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LAST CHANCE TO JOIN US!
Please let me know by March 25
whether you will be coming to NYC
to march with your Boyd clan
in the Tartan Day Parade
taking place on April 8 at 2:00 pm!!
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Descendantsof John and Mary Fulton Boyd
H.Byxbe, Book and Job Printer
Boyd Association Publications
1.The Family Record. Printedon a large card suitable for framing. Containing all the names of thefirst, second, third and fourth generations of the Boyd kin. Price$2.50
2.Proceedings of Beaver Reunionin 1881. Contains valuableinformation regarding the initial Reunion and how it was broughtabout, and all the addresses and poems delivered there, with othermatters of interest. Price,15 cents per copy.
3.Proceedings of the Lima Reunion in 1883. A48-page pamphlet. Contains the first Constitution of the Association,with a full report of the second gatherings of the Boyds. Price,20 cents per copy.
4.Proceedings of theKiskminister Reunion in 1884. 36 pages, and contains important Biographical sketches. Price,20 cents.
5.Proceedings of the HamiltonReunion in 1886. 32 pages ofinteresting history. Price,20 cents.
6.Proceedings of the PittsburgReunion in 1888. 60 pages,with full report of the largest gathering, addresses and sketches,with reports. Price, 25cents.
7.Proceedings of the MarionReunion in 1890. Containsreport of Committee on Incorporation, with proposed Constitution,addresses and sketch of M. Hillis Boyd. Price,25 cents.
Anyof these publications will be sent on application to the Secretary atPoulan, Georgia
The Boyd Association
H. SteeleSmith, Esq……………………………………………VicePresident
Dr. J.F.Wilson………………………………………………….Sec’yand Treasurer
Dr. GeorgeJ. Boyd………………………………………………AssistantSecretary
Committeeof Arrangements for Reunion of 1892
H.Steele Smith, Freeport, PA. Dr. Geo. J. Boyd Black Hawk, PAH.H.Negley, Pittsburg, PA. A. Hillis Boyd Allegheny, PAMrs.Mary B. McKown, Pittsburg, PA
Rev.J.H. Shields, Chairman C. N. Boyd, Esq. Mrs.S.A. Henry Rev. J.S. Boyd Hon.F.A. Boyd Miss Clara McConnell W.H.Leard, Esq. Mrs. Julia A. Scott Mrs.S.C. Berryman Robert G. Boyd
RobertG. Boyd, Marion, Ohio JamesF. Wilson, Poulan, Georgia A.Fulton Boyd, Poland, Ohio R.D.Humes, West Newton, Pennsylvania J.F.Boyd, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania CharlesN. Boyd, Butler, Pennsylvania
Thesepages come to the Boyd kin through many trials and much tribulation. Your Secretary, in view of his removal to the South, declined areelection at the Pittsburg Reunion in 1888, but thework “clings to him still,”and he is content to continue his humble services while they seem tobe appreciated. His necessary absence from the Marion Reunion, andthe failure of an express company to promptly deliver an importantpackage, was the occasion of much disappointment to those inattendance, caused the delaying until next meeting of much importantbusiness.
Mattersalso of particular interest were lying in the Marion post officeduring the entire session of the Reunion, and although directed incare of “Hotel Marion” were not delivered, but subsequentlyreturned to sender.
Muchof the matter contained in this pamphlet has not been before theMarion Reunion for the reasons previously mentioned, and as far asthe new constitution is concerned, it is embodied in order that thefriends may have an opportunity to know its character, and actintelligently when it comes up for adoption at the next meeting.
Itmay appear to some of the friends, that there is unnecessary delay inissuance of this pamphlet. However, late as it now appears, it isstill in advance of more than enough delinquent dues of members tocover its cost of publication. The work has not been delayed ----particularly on this account, but rather from the fact that a largeand exacting business requires the constant attention of yoursecretary, during the full day, while a voluminous correspondence andthe book-keeping his business requires, necessitated a second day’samount of labor every night.
