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I have recently started researching my genealogy and have (I believe) broken through and identified ancestry preceding William Gamack Boyd who was born in Peterhead in 1823. I provide the information here for the use of others but primarily to ask for information that will confirm or deny my findings. Either way, I want to be sure of things. I shall start with myself and then advance into history, providing the key evidence along the way:
19 March 1968 - Living (Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa): Bruce Stewart Ramsay (myself) to Robin Stewart Neil Ramsay and Jean Ellen Kirkman. Currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.
24 Dec 1937 - Living (Cradock, Cape Province, South Africa): Jean Ellen Kirkman to Cecil Kirkman and Mary Margaret Boyd
Note: Much of the anecdotal information and oral tradition that I quote comes from my mother and grandmother.
circa 1920 - 2006 (Fort Beaufort, Cape Province, South Africa): Mary Margaret Boyd to Daniell "Frances" Andrina Moss and Robert Tytler Boyd. I
circa 1880 - 28 Jul 1936 (Fort Beaufort, Cape Province, South Africa): Robert Tytler Boyd to Ann Simpson and William Gamack Boyd.
Evidence: The Robert Tytler Boyd death certificate quotes birth as 1880 and Aberdeenshire. Family tradition is that he was born in Crichie and the 1881 census lists a Robert Ly Boyd born to a William and Ann Boyd in old Deer which is a stones throw from old Deer. According to my mother, Robert had many older sisters, many of whom my mother can name. Apparently at least some of these sisters came to South Africa. My grandmother used to talk of "Granny Simpson" who was very strict; this was probably told to her by her father. "Gamack" is a relatively uncommon name. Robert Tytler Boyd named a son William Gamack (1914-1914). Gravestones for the South African Boyds are to be found at http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=43
Crucial evidence relates to the middle name of Tytler. According to my mother and grandmother, Robert Tytler Boyd had been sent to tea estates in Ceylon where family owned tea estates. Family tradition has it that Robert Boyd Tytler (born 1819) was an uncle. This bit of information is critical to my investigation although not entirely accurate. Family tradition states also that Robert Tytler Boyd chose to stay in Cape Town rather than proceed to the tea estates of Ceylon. The circumstances are also a subject of family tradition but since they cannot be validated I must keep them out of the public record.
1823- 30 Nov 1901 (Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland): William Gamack Boyd to (unknown) and James Boyd
Evidence: in 2005, Margaret Hector posted to Rootsweb and amongst the information is the following:
04 May 1823 Boyd. James,messenger in Peterhead, a son, William
Gamack.witns.:- Garden Boyd. John Stephen.
5 Sep 1799-? (Turriff, Aberdeen, Scotland): James Boyd to Janet Brodie and Garden Boyd. As per above information, James was a messenger (of the court)
Evidence: James Boyd had a sister variously recorded as Catherine/Catharine/Katharine (b 1788 - Turriff) who married William Tytler (b1784 - St. Nicholas, Aberdeen) and who was the mother of Robert Boyd Tytler (born 1819) of Ceylon tea estate fame. Therefore, my family tradition is not quite correct but certainly the Tytler and Boyd families in my lineage are linked with Catherine and James Boyd as siblings.
1767-1846 (probably Aberdeen): Garden Boyd to William Boyd and Janet Mitchell
1719 - ?: William Boyd to Robert Boyd and Margaret Thomson. Not clear that date of birth is entirely correct.
6 Aug 1689- 7 Mar 1759: Robert Boyd to Sir William 10th Lord Boyd and Lady Jean Cunningham
... Etcetera ...
Regards, Bruce Ramsay
As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I am seeking information regarding James Boyd, Sr. (176x -1828) of Montgomery, TN. I believe he MAY be the son of Samuel
Boyd, b. 1740 and the grandson of James Boyd and Mary Cochran Boyd. My ggg-grandmother, Sarah "Sally Ann" Boyd who married James Webster Howard 1838 in Scott County, Missouri, was the daughter of James Boyd, Jr. and granddaughter of James Boyd, Sr.
Does this family ring a bell with any other Boyd researchers? My ggg-grandmother was an only child who died of exposure during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1844, so I have no way to prove this line with Y-DNA.
Will of James Boyd, August 21, 1771. Granville NC. Wife Mary Cochran Boyd. Mentions son Samuel and grandson James Boyd. James to receive a “set of smith tools” when he reaches the age of 10. Witnesses: Nathaniel Waller, Zephaniah Waller, George Gess.
1788 Granville NC, “Nap of Reed’s District”: Samuel Boyd and Zephaniah Waller sign the Oath of Allegiance to the new US government.
1800 Tax List for Montgomery TN: James Boyd, Captain of Militia. His company enumerated by Haydon Wells. James Boyd’s company includes his future Anderson in-laws and a John and James Cochran.
1801 James Boyd Sr. sells land to the Myrick/Duke family, formerly of Granville NC, which results in a long-running dispute over land and slave ownership. A later lawsuit names the heirs of James Boyd, Sr.
