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Hi new to this list, can anyone help....................
Do you know of an OWEN BOYD?
I have him marrying into my MILNER family MARY AGNES at All Saints,
Pontefract 19. June 1899
OWEN was 24, Engine Driver, living Carlton, Barnsley his father GEORGE BOYD
MARY was 22, daughter of JOHN MINER & JANE SWAIN my great great grandparents.
I have nothing else on OWEN. Have you? Two found on the 1901 Census but ages
11 & 48 there is only one with spelling BOID but he 23 (younger than when he
married 2 years earlier)
What spelling of name have you come across? Maybe this could help me find
Wishing you all the very best with your research,
Of the nine ministers who signed The Petition of Ulstermen, all were
"William Boyd Irish Presbyterian minister, was ordained minister of
Derry, by the Coleraine Presbytery, on 31 January 1710. He is memorable
as the bearer
of a commission to Colonel Samuel Suitte, governor of New England,
proposal for an extensive emigration from County Derry to that colony."
"The commission is dated 26 March 1718, is signed by nine Presbyterian
minsters and 208
members of their flocks, who declare their sincere and hearty
inclination to transport ourselves
to that very excellent and renowned plantation, upon our obtaining from
His Excellency suitable
encouragement.' Witherow reprints the document, with the signatures in
full, from Edward
Lutwyche Parker's History of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Boston, 1851.
his mission in 1718. How he was received is not known; the intended
emigration did not,
however, take place. But in the same year, without awaiting the issue
of Boyd's negotiation,
James M'Gregor (minister of Aghadowey, Co. Derry, from 1701to 1718), who
had not signed
the document, emigrated to New Hampshire with some of his people, and
there founded a town
to which was given the name of Londonderry. In the non-subscription
controversy Boyd took
a warm part. When the general synod of Ulster in 1721 permitted those
of its members to
subscribe the Westminster Confession who thought fit, Boyd was one of
He was on the committee of six appointed in 1724 to draw up articles
against Thomas Nevin,
M.A. (minister of Downpatick from 1711 to 1744; accused of impugning the
deity of Christ),
and probably drafted the document. Next year Boyd moved from Macosquin
to a congregation
nearer Londonderry, anciently known as Taughboyne, subsequently as
Monreagh, where he was
installed by Derry presbytery on 25 April 1725. The stipend promised
was 50 pound. The
congregation had been vacant since the removal of William Gray to
Usher's Quay, Dublin, in 1721.
In 1727 Gray, without ecclesiastical sanction, came back to Taughboyne
and set up an opposition
meeting in a disused corn-kiln at St. Johnston, within the bounds of
his old congregation. Hence
arose defections, recrimination, and the diminution of Boyd's stipend to
40 pound. The general synod
elected him moderator at Dungannon in 1730. The sermon with which he
concluded his term of
office in the following year at Antrim proves his orthodoxy as a
subscriber to the Westminster
Confession, and perhaps also proves that the influence of a
non-subscibing publication, above ten
years old, was by no means spent. It is directed specially against a
famous discourse by the non-
subscribing minister of the town in which it was delivered, John
Abernethy, M.A., whose
'Religious Obedience founded on Personal Persuasion' was preached at
Belfast on 9 Dec. 1719,
and printed in 1720 [see Abernethy, John, 1680-1740]. Boyd decides that
'conscience is not the
supreme lawgiver,' and that it has no judicial authority except in so
far as it administers 'the law of god,'
an expression which with him is synonymous with the interpretation of
by his church. In 1734 Boyd was an unsuccessful candidate for the
clerkship of the general
synod. His zeal for the faith was again shown in 1739, when he took the
lead against Richard
Aprichard, a probationer of Armagh presbytery, who had scruples about
some points of the
Confession, and ultimately withdrew from the synod's jurisdiction. He
was one of the ten divines
appointed by the synod at Magherafelt on 16 June 1747 to draw up a
'Serious Warning' to be read
from the pulpits against dangerous errors 'creeping into our bounds.'
these errors were in
reference to such doctrines as original sin, the 'satisfaction of
Christ,' the Trinity, and the authority
of Scripture. The synod, in spite of its 'Serious Warning,' would not
entertain a proposal to forbid
the growing practice of intercommunion with the non-subscribers. We
hear nothing more of
Boyd till his death, which occurred at an advanced age on 2 May 1772.
He published only '
A Good Conscience a Necessary Qualification of a Gospel Minister. A
Sermon (Heb. xiii. 18)
preached at Antrim June 15th 1731, at a General Synod of the Protestants
of the Presbyterian
Persuasion in the North of Ireland,' Derry, 1731, 18mo."
Source: [Witherow's Histtory and Lit. Mem. of Presbyterian. in Ireland,
2nd ser. 1880, p. 1; Armstrong's
appendix to Ordination Service, James Martineau, 1829, p. 102;
Manuscript Extracts from Minutes
of General Synod.]
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