This John "Wheelwright" Boyd (aka John Boyd Sr., and John Boyd of Ballymena) is
not in my line.
I have studied and documented the Boyds in SC for many decades and have focused much of my
research on those enumerated in the 1790 US Census in South Carolina.
To my knowledge, no one has established his birth date in Ballymena, County Antrim,
Ireland, but many say John Boyd Sr., was born c1730 and died in 1806 in 96th District,
South Carolina. He is also known as "John of Ballymena." John was enumerated
in the 1790 Census in 96th District, Newberry County.
John was married to Mary (Unknown) and had five children: Hugh, John Jr., known as
"John Buckles," David, Elizabeth, and William. Some have May's last name as
Fenn, others Senn.
John Boyd of Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland came from Belfast aboard the ship Earl of
Donegal, Duncan Ferguson in Command. The ship arrived Hampton Roads, Virginia on 7 June
1768 and John subsequently moved to 96th District, SC. He settled in Newberry, SC in
1772. When John Boyd of Ballymena came before the South Carolina Council in 1772, with
him came two sons, John, Jr. and David, and a person named Elizabeth Boyd, possibly a
daughter. They were granted a survey of lands in the amount of 100 acres each. There
definitely was another son, Hugh Boyd, who became a Revolutionary Soldier and who died in
1799. He did not appear with the above mentioned members of the family on November 8,
John Died without a will. The record of this estate of John Boyd of Ballymena may be
found in package 4, Box 2, Estate No. 29, Newberry County Court House, South Carolina, in
the office of the Judge of Probate.
* John and Mary Fenn Boyd's son, Hugh, was married to Jenette Jane Harper and had six
children: Jane, John Jr., Hugh K., Matthew, Robert H. and Rosanna.
Hugh Boyd of Gilder's Creek with his family is also enumerated in the 1790 Census in
96th District, Newberry County. Hugh Boyd of Gilders Creek, Rev. Soldier - b 1754; d
1799; s/o John Boyd Sr. of Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland; m [Jennet] Jane Harper had 6
Children: Matthew, John Montgomery, Jane, Hugh K., Robert H., and Rosanna.
Will signed 3 Oct 1798, wife Jennet (Jane Harper) executor; names Children: Matthew the
eldest (never married; d 1835), Hugh Jr. (m Frances __; d 1824), Robert H. (m Chloretta
Gray, moved to Meriwether County, Georgia), Rosanna, Jane, John (m Martha Kelly; d 1850).
Other executors: John Boyd, my brother, with Lornel Dugan. Lands on Indian Creek and
lands bought from widow of James Fendley. Witnesses: Archibald McMilan, Robert Boyd, and
John Boyd (Wheelwright)
* John and Mary Fenn Boyd's son, John Boyd, Jr. (aka Johnny Buckles) had a wife named
Margaret. They are also enumerated in the 1790 Census in 96th District, Newberry County.
Some of John and Margaret's children may have been born in North Ireland. Others were
born in South Carolina. Census information given by a grandson, James Boyd, in 1880 in
Pike County, Georgia, said that his father, John Boyd, was born in Ireland. I do not know
exactly when Margaret Boyd joined her husband in America. She evidently did not come at
the same time as he did as his first land grant was for only 100 acres. She must have
joined him at a later date and also the birth dates of the children may not be exactly
All the children of John, Jr. and Margaret lived in Newberry County, South Carolina, until
their parents moved to Kentucky and their children Jane, John, Margaret and Willson moved
with them and settled in Pulaski County and Casey County, Kentucky. It is said that some
of these children remained in Kentucky and others moved to Tennessee. From later records
we know that when John Jr. and Margaret Boyd moved back to Newberry Co., SC about 1814,
their son John, his wife Nancy and their children, and Willson Boyd returned to Newberry
County also. (From: OUR BOYD FAMILY, ALLIED FAMILIES, deGraffenried, Tidwell, Milam,
Patton, By George Hugh Boyd, & Rosalie Brown Boyd, Privately printed by HERITAGE
PAPERS, Danielsville, Georgia, 30633 , 1971. about page 4-6). The book has a marriage
entry for John Buckles: BOYD, John and WILSON, Margaret 1771 Newberry Co.
