Re Boyds in England, or anywhere else for that matter, it would be great if more of them
joined a Boyd DNA project. Those projects are successful and informative in direct
relationship to the number of participants.
BOYD-D Digest Volume 06 : Issue 32
#1 RE: [BOYD] Fw: [PACEN] 1920, Blair ["Karen" #2 irregular marriages
["Mandy Buchanan" #3 Any English Member on ths list ["Mike Boyd"
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______________________________Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 09:22:38 -0500
From: "Karen" <diggingupbones(a)cfl.rr.com>
Subject: RE: [BOYD] Fw: [PACEN] 1920, Blair Co., Clayton J Boyd
And then you have my George and Mary Boyd from VA who had a son Alexander
who had a son George and a daughter Mary. The second George died in CA. They
did like the patriotic names didn't they?
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Subject: [BOYD] Fw: [PACEN] 1920, Blair Co., Clayton J Boyd
The same with this one.
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From: "Jennifer Lugus"
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Subject: Re: [PACEN] 1920, Blair Co., Clayton J Boyd
BOYD, CLAYTON C (1920 U.S. Census)
PENNSYLVANIA , BLAIR, 4-WD ALTOONA
Age: 28, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: PA
Series: T625 Roll: 1538 Page: 147
Clayton C., head, 28, M, Fireman/Steam Railway
Caroline C. wife, 24, M,
Evelyn dau, 5
William C. son, 3 3/12
Marion I. dau, 1 7/12
Clayton rents home at 1210 Sixth Avenue
BOYD, GEORGE W (1920 U.S. Census)
PENNSYLVANIA , BLAIR, WOODBURY
Age: 73, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: PA
Series: T625 Roll: 1540 Page: 247
George W., head, 73, M, Laborer/Stone Quarry, owns home free/clr.
Mary C., wife 59/69, M
Edgar, son 20, S, Laborer/Paper Mill
Raymond ,son 16, S, Laborer/Silk Mill
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Subject: [PACEN] 1920, Blair Co., Clayton J Boyd
> Clayton Boyd was the son of George And Mary Sias Boyd. He was born about
> 1890. Possibly located in Woodbury Township. Any information would be
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______________________________Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 16:50:15 -0000
From: "Mandy Buchanan" <mysticmandy_gingerwitch(a)hotmail.com>
Subject: irregular marriages
Just to expand a bit further on the above concept.
These happened all over the borders of England and Scotland from 1754 (ish -
Hardwicke Marriage Act) to 1855 when Civil Registration first came to
Scotland. The heaviest numbers happened between 1837 and 1855 - which is the
period when English Civil Registration started. Mostly people went across
the border because the cost of a marriage in those circumstances was minimal
and they normally had some connection with the area.
The most famous place was Gretna Green but for those living in the west of
Northumberland, most went to Coldstream, where you can still see the
marriage house just over the bridge from Cornhill on Tweed, and which is the
border between England and Scotland. There were other places but I cant
bring them to my mind just now.
Some famous people went across the border to Gretna, the one most celebrated
in this area was Bessie Surtees who climbed out of the window and rode off
into the night. She lived on the Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne and the house
where she lived is preserved and is open to the public during the day as a
museum. I haven't looked but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a website
somewhere which will tell you all more.
Irregular marriages came to an abrupt halt in 1855/56 when the law in
Scotland was changed. Try looking at the GENUKI website for more details of
borders marriages, I am sure that Brian Pears will have put something on
there on the Northumberland pages.
Most records for these marriages have been lost. I only found mine as it was
announced in the contemporary Berwick Advertiser. I had been searching for
their marriage for about 15 years and was looking for something else when I
Most couples did not elope across the border as is the romantic notion. In
my family it seems to have been a rebellion against the church in Lesbury
refusing permission for the church in Alnmouth to carry out marriages.
Hope this helps a bit
Cheers Mandy Buchanan
______________________________Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 08:43:41 +1000
From: "Mike Boyd" <mikejboyd(a)bigpond.com>
Subject: Any English Member on ths list
Perhaps it is time for our English Cousins to introduce themselves. Saying what they do,
where they live and most important what are their origins are and where their Boyd branch
While a number of Boyd branches moved out of Scotland,as early as the 1400's we have
no hard knowledge when may of these may have migrated.
In the 1700's there seems to have been a movement from SE Scotland down into NE
England. Areas like Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire. While I know that a number of
families went to the Liverpool area. I can't recall if that was late 1700's or
1800's. These could have been working in the textile industries. Certainly there would
have been those moving to work in the factors of the new Industrial Age in Northern
Then you have Boyds who were soldiers and may have settled in England after service. Or
those in Church service as ministers who could have come to various parts of England.
While I know that their were an number of members who went into the East Indies Company
service. So they may have today, a number of families may have been attracted to London -
both those with money and those wanted to find work.
Certainly over recent years, when I have been looking at the IGI, it is surprising to see
in the 1700's or even 1600's Boyd entries in English Counties that you would not
expect to see them.
I am sure that the Editor of Dean Road would welcome an query or two from you and even
better a short article about your Boyd Branch. We can't leave it to only our America
cousins to supply articles for Dean Road.
Historical Committee, HBS