Thework is now pushed to completion, during a few days of convalescentfollowing a slight indisposition, which necessitated an omission, fora time, of regular duties.
J.F.Wilson, SecretaryPoulan,GA., May 2nd,1892.
ByWinona H. Hughes, Marion, Ohio
Fromthe south of Europe, in that sea-indented land so rich in classiclore, the stories of the “guest-friendships of Homeric Days,” asunchangeable as the Grecian mountains in whose shadows thesefriendships were formed, are handed down to us as shining examples ofgenuine welcome and hospitality. Very slight was the bond whichfirst united the stranger to his host. The mere fact that he was astranger was sufficient ground for the host to bring forth the bestthe house afforded and place before him. And having once partaken offood together their lasting friendship was sealed.
Butwe are bound by a stronger tie than the fact that many of us arestrangers. We are united by the ties of kinship; we belong to thesame family; and this friendship of kin is cemented by the bonds ofChristian sympathy and love.
Inthe strength of these ties, we greet you, and warmly welcome you intoour midst and gladly extend the hand of welcome to all the friendshere assembled.
Weare glad that we belong to this family, whose history we can traceback to the sturdy, God-fearing people who dwelt among the rollinghills of Northern Ireland. To this day the people of that far-awayspot are held as shining examples of industry and sturdy piety: andthose who left their native clime lost none of those sterlingqualities when they came to the rugged wilds of the new country. Rather their piety increased as the distance from the Green Isle ofErin increased, until all over this land, in almost every state, thegodly influence of the Boyds is felt. At every Reunion, the virtueand piety of our ancestors, and more particularly of ourselves, areextolled, and rightly so.
However,it might be well for us, at such times as this, to call to mind foran instant the fact, that the Boyds are not the only people inexistence. There are Jones in the world and likewise Smiths, aninnumerable host. And so long as the fact remains that the Smithsand Joneses are not myths, the Boyds cannot claim the earth.
Yet,acknowledging all our greatness, all our smartness, and especiallyour goodness, we may profitably consider how we can better even ourpresent state.Herean especial opportunity is presented for cultivating and upliftingevery faculty
ofthe soul. “Iron sharpeth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenanceof his friend.” In this concourse of people every intellect mayreceive a new impulse, a fresh inspiration for lofty ideals, and eachsoul, as it returns to its accustomed routine of duties, may go withthe will firmly determined to have a more varied surface over whichthe intellect may roam.
Howevermuch we may crave knowledge or intellectual growth, there is yet amore important soul faculty to be cared for. As the heart of EthanBrand was turned to stone because every other noble feeling andimpulse was crowded therefrom by the one absorbing passion forknowledge, so, on the contrary, our warmest feelings and tenderestemotions may be stirred and enlarged by this mingling of friends. For, as our noble Emerson says, “Every soul is a celestial Venus toevery other soul. The heart has its Sabbaths and jubilees in whichthe world appears as a hymeneal feast.”
Eachreunion may be made a sabbatical period, a jubilee in the soul’sexperience. Feelings of joy flood the heart as the hands of friendslong separated are clasped, and the soul is refreshed and uplifted bytouching again the soul once so familiar, for “the best part of afriendship remains untouched by time and circumstances.” Nor arethe new friendships formed less conducive to soul growth than therenewal of old ones. And, to quote again, “Every promise of thesoul has innumerable fulfillments; each of its joys ripens into a newwant.” Here, while our souls are glowing with joy and pleasure, weturn our grateful thoughts to him so lately taken from us, who wasthe instigator of these meetings. I refer to M. Hillis Boyd. Instarting this movement he must have had in mind the great pleasure tobe derived from it. And from each of these joys ripening into a newwant, every soul is impelled to satisfy this want by striving toattain the ideal type of humanity in which all the powers aredeveloped, yet subject to the higher power of a will molded after theInfinite. And as we welcome this assembled family today, it is withthe hope that each of us may receive not only the full measure offleeting joy, but that each of us may make a few strides forward inthat soul growth and culture which blossoms into the perfect lovetoward God.
