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To return to the history of the Boyds. Sir Thomas, who was slain by
Stewart of Darnley, left, as we have said, two sons, namely, Robert,
his heir and Sir Alexander, a man, as Drummond says. "singular for
his education abroad and demeanor at home," to whom was entrusted the
young prince, afterwards James the Third, "to be bred in knightly
Robert, the heir of Sir Thomas, was a man more eminently disting-
uished than any of his predessors. In 1459 he was made lord of
Parliament by James the Second. He afterwards filled the office of
Lord Justiciary of Scotland, and was also, in 1464 and 1465,
ambassador to England. But the elevated position he had attained drew
down upon him the envy of other nobles. He was accused, along with
his brother Alexander, of having carried the young King James the
third from Linlithgow to Edinburgh, there to "enter upon the regal
government" while he was yet in his minority. For the investigation
of this matter a Parliament was called in 1466; but the Boyds, even
by the King himself, were declared to have been only companions in
that journey, and therefore innocent of all crime. A decree to this
effect was registered among the Acts of Parliament.1 In the same
month Robert Lord Boyd was constituted regent, and intrusted with the
defense of the King and the charge of his brothers and sisters,
besides the command of all the fortresses and places of importance in
the country. Boyd was now at the summit of distinction; and, dazz-
led," as Drummond says, "with the golden sun of honor, to lay more
sure the foundation of his greatness, he joineth in marriage Thomas,
his eldest son, a youth of extraordinary endowments both of mind and
body, with Margaret,2 the Kings eldest sister, not long before
designed by her mother to have been given in marriage to Edward,
Prince of Wales." By this union Thomas gained considerable wealth,
and was created Earl of Arran. He was also honoured by being sent to
Denmark, with a magnificient retinue, to bring home Margaret, the
daughter of Christian the First, who, in accordence with a previous
treaty between that monarch and the Court of Scotland, was to be
given in marriage to the young king. But earthly possessions and
honors, however extensive and dazzling, are not always the source of
solid happiness: it proved so in the case of the Boyds. The rude
nobility of those days grumbled at the advancement they had made, and
studied to overthrow them; and even the common people testified their
dislike to the state of affairs by frequent repinings. In a short
time the affections of the king also were weaned from the Boyds by
1. The King of his own accord declared in Parliament that what Lord
Boyd had done, was not of himself, but at the King's own desire, and
what he esteemed good service, and more worthy of reward than
censure, which he offered to confirm by a decree of the states, which
was immediately made and registered on the 18th of October, 1468, and
an extract made out, and confirmed by letters patent under the Great
Seal. It is not clear upon what account this pardon did not operate
an absolvitor to the Boyds; whether it was owing to their being
refused an extract, or the priviledge of the record on the trial, and
so could not plead it before the Parliament, or that it was pleaded
and judged ineffectual. Buchanan insinuates the last and imputes it
to an evasive distinction suggestion by priestcraft, Buch. hist. lib.
12-29"--Staggering State of the Scots Statesman, by John Scot of
2. She is called Mary by other writers.
the insinuations of their enemies. At length a Parliament was called,
and Robert Lord Boyd, and his brother Sir Alexander, were summoned to
answer such charges as might be brought against them. According to
the historian of Hawthornden, whom we have already quoted, Lord Boyd
appeared on the day appointed for his trial, with a considerable
number of his friends and vassals, in arms, for the purpose of over-
rawing the nobles of the Court; but finding, by private intel-
ligence, that they were bent upon his ruin, he fled into England.
His brother, Sir Alexander, "arrested by sickness," and trusting in
his innocence, appeared before the Parliament. The removing of the
king from Linlithgow to Edinburgh (the principal crime with which
they were charged) was declared to be treason; and in defiance of the
Act of Parliament, passed in 1466, in favor of the Boyds, they were
all found guilty, condemned to be executed, and had their lands for-
feited. Alexander suffered accordingly on the Castle Hill of Edin-
burgh in 1469; and Thomas, Earl of Arran, and his father, were de-
clared rebels, notwithstanding the former being absent on his mission
to Denmark.1 Lord Boyd, on hearing of the dismal fate of his house,
died of grief soon afterward at Alnwick.2
The King still continued to cherish feelings of dislike towards the
Earl of Arran, who, it would seem, knew nothing of these transactions
till he arrived in Leith Roads with the royal bride. He was then
apprised of the state of matters by his Countess, who had contrived,
by disguising herself, to get on board before he landed; and ac-
companied by her, he immediately returned to Denmark, to avoid the
impending danger. The king, however, pretended friendship to his
sister, the Earl's wife, and by flattering letters which he caused to
be sent to her, encouraged her to return to Scotland. His solic-
itations at length she obeyed, in the hope of obtaining the pardon
and favor of her royal brother for her husband, to whom she was
tenderly attached; but instead of meeting with a kindly welcome, she,
as stated in Chapter II, was kept in confinement in the Dean Castle
during the life of her husband;3 and her marriage, for reasons
which history does not very satisfactorily explain, was declared null
and void. Her husband died at Antwerp, where a tomb, bearing "an
honourable inscription," was built to his memory by Charles Duke of
Burgundy. Soon after his death she married (by Compulsion, it is
1. Some of our modern historians state that the trial of the Boyds
and the execution of Sir Alexander took place after the arrival of
the Earl of Arran with the Danish fleet. In our account of the matter
we have been guided by Drummond, Buchanan, and other old writers.
2. A daughter of this nobleman--the Lady Elizabeth Boyd--was married
to Archibald, fifth Earl of Angus, and was the mother of the old
Scottish poet, Gavin or Gawin Douglas, who was sometime Bishop of
Dunkeld, and author of King Hart, The Palice of Honour, Etc. as well
as a metrical translation of Virgil's Aenid, remarkable as "the first
version of a latin classic into any Bristish tongue." He was born at
Brechin about 1474, and died of the plague at London in 1522. "He
was an honour," says an eminent critic, "alike to the Episcopal bench
and the Muse of Scotland.
3. Drummond says: "Instead of having access to her brother (the king)
she was kept at Kilmarnock, the chief House of the Boyds, as in a
free prison;" and in Grose's Antiquities of Scotland, it is stated
that she was confined in Dean Castle till the death of the Earl.
said) the Lord Hamilton, to whom the Earldom of Arran was then given.
