trade. Some say he was also a civil engineer. He
has been described as gentle and scholarly.
He was first married when quite young to Peggy Cooper. She soon died
leaving one child, a daughter named Jane, who always lived with her
mother’s people and is supposed to have died soon after her father came to
For his second wife, William Boyd married Elizabeth, the daughter of Samuel
Carson. He always called her Betty.
To them were born ten children – seven girls and three boys. The two
oldest, Margaret and Ann, died in Ireland. Next came Hans and then Ann and
Margaret named for the lost ones. Then another Jane, and William, Mary,
Samuel, and Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Carson Boyd had a brother Samuel Carson of Quint ne glar, County
Down, Ireland, and a sister Molly Carson who married James Crawford the son
of William Boyd’s sister, and there is still in existence a letter written
by their son, James Crawford of Pittsburg, to his uncle William Boyd of
Greenfield, Erie County, in 1847, in which he relates some interesting
facts about his family.
Elizabeth Boyd’s father, Samuel Carson, Sr., had six sisters, one of whom
married a Beaty, one a Duncan, one a Johnson, one a Graham, and one married
a Tate and lived in Erie County, Pa., and the sixth sister Nancy married a
Fin[d]ley and were the first settlers at Fin[d]ley’s Lake, N. Y.
William Boyd was a Protestant and belonged to a certain sect called
Croppies because they wore their hair short while the custom of those days
was to wear it long. But it seems that he did not care to have his hair
cut and being high in the councils of his church and a high officer in some
of the wars between Protestants an Catholics, he was allowed to wear it as
He seems to have been quite a wealthy man in Ireland and to have made a
good deal of money by working at his trade both at home and in Scotland,
but the religious trouble continuing, also trouble with England, made
li[f]e very unpleasant, and he also having trouble over some property, he
finally decided to come to America if it were possible to get safely away,
which he was finally able to do, although at one time it was only his long
hair that saved him.
They sailed from Belfast probably in January of 1819 when the youngest son,
Samuel, was about three months old.
For a time, it was thought that they would make the quickest voyage known
at that time, but when over half way across, storms came up and blew them
off their course, and it was weeks before they got back on it again.
In the meantime, measles had broken on board [the] ship, and the seven
children of William and Elizabeth Boyd all took them. From the first,
William and Mary were very sick, and they finally died and were buried in
They landed at Baltimore, where they had a cousin named Peter Boyd, about
the First of May after being on the ocean about three months.
The next we learn of them they had bought an improved farm in southern
Pennsylvania near York. Here they had a two story house and good barns,
but they had been in possession but a short time when the buildings were
all burned by an enemy of the former owner who did not know of the transfer
of property. Practically everything belonging to the family was burned.
Hans, the oldest son, got out one large sea chest in which the clothing was
usually kept, but the clothing had been removed to air, so all was burned.
Soon after this, the farm was sold at a great loss and the family removed
to Fin[d[ley’s Lake in Chautauqua County, N. Y., where the aunt, Nancy
Carson Fin[d]ley, lived.
They had a way so that the mother, who was sick, and the younger children
rode, but the father and the older children walked the whole way, walking
some-times as much as twenty-five miles a day.
They settled on what was known as the Berry place and lived there for a
while, but later they bought a farm in Venango Twp., Erie County, Pa.,
where the father and mother spent the rest of their lives.
William Boyd built a great many fireplaces and chimneys while in southern
Pa., and after moving to Erie County, he built the first stone fire place
in that section of country in the log house of Porter College.
He also marked a great many of the stones in the cemetery by the old
During their later years, William and Elizabeth Boyd were cared for by
their youngest son, Samuel. He was a devoted son, and during the last
illness of his mother, he cared for her night and day for three months
until death removed from him his task. But the confinement wore on him, and
for a time it was feared he had contracted consumption. A change of air
was recommended, and the winter following he spent in Ohio driving team and
when he returned, he had entirely regained his strength.
He was married in the Spring of 1845 to Betsy J. Johnson, daughter of James
and Amy Johnson of Venango Twp. and brought his wife to his father’s home
where they cared for him until his death which occurred October 5, 1847.