JamesBrown and Agnes (Nancy) Brown
May6th1830 --- May 6th1890
Poetryfor JamesBrown and Agnes (Nancy) Brown(notprinted here)
Keokuk,Iowa, August 22, 1890J.F.Wilson, Esq., Poulan, Georgia
Yourletter of the 30thult. To Rev. J.S. Boyd, La Moure, North Dakota, requesting him toprepare a brief sketch of “FultonNotes and Notables,” hasbeen forwarded me with the request to prepare the paper desired. Inanswer I wrote to him the themewas too barren, and even if were not, I was too busy to prepare apaper worthy to be read before your Association --- a body containingso many learned men. But cousin Boyd has replied in a second letter,urging the matter and asking that I would give you some of the itemsgiven in a rather desultory way in my hurried letter to him. Incompliance I will do so, and this rather prosy explanation must be myapology for addressing you this letter without an official invitationthereto.
Oneitem of “Fulton” history I presume would interest the “Boyds,”as it equally concerns both tribes, viz., the “Habitat” orprecise locality of our common ancestry, the home in Ireland of“Abraham Fulton, his wifeand family.” These werethe parents of your maternal ancestor, Mary Fulton Boyd, whosebrothers, Abraham, James, Robert, Henry, and Joseph, and sisterMargaret, were the ancestors of the Fultons and Irvins, known at the“Fultons” of our lineage.
Ienclose you herewith a copy of the church letter brought by thisAbraham Fulton from Ireland, dated 1772. He was my greatGrandfather. His son Robert was my Grandfather. The letter has beentreasured in my father’s (Wm. Fulton) family, and as the solesurviving member of the family it is my good fortune to be itscustodian, as well as that of an old needle-worked pocket bookbrought with it from Ireland.
Thisletter has at last been the means of conclusively identifying theexact locality of the church granting it, and of the identity ofsigners of the document. The church or congregation is known inIreland at the present day as Dunboe1st. The place named “Articlare” is a small hamlet or locality notgiven on the maps. The location is on the extreme north of Ireland,at the mouth of the river Bann, about twelve miles west of theGiants’ Causeway.
Thechurch is still a strong and prosperous one, and now since July 26,1867, has been under the ministration of Rev. John Mark, with whom Ihave had some exceedingly interesting correspondence. I know Icannot write you anything more interesting than to copy hereincertain extracts from one or two of his letters to me, promising thaton the back of the certificate enclosed my daughter has copied ahistory of this Dunboe Church,which identifies the certificate, etc., the certificate and historyon back thereof being needed to fully understand these abstracts.
Copyof Rev. John Mark’s Letter
Nov11, 1889 DunboeManse, Castlerock Co., Londonderry,Ireland
DearFriend,Althoughwe have never met in life, and never may meet, yet I feel that thereis much in common between us that I am justified in calling you my“friend.” It is refreshing in these times of worldliness andself-seeking to find a man so interested in his ancestry. It ischeering also amidst the ups and downs of social life to find a racesteadfastly true to the faith of their fathers, and that through somany generations, and in a land like America, where the population isso shifting and changes so common. I rejoice that amidst theactivities of life you take such a deep interest in church life andwork, and so promote the glory of your father’s God in sustainingand extending the kingdom of His dear Son on earth. * * * * * Ireceived your letter with no little curiosity, * * * * and since itsreception I have been diligent in seeking information from some ofour oldest inhabitants in relation to those points in your letterwhich seemed to be of most interest to you. The first minister ofDunboe was one Thomas Fulton,and as far as I can discover your ancestors were either descendantsof said Thomas Fulton or fellow-colonists, who came with him toIreland and settled here somewhere about 1660. They possessed thetown-land of Bellyquitlan, a tract of land lying in the angle formedby the river Baun, flowing into the Atlantic ocean. From this homethey have passed away almost a century ago, and their town-land isnow owned and occupied by four families., all called “Dugan” byname. The last of the Fultons was a woman married to a man called“Clarke.” They lived in the town-land of Exorna, and occupiedthe house built by the Rev. Robert Knox, minister of Dunboe, who diedin 1746. They, too, have passed away. Your family is now extinct. We have other Fultons, but they are not of your lineage. In thistown-land of Exorna, RobertGuthrie lived, who signedyour ancestors’ certificate (a copy of which* you have so kindlysent me and which I shall treasure) and his great-great grandson nowlives in the old ancestral house. His name is Robert Guthrie. He isone of the oldest and most honored citizens and is Elder in thechurch of 1stDunboe. His father’s name was James Guthrie, and James’ fatherwas Robert Guthrie, who signed said certificate in 1772. The presentRobert Guthrie has a Margaret Guthrie in his (seepage 17, Proceedings of Hamilton Reunion.