Several years after the death of the Earl of Arran the Lordship of
Boyd, together with the lands of Kilmarnock and others in the County
of Ayr, were restored to his only son, James; but a more gloomy fate
than even that his father awaited him, for he was slain in 1484,
while yet a young man, in some petty feud, by Hugh Montgomery of
Eglinton, and his extensive possessions returned to the crown. The
estate was afterwards given to Alexander, son of Lord Boyd who died
at Alnwick. All that we learn of this individual is, that he was a
great "favourite of King James the Fourth, who, in 1505, constituted
him Baillie and Chamberlain of Kilmarnock." His eldest son, Robert,
had the estate and honours of Lord Boyd restored to him in 1536, by
James the Fifth. From the statements of different writers he seems to
have been a man of strong resolutions and undaunted courage. In the
battle of "Glasgow Field," as some writers term it, fought about
1543, on a piece of ground now the site of the Infantry Barracks,
between the Earl of Lennox and the Regent Hamilton, during the
minority of Mary, he acted so brave a part as to turn the tide of
conflict in favour of Hamilton. "In the heat of the battle," says the
author of the Annals of Glasgow, "while victory was doubtful, Robert
Boyd, of the Kilmarnock family, arrived with a small party of horse,
and having valiantly thrust himself into the midst of the combat,
decided the fate of the day.... In this engagement there were about
three hundred slain on both sides. The Regent immediately entered the
city, and, being exasperated against the citizens, gave it up to the
soldiers to plunder, which they did so completely, that, having
carried away or destroyed every thing movable, they pulled down the
very doors and windows of the houses."
For thus periling his life in behalf of the Regent, Boyd was im-
mediately afterwards rewarded with additional honours, and was served
heir to James Boyd, son of the Earl of Arran, in 1544.1 Besides a son
he had a daughter who married one of the Montgomeries of Lainshaw;
but this connection seems not to have engendered feelings of friend-
ship, for we find that Robert, Master of Boyd, with Mowat of Busbie,
and others assassinated Sir Neil Montgomery of Lainshaw, at Irvine,
in 1547, through revenge for the death of his cousin, James Boyd,
who, as we have stated, was killed by Hugh Montgomery in 1484.
According to Robertson's Description of Cunninghame, this feud was
the cause of much blood being afterwards shed throughout the dis-
trict; and we are told by the historian of the Rowallan family, that
the Master of Boyd, for some time after the slaughter of Sir Neil,
durst not appear openly within the country "for feir of pairty," or,
in other language, from dread of the Montgomeries and their adher-
ants. A mutual agreement, we believe, was at last made between the
1. In the Appendix to the Historie and Descent of the House of
Rowallane, it is stated, that "Robert Boyd, Guidmane of Kilmarnock,
and Mungow Muir of Rowallane, entirit in the field of Glasgow, the
said Mungow being lairglie bettir accumpanied then the foirsaid
Robert; they behavit themselfe so valiantlie in that facht, that the
Duik Hammiltone, quho reckonit both his lyfe & honour to be preservit
be thair handis, maid the said Robert Boyd, Guidmane of Kilmarnock,
Lord Boyd, lyk also as he Revardit the said mungow Muir wt dyvers
Lord Boyd is said to have died in 1550, and at his death his son,
Robert, became fourth Lord Boyd. History characterizes him as a man
of integrity, and steady in his adherence to the unfortunate Mary,
Queen of Scots, in whose interest, with a considerable body of men
under his command, he fought at the battle of Langside, in 1568; and
he was one of the nobles, it is recorded, who formed a guard around
the Queen's person during the conflict. In the following year Lord
Boyd, with the Bishop of Ross, had a commission, under the hand and
signet of the Queen, to treat with Queen Elizabeth regarding "her
rebellious subjects in Scotland"1 But, for espousing the cause of
Mary, he "fell," says the Rowallan Memorandum, " in the disfavour of
the Regent Moray, and was commandit by the authority to passe affe
the country, with both his sons,: who had also, according to
Chalmers, been engaged in the same combat. He afterwards obtained
favour of James the Sixth, and was one of the commissioners appointed
in 1578 and 1586 to form a treaty with England. He died at the
advanced age of seventy-two, in the year 1589. An epitaph to his
memory may still be seen on a stone in the interior of the low
church, Kilmarnock. The stone, which was part of the old church, was
preserved by being put into the wall of the present building at its
erection in the year 1802. The epitaph is as follows:
Heir lyis yt godlie, noble wyis lord Boyd
Quha kirk & king & commin weil decoir'd
Quhilke war (quhill they yis jowell all injoyd)
Defendit, counsaild, governd, be that lord
His ancient hous (oft parreld) he restoird.
Twyis sax & saxtie zeirs he leivd and syne
By death (ye thrid of Januare) devoird
In anno thryis fyve hundreth auchtye nyne.2
It would appear that by this time the town of Kilmarnock had become a
place of some importance, for it was now erected into a Burgh of
Barony on the 12th January 1591 by a charter3 granted in favour of
Thomas, the fifth Lord Boyd, which was ratified in Parliament on the
5th June 1592.
Regarding the particular occupations of the inhabitants at the close
of the sixteenth century we have but little information.
1. This and another document, also under the hand and signet of Mary,
entitled "A Mandate for prosecuting a Divorce against the Earl of
Bothwell," were at one time among the Boyd Papers at Kilmarnock, but
are now deposited in the Register House, Edinburgh. They were both
dated at Wingfield, the one in May and the other in June 1569.
2. An abridged translation of this charter is given in the appendix.
3. Said to have been composed by Alexander Montgomery, author of The
Cherrie and the Slae, The Mindes Melodie, & etc. Montgomery was one
of our best early Scottish poets. The place and date of his birth are
uncertain; but it is generally believed that he was born at Hazelhead
Castle in the parish of Beith, about the year 1546.
It is probable, however, that several of the more primitive arts were
carried on to some extent. In the Town's Books there is reference to
"hose or stockings" being made in 1603; and bonnet-making, which is
supposed to have originated here, was doubtless, at this time, one of
the principal trades. About the year 1646 it was in a flourshing
condition, and fears seem to have been entertained by the followers
of the craft that it was then passing too rapidly into other hands.
In glancing over the charter of this venerable corporation, we find
that a court was "holden at kirkdyke, the twenty ane day of December
Sixteen Hundred and fourty seven years, by ane Noble Lord, James Lord
Boyd, John Cunninghame of Redlaw and John Mowat his Lordship's
baillies," and that about thirty bonnet manufactures "compared" and
complained of various others' servants, and servants leaving their
masters' work to do their own. At this court it was ordained that "no
servant or other person presume to take up work at their own hand
until first he be thought worthy by the Craft and have given in his
sey (trial piece) to them.
James, the eighth Lord Boyd, who granted the above mentioned charter,
was, to use the language of a genealogist of the family, "a man of
great worth and honour, and steady in his support of the unfortunate
Charles, for which the Usurper [Cromwell] fined him L1500." As we
formerly stated, it was during the life of this lord that that part
of Dean Castle, on which the Kilmarnock Arms are sculptured, was
erected. He was succeeded by his son William, who is mentioned as
being "a man of wit and learning," and much attached to royalty, for
which King Charles the Second created him Earl of Kilmarnock, 7th
August 1661." ( to be continued)
(c) Clan Boyd Society, International
Richard G. Boyd
Dean Castle, long the residence of the Boyd family, stands at the
distance of nearly a mile from Kilmarnock, in a northeast direction.
