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The Illinois State Archives show a marriage record as follows:
BOYD, Charles T. LAWHORN, Sarah Spidel Shelby Co. Oct 29 1891
You may want to consider contacting the Illinois State Archives for a
copy of the record as it may give you some valuable leads for your
research. The following link will take you to the Illinois State
Archives webpage that will tell you how to obtain a copy of the record:
Another great place to research is the Shelby County Historical and
Genealogical Society. You can check their holdings at:
The FHL also has quite alot of information for Shelby County, Ill so if
you are researching long distance from Shelby Co;Ill....the FHL near you
would be a really good place to search. You can search the FHL catalog
and see just what records they have available for Shelby County:
Hope some of the above is helpful to you :-)
Karen from Ohio,USA
David Boyd, Revolutionary Soldier from South Carolina
1999 Pardon for Revolutionary Soldier Balances Scales
Family history research often uncovers interesting
tidbits about one's ancestors.
Revolutionary Soldier, David Boyd, is a case in point.
Boyd supported the patriot cause
as a soldier from SC & VA. He initially fought as part
of a VA unit and later helped
the Americans under several officers in strategic areas
of fighting in SC and GA. He
served under Col. Pinckney in the First Regiment and was
transferred to Col. Clarke
and sent to Augusta. During 1779, he was a footman with
Capt. Hugh Whiteside and a
horseman under captains Mills and Knox. Prior to the
fall of Charleston, Boyd saw
duty under the command of Col. Leroy Hammond. His
subsequent assignments were
with General Sumter in 1780, and captains George Cooper
and Hugh Knox in 1781
After the Revolution, David Boyd settled in Old
Washington County, GA. His property
was later cut into Montgomery and Tattnall counties. This
veteran's unusual story
begins in 1791, and concerns an argument with a
neighbor. The History of Old
Montgomery County, GA to 1918 by Robert S. Davis, Jr.
mentions a January 1792
court case in which Boyd was tried for "cattle stealing."
The cow in question belonged
to John Moses, one of David Boyd's neighbors.
According to the court records mentioned in Davis's
compilation of Montgomery
County records, Boyd and Moses had the same livestock
brand and had an argument
some time prior to the theft charge. In January 1792, a
jury of his peers found David
Boyd guilty of having the cow in his herd, but asked the
judge for mercy during the
sentencing phase of the trial. Jury members included:
William Cooksey, Reuben
Dickson, Isaac Brown, Richard Bassett, Alexander Tenner,
David Glenn (foreman),
David Fluker, Simon Salter, John Evans, William Collens,
John Campbell, and William
The exact verdict read: "We find the Prisoner guilty but
we heartily recommend him
Instead of showing mercy, the judge, whose name is not
listed anywhere on the court
documents housed in the Telamon Cuyler Collection at the
University of GA,
sentenced David Boyd to serve almost a month in jail, as
well as other punishments.
Those other measures of punishment included 2 hours in
the stocks and pillory at the
end of the jail time and a beating on the back with 39
lashes before returning to jail
for this procedure to be repeated over 2 successive days
for a total of 117 lashes and
6 hours in the stocks. The judge ruled that Boyd should
also be branded on the
shoulder with an R, for "rustler." Following these
indignities, David Boyd was to pay
a fine and be released.
David Boyd requested a pardon from Governor Edward
Telfair, firmly maintaining his
innocence and his desire to prevent such public
humiliation for his family and himself.
Forty-eight men, who knew him well, attested to David
Boyd's innocence in this
criminal activity as they compiled a separate petition
requesting a pardon. The Robert
S. Davis, Jr. book about Montgomery County erroneously
excludes several names of
petitioners. The Telamon Cuyler Collection at UGA does
have the complete list of 48
petitioners, who asked Governor Edward Telfair for mercy
in David Boyd's case in
One of the 1792 petitioners who signed on behalf of Boyd
was Jared Irwin, who 4
years later would serve the first of his two terms as
Gov. of GA. Although Jared
Irwin did later bestow land grants upon David Boyd, there
is no known record of any
pardon that either Irwin or Telfair ever gave to David
Boyd. When Boyd descendants
learned of this ordeal endured by their ancestor, they
sought to right an injustice of
over 200 years ago. After compiling documentation to
augment their claims, they
petitioned the GA Board of Pardons and Paroles for a
pardon for their ancestor.