Family,and also two sons, called respectively James and Benjamin, so you seethe old names are still preserved from generation to generation andperpetuated down the centuries. It seems the tradition in yourfamily iscorrect, namely, that Abraham Fulton, who emigrated to America in1772, was married to a sister of Robert Guthrie, who, as Elder,signed the church certificate of the said Abraham Fulton. You willthus see that while your family by your paternal ancestor is extinct,yet by the side of your maternal ancestor it is still with us; andthere are no more worthy or honored people, whether viewed ascitizens or church men. My nearest neighbor is a Thomas Henry, whosemother was a Margaret Guthrie (sister to our present Robert Guthrie)and he is an honored and energetic Elder in the church of which I amminister, and to him I am largely indebted for the information whichthis letter contains. Any old thing possesses a charm for him. Hisdesire to be among the tombs, and to gather and treasure up oldrelics of the past. He has a very tenacious memory, so that he seemsnever to forget anything he has ever heard. Indeed, from readingyour letter, which to me was deeply interesting, and gathering upfrom it what I could of the spirit and motives which characterizeyour family in America, I have come to the conclusion that you havemany things in common with your friends in the Old Country. Ipresume we all inherit as much or more from our mothers than from ourfathers, and so the blood and spirit of your maternal ancestors seemto have flowed down the generations and still to be perpetratingitself on both sides of the Atlantic.
I ampleased to hear from you of family reunions. May the spirit thatprompted then live and thrive. “Why should auld acquaintance beforgot, etc.?” Such reunions open up channels along which the milkof human kindness may flow freely. I am delighted to learn that thegreat majority of your kindred are children of the “Auld Kirk,”as they say in Scotland.
Let me inconclusion pray that you and yours may be heirs of all “covenantblessings” for time and eternity. God Bless You. I remain, Yoursmost sincerely, JohnMark
Wm.Fulton, Esq., Keokuk.
If itwould not weary you, I could write how this said correspondent wasrather singularly and most romantically varied about a month ago by acablegram from Mr. Mark, saying, “Visit immediately Aberdeen,Dakota, and preserve property, “&c., &c., to which Iresponded the following day, and spent a very delightful “outing”of almost 700 miles travel through Northern Iowa, Dakota andMinnesota, and as many returning, “preserving” quite aconsiderable estate to which Mrs.Mark had fallen heir by the death of an uncle of whose variedwanderings his friends and known but little for many years. Since myreturn, a few days ago, I received a long letter from Mr. Mark,explaining more fully his cablegram, which closed with the followingwarm Irish Welcome should I ever visit the old country.
………Ido hope you and I may yet be spared to meet in life --- perhaps inAmerica, but better still in “old Ireland.” If you can at anytime find it convenient to take a run over we will be happy shouldyou make your home with us during your stay. You can then visit thecradle of your ancestors, see the old homesteadings and make theacquaintance of your people, all of whom will be glad to see you,though many generations lie between. I need say no more. God blessyou and make you a blessing. Believe me to remain, FaithfullyYours, “John Mark”
Wm.Fulton, Esq.,Keokuk,Iowa, USA
Youwill find in comparing the date of church certificate “1772” withthe date of the pastorate of Rev. Wm. Knox whose name is appended tocertificate, which pastorate began in 1765 and ended August 1801,that it covers the date of letter 1772, showing as a matter ofevidence that date synchronizeand prove each other.Thatthe church at that date was of some standing is shown by this Rev.Wm. Knox coming here from “Mary’s Abbey, Ireland,” which, Ibelieve, is the church that Rev. Dr. John Hall, of New York, leftwhen he was called to New York. Mr. Mark, the present pastor, andwho writes me, I notice by the Belfast Witness,was a prominent speaker in the Presbyterian convention that met inIreland this summer.