Its situation, though not the most romantic, can scarcely fail to
delight the admirer of the gentle as well as the magnificent in
nature. On the right and on the left the ground rises in pleasing
elevations, and hence, probably, the Castle derived its name, as the
word Dean, according to Dr Jamieson, signifies a small valley or
hollow where the ground slopes on both sides. Close by the Castle the
scene is enlivened by two little mossy streams, locally called the
Borland and the Craufurdland, which there meet and mingle with each
other, forming what is termed Kilmarnock water. (1.)
The view in the neighborhood, too, is considerably beautified by
several steep woody braes. From one of these, near Assloss, the
Castle presents a majestic and stern appearance. Though grey and bent
with years, it looks as if conscious of its strength, and as if
frowning defiance down the valley that stretches before it. From the
same eminences we have a glimpse of the town, with its towers and
spires, which give to it an air of importance; and the eye, ranging
still farther, rests delighted on the beautiful hills of Craigie, and
the more romantic heights of Dundonald. In early times, according to
oral tradition, a dense wood, which stretched itself behind and on
each side of the Castle, concealed it in a great measure from the
scrutinizing eye of the invader, and made it almost inaccessible to
strangers, save by the principal approach, which was from the south-
west, in which direction were situated the huts or hovels of the
vassals of the manor. In those days, therefore, this old baronial
stronghold was not only picturesque and secluded, but was secure in a
great degree from the attacks of neighboring chiefs, or of the more
ruthless hordes who sought to reduce the country to a state of
thraldom; for the alarm could readily be given by the vassals from
the glen, or by the warder, whose eye from the watch-tower could
distinctly descry every movement of advancing foemen.
The Dean consists of two separate towers of unequal height, and
appears to have been surrounded by a wall or rampart, part of which
still stands. The period at which either of the towers was erected is
unknown, but both bear the marks of considerable antiquity. Grose
supposes the higher one to have been built about the beginning of the
fifteenth century. In the wall of a lower edifice, and looking into
the court, is a stone, on which the family arms are sculptured, and
beneath which the words "James Boyd and Catherine Craik" were lately
legible; and these being the names of the Eighth Lord Boyd and his
lady, it has sometimes been conjectured that the whole of the lower
mansion was erected in their time, namely about the middle of the
seventeenth century; for the estate evolved on the eighth Lord Boyd
in 1640, and his death took place about the year 1654. This
conjecture, however, appears to be incorrect; for Pont, in his
Cunningham Topographized, which was written, as we have said, about
1609. speaks of both towers as then existing. That portion of the
building, therefore, on which the arms are sculptured, must have been
only an addition made by the eighth Lord Boyd. It also appears,
(1.) Grose visited the Castle, we believe, about 1789, and made a
drawing of it for his Antiquities of Scotland
from the same authority, that both towers are of greater antiquity
than supposed by Grose. Pont's words are: "Killmernock Castell. It is
a staitly faire ancient building, arrysing in two great heigh towers,
and bulte arround courteways, vith fyve low buldings; it is veill
planted, and almost environed with gardens, orchards, and a parke; it
belonged first to ye Locartts, lords thereof, then to the lord
Soulis, and now the chief dwelling almost for 300 zeirs of ye Lords
Boyde" It may also be mentioned that on another part of the lower
building the remains of two figures, a male and female, are or lately
were discernible; but no inscription describing them, or leading to a
knowledge of a date of this erection, can be traced.
As a place of strength, as well as a spacious manor-house, the Dean
appears to have been superior to many of the strongholds of our
Scottish barons of the olden time. The walls of the higher tower are
about nine or ten feet thick; the lower storey consists of several
dark vaulted rooms; and on the second flat is a large hall thirty-
eight feet in length, twenty-two in breadth, and twenty-six in
height. It has a finely ached stone ceiling, and is furnished with
stone seats, which jut out round the lower part of the walls, and
which, in all likeihood, were cushioned or covered with some kind of
cloth when the Castle was inhabited. From this apartment a short
passage leads to the trap-door of the dungeon or prison, which is
immediately beneath, in the center of the wall, at the north corner
of the tower. It measures fifteen feet by five, and must have been a
dreary place for the poor wight whose misfortune it was to be
incarcerated within it; for it had no aperture by which light or air
could be admitted, save a little oblong opening about three or four
inches wide; and even the little light that could thus enter had to
struggle down, in a slanting direction, through the wall, which is
about ten feet thick, ere it could soothe the prisoner with its
cheering influence. The dungeon has now a door broken into it from
the outside, and is or lately was, used as a milk house. Adjoining is
another gloomy apartment, which, it is probable, was also a place of
confinement. On the third flat there have been, apparently, two
chambers. These are now roofless and otherwise much dilapidated. One
of them, with a large window looking to the north, is said to have
been the chapel. in the walls of these rooms are two curious little
recesses. One of them, with two narrow loop-holes looking in
different directions, was, perhaps, used as a watch-house in times of
emergency. It has a small stone seat and a fire-place, but is so
contracted in its dimensions that a person can scarcely stand upright
within it. The other recess was probably a place for a bed, as there
were sometimes such conveniences in the walls of ancient Scottish
castles. The upper or attic storey has also contained two or more
rooms; and, crowning the eastern corner, there seems to have been
another watch-house, which must have commanded an extensive view of
the ajacent country. On the top of the walls, a walk or passage,
about four feet in breadth leads around the tower. It was faced by a
plain battlement or parapet, considerable portions of which yet
remain, and in which, here and there, are little openings. A narrow
spiral stair led to the various storeys; and the main entrance was by
an arched doorway, which is still entire, at the north-east corner of
In the lower tower, which was surmounted by an erection in the form
of a belfry, there have been at least four apartments above the
ground floor; but, except some small patches of plaster still seen on
the walls, nothing remains to give an accurate idea of their original
appearance. The most commodious part of the building is that oc-
cupying the space betwixt the two towers, and fronting the south. It
seems to have been the principal dwelling place connected with the
small tower, and has been lighted by spacious windows, which give to
it, even in the ruins, all the attributes of some ancient seat of
royalty, rather than the abode of a Scottish Lord in the days of
It is not unlikely--though history is silent on the subject--that the
Dean was sometimes beleaguered in the olden time, when chief con-
tended with chief, through a love of gain, a love of revenge, or a
love of glory. That such was the case is asserted, at least, by
tradition, which affirms that it was once or twice besieged, and that
every attempt to reduce it was altogether fruitless. The Castle, how-
ever, is not without its historical associations. Mary, the sister of
King James Third, and wife of Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran, was kept
for some time within its walls "as a free prison." It is also noted
for having been used as a garrison by Captain Inglis and his soldiers
in the dark days of the Persecution.
According to Pont the grounds around the Castle, as far back as the
year 1609, were well planted and adorned with "gardens and orchards."