From: Supreme Court Records 1831
13 SAMUEL WILLIAM & wife POLLY et al.
JAMES BOYD et al.
Samuel William, wife, and others, heirs of Richard Myrick vs. James Boyd, Phillip Duke and Patsey Duke, Executors of John Duke, deceased......and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that on the 28th day of February 1801, said James sold to said Richard 750 acres of land in Montgomery County for the sum of $1000... ...the Clerk & Master respectfully reports to the Court that a Bill of ___ was filed on the 12th day of February 1830 stating that James Boyd departed this life in 1828 intestate and no person has administered on his estate, leaving the following children heirs-at-law to wit: John, Thomas, Elisha, Andrew and Robertson Boyd; Jane intermarried with Timothy Anderson; Rebecca intermarried with Charles Miles; Elizabeth intermarried with James Powell. Subpoenas...issued against said heirs on the 13th of September 1830 and have been executed on all said heirs except Elisha and James Boyd, who reside in the States of Missouri and Kentucky and James Powell and wife.
Signed, R. McGavock, Clerk
1820 census for Montgomery TN: James Boyd, Sr. and unknown wife in household.
1820 census for Hardin County TN: All of James Boyd Sr.’s sons have removed to Hardin County and are enumerated in the census. James Boyd, Jr. is married with one daughter under 10 (my ggg-grandmother Sarah “Sally Ann” Boyd.) Brother Elisha is married, no children. Their brother-in-law Charles Miles, also enumerated, was one of Hardin’s earliest settlers.
1823-1824 James Boyd Sr., James Boyd, Jr. and Elisha Boyd purchase land together in Hardin TN. Early North Carolina and Tennessee Land Records.
1828 death of James Boyd, Sr.
1829 Tennessee Petitions, Hardin TN: Heirs of Richard Sparks regarding disputed land. Mentioned in petition: James Sevier, James Hardin, James Goodin, Elisha Boyd.
1830 Scott County, MO census: James Boyd, Jr. and Elisha Boyd enumerated in adjoining townships.
1850 Hardin TN census: Thomas Boyd (son of James Boyd, Sr.) b. 1789 NC, wife Martha.
1850 Hardin TN census: Wiley Blount Guinn and wife Elizabeth Maria Boyd Guinn (daughter of Robertson Hugh Boyd, granddaughter of James Boyd, Sr.). Jane Boyd b. 1767 in NC living in household.
With thanks to the lists and to all who have already responded.
Does anyone have information regarding James Boyd Sr. (likely a militia captain) in Montgomery TN, circa 1800? Probably born about 1768 in Granville NC, died 1828 in Montgomery TN. Lived near Clarksville. I believe he MAY be the son of Samuel Boyd and grandson of James Boyd and Mary Cochran (Airth/Antrim/PA Boyds). If so, his siblings would be Francis, Samuel Jr., Wiiliam, and Sarah m. James Frost.
James' wife is unknown, but first name may be Jane. His children include: John, Andrew, Thomas, Robinson or Robertson m. Julia Kimbel, James Jr. (my ancestor) and Elisha -- all of Hardin, TN -- and Jane m. Timothy Anderson Jr., Rebecca m. Charles Miles and Elizabeth m. James Powell. James Jr. and Elisha moved to Mississippi County Missouri by 1830.
James Sr. was associated with the families of John Duke and Richard Myrick in both Montgomery TN and Granville NC. (TN Supreme Court Case 1831.)
With thanks for any leads regarding my brick wall.
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*The Civil War Diary of Cyrus F. Boyd, 15th Iowa Infantry 1861-1863,
softcover, indexed, 138 pages, edited by Mildred Throne, 6.00 +$2
Boyd, Artic Explorer, Durlynn Anema, 2000, 1st edition, signed by
author, hardcover, no wraps, indexed, 138 pages. 10.00 +$2
Edwin Alonzo Boyd, The Story of the Notorious Boyd Gang (of Canada)
Brian Vallee, 1997. 1st edition, hardvover, wraps, 373 pages. 20.00 +$4
*Thomas Boyd, Lost author of the “Lost Generation”, Brian Bruce, 2006, 1st edition.
Hardcover, wraps, indexed, 188 pages. 20.00 +$4
*Born to Rebel, The life of
Harriet Boyd Hawes, Mary Allsebrook, 2002, soft cover.
French Boyd, Founder of Lousiana State University, Germaine M. Reed,
1977, hardcover with wraps, indexed, 315 pages. 15.00 +4.
P. Boyd's 1912 book "The Boyd Family" This is the original book in a
Adobe PDF file. Original book was 487 pages. With the file format it is
186 pages in an 8 1/2 X 11 Format. I will send this via email for $10.00
to those who would like a copy.
of Kilmarnock (Scotland)" by Archibald McKay in Adobe PDF format for
$10.00. Full edition with new index and illustrations.
**Back issues of BOYD newsletters in PDF file format. $1 each issue. Sent via email.
PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA MY E MAIL ADDRESS richboyd(a)frontier.com NOT THIS LIST