I will send part of my reply to you back through the Boyd-l Net group, so others may be
able to help you as well.
I think your first task is to find the death records for Robert H Boyd. You can do this
several ways from the information that you have supplied. Firstly to get Lucy Jane
Boyd's death certificate of 1912. For this I assume you will need to go to the
Sebastian County clerk's Office. If you can get that it should tell you if he was
already dead and perhaps when he died. This would allow you to go back through the various
Census from 1910 to earlier times. Secondly when you get Lucy Jane Boyd's date of
death and where, you may be able to look at the local Newspaper to see if there is an
account of her death and if it gives any account of Robert H Boyd. If you do not live in
that area, you may like to ask the Net group if someone can do an look up for you.
Your second task may be to get birth certificate of their son, William Henry Boyd in 1872
in Texas. This date would suggest that he was the eldest child or one of the elder
children. This should give his mother's maiden name. That may allow you to search
online with the IGI with both parents name to look for other siblings. (Once you get
those, it maybe worth posting these to the group to see if you can make an other links
with this family.) If the various Census tell you where Robert and Lucy have lived back to
1870, you may be able to go the Microfiche for those States in the IGI and go through them
manually to see if you can find any children born to Robert and Lucy. (If you know the
names for William Henry Boyd's children, I would look under those first to see if you
can get any other siblings for him.) You may find that Robert's second name was Henry
as well. You could expect children about every two years.
The third task: With Robert's father being either Fillmore or Tillman. These are two
very uncommon Boyd names. Others on the Net group should recognise these quickly if they
are family names in their Branch. I understand that there was an US President Fillmore in
1851. Did he come from Indiana? And can you find out which County he came from as
Robert's grandfather may have been friends with him and therefore named his son after
him. Secondly, if the name was Tillman Boyd, I could not find any Tillman Boyd as such but
did find that an Tillman married an Boyd.
"Vital Records, Tennessee, 1750-1890 > page 315 > [p.315] Copied from the
family Bible of Mrs. T. A. Boyd (Martha Shook Wilson), Route 3, Box 157, Nashville, Tenn.,
by (Miss) Mary Elizabeth White, 2106 Twenty-first Ave., South, Nashville, Tenn. This Bible
was printed in 1730. >
MARRIAGES > page 315 > Asa Tillman and Mary Boyd, married Sept. 14, 1824. "
Unfortunately, this does not given the County in TN that they came from. I do not think
that this could be your link, as it is 6 years after your estimated birth for your
Could the TILLMAN be STILLMAN? In the family of James Boyd (b 1732), 10th child of Robert
Boyd and Margaret Thompson, who came to America in 1756 and is the subject of the book The
History of the Boyd Clan and Related Families by Frederick Tilghman Boyd Ph. D., 1962, it
covers the children of one of the sons of this James Boyd who was:-
Joseph Coffin Boyd, b 23/7/1769 (Newburyport), d 12/5/1823, m 24/1/1796, Isabela
Southgate, dau of Judge Robert Southgate of Scarboro, Maine, b 17xx, d 18xx, and had
[Lived: of Portland, Maine USA ]
This Joseph Boyd had two of his 15 children called:-
T1 Samuel Stillman Boyd, b 27/5/1807, d /5/1869, m 15/11/1838, Catherine Charlotte
Wilkins, of Natchez, Mississippi, b 18xx, d 18xx, and had issue:-
[Lived: of Natchez, Mississippi ]
- A Judge.
T2 Robert Stillman Boyd, b 18xx, d 18xx,
As I have not seem this book, I am not sure where the other 13 were born and if any others
were also called Stillman Boyd. You will need to see if you can get an copy of this book
to see if any of this family may have gone to Indiana. I know that some members of this
family are on the Net group and some even have this Frederick's book, so they may be
able to do an look up for you.
I am not sure if others may have any views on this possible link to your family, but it is
the closest that I can come to it for you. You may need to ask the group if you can send
them a scanned copy to individuals of this entry or original data, so that they can make
an judgement for you over the hand writing. The other alternative is that the clerk doing
the original writing made an mistake with his first name. You may need to go to the US
Census for both Indiana and Arkansas to see if you can pick up "Tillman Boyd" in
the 1850 Census. I understand that this was the first year that individuals were listed in
the Census, so it should allow you to link the father with Robert H Boyd. It may also tell
you a little more about Robert's fathers family - names ages etc. This would then
allow you to go back through the earlier Census which only had Head of the Household to
see how his father's name was written in those years. I assume that you have tried an
google search on the Til!
lman Boyd name?
Finally, I was interested in your comment "the large influx of Boyds in 1851."
This is the first time that I was aware of any such migration to the USA in 1851 of Boyd
families. From the 340 Boyd families that I have collected over the last 20 years, I have
noticed some periods where a number of Boyd families seem to have come to America, but
this was not one of them. Are you able to expand on this please and share it with the
whole group. I am sure that the Editor of Dean Road would also be interested on this
aspect, so it can go to those members not on the Net.
If you have not looked at the County history for Carroll County, Arkansas (which was
formed in 1833), it may be also worth looking at that to see if Robert's family is
mentioned. I do not know what the title of the history is but I am sure your local library
should be able to find it out quite easily for you.
I am sorry that I can't be of any more direct help to you at this time, but hope that
the details you have given will allow others on the Net to make a more positive link to
Historical Committee, HBS
----- Original Message -----
From: Justin Boyd
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:16 PM
Subject: Robert H. Boyd born in Carroll County, Arkansas
Lauren passed along your name as someone who might have some information on my line of
BOYDs. The following has been posted on Ancestry.com
Robert H. BOYD married Lucy Jane. Robert was born about 1842 and Lucy Jane about 1852.
They lived in Carroll County, Arkansas. Lucy Jane was buried near Greenwood, Sebastian,
Arkansas. She died about 1912.
The trail becomes cold with Robert H. BOYD's father. The census data suggests either
Tillman or Fillmore BOYD born in Inidana 1818. This indicates that my BOYD line came to
the United States prior to the large influx of BOYDs in 1851. All of the BOYDs in this
line seem to be farmers until William Henry BOYD born in Texas in 1872. William Henry BOYD
worked as a coal miner in Sebastian County, Arkansas. The International Genealogical
Abstracts did not show a Fillmore or Tillman in Indiana.
Any help regarding Lucy Jane's maiden name, Robert's death/burial and/or
Robert's parents would be appreciated.
Any other help or insight into my line of BOYDs would be appreciated. Thanks ahead of
time for any insight.