Modern-day petitioners maintained that David Boyd's 8th
against cruel and unusual punishment and excessive fines
had been denied him by the
judge's sentencing. The Bill of Rights went into effect
in GA on 15 December 1791
and Article VI, Section 2 of the US Constitution bound
states to enforce
While one could argue that news of the ratification of
the Bill of Rights probably
traveled slowly in 1792, the expectations of the
individual protections secured in
these first ten Amendments had been long-awaited.
Georgians knew that there would
be an amendment protecting against cruel and unusual
punishment. The judge in this
case should have sentenced David Boyd within
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles members reviewed
evidence submitted to
them and after 2 years granted a posthumous pardon to
David Boyd. This is only the
4th such pardon granted by the Board in its 56-year
existence, and the only pardon
ever granted by it for a criminal conviction in the 1700s
(GA State Board of Pardons
It was the Board's belief that in the "best interest of
justice," this Pardon should be
granted. State Pardon and Paroles Board members did not
address the issue of
violation of 8th Amendment freedoms, nor was David Boyd
's innocence or guilt
examined. The Pardon states that:
"While the determination and definition of cruel and
unusual rests with the climate
of the times, it could be argued that the sentence set
forth to be inflicted upon David
Boyd was indeed cruel and unusual punishment. It is fact
that records pertaining to
the final disposition of this case were destroyed by fire
in Sandersville, Georgia by
General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864 and no record
exists as to whether or not
the aforementioned sentence was indeed carried out."
On 25 June 1999, David Boyd received a "full and
unconditional pardon" from the
State Board of Pardons and Paroles. This action was "in
compliance with the
Constitutional and statuary authority" of the Board.
Board members who signed this
historic document included Chairman Walter S. Ray and
members Bobby K. Whitworth,
Garfield Hammonds, Jr., Dr. Betty Ann Cook, and Dr.
Eugene P. Walker (Pardon).
Although the 4th great grandson who initiated this pardon
effort now feels that he
can eat steak without feelings of guilt, the road to
achieving a pardon for his ancestor
was a rocky one. Friends and relatives had a field day
teasing this descendant about
his "cattle thief." Jesting by friends included their
renting cows and having cheese
mailed to the descendant. Gift of a black and white
large plywood milk cow also
initiated a request for a bill of sale from the
descendant. True irony lies in the fact
that the descendant's name is Russell.
As for David Boyd, whether punishment was administered,
or not, he lived in what
became Montgomery, then Tattnall county until his death
in the early 1820s. On 20
December 1793 appearing before Montgomery County Justice
of the Peace, Owen
Fort, David gave a sworn affidavit stating that he saw
Francis Spiva deliver to
Spiva's son-in- law, Sands Stanley, a slave girl named
Lucey. Apparently David's
sworn word still carried some merit.
This transaction and the registration of David Boyd's
brand on 2 Nov 1795, are on
file in an early GA brand book located at the GA
Historical Society in Savannah,
GA. David Boyd registered his brand as a "Swallowfork &
under (word is unclear) in
the left ear; and a Swallowfork in the right ear." Boyd
apparently realized the value
of having a registered brand that was uniquely his (GA
An affidavit by Dyer C. Sykes sworn on 18 May 1856,
before Tattnall County's
justice of the peace, Council Anderson, stated that
David Boyd and his wife, Sarah
Cauthorn Boyd, had been well-known to him. Sykes made
this statement to
corroborate the pension claims of David Boyd's two
surviving children, Aden Boyd and
Blansett Jones, who sought a pension as orphans of a
deceased Revolutionary Soldier.
Their pension application was denied since they were both
adults with families of
their own at the time of said application. Dyer Sykes
affirmed that David Boyd and
his wife Sarah had died in Tattnall County within a few
weeks of each other in 1823
or 1824 (#R1085). The 1820 Federal Census includes the
last documented census
entry for David Boyd's household in Tattnall County, GA
(Tattnall County, GA US
While this Revolutionary Soldier's story is unique, one
might ask why a Pardon was
even sought for a conviction of so long ago. The answer
is simple. Petitioners made
efforts to obtain a Pardon for David Boyd because they
believed that no stone should
be left unturned in securing a good name. To ignore this
travesty of justice was not
even an option. Finally, a Revolutionary Soldier's good
name has been vindicated and
the scales of justice are once again balanced after 207
years. Now, they pray that
David Boyd may rest in peace. He is gone, but his story
will never be forgotten.
