I have a ROBERT BOYD who was likely born ca. 1745-50 and married a woman
from New Castle, DE before moving to Franklin Co. PA. He fits well the ROBERT
s/o WILLIAM BOYD cited in the Scott Lee Boyd's 1935 book.
As I am this guy's 6G granddaughter I should dearly love to find him.
SOURCE: HISTORY OF COUNTY OF LAWRENCE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, With
Illustrations (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co, 1877)
p. 23 From an obituary of Mr. JOSEPH THORNTON BOYD, published in the New Castle Gazette
Democrat, 13 March 1868:
"In 1758 JOSEPH THORNTON and family emigrated from the Parish of Clonca, County
Donegal, Ireland to this country and sttled in the colony of Delaware. Mr. THORNTON was
gentleman of some means, and occupied a prominent position among his neighbors, as well
being a leading member of the Associated Presbyterian Church. Some time after he settled
Delaware his daughter MARTHA, a lady of elegant manners and fine educational
married a Mr. ROBERT BOYD, a surveyor and conveyaneer. Mr. BOYD and his wife removed
from Delaware to Pennsylvania and located in Chambersburg, Franklin County, where on the
26th of April 1781 they had a son born whom they named JOSEPH THORNTON.
I found several BOYDs in the 1790 Franklin Co. Census but no
ROBERT. However, the name does show up in land records (with other BOYDs):
SOURCE: HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1887,Warner, Beers & Co. Chicago
Earliest Land Titles for Letterkenny Twp.
Of the earliest land titles we find the following:
Robert ALLISON 13 Feb. 1753 - neighbors....JOHN BOYD; JAMES BOYD.
Joseph HENDERSON (in right of SAMUEL BOYD) 20 Feb. 1754 - neighbors CHRIST
IRWIN; ROBERT BOYD; JOHN IRWIN
JOHN BOYD 24 May 1753
List of Taxables - 1786 - Letterkenny and Greene Twps.
THOMAS PORTER (on Freemen List too)
1788 - ROBERT BOYD and WILLIAM ALLISON Clerks to Franklin County Commissioners
Anyone have any more info or insights?
searching PORTER; GEMMILL; BOYD; KIRKER; THORNTON - all in early SE PA