The exact situation which these occupied, it would now be difficult
to ascertain. Within the remembrance of persons lately living, an old
pear tree grew on the beautiful green mound situated in what was
formerly called Paddock Park; and it is not improbable that one or
other of the gardens or orchards lay in that direction. At an early
period one of the little streams that form the Kilmarnock water
flowed it is alleged, between the mound and the smaller tower, and
joined the other rivulet on the south side of the eminence. The
scene, in a pictorial point of view, would then be truly interesting;
for the two Castles, towering proudly amid their woody enclosures,
with the braes rising gently on either side, and the water gliding
peacefully in the foreground, must have formed a picture at once
pleasing and imposing.
In 1735 the Dean was partly destroyed by fire. The lower Castle was
the principal scene of its ravages, marks of which we lately traced
on some of the wood connected with the mason-work. The fire was
occasioned by some flax being accidently ignited while in the process
of being cleaned or spun by one of the maid-servants. The Earl of
Kilmarnock (the unfortunate last Earl) was then on the continent, and
when on his way back to Scotland, had his attention directed to a
newspaper, in which was an account of the destruction, by fire, of a
Scottish mansion called the Dean, the particular locality of which
was not given. Fearing that it was his own Castle, he hastened home,
and found it reduced to a state of ruin. It may be mentoned that the
eminent scholar, James Moor, LL.D., author of a well-known Greek
Grammer, and sometime Professor of Greek in the University of
Glasgow, was, at the time of the burning, tutor in the family of the
Earl of Kilmarnock, and lost by the fire a "considerable stock of
books, which he had collected for his own use." The Dean was never
afterwards put into a habitable condition, in consequence, perhaps,
of the vast expense which its restoration would have required.1
1. The castle was restored by Sir Howard De Walden early in the 19th
century. [R.G. Boyd, 1995]
But though nearly a hundred and thirty years have passed away since
it suffered by the conflagration, it still presents, as we have said,
a bold, stately aspect; and, though now roofless and desolate, its
great strength may yet enable it to stand many centuries, an object
of interest to the admirer of the picturesque, the historical
inquirer, and the lover of hoar antiquity.
We may here add, that after the burning of Dean Castle the Boyd
family resided in Kilmarnock House, which is situated between St
Marnock Street and Nelson Street. This old mansion was, apparently,
built at different times. The original part of it is supposed to have
been erected about the end of the seventeenth century. The western
portion was in the course of being finished when the last Earl of
Kilmarnock took part in the rising of 1745-46, and, in consequence of
his connection with that unfortunate affair, the progress of the
work, it is said, was suddenly stopped. That such was the case would
appear from the fact, that when ingress was made into the large hall
(which had been shut up for a considerable number of years after the
above date), there were found within it the window frames, as if new
from the tools of the joiner, together with a tradesman's apron and
some shavings of wood.
The stately old trees with which the policies of Kilmarnock House
were adorned, previous to the formation of St Marnock Street, gave to
it a fine aspect of baronial dignity. One of these trees--a majestic
beech--grew, till lately, immediately at the back of the mansion;1
and a few others, which formed part of a woody avenue long known by
the name of the Lady's Walk,2 still remain along the line of Dun-
donald Road. This walk at a comparatively recent date, was a sweet
rural retreat, and must have been still more so at an earlier period,
when the Kilmarnock Water flowed, as it did, in a westerly direction,
below Waterside, leaving the grassy edge of the ridge forming the
walk, and giving to the whole scene an air of freshness and beauty.
But such are the changes which time and the spirit of commercial
enterprise have made, that only a faint idea can now be formed
respecting the appearance which Kilmarnock House and its environs
exhibited, even forty years ago. Instead of the lordly dwelling
rising in stately grandeur above the few humble, straw-roofed
cottages, which were then in the vicinity, it is now itself thrown
into the shade, by large modern structures erected near it; and its
quaint old rooms, once the abode of the titled and the great, are now
used for purposes connected with the Parochial Board--part of them
being occupied as offices by the Inspector of the Poor, and part of
them as the Ragged School.
1. The old beech tree alluded to was cut down on the 3rd of May 1859,
in consequence of being much decayed. It measured upwards of ten feet
2. So called, it is said, from being a favourite walk of the last
countess of Kilmarnock in her hours of sorrow after her unfortunate
M'Kays History of Kilmarnock, 3rd edition, 1864
The following letter was sent to me.
I found your family tree info on Rootsweb. I am searching for a David Boyd
that served with the 3rd Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War.
There is a hand written military document among my family's papers, dated
Nov 3, 1864, that shows a promotion for David Boyd and several others in
the regiment. If my description sounds like the David Boyd in your family,
I would be happy to email you a good quality color scan of the original
I am offering this because I know how thrilled I was to find that my family
had saved all these great historical documents. I know that the families of
other names that were mentioned in them would probably be glad to see them
I look forward to hearing from you about this.
I replied that I did not know of any of my Boyds serving in the Union Army
in Arkansas but that I would be willing to post her query and offer. She
> Thanks for the quick reply. I'm sorry, I realized after I
> sent the message that I did not specify that this David Boyd
> was in the UNION Army, 3rd Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry.
> The Boyds are not in my family line, but I would be very
> pleased if you would submit the document and my contact
> information to a list and/or group who should be aware of it.
> I will be happy to answer any questions I can about it.
> Thanks again.
> Karen Moon
> Tulsa, OK
This is the text file Karen sent:
Conley Family History Document: 1864mcelroyjh1103 transcribed by: Karen
Headquarters, 3rd Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry Lewisburg, Arkansas, November
Special Order No. 125 Extract
Upon the recommendation of their Company Commander the following named
non-Commissioned and Privates of Company "I", 3rd Arkansas Volunteer
Cavalry are promoted to fill the following vacancies of said company, viz.
Sergeant John H. McElroy to be Commissary Sergeant
Corporal James H. Ellis to be Sergeant
Private David Boyd to be Corporal
By Order of John J. Gibbons Capt. Co. "B" [unknown word] Regiment
W. C. Lee 1st Sergeant and Acting Adjutant
To: Commanding Office Co. "I", 3rd Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry
3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry
First Name Last Name Company Rank In Rank Out
John H. McElroy I 2nd Sergeant Quartermaster Sergeant
James H. Ellis I Corporal Sergeant
David Boyd I Private Corporal
As you can see by the chart McElroy went on to be promoted again to
Quartermaster Sergeant after receiving the promotion shown above. (Chart is
from the Civil War Soldiers database at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html)
Karen also sent me a copy of the actual document. I can send that copy if
the Boyd pages would like to post it -- or you can get it from Karen.
HOB #21 Life
The Paducah Sun - Paducah, Kentucky
Thursday, July 25, 2002
EDDYVILLE, KY--Services for James R. "Jim" Boyd, 79, of Valley Falls,
Kansas formerly of Eddyville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dunn's
Funeral Home in Eddyville. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery in
Old Eddyville. Mr. Boyd died Tuesday morning at a Topeka, Kan., hospice
He was the former executive director for marketing development and
advertising for Farmland Foods in Kansas City, Mo., until he retired in
Mr. Boyd was a native of Eddyville and a 1940 graduate of Eddyville High
School. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Falls.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Agnes Talley Boyd; three sons, Jeff
Boyd and Jim Boyd, both of Belleville, Ill., and the Rev. Jon Boyd of
Ottawa, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister. His parents were Thomas J. and
Imogene George Boyd.
Friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Thanx to Janie Downs
>Is this the same as the info on the Freedman's Bank Records cd put out
>by the LDS Church?
Sorry, I've only seen the microfilm and have no personal knowledge of
the contents of the Freedman's Bank Records on cd.....but the LDS
provides the following description of the CD so I would "assume" that it
is the same information....and they just made it much easier to search:
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company - on CD - Description:
"The Freedman's Bank was created to assist newly freed slaves during and
after the Civil War. The records cover the time period from about 1864
to 1871 and document the names and family relationships of those who
used the bank. While the information contained in these records is very
incomplete by normal genealogical standards, they are some of the very
few records that document these individuals and are a vital source of
information for those with African American ancestry. There are
approximately 480,000 names in the file, which have been entered in a
pedigree-linked GEDCOM format."
Karen from Ohio,USA
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company
The Company was incorporated by an act of Congress approved March 3,
1865, as a banking institution established in the city of Washington,
District of Columbia, for the benefit of freed slaves. The military
savings banks at Norfolk, Va., and Beaufort, S.C., were transferred to
the Company soon after it was founded. From 1865 through 1870 a total of
33 branches were established, including an office that was opened in New
York, N.Y. in 1866.
In 1874 the Company failed... The information contained in many of the
registers is as follows: account number, name of depositor, date of
entry,place born, place brought up, residence, age, complexion, name of
employer or occupation, wife or husband, children, father, mother,
brothers and sisters, remarks, and signature. The early books sometimes
also contain the name of the former master or mistress and the name of
the plantation. In many entries not all the requested data are given.
Copies of death certificates have been pinned to some of the entries. In
each case the certificate has been filmed immediately after the page
that shows the registration of the person's signature.
The registers are arranged alphabetically by name of state. The entries
are arranged alphabetically by name of city where the bank was located,
thereunder chronologically by date when the account was established, and
thereunder numerically by account number. Many numbers are missing, a
few are out of numerical order, and in some cases blocks of numbers were
not used. Many registers seem to be missing. The volume for
Philadelphia,Pa., dated January 7, 1870, to June 26, 1874, contains
signatures of officers of societies.
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company * Registers of signatures of
depositors 1865-1874: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York City, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington
D.C. - Microfilm of original records at the National Archives and
Records Service in Washington, D.C.; *Also on microfim at the LDS Family
Karen from Ohio,USA
Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church is hosting its 250th Anniversary the
weekend of September 21-22 at the Church just outside of Chester SC . There
were MANY Boyds who were members of this church. Several of you have asked
>From Rock Hill South Carolina:
Take I-77 south to Exit 65 (about 15 miles)
Take highway 9 north three miles
Take 909 to the right for two miles
At Millen Road - take a right 2.7 miles. There is a three ft. tall sign at
that intersection pointing to Fishing Creek.
Take I-77 north to Exit 65 (about 55 miles depending on where you get onto
Follow the directions above from there.
Thanks to Rev. David Stover of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church for the
Descendant of Rachel Boyd m. Leander Downing 1813 - both of Fishing Creek.
I have received some photos taken in the Santa Barbara,
California area of several Coast Guard buddies from 1944-1945.
Their names are D. R. KNOWLES, T. G. HOUSE, J. P. MORGAN,
C. V. BOYD, J. T. LAYMAN, P. R. COOK, G. L. RAMBO, O. D. COX,
M. L. McNUTT, W. H. LEGGETT, O. T. CRANFORD, L. A. KONOP, and
E. T. HUTCHESON. If anyone wishes copies of any of these
pictures, please e-mail
BRivard719(a)aol.com with Coast Guard
Pictures in the subject.
Reply to: Bert Rivard BRivard719(a)aol.com
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The following URL will give you an "abundance" of
Boyd names. When
you pull up this URL, just type the name "BOYD" in
search area. Has all
kinds of documentation. That is all I know as they
are NOT my Boyds.
This URL is for LAUDERDALE, ALABAMA WEB SITE,
however, it has BOYDS who
were born in different parts of the country.
John W. Boyd / (1)Wealthy H. Hathaway(2) Persis A. Buell/ NY
JOHN W. BOYD was born in Charlton, Saratoga County, New York, 15 Sep
1811. He was the son of JOHN L. BOYD, of Solon, Cortland County, in that
state. He received a common school and academic education, and spent his
early life in Cortland County, till 1844, devoted to farming, excepting
four years, in which he was engaged in mercantile business, at
Cincinnati, in that county. He settled in Wisconsin, at Geneva, Walworth
County, in 1844, where he has ever since resided; and has devoted
himself to agricultural pursuits. In 1846, he was elected as a
representative from the county of Walworth, to the first Constitutional
Convention, and served on the committee on the executive of the state.
He ranked among the substantial members of that body, exercising at all
times, a remarkable degree of common sense, a practical knowledge of
affairs, and giving constant attention to duties, rendered him a man of
large influence in shaping the organic law of the state. He was not what
might be termed a speech-maker, but he expressed himself on many
questions in a very clear manner, showing that he fully understood the
subjects under consideration. Few men were more popular with his
fellows, than was GENERAL BOYD. Mr. BOYD was commissioned as major
general of the militia of the territory, by Governor Dodge. After the
state government was formed, General BOYD was elected to the first state
senate, and served during the sessions of 1848 and 1849. He was again
elected in 1858, as a state senator for the term of two years. He
rendered valuable service in this body, and was esteemed as an able,
conscientious and influential member of the highest branch of the
legislative department. Being a man of retiring habits, he has shrunk
from prominent official positions, though his name has been frequently
mentioned in connection with the chief magistracy of the state; not,
however, through any movement or desire of his own, but through the
partiality of friends who knew his great worth. In his own town, he has
ever occupied a prominent position, honored and respected by all who
knew him. For some fifteen years, between 1860 and 1876, General BOYD
was a member of the board of directors of the Madison Mutual Insurance
Company, and was most of that time president of the company. He was a
very able and faithful officer, discharging every duty with marked
fidelity. General BOYD has been twice married, 10 Nov 1842, to WEALTHY
H. HATHAWAY, of Solon, New York; and again 09 Sep 1858, to PERSIS A.
BUELL, of Linn, Wisconsin. It is fortunate for any new country to have
men like General BOYD settle in it. Wisconsin has been largely benefited
from his counsel and labors in its behalf. His record is a worthy one;
every act of his life has been based upon principles of right; his
charecter has been exceptionally pure and honest; to deal out equal and
exact justice to all mankind has been his rule of action, and most nobly
has he lived up to that rule. At the age of sixty-nine, General BOYD is
full of vigor; and has every prospect of being spared yet many years to
bless his people. His life has been an honor to his race, and is worthy
of imitation by all. Without enemies, he is enjoying the sweets of old
age, that a well spent life is sure to bring, honored and respected by
all who know him.