Inbehalf of the “Fultons” I congratulate the “Boyds” that wetogether have the satisfaction of knowing that we have descended froma race whose history we not fear to record, and whatever laudablepride we may have in running it back the 230 years we have, and therefinding it either merged in a Presbyterian minister or a co-colonistof one who was a “pioneer” even in that ancient country, can beshared equally by both the Boyd and Fulton branches; and that thecovenant made with the ancient Abraham of old, that his seed shouldbe as the sands of the sea or stars of the heavens as to number, musthave been reflected on the devout prayers made by our commonancestor, Abraham Fulton, wife and family, when they “went to Godin prayer” before deciding to embark on what was then a greatjourney to a new country.
ButI fear I weary you. Cousin Boyd had two heads or topics for me towrite on: 1st“Fulton notes,” which I have already done; 2nd,“Fulton Notables.” The latter can easily and speedily bedisposed of, and in the same manner that St. Patrick or some otherhistorian of Ireland wrote the celebrated chapter on the “Snakes”of that Island, viz.: “Chapter 2nd–snakes. There are no snakes in Ireland.” Imitating hiscompactness of style, I will write---Chapter2nd--- Fulton Notables.Thereare no Fulton Notables. Yours very truly, Wm.Fulton.
Historyof Dunboe 1st
Thefirst minister of Dunboe is said to have been Mr.Thomas Fulton, who was herein 1660. He appears to have been succeeded by Mr. Blair, but of hisministry nothing is known with certainty. The next minister was Mr.John Wilson, who was here in 1684. He fled to Scotland in thetroublous times which preceded the Revolution, and settled at Largs. The Presbytery of Irwin in 1691 supplicated his removal from Dunboe,but the Synod of Ulster refused to accede to the proposal. Hecontinued, notwithstanding, to remain in Scotland, and at length, in1697, the Synod yielded, and he was formally installed at Largs. After this, a Mr. Woodside appears for some time to have ministeredto the people. In October, 1719, Mr. Robert Knox was ordained to theministry in this congregation. Mr. Know died here on the first ofApril, 1746. The next minister was Mr. Wm. Cochrane, who wasordained here on the 10thof May 1748. In 1762, Mr. Cochrane resigned his charge and conformedto the Established Church. He was succeeded by Mr.Wm. Knox, who was installedhere on the 18thof August 1765. Mr. Knox hadpreviously been minister of St. Mary’s Abbey, Dublin. Mr. Knoxdied here on the 29thof August, 1801 and a stoneinserted in a conspicuous position in the front wall of the place ofhis burial still bears honorable testimony to th3e excellence of hischaracter. His descendants, in good worldly circumstances, are stillto be found in the neighbor-hood of Coleraine; but with the exceptionof the family of the late Mr. Mark, of Castlerock, they no longeradhere to the Presbyterian Church. The next minister was Mr. ThomasGreer, who was ordained here on the 9thof march, 1802. Among his descendants are the Rev. Thomas Greer ofAnahilt, and the late S.M. Greer, Esq., Recorder of Derry, and at onetime M.P. for the County. Mr. Greer died here on the 15thof December, 1812, and was succeeded by Mr. Wm. Lyle, who wasordained here on the 7thof June 1814. Mr. Lyle died on the 3rdof April, 1867, and was succeeded by Mr.John Mark, who was ordained on the 24thof July in the same year.[Copiedfrom History of Congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland,by Rev. W.D. Killen, D.D. Published by James Cleeland, Belfast.]