In 1806, when John Boyd Sr. died, one of his sons, John (known as Johnny Buckles because
of his occupation as a harness maker and shoe buckler), was in Kentucky. He moved his
family to Kentucky but in 1814 returned to Newberry.
"When John Boyd, Jr. (Johnny Buckles) made his will in 1823 and it was probated in
1827 in Newberry County, South Carolina, he named forty-six grandchildren." While the
book does list the 46 grandchildren, it does not tell us if any others had been born to
the 8 families and may have died before 1823. The book then goes onto provide some
details of only 2 of these 46 children. These came from the third children John Boyd and
Nancy Chambers family.
* John and Mary Fenn Boyd's son, David Boyd, Sr. had a wife named Eleanor Crosson.
They are also enumerated in the 1790 Census in 96th District, Newberry County.
David Boyd Sr., b 1758 in Ireland, d 1833, is buried Old Covenanter Cemetery, Newberry
County, South Carolina; son of John Boyd Sr. of Ballymena; w Eleanor Crosson; Children:
Jane (m David Chalmers went to Xenia, Green County, Ohio), Nancy (m Robert Butler), David
Jr. (M Mary Butler), Mary (m Samuel Reed moved to Texas), James Clarke (m Susan Summers,
moved to Xenia Green County, Ohio), Thomas (moved to Holly Springs, MS), Hugh King (m
Louisa E. ___), David Jr.
David Boyd, Sr. received a land grant from King George III of England for 550 acres of
Beech Creek (Bush River), a tributary of Saluda River, in 1773 and 1774.
David Boyd in a meeting at Old Hopewell ARP in 1800 vowed to set his slaves free. He did
and they had such a hard time making a living that he took them back.
* John and Mary Fenn Boyd's son, Robert Boyd, had a wife named Rosannah Stewart. They
are also enumerated in the 1790 Census in 96th District, Newberry County.
Robert Boyd - b abt 1760; d 1846; son of John Boyd Sr. of Ballymena, County Antrim,
Ireland; m Rosannah Stewart in about 1788 in South Carolina. Children: William (m Rosannah
Boyd, daughter of his uncle Hugh Boyd of Gilder’s Creek), Joseph (m Jane McMillan), Mary
B. (m John Atchison), John (m Elizabeth Blackburn), Hugh (m Nancy Hopper), Jane (m Samuel
Abernathy), James, Robert Jr., Rosannah (m Richard Sloan), David B. (m Elizabeth
Turrentine), Frances ( Mark Tidwell), and Jefferson.
When Robert arrived from Ireland he was about 12 years old. After John Boyd Sr. died,
many of John’s children left Newberry County. Robert left and went to Georgia. He bought
land in Meriwether County, GA in 1834.
When Robert died before 5 Mar 1847, he was 87. Robert’s will is dated 8 Dec 1840, recorded
on 5 March 1847, in Meriwether Co., GA. in Will Book A, p. 116. All his children named in
will except James, Robert, Jefferson. His wife is not named or referred to in will. Robert
was a Farmer.
* John and Mary Fenn Boyd's son, William Boyd, was born c 1751. I know nothing about
him. Neither do I know anything about the Elizabeth who ostensibly came to America with
I have information about Archibald Boyd (1758 - 1802). He is not related or associated
with John Boyd, Sr. Archibald was an Irishman who settled on Cannon’s Creek west of
Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina. He came to Newberry County from Pennsylvania.
In 1812, he became heir to one half the estate of John Barlow who owned lands on Campen
Creek below Prosperity, and moved there. About 1814, he sold his lands on Camper Creek
and moved up to a farm between Prosperity and Newberry near Boyd's Crossings. His
wife died very soon after his removal. He died in 1830 right after he moved to Boyd’s
I have the genealogies of most of these through the mid to late 1800s and will perform
Charles P. Boyd,