While searching W. P. Boyd's book of 1912 for some other
information I came across this information which might
interest those who have origins in New Jersey in the 1700's.
"Another settlement of Boyds in Ireland was at Ballgaston -
in the County of Antrim. On of the progenitors of this
family was jams Boyd, who was born here in 1735, and came a
few years afterwards to Bridgton, NJ. He died here in the
12 December 1775 and from him descended some of the most
prominent families of the State. He is said to have been a
linen merchant while residing in Ireland."
I could not find "Ballgaston" on my motoring map of the UK,
so I am unsure if it is an misspelling and might be
"Ballygaston" which I could not find either or this is an
Townland in Co. Antrim. Perhaps someone with access to
Townland lists for Co. Antrim might be kind enough to look
and see if that is correct or not.
When he said "and came a few years afterwards to Brighton,
NJ" I thought W. P. meant as an infant, but he then adds "He
is said to have been a linen merchant while residing in
Ireland" which does not sound like a "few years" as the
term is used in the year 2000 in Australia. This to me
means 2 years. To have been an merchant would suggest he
was at least 25 to 30 years old and so might have arrived in
NJ sometime between 1760 and 1765.
I then thought he might be of age to have been in the War of
the Revolution (1776?-1783?). When I looked in the DAR
Patriot Index for 1990 I found this Boyd of NJ
L02 Adam: b 3-21-1746 NJ d 8-15-1835 NJ m Elsie
Van Cleve CS PS NJ
This MIGHT BE an younger brother to James but I have nothing
that might show that link.
This Adam had the following descendants:-
The National Society of the Daughters of the American
Revolution Volume 9, page 196
Mrs. Adele Boyd Brown.
DAR ID Number: 8524
Born in New Jersey.
Wife of John A. Brown.
Descendant of Hon. Adam Boyd, of New Jersey.
[p.196] Daughter of Adam Boyd, Jr., and Alice De Wolfe
Hillard, his wife.
Granddaughter of Adam Schuyler Boyd and Jane Post, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of John A. Boyd and Elizabeth Schuyler,
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Adam Boyd and Elsie Van Cleve, his
Adam Boyd suffered many privations after the evacuation of
Fort Lee in 1776
and in 1778 he was elected by a band of patriots, sheriff of
He then rebuilt his house, which was burned by the Hessians,
and it is still
standing at Hackensack. He died in 1835, at the age of
[This Adam Boyd might be in some early history books of NJ.
With the term "Hon" I am not sure if that means he was an
Congressman or an Judge? - Mike Boyd ]
I then went to the 1994 IGI for the UK expecting that as his
name was James I would find "plenty" in 1735 but there was
not one recorded.
The first prior to 1735 was this entry in 1730
Mrs James BOYD (F).................... B: Abt 1730
B: 11 Feb 1961 LONDO F#: 453978 @
Spouse: James BOYD of
Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
E: 6 Oct 1962 LONDO
SP: Pre-1970 O#: 12243
and the next after 1735 was this in 1740
James BOYD (M)........................ B: 1740
B: 21 Mar 1962 NZEAL F#: 449750 @
Spouse: Rebecca WALKINSHAW of
Carnmoney, Antrim, Ireland
E: 12 Apr 1962 NZEAL
An Col Walkindshaw was the 4th Earl's good friend who buried
him after his execution in 1746, I wonder if there is any
link with this Rebecca?
So if your Boyd's come from Bridgton, NJ or just from NJ the
above information might help you find more about your
ancestors. All from one little paragraph. p97