James can't be from the second marriage as it took place in Richland Co. OH from what
I can tell and James would have been placed with the Dunnings before John Boyd left
Hancock Co. OH. Plus John and Mary Fogelsang Boyd had a son James E. Boyd who was b. ca.
1845 Richland Co. OH. And if John and Mary had married in Hancock Co. OH why would they
have placed Jospeh with the Wards and James with the Dunnings? Mary would have been able
to care for them so no need to farm them out to other families.
I think what is in question is the exact date of Nancy Spence Boyd's death. I've
seen 1830, 1831 and about 1831. 1832 is about 1831 so James' birth could have been
what killed her. Plus we don't have John Boyd leaving Hancock Co. OH until at least
1834 if he is indeed the John Boyd that built the saw mill and grist mills in 1833 and
1834 (Brown's History of Hancock Co. OH attributes these mills to this John Boyd). It
seems as if quite a few of the dates concerning this family are off.
There was no parent information on James Boyd and Mary/Marit Lommmen's marriage
record. Nor would there have had to have been since they were both over 21 when they
married. Since James Boyd seems to have left Decorah IA before 1900 ( there is no death
record there even though his wife lists herself as widow in the 1900 census) I haven't
been able to track down where he might have died to see if his parents were listed on his
death certificate either.
From Brown's History of Hancock Co. OH, John Boyd was a Methodist
until his wife died, so there wouldn't have been a change of religions and no need for
a second marriage for them. Which I've never come across even when couples did change
From: Mike Boyd <mikejboyd(a)bigpond.com>
To: boyd <boyd(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:57 am
Subject: Re: [BOYD] John Boyd, b c 1805, in Hancock Co. OH 1830
From Phyllis Laborde's 1976 book I have this information for John
V1 John Boyd, b / /1799 (Martic Twp, Lancaster Co., PA), d / /18xx
(town, etc), bu , m / /1826 (church, town, county, etc),
Nancy Spence, of Mount Nebo, PA., dau of John and Anna (nee )
Spence, b / /1794 (town, etc), dc / /1831 (town, Hancock Co., OH), bu
, and had issue:- m 2ndly / /183x (church, etc), Mary Forelsong, dau of
and (nee ) Forelsong, b / /18xx (town,
etc), d / /18xx ( ), bu and had issue:-
SO MY GUESS IS that your James Boyd is from the second wife and not form
It was quite common that when your wife died, you married within a year, so
the second wife could look after the first family and house.
Boyd migrations to Iowa were also quite common, but I can't find any other
Boyds in Decorah or in Winnisheik County, Iowa. This County is on the
border with Minnesota.
Penni, with James being with the Dunning/Denning family in the 1840 and 1850
Ohio Census, might this data question his birth of April 1832. I would
doubt that he was from the second wife/family but could either be a twin to
Joseph or born the year before. So what data does his marriage on 11 June
1854 have on it about his Boyd parents?
With the uncertainty of the date of marriage between 1826 and 1829 - could
this mean that changed religions and were remarried in a different Christian
Church in 1829?
For your consideration