To Kim and others:
, The Will of William Boyd, Bedford county, Virginia, 1760
From Bedford Deed Book I, (1754-1762) pages 397-398
Dated Oct. 18, 1760
William Boyd of Flat Creek in the county of Bedford To my dearly beloved Wife Elizabeth an
equal part of my real and personal estate with my children as named; John, James, Robert,
Francis, Joseph, Lettice, Elizabeth, Rhoda Ann, and Martha, and I do order that all my
lands and improvements be sold when my son John comes to the age of 21, with all my
cattle, hogs, household goods and working tools and then divided in equal parts as above
mentioned and given to my children aforesaid when of age.
Executors: My wife Elizabeth, Robert Russel and Stephen Goggins
Witnesses: Thos. Pittman, Jno. Thompson and Mary Russel.
Proven: March 23, 1761 by oaths of John Thompson and Mary Russel.
Executors: Elizabeth Boyd, Robert Russel, and Stephen Goggins. Security Christopher
(Note: in the list above there is no comma between "Rhoda" and "Ann")
Appraisal returned April 27, 1761
Edwin’s note: I know of no relation of this family to my Margaret Boyd Irvin who lived on
the far eastern side of the county on the Little Falling river. Flat Creek is due south of
Lynchburg, near present day Evington. There was a whole family of Irvines living as
neighbors to this William Boyd. Old Christopher Irvine and his two sons, David and William
witnessed several documents of William Boyd. The sons of David became later famous as
indian fighters at Boonesborough, Kentucky and helped found Lincoln/Madison counties. Some
of my network of Irvin researchers believe my orphan Christopher Irvin descends from these
Flat Creek Irvines but I think not. And my DNA results seem to confirm this.
For you William Boyd researchers, I would be very cautious here. There were "other
Boyds in the county that are not named in the will. Alexander and Andrew "Boyde"
are two I can think of. Alexander Boyde may have been a merchant of some type. He bought
two half acre lots in New London, which was the old original county seat. I do not know if
Alexander and Andrew were related to the William Boyd who died in 1761 or if they were an
entirely different family. To further complicate matters, there may be "another"
William Boyd in Bedford who appears much closer to my Little Falling River Irvins. I have
From Bedford Deed Book I, page 142, recorded Sept. 26, 1757
Deed from William Boyd of Prince Edward County, to George Caldwell, 100 acres lying in
Bedford county on both sides of Little falling river for 50 pounds. Land was originally
granted to James McDavitt (McDavid?) by patent and thence by order of McDavitt’s will,
conveyed land to John McDavitt and thence by deed to Wm. Boyd.
Edwin’s note: This could possible be the same William Boyd of Flat Creek who died in 1761
but I tend to think not. I could be wrong. The Falling River William Boyd has puzzled me
for years. The Caldwells and the McDavids were founding families of the historic
"Caldwell Colony" of Presbyterian Dissenters in early 1740’s who settled on Cub
Creek in now Charlotte county, then Brunswick/Lunenburg county. This famous Colony is just
a few miles from the Little Falling River and the eastern boundary of Bedford/Campbell.
Note the William Boyd "of Prince William County". So we look at the deed books
of Prince Edward county. Prince Edward county, by the way, is where my unproven direct
ancestor, Christopher Irvin died in 1760. His estate was witnessed by one John
"Erwin", which I believe to be deceased Christopher’s brother and husband to
Margaret Boyd Irvin who lived on the Little Falling river.
From Prince Edward Deed Book I, page 81b
March 8, 1757, from George Caldwell of the Parish of St. Patrick in Prince Edward, to
William Boyd of same, for 10 pounds , a certain tract of land on the branches of Buffalo
River, about 208 acres bounded by Henry and Thomas Caldwell. Signed George Caldwell.
Edwin’s note: These are most probably Presbyterians. The "Buffalo Settlement"
was a sister colony and Church of the more famous Cub Creek Church. Buffalo was settled a
few years after Cub Creek, probably late 1740’s? Most of Cubb Creek and Buffalo came from
Pennsylvania. The original founder, John Caldwell, was an elder of the Chestnut Level
Church in Drumore Twp, Lancaster county. In 1738, Caldwell petitioned the Synod of
Philadelphia, and the Synod then petitioned Governor Gooch of Virginia, for permission for
a colony of "dissenters of the Presbyterian persuasion to settle in the backwoods of
Virginia". Gooch assented. Virginia was not as tolerant as the Penns but land was one
third the price.
This William Boyd of Prince Edward may have never actually lived in Bedford. He may just
have been "flipping" the land. I suspect the William Boyd of Flat Creek in
Bedford was a Scotsman for he lived in a mostly affluent "Scottish Settlement"
of merchants and "gentlemen" and most of them seemed to have conformed to the
Church of England, The Little Falling River was generally the "Irish Settlement"
Who knows? Maybe someone can sort some of this out. On the Boyd DNA page, I have seen a
John Boyd, born in Bedford county, Va. in 1769. This may be a grandson of Flat Creek
William Boyd?? As to Alexander and Andrew Boyde, I have no clue. ‘Aint genealogy grand?