Linda Ward Meadows
Dixie Chapter No. 2576 UDC, Recorder of Military Service
Major Philip Cook Chapter USD 1812 Vice President
Member General James Jackson GA NSDAR
National Board Certified History Teacher, Cook High
302 Val-Del Road
Adel, GA 31620
Ph. (229) 896-3591
Article VI, Section 2 of the US Constitution, 1789.
Boyd, David. SC & VA Pension #R1085.
Davis, Robert S., Jr. (1992). The History of Old
Montgomery County, GA to
1918 . WH Wolfe Associates: Roswell, GA.
Eighth Amendment, United States Constitution, 15 Dec
GA Brand Book. GA Historical Society, Savannah, GA.
(Reference acquired by
author 5 Dec 1986).
GA State Board of Pardons and Paroles. "David Boyd
Pardon." 25 June 1999.
GA State Board of Pardons and Paroles letters and
conversations with Walt
Davis and Kathy Richardson.
Hargrett Library's Telamon Cuyler Collection, MS 1170,
Box 42, Jan. 1,
1792-June 30 1792, Telfair Petitions. University of GA,
Tattnall County, GA 1820 US Census Index .Page 1. Line
Found this in 1900 census for Liberty Township, Barton County, Kansas.
Boyd, ? Born June 1864 Married 10 mon. Born Canada, Father Born Scotland, Mother Born Canada
Eva ? Born Aug ? Married 10 mon. Born Ind, Father Born Ind, Mother Born Ind
This family is not connected to me.
Eureka Township, Barton County, Kansas.
Boyd, William, Born Mch 1851, Ohio; married 18 yrs; father born Ohio; Mother ?
Mary C., Wife, Born Aug 1857, Ohio; married 18 yrs; Father Born Ohio; Mother Born Ohio
Edith B., daughter, Born Oct 1882, Illinois
Walter E., son, Born July 1884, Illinois
Ruby E., daughter, Born Nov 1886, Illinois
William I., son, Born Mch 1888, Kansas
Loyal J., son, Born Oct 1890, Kansas
The above William is a cousin to my Gr Grandmother, Sarah Jane Boyd, daughter of William Finley Boyd and Nancy Agnes Addy.
I do have a family photo of both of the above families.
Researching the Charles Boyd family. Delayed birth records says Charles was
31, born in MO, and a carpenter when son David was born in Herrick, IL. Sarah
J. Lawhorn Spidle was born in 1869 in Indiana. I haven't been able to go back
any further with Charles and need help.
Oh heck, I'm *elated* that I only had one "major" blooper this
year!....I think <g> That's a heck of a drop in my yearly "blooper
stats"... I've put our list members through tons of them per year in the
I do thank you very much for the kind words, they are very much
appreciated :-)...but I must say that all the fun that I am having would
not be possible without the generosity and patience of our list
administrator, and all the great list members, like yourself, who allow
me to just do my own thing. My thanks to you all for that...my husband
thanks you all too....'cause it keeps me out of trouble!<BG>
Gosh, what a small world! You have ancestors in the WPP (Witness
Protection Program) too!!? I would just love to locate their list of
participants....it would give me the "cha ching!" of contributions! LOL
So I'll keep lookin'... if you and our fellow list members will keep
postin' about the families you are lookin' for. Please do refresh my
memory every so often ...hint, hint....as I do have many senior moments
and therefore have a problem remembering who everyone is looking for :-)
Karen from Ohio,USA
I have found housecall to be very effective. I also, have bright.net as my
server and they have a junk mail filter that also, quarentines any mail
coming in with virus' attachments.
These have both been very helpful.
Jane in OH
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard G. Boyd" <RichBoyd(a)Core.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 9:57 PM
Subject: From Listowner
> I suggest to everyone who wants to know about some of these
> viruses, etc.....go to this web site.
> Key down to viruses on the left side of the page
> Rich Boyd, List Admin
> ==== CLANBOYD Mailing List ====
> Clan Boyd Trees Data Base
At least you are "BIG ENOUGH OF A SPORT" to admit to this error and can be
proud that you can say "IT'S ALL MINE!!!!!.
All seriousness aside, "CONGRATULATIONS" that you made it this far. I
"BLEW" my chances about the 2nd of January (and I am giving myself the benefit
of the doubt).
