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James Beer Boyd and the James Doud Boyd Diary 1866
I am looking into the James Beer and Mary Doud Boyd line. I was trying
to find out about James Doud Boyd's descendants. I know that he had a
daughter Esther that apparently passed away as a child; but, I was
wondering if his son Herman had any descendants. From what I know he had
lived with his aunt Margaret Boyd Davidson at some point. Not sure if he
ever married and had children.
Let me tell you why I am tracing this line. I was in an antique store
and purchased a diary. It is not in the best of shape and is a small
pocket style diary. This diary was from 1866 and did not have a name as
to the owner; but I have been searching because I thought it would be
nice to give it back to the family. If it was my relative, I would like
to have it. For the most part the diary is mainly just daily recordings
of what work was done that day and it is rather hard to read; But, I
studied the diary and now I can read most of what is in there.
The diary belonged to James Doud Boyd. Let me tell you why. In the diary
he had notes where he had traveled by train and homesteaded some
property. He had the sections of land that he chose, written down. I
also looked up other people that went with him. I was able to locate
some census records. He mentions a friend George LEAVER quite often.
From what I have found on the Internet George was killed in a hunting
accident. He mentions Father Fritz. James was married to Emily FRITZ. He
mentions Uncle A. Boyd and his father had a brother named Abraham.
Abraham also had a daughter that was married January 1, 1866 and the
first opening of this diary; he mentions going to Maggie Boyd’s wedding
at 6 PM. He mentions hauling this or that to the church. I know that
there were several pastors in his family. His language is a little
different. He speaks of forenoon and he talks about building a shanty.
He relates to his father as "Father". He mentions “Hen” and he had a
brother named Henry. But the reason I am pretty sure that this diary
belonged to him is that I found it in Manistee, Michigan. You can key in
the sections of land and it tells you who owned it. The sections that he
mentions in his diary when keyed into this site comes back to be James
Doud Boyd. In his diary he mentions, "Father died last night". He speaks
of “buring him” up in the woods alone. His father was actually listed in
this diary as dying Jan. 19th 1867 and actually most things I see on the
internet show James Beer Boyd dying Jan. 17th 1867. He also has his
mother dying Feb. 3rd 1872. From what I've seen on the Internet this
would be Mary Doud Boyd the mother of James Doud Boyd. He doesn't
mention his family by name. From the research I done on the Internet;
his wife and daughter died before this time. Possibly when he was in the
civil war. He does not talk about being in the war or anything. I found
all of this out by research on the Internet. There are also pictures of
his and his wife's headstones on the Internet. Anyway, I was just trying
to find living descendants to give this to them. I believe that Herman
was the only child left of James Doud Boyd, unless he had other children
later. I guess since it mentions his father James Beer Boyd dying. As I
said it is mainly just work recordings and how many meals he had are
listed in some of these. Maybe he received meals as part of the pay. I
don't know. The writing is small and takes some studying to read, but I
can read most of it. Some people may not enjoy it, as much as I have. I
am kind of a history person and enjoy this type of research. Anyway,
that is why I have been looking for this line. I thought it would be
nice to get it back to a member of that Boyd family.
1342 Cooney Bonnett Rd
Eros, LA 71238 lisa134225(a)yahoo.com
These Boyds are descendants of John and Mary Fulton Boyd of Pennsylvania.
Rich Boyd List admin - I am now in possession of the diary.
If anyone can prove descent from these Boyd I will give them the diary.
This was a large Boyd family
of Penn and Ohio and spread out to most all States. See more on the