Source: Memorial Record of the Fathers of WI, Tenney & Atwood, 1880, pp
Copy of letter to Edward S. Boyd - February 18, 1945
Your Grandfather, Thomas Parsons Boyd, was born August 18th, 1809. He
was the son of Thomas Boyd and Susannah Smith. The Boyds for two
generations before Thomas were farmers and lived up on old Shelburne
Hill, Massachusetts. Thomas was named for his father and Beulah Parsons.
Thomas Boyd with his children including Thomas Parsons, when Thomas
Parsons was 14 years old, removed from Shelburne to York, New York
having married Miriam Allis after the death of Susannah. They are buried
in the Griegsville Cemetery. I am of the opinion that Griegsville is but
a post office and village in the township of York, but am not sure.
About 10 years after going to NY State grandfather married Anna Steele
who was in East Bloomfield, New York a little east of Griegsville. She
was the daughter of Sergt. Elisha Steele of Bethlehem, CT. Thomas
Parsons was quite lame after I began to know him. Sometimes he used a
cane. He went south to Florida, bought land there and planted it with
oranges. About the time they got to bearing a heavy freeze wiped the
orchard out and he gave up although I think he spent several winters in
Florida. There was a chapel at Griegsville or near there where grandpa
was very much interested and I should say he was interested in the
church. I think Grace De La Vergne could tell you more about that. Her
address is: Mrs. M. De La Vergne, 46 Wyndham Rd., Rochester 12, NY.
A part of his Florida experience was to bring up some Osage Orange slips
or young trees which he planted on each side of the lane from the
Griegsville Highway to the house and through the farm as division
fences, where there were no stone walls, and believe me they made a real
fence. Neither horses, nor cattle or pigs tried to go through them and
Will had many scars when he tried it. No short cuts by trying to get
over the fence. The hedges grew so tall that when riding on loads of hay
or wheat we could just see over the tops of them. He told me I could
remember the size of his farm by the number of days in the year - 365
1/4 acres, but never could explain to me where the 1/4 acre came from.
He was a well read man and full of humor. I remember once when a very
small fellow he had me worried. He had been digging potatoes in the
garden back of the house and my job was to fill the basket, a bushel,
and carry it into the kitchen. He had me pile on more potatoes and
cautioned me not to let them fall off and he didn't see how I was to do
it. Another time he asked our father if we were disturbed by his music
during the night. He had heard some fellows rustling among the grape
vines on the wide verandah back of the house and he took his melodian
and carried it out on the verandah and entertained them for several
hours with gospel hymns. It was a bright moonlight night and they could
be seen when outside the arbor, being hidden when inside the arbor.
Towards dawn he shut up his melodian and told them they could go home
but he would rather if they needed grapes to have them come and ask for
them and he would give them all they wanted". Children of Edward and
1. Harmon Shove Boyd b. 24 Sep 1896 d. 14 Mar 1980 m. 1st Elizabeth
Ryder HOLDEN 4 Oct 1919 daughter of Wm. HOLDEN and Eliza RYDER. She was
born 7 November 1893 in Ashburnham, MA and died 5
February 1939 from tuberculosis. m. 2nd Estella S. ISHAM daughter of
Austin ISHAM. She died 17 Mar 1989 in Orlando, FL of a heart attach.
Harmon and both wives are buried in South Cemetery, Woodbury, CT. [JBD]
2. Anna B. Boyd b. 30 Sep 1898 d. 1989 Florida m. Payl Hyde HARBACH
1 Mar 1923 Meriden, CT of Southbridge, MA
3. Burton Steele Boyd b. 28 Aug 1903 d. 5 Sep 1978 Died in
Southington, CT and buried in Rocky Hill, CT m. Gertrude Viola LEARNED
14 Feb 1925 (1 son: Edward Boyd) Harmon Shove Boyd, son of Edward S.
Boyd and Helen Amanda Shove, was born 24 September 1896 in Woodbury, CT.
He married 1st 4 Oct 1919 Elizabeth Ryder HOLDEN daughter of William
HOLDEN and Eliza (RYDER). She was born 7 November 1893 and died 5
February 1939. He married 2nd Estella S. ISHAM daughter of Austin
ISHAM. Harmon died 14 March 1980 at Fairfield, Connecticut. Estella
died 17 March 1989. He graduated from Amherst College, class of 1917,
Phi Beta Kappa, having prepared at Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA.
Fellow in math Rice Institute, Houston, Tx 1917-1918; ABA Graduate
School of Banking, Rutgers University 1944. Lab assistant Bureau of
Standards, Washington, DC 1918-1919, ass't physicist 1919-1920; general
manager Woodbury (CT) Electric Co; treasurer Woodbury Savings Bank 1923
until retirement. Treasurer Town of Woodbury 1931 to retirement.
[Amherst College Biographical Record, 1951] He was member and treasurer
of the 1st Congregational Church in Woodbury. [Jane Boyd Drury]
Copy of a letter from George W. Boyd to Edward Steele Boyd
Cannonsville (NY) 23 Oct 1898
Dear Edward S. Boyd
A short time ago a letter came addressed to Elisha Boyd from you. Will
try to answer it; Father Elisha Boyd died in 1877 aged 82 years. His
father was William Boyd born in Cambridge, MA, March 15, 1750. His wife
was Marjary Taylor born in Newington, Conn, March 7, 1758. We have a
record of his children which I will give you. Never heard of Abram
(Abraham) Boyd before your letter came. William and his wife settled in
West Springfield, where they died, he in June 1835, she Oct 17, 1833.
Will give you any other information cheerfully if I can.
George W. Boyd
PS. John Boyd, brother of my father did live, a few years ago, in the
center of NY state. Margary's children lived in Croton, near Treadwell,
NY. Huldah Boyd Pomeroy in Cannonsville, Reuben Boyd and his
descendants-most of them in the West, Julius Boyd in Mass., Sabra Boyd
Jackson in Franklin, NY. I think all of father's brothers and sisters
are dead. (George goes on to list the children of Wm. and Margary.