James Johnson was, as nearly as we can learn, born in Erie County, PA., but
know nothing of his parents except that they were, some of them anyway, of
He had two brothers, Andy and Thomas. They were both good singers and were
Amy Robbins Johnson was born in Canada, probably in the Province of Quebec,
and came to the U.S. with her parents when but a girl. They crossed the St.
Lawrence River on ice when they came to this country. They were Irish.
To James and Amy Johnson were born seven children, fives boys and two girls
of whom the fourth child was Betsy Jane Johnson, our own mother and
Amy Robbins had two brothers and two sisters. Samuel and Betsy lived on the
old home place for about nine years, during which time five children,
Malvina, Silva, Nancy, Johnson, and Marion were born, and one, the little
They then bought the farm on the hill, where the fourth daughter, Ellen was
born. They stayed here only two years as fires in the pastures and disease
in the cattle ruined dairying.
Their next move was to Lake Pleasant where the father [Samuel] ran a saw
mill for some time. Here another daughter, Bertha, was born. Soon after
this they moved back onto the plank road near their first home and built a
mill of their own. Here a third son, Andrew, was born.
They moved from here to Sanford in Warren County in July of 1860 living in
the old house across the road from the schoolhouse, which most of us can
They lived here for about three years. In the meantime, the Civil War had
broken out, and Samuel Boyd enlisted in the Fall of 1862.
Name of Soldier - - Samuel Boyd
Date of Enlistment -----October 16, 1862
Discharge-----------------July 28, 1863
He served as a pioneer in the Army of the Potomac until a tree fell on him
and he was sent to the hospital where he was obliged to remain until past
the time of his enlistment.
After his return from the war, he followed the milling business, sometimes
owning a mill and sometimes working for others. They lived in numerous
places around Sanford and at different times in Southwest Twp. at
Pineville, at Pittsfield and at Spring Creek.
In 1865, a son Emmet, was born, but he lived only about six weeks. They at
one time owned the farm now known as the Hunt Farm and lived there for
eight years, but a series of misfortunes ending in the burning of their
mill forced them to give it up, and at another time after they bought the
place which they occupied until their death, they owned a mill across from
the Green Farm which burned. After this burn-out they turned their
attention to farming.
They were cared for in their old age by their youngest son, Andrew.
Compiled in 1910
There is no place in Ireland called Lynchen. The name was corrupted as it
was passed down. Possible alternatives are Killinchy, Killinchy in the
Woods, and Ballynahinch, and Inch.
Quint ne glar seems to have survived relatively intact. Records show a
Samuel Carson who lived in Clontineglare in 1813. Also, wills were filed
for a Samuel Carson of Quint(a)inaglare in 1793 and 1811. Source:
Interestingly, Hans is a nickname for Hance, a Gaelic name. William refers
to his son as Hance in his will.
The Robbins Family came from Leeds County, Ontario and very likely are not
of Scots-Irish descent.
Who is the Peter Boyd of Baltimore?
The letter has been lost.
While I was searching for some other data, I came across this publication -
“Boyd, Harold L. and Shirley R. Martin Boyd. Footprints to the Past: Boyd - Martin Genealogy, 1415-1993. Clay Center, Kansas: H.L. & S.M. Boyd, [1993?]. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online; FHL Film 1750869 Item 7”
This references looks like it is in the LDS Library in Salt Lake City and on microfilm.
With the Start date of 1415, I would suspect that this the birth date of Robert Boyd, first Lord Boyd, who was made a Lord in 1454 in Scotland.
Has anyone seem this publication?
In late October, this year, I had five days at the LDS Library and made notes on some 412 Boyd books indexed by the Library, but I have yet to write up these book into a FILE form my note book.
Historical Committee, HBS
In response to the person looking for a copy of the book "The Boyds of Albany: three generations by Joanna B. Newton, I found it listed in the Genealogies in the Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography, Volume 4: A Bibliography, Volume 4. The link to the Library of Congress is here : https://www.loc.gov/
I hope this helps
I may have asked this question sometime ago, but I do not seemed to put any answer in either Family chapter about what graves are listed for these two families in the Upper Octorara Cemetery in PA.
Even though this Robert Boyd is buried in a Presbyterian graveyard, many IT trees have him being the father of George Boyd of St John’s Compass, PA, who was born in 1691, some 13 years after his some called Father’s birth.
