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Great news for W VA researchers:
News from the Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, West Virginia
Article from George Hohmann, Daily Mail business editor
Friday January 21, 2005
"The state Division of Culture and History plans to install a searchable
database on its Web site that will let anyone with a computer and
Internet access view images of almost all state birth, marriage and
See the complete article: http://www.dailymail.com/news/News/2005012120/
Karen from Ohio, USA
Hi everyone - My brick wall which I would love to see some holes through
if not knock down completely is John J Boyd who is the father of John
Albert Boyd born 24 Oct 1869 Shelby County Ohio. John Albert's mother
was Amanda Catherine Monroe. The only information that I have is that
Amanda and John J married 19 Aug 1866 in Shelby County Ohio (the on-line
records show John H but the marriage license shows John J). I believe
that John J was born in OH around 1838. I also believe that he died
around 1869-1870 as he was not listed with Amanda on the 1870 OH census.
A curious fact is that Amanda remarried in 1875 to AC Argabright with
her maiden name of Amanda Monroe. Does this mean that she was divorced
or what I am not sure? I can not seem to find any documents one way or
another. Thanks for reading . . .
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I am tracing several Boyd families from the Chester area. One William Boyd,
b abt 1735 was Deputy Surveyor in Chester District, SC, before and after the
American Revolution. Land sales in Deed Books A and E in the Chester County
Court House show that his wife was Ann Boyd. They had three sons (at least)
James, Charles and William. After Ann died, he married Mary Cloud.
I also have a William Boyd, b 1745, of Newberry District who had a brother
Robert, b aft 1700. This William settled in the Chester County area of SC
around 1772. The family were members of the Hopewell Associate Reformed
Presbyterian Church, near Blackstock, Chester Co, SC. This William was
married to Mary Dorman and Robert was married to Mary Peoples.
From: MHPDECO(a)aol.com [mailto:MHPDECO@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2005 6:13 PM
Subject: [ClanBoyd] William Boyd and Ann Smith of SC
Can anyone give me ANY information on the families of William Boyd b abt
1738 SC and married Melinda Ann Smith b abt 1740 SC?? Is this William Boyd
part of the Robert Boyd family who lived around Chester SC from the late
on into the 1800's??? Please reply!
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Can anyone give me ANY information on the families of William Boyd b abt
1738 SC and married Melinda Ann Smith b abt 1740 SC?? Is this William Boyd a
part of the Robert Boyd family who lived around Chester SC from the late 1700's
on into the 1800's??? Please reply!
This is from the Harris-l list.
Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to participate in a program concerning
Genealogy and DNA. The speaker was a genetics professor from one of our
local universities. She cited the following as good sources to better
understand DNA and interpreting it.
1. Smolenyak, M. Demystifying DNA. Family Tree
Magazine. February 2005.
2. Fryxell, D. A. Decode Your DNA. Family Tree Magazine.
1. Smolenyak, M. S. and A. Turner. Trace Your Roots with
DNA. Rodale. 2004.
2. Wells, Spencer. The Journey of Man. Random House.
3. Sykes, Bryan. The Seven Daughters of Eve. Norton. 2001.
4. Reilly, Philip R. Abraham Lincoln's DNA. CSHL Press.
The first article is particularly good.
Ira L. Harris III
I have found that my gggrandfather name was Robert Zeddock Boyd, he was born in MS about 1850 and migrated before 1870 to
Texas. I had thought his name was Zeb but have found his son's WWI draft registration card and it indicates Zeddock as the middle name. He is listed in a couple of census records as a junior and everything else fits. The counties in question in Texas are San Jacinto and Liberty counties with Montgomery sometimes.
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MAPS (1861-1865). Brings together materials from
three premier collections -- the Library of Congress Geography and Map
Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia.
(From Rootsweb Review)
DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION.
Do you think you might have an ancestor who served in the American
Revolutionary War (1775-1783)? Would you like to know whether your
ancestor is listed with the National Society of the Daughters of the
American Revolution (NSDAR) in the "Patriot Index"? A helpful group of
organized DAR VIS volunteers monitor the RootsWeb DAR Message Board
every day and welcome lookup requests.
Include your Revolutionary War-era ancestor's first and last name,
spouse's name (if known), dates of birth, death, and state of residence
When posting your lookup request. You need not be interested in joining
The NSDAR to request a lookup.