This list is included in the children below)
1. Marjery Boyd b. ca. 1782-83 m. Thomas WOLCOTT 13 Jan 1802 b.
2. Amos Boyd b. 1785 m. Celestia STEELE b. 1789
3. Huldah Boyd b. 1788 m. Orange POMEROY b. 1789
4. Betsy Boyd b. 22 May 1789 m. Ellis RIPLEY 28 Dec 1833 b
5. Rueben Boyd b. 7 Dec 1791 m. Rebekah BOND 28 Nov 1813 b.
6. Elisha Boyd b. 13 Mar 1794 m. Patty REMINGTON b. 1800
7. Eunice Boyd b. 7 June 1796 m. Russell WOOD 2 Dec 1824 b.
8. Julius Boyd b. 7 Apr 1801 m. Eliza CLAPP 20 Oct 1826 b.
9. John Boyd b. 21 Jly 1803 m. Eunice LOVELAND b. 1806
10. Sabra Boyd b. 23 Jne 1806 m. Erastus JACKSON b. 1809
These are my line of Boyds. Abraham spoken above, my GGGGGrandfather,
in Vermont after the Revolution. Original letter in possession of Jane
Can anyone tell me of ANY relationship between Rev. Adam Boyd (Presbyterian
minister-Upper Octorara) and the John and Mary Boyd family of Rocky Springs
Presbyterian Church in Franklin Co PA? There seems to be some question of
which Boyd family Rev. John Craighead married into while at Rocky Springs
Church. Did he marry the daughter of Rev. Adam Boyd??? Or did he marry the
sister of John Boyd who is buried in the Rocky Springs Church Cemetery? Or
is it possible that John Boyd and Adam Boyd are related and so Rev. Craighead
actually was related to both Boyds????? Please reply!!!!!!! I need
Thanks in advance!
Dr. ABRAHAM WEATHERLY BOYD / ELLA WELLS
Dr. Abraham Weatherly Boyd, a member of the medical profession at
Chattanooga, who in recent years has devoted his time and efforts to a
mastery of the disease known as pellagra, becoming a recognized
authority in this branch of medical science, was born in Bradley county,
Tennessee, March 16, 1860. His father, John Wesley Boyd, was a native of
McMinn county, Tennessee, and a wagon maker by trade. In the days of the
secession movement he was a strong union man but when the state decided
to leave the Union he felt it to be his duty to follow the ommon-
wealth. His service in the southern army, however, so exasperated some
of the other Union sympathizers that they brought about his
assassination in 1864. He was a son of Micajah and Mary (Barbe) Boyd and
the latter was a daughter of Colonel Abraham Barbe of McMinn county, who
organized a company of cavalry for service in the War of 1812. Both the
Boyd and Barbe families were pioneer planters of Tennessee, descended
from still older pioneer families of other states and both were
represented in the struggle for American independence.
Abraham Weatherly Boyd of this review was educated in the schools of
Bradley county, Tennessee, and of Murray county, Georgia, until he had
completed his public school course, while later he pursued a collegiate
course in Athens, Tennessee. He next became a student in the medical
department of the University of Georgia and was graduated with the M.
D. degree in 1885. Two years later he took a postgraduate course in the
New York Polyclinic and throughout his professional career he has
remained a close and discriminating student of medical science. He
entered upon practice as a general physician and surgeon and won
creditable success in that field but during the last few years has been
devoting all of his time and talent to the study of pellagra, a disease
which has been scourging the south and which up to a few years ago was
unknown to the profession as to cause or cure. Dr. Boyd's researches,
however, have resulted in the discovery of a cure in connection with
which he has established a laboratory for its manufacture. In this
respect his work is of vast benefit to his fellowmen, his contribution
to medical science being most valuable.
In 1897, in Whitfield county, Georgia, Dr. Boyd was married to Miss Ella
Wells, a daughter of Dr. W. B. and Mary (Pope) Wells, the former a
surgeon of the Confederate army during the Civil war and afterward a
leading and successful practitioner of surgery in Chattanooga. Her
ancestors in both the paternal and maternal lines were prominent in the
several communities in which they lived.
One of the family was the Hon. D. H. Pope, a distinguished attorney of
Albany and a brother of Mrs. Wells. Mrs. Boyd died from an accident, in
March, 1922. She was at one time president of the Francis M. Walker
Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and president of the
St. Elmo Book Club. She also occupied the presidency of the
Parent-Teachers' Association of Chattanooga and was a lady of marked
popularity and prominence in connection with the social as well as civic
interests of the city. By her marriage she became the mother of one
son, David Huel, who was educated at the Baylor school, at the Georgia
Military Academy and at the Bliss Electrical School of Washington, D. C.
He enlisted for service in the World war in April, 1917, was sent to
Fort Oglethorpe, where he remained until the 12th of December, and was
then transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he continued until
September, 1918. He was sent to the Signal Officers' Training Camp at
Camp Meade, Maryland, and commissioned a lieutenant in December of that
year. He still holds his commission in the Officers Reserve Corps, being
attached to the Eighty-first Reserve Division. He is a charter member
of the David King Summers Post of the American Legion and is a member of
the Jonathan W. Bachman Camp of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans. He is likewise a Master Mason and member of the Royal Arch
His business connection is that of secretary of the Boyd Medicine
Company. During the World war, Dr. Boyd participated in all the Liberty
Loan drives and much war work. He is a democrat, active in support of
the party yet never an aspirant for office. He holds membership in the
Christian church, also in the Masonic fraternity, in which he has
attained the Knight Templar degree of the York Rite and is a Noble of
the Mystic Shrine. Along professional lines he has membership in the
Hamilton County, Tennessee State and American Medical associations and
through the proceedings of these bodies he keeps in touch
with the trend of modern professional thought and
Tennessee The Volunteer State Vol 4, Biographies of professional
individuals (including but not limited to finance, medicine, teaching,
law and politics) residing in Tennessee from 1769-1923
Source: Moore, John Trotwood and Austin P. Foster. Tennessee, The
Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Lewis B. Boyd / Charity Thatcher of Livingston Co; MI
Michael Thatcher came from Caneadea, Allegany Co., N.Y., and settled on
the southeast quarter of section 5 in this town. He was a native of the
State of New Jersey, and while living in Western New York had married
Hannah, a daughter of Ezra Sanford. With his wife and three children
...........Joseph L., the youngest son, is living on the old homestead,
and is one of the substantial men and successful farmers of the town.
CHARITY, the oldest daughter, married LEWIS B. BOYD, and lives in
Cohoctah. Ruth died in Illinois, in October, 1872, but was brought home
and buried in the family burial-place in Conway. Sophia died in
Clarendon, Calhoun Co., in the year 1855.
Source: HISTORY OF LIVINGSTON CO; MICHIGAN, PHILADELPHIA EVERTS &
ABBOTT 1880 PRESS OF J.B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., PHILADELPHIA
James Boyd / Emily Lamb of Kent County, Michigan
JAMES BOYD was born July 14, 1826, in Ontario Co., N.Y. His parents,
BENJAMIN and SALLY (TAGGART) BOYD, were natives of Vermont, and located
in the county in 1844; settled in the timber as there were no
improvements on the land they purchased. His father died in 1853 and his
mother in 1875. Mr Boyd was married in 1853 to EMILY LAMB, daughter of
John and Mary LAMB, of Lapeer county. They have had eight children:
CHARLES H., JAMES F., WILLIAM H. (deceased), CARRIE W., SIEGLE, EMMA
B., CLARA (deceased) and FRED E. Mr Boyd enjoys the esteem of his
fellow townsmen and is justly regarded for his uprightness and
integrity. He has been the incumbent of nearly all the
Source: History of Kent County, Michigan, Chapman Bros, 1881
Justus Boyd / Almira Nutt of NY to Livingston Co; MI
JUSTUS BOYD came to this town in 1837,and had not the hand of death cut
short his career, would have been one of its most important citizens. He
was a native of the town of Newburgh, Orange Co., N.Y., and when a young
man came West to Conesus, Livingston Co., N.Y. He married MISS ALMIRA
NUTT, of Cayuga County, and in 1822 moved on to a new farm in the town
of Mount Morris, where he lived fifteen years, when he came to this
State and settled in Cohoctah.