Keep up the good work as you have provided a lot of "INVALUABLE
INFORMATION" to this link and its subsribers. The subscribers should be
thankful that they have a wonderful, unselflessness person such as you to
provide the information that you have done. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A JOB WELL
DONE". Hopefully, you will provide me with some information one of these
days/years that will disprovemy theory that my GGrandfather was either: 1- an
alien(BIG GRIN) or 2: He was under the WITNESS PROTECTION PLAN!.
Once again, thank you for all the information that you have provided to
the link (sure wish I could find out something about my Boyds)(Wishful
> CLANBOYD-D Digest Volume 01 : Issue 338
> Today's Topics:
> #1 Re: Ireland Census [bschode <bschode(a)neo.rr.com>]
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> Subject: Re: Ireland Census
> Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 00:35:37 -0500
> From: bschode <bschode(a)neo.rr.com>
> To: CLANBOYD-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Hi Everyone,
> Well I finally did it<g>....made my yearly big blooper!....and I thought
> I was going to make it through the whole year without the *big* one! LOL
> The year of the Ireland Census that Richard posted about and has put on
> the Boyd Information Pages website is 1831 *not* 1813. I apologize for
> the error as it was not Richard's error, it was mine....all mine :-(
> Sorry 'bout that.
> Kind Regards,
> Karen from Ohio,USA
I suggest to everyone who wants to know about some of these
viruses, etc.....go to this web site.
Key down to viruses on the left side of the page
Rich Boyd, List Admin
The following family is my Boyd Family in Sydney, Australia.
1. Patrick Boyd, a shoemaker, married Jane McFarlane in 1842. * My great,
great, great grandparents. Patrick died 1862, Parents listed as Alexander
Patrick may have been the brother of Alexander who married Susannah Green.#
Children of Patrick and Jane Boyd:
Martha (b 1840)
Grace (b 1842)
Samuel born 26th September, 1845. He was baptised on 10th June 1846 in the
Parish of St Andrew Scots Church Sydney, County of Cumberland NSW (Reg. no.
5913 Vol:45C) Died 1920. * My great, great grandfather.
Ruth E (b 1850)
Margaret (b 1852)
John F (b 1859)
Jane (died 1871)
2. Samuel Boyd married Mary Senior on 11th January, 1868. They were married
at 41 Burton Street Balmain. Samuel was a boilermaker and lived in Cooper
Street. Mary Senior lived in Darling or Dowling Street, Balmain.
Children of Samuel Boyd and Mary Senior:
Alexander (b 1870 d 1871)
Henry T (b 1871 d 1929)
George Senior (b 1874 d 1944)
George Senior Boyd married Sophia Mary Boyd in 1908. Sophia's birth, in
1878, was registered originally under her mother's maiden name Charlotte
Jones (as Sophia Mary Jones) but was later registered (1908) as Sophia M
Boyd, with father listed as William John Boyd (b 1850). William's parents
were Alexander Boyd and Susannah Green (m. 1838).
William (b 1876)
Albert D (b 1878)
Herbert Stanley Watson Boyd (b1880) in Balmain. d 1934 * My great
Arthur D (b 1883)
Robert H. (b 1885)
Grace E (b 1887)
Thomas (b 1889)
3.Herbert Stanley Watson Boyd, an Ironworker's assistant of 17 St Andrew's
Street, Balmain, married Janet McSparran, a domestic servant of 15 Cooper
Street Balmain on the 9th May 1904 at The Manse, Presbyterian Church,
Balmain. The witnesses of the marriage were Sophie Boyd and Samuel Boyd.
Children of Herbert Boyd and Janet McSparran:
Stanley Clifford (b 1907# d 1931) He died of tuberculosis
Margaret Olive (b 1910# d 1939) * My grandmother. She died of
Jean Ellen (b 1916 d 1976#)
4. Margaret Olive Boyd married John Henry Rae (b. 1906) in 1927
(# to be confirmed)
I look forward to hearing from any Boyd relatives.
Rich, I am having the same problem. Only I do not know any of the contacts,
so far. Last one came into my mail check system with "Patterson, Sarah,
married Francis Boyd." I copied and pasted the email address and sent an
advisery that they have a virus problem.