Thank you if you can supply this date to the whole list.
Historical Committee, HBS
At 11 am today will mark the day that World War I came to an end.
My late Grandfather was with 2nd Australian Division in France and I assume had helped it, along with the other four Australian Divisions, to make the break out that finished this War.
By this date, they had been withdrawn form the front line and he did come home, a little damaged, and had three more of his four children.
Many other British Commonwealth Countries, France and USA families also have cause to remember this day for the many how did not come home.
Historical Committee, HBS
It has been some years since I asked the Net list the above question?
If so, can you tell the whole net list, which Branch of the Boyds you are writing about – starting names, dates and location/s – as you may have cousins working on the same branch on this net list.
Historical Committee, HBS
The current children for this George Boyd, II is -
T1 John Boyd, bc 1750 ( ), d / /18xx
( ), bu , m ?
T2 Margaret Boyd, bc / /1752 ( ), d /
/1828 ( ), bu , m / /177x
( , ), James Hamilton, Capt., son of
and (nee ) Hamilton, bc / /1750
), d / /18xx ( ), bu ,
and had issue:-
- James Hamilton operated Bull's Head Tavern on old road to Salisbury for
T3 James Boyd, b / /1753 ( ), d 24/2/1820
( ), bu , m ?
- Willed all of his possessions to his 4 Uncles- John, Robert, James,
Patrick. (also reference Slaymaker Papers) [Mike's note - strange some
uncles died by 1820 ]
T4 Archibald Boyd, bc / /1754 ( ), d bef
1763 ( ), bu .
T5 Isabella Boyd, bc / /1756 ( ), dc / /1838
( ), bu , m ?
T6 Thomas Boyd, bc / /1758 ( ), d bef 1763
( ), bu .
T7 George Boyd, III, bc / /1760 ( ), d /
/18xx ( ), bu St. John's Episcopal Churchyard,
Compass, Lancaster Co., PA. , m ?
T8 Mary Boyd bc / /1762 ( ), d / /18xx
( ), bu , m ?
From Tex Irvin's data on the grave it would now appear that there was a 9th
child - George Boyd, III. born about 1752 and who died in 1755. A 4th
George Boyd and second son called George Boyd born about 1760.
So was the George Boyd, III, born at the same time as Margaret Boyd [T2] or
before or after her birth in about 1752? This will now mean that the George
Boyd, born about 1760, will become the "IV"
So George Boyd, III who was born about 1752 and died in 1755 is a 9th child
of George Boyd, II and I will have to add him to Ch 5/266
Thank you Tex
HIstorical Committee, HBS
I have always suspected that all the Compass Boyds were older that what is generally accepted as "known". I also think the accepted birth order of the five sons may be unproven so far. Perhaps the Slaymaker Papers show otherwise. I do not know. From what I can tell, son George appears to have inherited the family farm while his four brothers eventually moved to Lunenburg/Halifax county, Virginia in the mid 1740's. If George Sr. the father died in 1731 it is easy to guess that the eldest son would inherit the farm and the younger brothers left to seek their fortunes. But we can't prove that. If I had to guess, I would speculate that George Sr. was born in the 1670's and he was not 39 or 40 when he died. One bit of evidence we have not discussed much was posted by Sallie Ketcham about a year ago and I believe it is relevant.