(From Rootsweb Review)
Just in case you haven't gotten "your fill" of Scottish calendar pictures, herewith another one!(LOL) and I shall send the URL WITH THIS EMAIL INSTEAD OF HAVING TO SEND "TWO" EMAILS.
Our 18th Year of Boyd Newsletter. January/2005 Volume 18, Issue Number 66
This is the only hard-copy Boyd newsletter that I know about. Articles include:
1. Boyd Coffee Company from Scotland to New Zealand to Oregon, USA article with family data.
2. Wiley Boyd papers
3. New member Roster
4. William Swan Boyd
5. William P. Boyd
7. David M. Boyd
8. An article on Kilmarnock (Dean) Castle.
9. "Viva Espagna" Story about Robert Boyd who was marytered for the cause of Spanish independence.
I printed too many copies of the January/2005 newsletter.
For a free sample copy send postal address to me at: richboyd(a)SpeednetLLC.com
Richard and Jerri Lynn Boyd
First I want to say Happy New Year to all.
As the new year dawns not much has changed in my quest!
I am still stuck at Robert Zeb Boyd b. abt. 1850 in Mississippi married to Senia Margaret Gray b. abt. 1850 in Mississippi. I believe that Robert's father was William Boyd, b. abt. 1827, living next door to him in 1870 in Liberty County, Texas. After this I lose track of William and all of his family. This is the way the census records look in 1870:
1870 Liberty County, Texas, Precinct #3, Tarkington Praire, P. O., August 5, 1870, Page 15=20
119 118 Boyd William 43 W M Farming Mississippi
Mary 42 W F Housekeeping Mississippi
Washington B. 16 W M Mississippi
Missouri 10 W F Louisiana
Sallie A. 9 W F Texas
Josephine 6 W F Texas
William P. 2/12 W M Texas
Williamson Alexander 14 W M Texas
Nancy 20 W F Alabama
120 119 Boyd Robert Z. 20 W M Farming Mississippi
Cenie 20 W F Housekeeping Mississippi
Alice A. 1 W F Texas
William 3/12 W M Texas
My great grandmother was born in 1875, her name was Sennie Margaret Melinda Arkansas Jane Boyd.
Now the interesting part is in the 1880 census:
1880 San Jacinto County, Texas, District 2, June 25, 1880, Pg. 35
5 5 Boyd Robert Z. W M 30 Farmer Mississippi
Ceny Wife W F 35 Keeping House Mississippi S Carolina
Amanda A. Daughter W F 10 Texas Mississippi Mississippi
William L. Son W M 9 Texas Mississippi Mississippi
Mary E. Daughter W F 7 Texas Mississippi Mississippi
Robert, Jr. Son W M 5 Texas Mississippi Mississippi
Margarett Daughter W F 4 Texas Mississippi Mississippi
No Name Son W M 2 Texas Mississippi Mississippi
6 6 Gray John W M 26 Louisiana N Carolina Mississippi
Mary Wife W F 28 Louisiana Germany Louisiana
Notice the John Gray living next door to Robert & Ceny, he was born in Louisiana and is Ceny's brother. Now go back to the 1870 census and notice Missouri Boyd born in Louisiana, this places both families in Louisiana within a six year period of each other but not Robert & Ceny.
San Jacinto & Liberty Counties are adjacent to each other.
My brick wall is my second great-grandfather, Robert C. Boyd. He was born
1818 in Ohio, married Anne Johnston, and died 1862 in Ashland County, Ohio.
I think his father was John Boyd, Jr., born between 1794-1798 in
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania who married Ann Baine in 1818 in Wayne
County, Ohio. But I can find no definite proof.
Lola Castor Thompson
I have been unable to find any information to get back further generations
in Ireland or Scotland with my BOYDS.
Robert BOYD born 17 March 1810 Kilnacart Derrygortrevy Co Tyrone N Ireland
Sarah Miller 25 Sept 1846 Derrygortrevy
They & their first child emigrated to PA in 1849 & then settled in Trumbull
I have good info on the descendants & have also discovered Robert's brother
John BOYD also living in Trumbull Co.
I think their parents names were Robert BOYD & Mary MILLAR
I do not know if there were other siblings.
I've had contact with many BOYD researchers & have found new cousins through
the children of Robert & Sarah MILLER BOYD but have been unable to learn
more about the family in Ireland &/or if they came originally from Scotland
Linda Boyd Myers
Got your message, Sue. It seems there were a lot of William Boyds around.
Mine was born 1801.