Jane in OH
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard G. Boyd" <RichBoyd(a)Core.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 5:26 PM
Subject: From Listowner
> I am receiving messages that I suspect are viruses.
> I have received several lately -- the only difference is that there is a
> underscore prefacing the email address and a file is attached.
> In other words using my address it would look like this
> These are coming from familiar addresses so be very careful what you
> try to download.
> Rich Boyd, List AdMin
> ==== CLANBOYD Mailing List ====
> Boyd Family Information Page
I am receiving messages that I suspect are viruses.
I have received several lately -- the only difference is that there is a
underscore prefacing the email address and a file is attached.
In other words using my address it would look like this
These are coming from familiar addresses so be very careful what you
try to download.
Rich Boyd, List AdMin
Well I finally did it<g>....made my yearly big blooper!....and I thought
I was going to make it through the whole year without the *big* one! LOL
The year of the Ireland Census that Richard posted about and has put on
the Boyd Information Pages website is 1831 *not* 1813. I apologize for
the error as it was not Richard's error, it was mine....all mine :-(
Sorry 'bout that.
Karen from Ohio,USA
It is the 1813 Ireland census. Sorry for the confusion.
> Hello Rich~ Thankyou ,Thankyou for the info. I finally found my?
> Hamilton Boyd somewhere. At least I hope it is him. Do you have a
> legend for reading the parish? It has an address for him but I do not
> know where it would be. Also, Is it 1813 or 1831 census?
> This is the first that i have found anything with Hamilton Boyd in
> Ireland. All I know is that he came from there was in Canada and then
> went to Michigan. I do have information in Canada and Michigan but am
> looking for parents and siblings.
> Thank you again so much for posting that site.
> Emily Boyd Murray
Wow, Rich, that's some interesting arithmetic! One little problem I see, though,
is that if you go back just a couple more generations, you've got an ancestor
count that exceeds the population of the world TODAY. Makes it kind of hard to
work our way back to Adam and Eve! The answer, of course, is that there's a lot of
consanguinity out there, because of such things as multiple (sequential)
marriages, polygamy, cousin marriages (royal families were especially big on
this), and incest. It's no wonder that the occasional genealogist discovers that
he's his own grandpaw!
> Subject: Cheddar man
> Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 14:32:43 -0500
> From: "Richard G. Boyd" <RichBoyd(a)Core.com>
> To: CLANBOYD-L(a)rootsweb.com
> CHEDDAR MAN
> CLEAN GENES: DNA links teacher, 9,000-year-old "Cheddar Man"
> Did everyone see the article about the Cheddar man a couple on the History
> Channel (I Think) some days ago? According to an article, which was also in our
> local paper, Adrian Targett is a direct descendant of a 9,000 year old skelton
> found in 1903 near Cheddar Village in England. (Targett lives nearby and is a
> teacher) This represents 400 generations.
> I think that many of us, that is if we are descended from Europeans, are
> descendants from the "Cheddar Man". The reason: Well take your calculator out
> and start to add up the descendants of this one man (skeleton).
> You have four grandparents, 8 Great Grandparents, 16 gg grandparents, 32 ggg
> grandparents, 64 ggg grandparents, and keep doubling every generation up to 20
> generations which gives you 1,048,576 direct ancestors. And that is only 20
> generations--we have 280 generations to go. Run that through your computer and
> it means that this so-called Cheddar Man is ancestor to millions upon millions
> of us. Below is what I am talking about when I say I think that he is ancestor
> of many of us.
> You and your spouse 2 people 1 generation
> parents 4 people 2 generations
> grandparents 8 ancestors 3
> g grandparents 16 4
> gg grands 32 5
> ggg grands 64 6
> gggg grands 128 7
> grands 256 8
> grands 512 9
> grands 1024 ancestors in 10 generations
> grands 2048 11
> grands 4096 12
> grands 8192 13
> grands 16,384 14
> grands 32,768 ancestors in 15 generations
> grands 65,536 16
> grands 131,072 17
> grands 262,144 18
> grands 524,288 19
> grands 1,048,576 ancestors in 20 generations
> grands 2,097,152 21
> " " 4,194,304 22
> " " 8,388,608 23
> " " 16,777,216 24
> " " 33,554,432 25
> " " 67,108,864 26
> " " 1,342,177,???..............27 generations
> at this point my calculator doesn't have enough
> decimal points. But you get the picture.