From "The American Weekly Mercury" Philadelphia, March 3,1721. 'Runaway Servant "RUN away from James Logan's Plantation near German Townthe 28th Instant, an Irish Servant Lad, named Patrick Boyd, aged about 17or 18 years, with streight dark Hair, a freckled Face and a smooth Tongue,cloathed with a double-Breasted Pee-Jacket, a brownish Kersey Coat, a Pairof Leather Briches, and a good Felt Hat; but he had other Cloaths with him.Also a fine short Fowling Piece of a Carbine Length, or less. He went inCompany with one Miles MacWard. Whoever takes and secures him shall be wellrewarded for their Trouble." James Logan, Secretary to the Penns, was heavily involved in the fur trade and I think this runaway Patrick Boyd is indeed the son of George and Isabella. Logan would certainly know the age and origin of his young servant. So from this newspaper ad we can reasonably guess that Patrick was born in Ireland. And we can assume he was born in 1703 or 1704. Plus this young man is running around the countryside well dressed and carrying a very fine carbine. This sounds like a future fur trapper to me. So, is Patrick the oldest son? Or was George or James or John? Obviously his family was in Pennsylvania before March of 1721. Probably much sooner. Did they bind out Patrick to Logan? Could the entire family have come to the Colonies as Redemptioners? Much to think about. And much of what is "known" seems confusing to me. But I'm just throwing out my idle speculation. Who knows? Edwin
You can find photos of the Memorial Marker of the George Boyds on Find-A-Grave. It is definitely Not a typical headstone. It was placed there years after the fact. Probably 19th or early 20th century. Find-A-Grave is infamous for posting undocumented "facts" which are usually taken from some old family "history" sent in by a twentieth century descendant. The inscription on the stone reads as thus: Here Lie the Remains
GEORGE BOYD senr
GEORGE BOYD junr
GEORGE BOYD lerc s (?)
The first departed this Life
about the Year 1731
Aged near 40 (?) Years
The second June 12, 1763
Aged about 48 Years
and the third about the
Aged 3 Years
Do the math. It is very contradictory. Edwin
What evidence that George Boyd of Compass, PA was born in County Antrim?
I have seen for the last 25 years, or more, that this George Boyd came from County Antrim and in some quarters, it has even been suggested that he was born in County Antrim.
This time line could be correct and he could be born in County Antrim, as Boyds have been recorded there since 1560. And by 1669, there were some 90 Boyd families listed in the Hearth Tax list for the 5 northern County Antrim Baronies.
From his gravestone at St. John's Episcopal Churchyard, Compass, Lancaster Co., PA – behind the church – it only says he died in 1731 (as I understand it). I have seen this grave in 2013, but left my camera at Colin Brooks house, so unfortunately, I can’t remember what was inscribed on the gravestone. (While some others have suggested that this stone was not put there at his death but at some later period – so that his birth and death details may not be accurate on this stone.)
While others have reported that he died at aged 40 years. Thus, meaning that he was born in 1691.
In my visit to Loon Mountain Games, NH, in 2016, I stopped at Boston, MA. There I meet Gary Boyd Roberts and he advised me that he had been told “that George Boyd was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim.” I have yet to get from Gary the source of this location. Certainly, Ballymoney and the area around it had quite a lot of Boyd families, so this location is quite possible within County Antrim.
I know of about 35 people that know that they belong to this family of George and Isabella Boyd. But I do not know if any of these people have any “evidence” that George Boyd was actually born in County Antrim or somewhere else.
George and Isabella were Episcopalian in Chester County, PA, so this would suggest that they were Church of Ireland in County Antrim. I am not sure if anyone has “searched” for those records in Ballymoney for him, or if there are any records from St. John's Episcopal Churchyard, Compass, Lancaster Co., PA, that tell us which Church in County Antrim and/or location in County Antrim that the family had come from.
So, could members of this family please provide their data or sources of their data on how they know that George was born in County Antrim and when.
Historical Committee, HBS
While on the plane home from the AGM at Stone Mountain, Georgia and the LDS Library at Salt Lake City, I thought one of the first steps to move from “researching” your Boyd family tree, it maybe quite good to pick one of your Boyd ancestors and write a “short” article about them, so it could be sent to Editor Kevin (Email editor(a)clanboyd.org). This would give him a good stock of articles to use in future Dean Roads and to ensure that we get a full 32 page magazine ever quarter.
It will also help people to start the process of putting their research down on paper, so it is not lost to their own family and the rest of the clan in the event they they may die at an early stage of their live.
I look forward to your stories about your Boyd family. You may find that other members of this net list are also descendants of that person.
Historical Committee, HBS
I was looking for some other information and found this information.
“Reader Feedback - Boyds from Dominica
William Boyd was an extremely well thought of trader and merchant on the island of Dominica in the early 1800's and perhaps from the late 1780's. His will can be found online at ‘clanboy.com. William’s descendents were very prominent people and even today the current Speaker of the House is a woman named Alix Boyd. The engineer who did the roads on the island was a Donald Boyd. The roads on that island are extremely narrow and dangerous as the island is volcanic.