FamilyHistory[byMrs. S.C. Berryman]
TheFamily of Henry and Margaret Boyd
Thechildren of this family were James, John, Abraham, Fulton and MaryBoyd. They organized as a family in March, 1804, and flourished forthe most part on the “Western Reserve.” James died in 1867. Hischildren, three sons and three daughters, are living in Illinois,Kansas and Wisconsin.
Johnlives upon his farm in Allen County, Ohio with his only survivingdaughter. His aged companion passed away January 18th,1889. There has been one marriage and one birth among his children’schildren since the last reunion.
Abrahamhas suffered the loss, by death, of his beloved daughter Mary and hisdaughter-in-law Ellen. His only son, with his motherless children,have removed to a ranch in the vicinity of Sherman, Lincoln County,Washington. Abraham lives with his only surviving daughter on thefarm he reclaimed from the wilderness, near Lima, Ohio, and isenjoying a peaceful, happy old age: active and helpful in the homeand in his beloved church, both having grown under his watchful,fostering care. There is one birth to report, that of the firstgreat-grandchild, whose name is Ethel Boyd Kemper.
Mary,the only daughter of Henry and Margaret Boyd, passed away so gentlythat the loving watchers by her side scarce knew when her spirit tookflight. The daughter at whose home she died, in Palmyra, Ohio, wrotethus: “The struggle was sharp but mercifully short, hardly twohours; but oh! the vacancy in our hearts and homes. But the blessedComforter soon spake and said, “There is rejoicing in Heaven thismorning. Father, Grandfather and Grandmother are saying, Mary hascome; and the Redeemer is saying, Well done, good and faithfulservant.” As the circle narrows on earth it widens in Heaven.” Dr. Wilson our efficient and popular “scribe” and Mary’s onlyson, has removed to the sunny south since last reunion. He traversedover a thousand miles to be present the Sabbath afternoon, Sept 11th,1889, when a large concourse of old friends gathered at the oldchurch at North Benton to lay his mother’s precious dust by theside of that of her husband, which had lain there nearly twentyyears.
HenryFulton, the younger son of the family, lives near Lincoln, Nebraska,on a farm, and is actively engaged, with wife and two young sons andthree daughters, in agricultural pursuits. His is the distinction ofhaving the next to longest list of sons and daughters on our familyrecord, he having been the father of 14 children. There has onlybeen one accession to this branch of the family, but the little onedied after only a few short weeks.
Fultonhas two sons living in Kansas, whom he has not seen for many years. A short time ago he determined to make them a visit and surprise themby going unannounced. It was the unexpected that happened in thiscase. They knew him instantly, but it was with the greatest ofdifficulty that he could be brought to realize that they were hissons.
Thesum of the ages of this family of seven is 542 years, giving andaverage of 77.4.
Therehave been five deaths, one marriage and three births since lastreport.
Sketchof M. Hillis Boyd[byRev. A. Fulton Boyd]
DIED--- July 10th,1890, at his home, near Freeport, PA., M. Hillis Boyd
Thesubject of this notice was born March 14th,1842. He was the second son of Abram and Mary Boyd. He was aninvalid for some thirty years. When but a boy he received internalinjuries from an unmanageable horse, from which he never fullyrecovered. He lived on the farm with his parents until in the timeof our country’s great need he enlisted in her service, September9th,1862, and remained with his company until the close of the war.
Afterhis return from the army he was married to Miss Lizzie F. Dunaway, ofMerrittstown, Pennsylvania, and they began housekeeping at the oldhome, father and mother having moved to Slate Lick, PA. He retainedhis membership there until the organization, in 1871, of the ShraderGrove Church, at which time he was elected Elder and served in thatcapacity until the time of his death.
Fora number of years he was leader in the Service of Song, first in thechurch at Slate Lick and afterwards at Schrader Grove.