Now, for the strange part of life....we moved here 2 1/2 years ago and about
1 year ago, the property next to us was sold. Guess what his last name is.
Yep! BOYD! That name seems to follow me all around!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Tait Porcaro" <suetaitporcaro(a)comcast.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 9:32 AM
Subject: Re: [ClanBoyd] Brick Walls
> happy to repost my Boyd Brick Wall! Maybe in 2005 i can knock it down.
> William Boyd, born in NH between 1770-1790. married Maria Lamprey, son
> William Boyd born in E.Kingston NH Nov 1810. His parents' names are listed
> on his death cert. as shown above. Both William Sr. and Maria born in NH.
> Cannot find either one. Maria might have been a second wife ? might have
> been from Derry or Portsmouth Boyds?
> Happy New Year!
> Windsor, CT
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Hi Rich, I have a similar problem.
My Alexander Boyd is in Cecil Co. MD in 1780 (will probate) with a wife
Margaret (will). But I have not been able to find any information that
tells me who Alexander's parents might be or exactly from where or when
he/they came to America.
I believe that Alexander was a brother to Hugh Boyd from Chester Co. PA and
he appoints his brother Frances as his executor. The names in Hugh's family
are the same as the names in Alexander's family for the children and I have
not seen any additional information on Frances. He might be the key to this
Thanks for any help.
Jane in Ohio
sent this once, but didn't see it on the list so am resending
happy to repost my Boyd Brick Wall!
Maybe in 2005 i can knock it down.
William Boyd, born in NH between 1770-1790. married Maria Lamprey, son
William Boyd born in E.Kingston NH Nov 1810. His parents' names are listed
on his death cert. as shown above. Both William Sr. and Maria born in NH.
Cannot find either one. Maria might have been a second wife ? might have
been from Derry or Portsmouth Boyds?
Happy New Year!
No virus found in this outgoing message.
Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.
Version: 7.0.298 / Virus Database: 265.6.7 - Release Date: 12/30/2004
The following message was sent to me by Jim Atchison and I am forwarding
it to you all in hopes that one of our list members can give Jim some
assistance. Please send your replys to Jim personally as he is not
subscribed to the ClanBoyd list....Thanks, Karen from Ohio, USA
Subject: Boyd/Crawford Questions
I am from the other side of the Clan Boyd. I'm from the Clan Crawford. :-)
I know Rebecca Crawford married Joseph Boyd and from there forward I
have got it pretty well down but I wonder if you have perhaps come up
with some better information regarding Rebecca. For example, we know
Rebecca's father is Robert Crawford but a record shows Rebecca's father
Robert died in 1777. Records and census show Rebecca was born abt 1788.
Can you or other members of the Clan Boyd maybe fill in that blank??
Jerri Lynn and I wish you the best for the year 2005.
We hope you make some huge strides with your family research.
In fact--why don't we post our brick walls to this list now. Everybody has one. Mine is below. Please type Brick Walls in the subject line.
My earliest ancestor is John Boyd who married Margaret(Jennie)Long in Suffolk county, Boston Massachusetts 11 April 1731. I can't seem to get back to Ireland or Scotland with my Boyds. But I have them traced forward down to today.
I don't know who John's father is. I have always thought it was Capt. James Boyd who fought in the Scot's Dutch Brigade in Holland. A few years ago I purchased the 3 volume set of books on the history brigade. I found Capt. James Boyd in the records and his brother Charles but no family data at all. The last record of Capt. James is in 1704 when Arthur S. Boyd claims he went to Ulster in Ireland.
Arthur S. Boyd Jr's 1924 book "History of the Boyd Clan" says Capt. James had 3 sons, James, William and John who came to the Colonies or New England during 1720s. He claims one of these sons, James, went into Maine (Arthur's ancestor)but he shows no proof this James is a son of Capt. James Boyd. He also states that William Boyd disembarked ship on Block Island, Rhode Island and that John Boyd entered Boston. And therein lies my dilema. I can't prove my John Boyd is this John Boyd who married Margaret Long.
Some have said that my John Boyd probably came to New England with the Scots-Irish migrations starting 1718. But these Scots settled in New Hampshire. Did my John Boyd prefer the city life? More opportunities there? I don't know but he left Taunton, Mass and settled in Upton, Mass near Worcestor. In 1862 he is living in Shelburne Falls, Mass many miles further inland and doesn't seem to be a part of the Scots-Irish settlements. Does anyone have a John Boyd in very early Massachusetts?
Richard G. Boyd