These Boyds also had an extremely strong network amongst themselves for trade and social purposes, providing an influence that might be considered to be unsurpassed in the Caribbean. They married other influential planter class families such as the Watts - Edmund and Henry David Watts being famous for employing the first steamboat to drop mail around the Caribbean.
William’s descendants were also British Leeward island scholars, all of them brothers, my grandfather Dr. Peter Boyd being one of them. Dr. Phillip Boyd was the man who headed and formed the Caricom Health Desk, a pioneering institution for health care in the latter days of British rule. Philip Boyd was given an OBE from the Queen.
The Name is Boyd is a book highlighting the family and their presence in the Caribbean. The book does not go further back than the 1700's (I believe a family history is in the works). But it does show the marriages and positions of the various members of the family and their accomplishments. The book is a relatively new publication.
The Dominica Story by Lennox Honey Church highlights the influence of the Boyd presence strongly and, towards the end, shows an early original advertisement of a lost slave belonging to William Boyd. The famous book Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Ryse was set on a plantation the Boyd family kept on the island of Dominica.
So far in the last two centuries there does not seem to have been another family that has ties with the Caribbean of such longevity. It appears that the Boyds have been living and trading and migrating back forth in the Caribbean for almost 350 years. They have been present in Jamaica and St. Kitts with the Augustus Boyd line as well as in Dominica for the last century and a half. It should be noted as the islands have gained independence the Boyd family is considered as the last of the Caribbean Anglo heritage. “
Unfortunately, it does not give a period or time when these books were written.
At this time, I think that the Augustus Boyd line is the father of Sir John Boyd of Danson Hill in Kent who became a Baronet in about 1776. This Sir John Boyd was involved in the Slave trade form Africa and was later the Vice Chairmen of the Honourable East India Company. But about 1800’s they lost their wealth. I think the fourth Boyd of Danson Hill married the daughter of Ballycastle, County Antrim in the mid 1800’s, but this family died out in the late 1900’s when an heiress died unmarried.
Have any member of this list come into contact with any of these Boyd’s of Dominica, British Leeward Islands; Jamaica and St Kitts or any of the other Caribbean Island?
I did not see these books mentioned at the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, when I was there last week.
So if any of our North America cousins are taking some winter sun in the Caribbean this northern winter, you may wish keep and eye open for some of these books, so this story can be expanded.
One other aspect is the comment “It appears that the Boyds have been living and trading and migrating back forth in the Caribbean for almost 350 years.” This would put them in the Caribbean from the mid 1600’s and they could have come from Ireland, Scotland or France. Which were all having uprising in this period. And it may mean that some of these early Caribbean Boyds could have settled in the Carolina’s before 1700 A. D. I suspect that if any Boyd did migrate in this period they have settled on the coastal strip of the Carolinas.
So if your family were in the Carolinas before 1700, this may be your origins rather than Ireland.
I look forward to see people research into this area.
Historical committee, HBS
For my October trip to the USA, I had placed this book on my “TODOLIST” but I could not find a copy at the NY State Library at Albany, NY or when I was at the SLC LDS Labrary when I was there.
Does anyone have a copy of this book. Hopefully an electronic copy that they can send to me privately. Or if you have an hard copy, could it be scanned and set to me please?
Shortly, I wish to send about 6 or 7 NY State Boyd families that I have in various Volumes of Clan Boyd of Scotland to the NY State Library for future reference of their researchers
Last week when I was at the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, I noticed that they had one book on Boyds German.
I did not have time to look at it to see if I could work out if was a Book on a Boyd family or if it only mentioned a Boyd family that might have married into an non-Boyd family.
Does anyone on this list speak or read German? And could they look at the LDS Catalogue to see what this family is about please and where it was located?
There was a second book in another language not English or German, which I also did not have time to look at as well. So could you also look at that book to see what language it is in please and advise the net list so that people are aware of its existence.
Historical Committee, HBS
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A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the Boyd surname and variations in any place and at any time. The oldest Boyd discussion list online. Rootsweb archives of this list begin 12 July 1997. The discussion began in the early 1990s and some of the older messages will be found posted to this archive. The LIst was created by the House of Boyd Society -- a Scottish Clan Organization. From time to time there will be announcements and information posted in regard to it.