The John Boyd, who married Sarah Gryfyth (Griffith) – she was said to have been born in
Wales – in Virginia, bought land at Boyd’s Gap in 1754 when he was only 19 years old.
This John Boyd is THOUGHT to have been born in England by researchers of this family, but
I have not seen any evidence to that effect. (Certainly in 1735, there are a number Boyd
families through out the various Counties in England from which this John Boyd might have
So why did tis John Boyd, buy land near Martinsburg in 1754 in then Frederick Co., VA, now
Berkeley Co., WV, some of it from Lord Fairfax." [Berkeley Co. VA/WVA was formed in
1772 from Frederick Co., VA. While Frederick Co., VA has been formed from Orange and
Augusta Counties Virginia in 1738?
In this period it was quite common for people to migrate with “family” members or to go to
an area where relatives had previously settled.
So why did this John Boyd go to Martinsburg, Virginia?
It is known that the family of William Boyd who settled on Marsh Creek, in what is now
Adams County, Pennsylvania, and outlined in the book The Boyd family including the allied
families of Bell, Braken, Cullar, Cunningham, Finley, Gaut, Hoover, Hough, Markle, McGrew,
Parrish, Perry, Pinkerton, Scholl, Speer, Warfel, Welday, Williams, with special reference
to Mercelia Louise Boyd ... Genealogist Katherine Cox Gottschalk. Compiled and published
by Scott Lee Boyd. Santa Barbara, Calif., 1935, also came to Martinsburg, Virginia.
This Boyd family is “said” to have come from “Northern Ireland”.
While I did scan this book on my recent trip to Detroit, MI, I have not yet had time to
load it to my PC to find out when this William Boyd’s family (or parts of it) moved to
Martinsburg, Virginia. So do members know when this migration took place by William
So was the family of William Boyd of Marsh Creek, PA moved first to Martinsburg, VAL., or
was the family of John Boyd of Boyd’s Gap in the Martinsburg area first?
There is a third Boyd family that is linked to Frederick County, Virginia. This is the
family of John Boyd (1620-1705), who is said to have come from England and had land in
Maryland first in Anne Arundel County where, on February 26, 1683, he received the first
warrant for land, he soon removed to Prince George's County, and settled on his estate
Amptill Grange, a tract of nearly a thousand acres granted to him by Charles, third Lord
Baltimore, September 16, 1703.
The known details for his second son is
R2 John Boyd, b / /168x ( ), dc / /1720 (
), bu Amphill Grange, Prince George’s County, MD, m 28/3/1706 (All Halows
Parish, , Anne Arundel County, MD), Elinor FitzRedmond, dau of
and (nee ) FitzRedmond, b / /168x (
), d / /17xx ( ), bu , and had issue:-
[Lived: Queen Annes town, Prince George's County, MD ]
While the following is also of interest in this connection: (Provincial Court Records.
Liber P.L. No. 6, flio 426, June 10, 1730)
"This indenture made the tenth day of June anno domini one thousand seven hundred and
thirty between Margaret Macnemarra of the City of Annapolis, in Anne Arundel County,
Relict of Thomas Macnemarra, Esq., of the said place, deceased, of the first part, JOHN
BOYD, of Queen Annes Town in Prince George's County and ELINOR his wife of the second
"John Boyd, husband of Elinor Fitzredmond, who had inherited the part of Amphill
Grange from his father, was in the year 1743 granted by Lord Baltimore an estate known as
Castle Plains, adjoining the land called "The Forest of Needwood", now in
Frederick County, close to Washington County border.
This document suggests that they had land in Frederick County, Virginia in 1743 (but the
family research said that he died in 1720 - So is this 1720 date of his death wrong?) but
where this Castle Plains Estate was located with Frederick County or how far it may be
away from Martinsburg, VA
In the limited details I have for the family of this John Boyd (1620-1705) of England, I
could not see any John Boyd born in 1735. So the questions now becomes – “Could the John
Boyd (1735-1800) of Boyd’s Gap, Martinsburg, VA., have been a “relative” of the John Boyd
of Amptill Grange estate in Prince George's County, Maryland who had remained in
England until 1754?
So the final question is – “Has the DNA of these three Boyd families been compared and is
there any linkage?”
I look forward to the future discussion on this possible linkage.
Historical Committee, HBS