In the spring of 1836 he came to Michigan in company with Joseph C.
Craft, Daniel P. Lake, and William Slater, in search of land. Each of
them made a purchase, but only Mr. Boyd came here to live. He returned
to New York, and, in the early summer of 1837, began his journey hither
with his wife and nine children,--six sons and three daughters,--the
eldest, LEWIS B., a boy of eighteen. In company with them came his
brother-in-law, Lee Nutt, with his wife and three children, and a Mr.
McFail, with his wife and four children. They reached Mr. Boyd's land,
on section 31, on June 12th, having been one month on the road. Before
returning East for his family, Mr. Boyd had engaged a Mr. Porter, of
Howell, to build him a house on section 31, and this was ready for their
occupancy when they arrived. Mr. Nutt lived with Mr Boyd for a time, and
engaged to clear a piece of ground and sow it to wheat, taking the crop
in part payment for his labor. He then built a shanty on the south side
of the road, in Howell, and moved, into it with his family.
At the election in the spring of 1838, Mr. Boyd was elected to the
overseer of the poor and assessor, and just a year from the time of his
arrival here started for his former home to settle up his business
affairs there. At Detroit he took passage for Buffalo on the ill-fated
steamer "Washington," which, when about twenty-two miles from its
destination, caught fire and was destroyed. Mr. Boyd exerted himself to
the utmost in efforts to extinguish the fire and to save the passengers,
and when nothing more could be done leaped overboard and swam ashore.
The sudden chill caused by leaping into the cold water while heated and
perspiring from his efforts, coupled with the exhaustion incident to
such violent and prolonged exertions, proved too great a strain upon his
vital powers, and he died a few minutes after reaching the shore at
Silver Creek. He was a farmer, but was also a capable and competent
business man of fair educational attainments. His widow resides in
Howell, with her daughter, MISS ANGELINE BOYD. She is now eighty years
old. Of Mr Boyd's children two have died, WILLIAM and HANNAH; LEWIS B.
married CHARITY THATCHER, and is now living on section 31, in this town;
JOHN N. married LUCINDA HOLLOWAY, and lives on the same
section; HIRAM married MATILDA CRESHAW, of Handy, and lives on the same
section; HENRY P. married ELIZABETH BRIGGS, and lives on the
homestead; NORMAN married RHODA SCOFIELD, and lives on section 32;
ELIZABETH married REV LYMAN H. DEAN, a minister of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and is now a resident of Salem, Washtenaw Co.
Source: HISTORY OF LIVINGSTON CO; MICHIGAN, PHILADELPHIA EVERTS & ABBOTT
1880 PRESS OF J.B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., PHILADELPHIA
Descendants of Agnes Boyd and Robert Gillies
Robert Gillies married Agnes Boyd 1 Oct 1796 in
1. Mary Gillies born 3 April 1798, Beith, Ayrshire,
2. Sarah Gillies born 30 May 1800, Beith d. 20 April
1873 Woodlands, Milngavie
New Kilpatrick, Scotland.
Sarah Gillies was born 30 May 1800 in Beith, Ayrshire,
Scotland and died 20
April 1873, (as above). She married James Storie 6 May
1826 in Lochwinnoch,
Renfrewshire, Scotland, son of John Storie and Katherine
Ballentine. He was born
24 November 1796 in Lochwinnoch aand died 24 March 1859
Children of Sarah Gilllies and James Storie: (all born
1. John Storie born 11 Nov 1826
2. Margaret Storie born 27 December 1828
3. Sarah Orr Storie born 23 December 1831 married John
Aitken on 16 July 1860
in Govan, Lanark, Scotland.
4. Robert Storie, born 6 June 1834.
5. Agness Storie born 18 April 1837
6. James Storie born 14 December 1839.
7. George Corsan Cunningham Storie born 26 September
1842 died 4 July 1919,
George Corsan Cunningham Storie was born 26 September
1842 in Lochwinnoch
and died 4 July 1916 in Detroit, Michigan. He married
Jane Bell 31 December
1872 in Uphall Station, Scotland, daughter of David Bell
and Margaret Johnstone.
She was born 29 August 1854 in Aildrie, Lannarkshire,
Scotland and died 6
January 1930 in Detroit.
Children of George C.C. Storie and Jane Bell:
1. Margaret Johnstone Storie born 4 December 1873 at
2. Sarah Aitken Gillies Storie born 5 January 1876
Broxburn, Uphall, Scotland
died 1 March 1965 in Wayne Michigan.
3. Agnes Phillips Storie born 5 April 1878 at Glasgow,
Scotland died 1952
4. Jean Phillips Storie born 11 July 1880, Almont,
Lapeer, Michigan died 9 March
1964 in Flint, Genessee, Michigan. She married Erwin
Henry Gere in June 1910.
5. James Lester Storie born 24 February 1883 died about
1966 Miami, Dade, Fl.
6. George Corsan Cunningham Storie II, born 30 August
1885 and died 1951.
7. Margaret Wilson Storie born 24 June 1888 Michigan
died 19 April 1976 in Detroit.
8. Ruth Bell Storie born 26 July 1894 Michigan died 28
September 1980 in Detroit.
9. David John Storie born 24 July 1897 Detroit and died
23 September 1974 in Detroit.
CHAUNCEY BOYD was born in Western, December 11, 1809, son of JAMES and
MEHITABLE (REYNOLDS) BOYD, natives of Rhode Island, among the pioneers
of Western, where they lived and reared a family of five children, and
where they died. Chauncey Boyd has always resided in Western, and has
lived on the farm he now occupies for sixty-four years. In 1831 he
married CATHARINE, daughter of John and Rachel CARPENTER, of Western, by
whom he had five children: ALMIRA (Mrs. EDWIN FRASER); SQUIRE;
CHARLOTTE (Mrs. WILBURN CUMMINS); JANE (Mrs. ROBERT D. PHILLIPS); and
EMMA (Mrs. ALVIN R. STONE). Mr and Mrs Boyd are probably the oldest
living married couple residing in Western, this date,
August 16, 1895.
Source: Our County and its People, a Descriptive Work on Oneida County,
New York, edited by Daniel E. Wager, 1896
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