Hewas an earnest Christian worker, as was truly said at his funeralservice, “He knew no life but a religious life.” He, with hisfamily, worshipped God every morning and evening. He was verycareful in the religious training for his children, and often talkedwith the writer of this notice about the covenant relation ofchildren and the duty of Christian parents, desiring to fullyunderstand the teaching of God’s word upon those subjects, that hemight be enabled to bring up his loved ones in the nurture andadmonition of the Lord. He was also a faithful servant of God in theSabbath school. He was superintendent of Schrader Grove Sabbathschool most of time before and since the organization of the church. But his special work in the Sabbath school was as a teacher. Healways felt that God called upon him to save every unregeneratedmember of his class. He was so conscientious in this matter and soearnest that it was once said of him, “He would have a class but ashort time until all were converted.” He was loved by all hisSabbath school scholars. At one time it was thought best that heshould take a new class for the purpose of interesting some who werenot regular in attendance. The class was formed and he took chargeof it, but his former class all came into it and would not consent tobe deprived of his teaching. He was a wise counselor in all churchmatters and a liberal contributor, not only to the home church but toall the missionary and benevolent works of the General Assembly.
Nextto the church and his family were his friends. Friends were alwayswelcome to “Uncle Abram’s,” and no one gave them a more heartywelcome than brother Hillis. This trait of character is wellillustrated in what he has done for the Boyd family. He begancorresponding with Mr. R.G. Boyd, of Marion, Ohio; Mr. Abram Boyd ofLima, Ohio; Dr. J.F. Wilson, then of Youngstown, Ohio, and others, inregard to looking up the history of the family in the hope that somekind of organization might be formed which would preserve the historyof the entire family, strengthen the family tie and make us morezealous to carry out the desire of our ancestors, to preserve a seedto serve the Lord.
Inthis effort he was encouraged by all his friends: and one of thegreatest pleasures of his life was to see the family assembled inconvention time after time, until a permanent organization waseffected to preserve our history.
Hespent two years in searching for the different members of the Boydfamily before the record was complete. He was sometimes compelled towrite three or four letters before he could get a reply from friendswho knew nothing about him and did not suppose that he was one oftheir kin. As correspondence increased he would often write untilnear midnight, after a hard days work on the farm, answering queriesof friends. This work was a pleasure to him. He said it was madepleasant by the many kind and encouraging letters he received fromfriends in answer to his enquiries.
Butwhen his part of the work was done, the organization effected and thework divided among the different branches of the family, he said hisheart was too full for utterance, when the friends in conventionassembled manifested their appreciation of his endeavors in thepresentation to him of a handsome gold watch with this inscription: M.Hillis Boyd, From The BoydFamily Lima,Ohio, October25th,1883
Itmay be interesting to the friends to know that in his last will andtestament he bequeathed the watch to his son Joseph Hillis Boyd, tobe kept by him and his descendants in the Boyd Family forever.
Helooked forward with pleasure to the reunions, but now hishistory is to be recorded. He has gone to attend the GrandReunion. His record as asoldier has already been written and will be published in its properplace.
Inhis life he was an obedient son, an affectionate brother, a lovingand faithful husband, a kind and indulgent father, in the true senseof these words. Those who knew him best loved him most. As we lookover his life we can see but little to condemn. We are grateful toGod for his life on earth, grateful for what he was to us, gratefulfor what he was to others, and even now, in the midst of our sorrow,we rejoice in his death. Dowe not, more than ever before, grasp the meaning of those sweet wordsof Holy Writ: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death ofHis saints”? He was one of the Lord’s jewels. He lived a noblelife and died a triumphant death, and why should we not rejoice thathe has gone to be with the Lord? He is not dead, but sleepeth, andwhile we mourn his loss we await the Lord’s call to meet him at theGreat Reunionwhen our joy will be full andeverlasting.
Thelast words he wrote for the Boyd Family are the names and dates offriends departed since our last Reunion, and were he to speak to youin conversation today his advice would be, in the words written atthe head of the list of the dead, sent in his own hand----“be yealso ready.”
Reportof Committee---Resolutions on Deathof M. Hillis Boyd
Ithas pleased the All-Wise to remove from our association on earth tothe reunion above, the soul of our fried and brother in kindredbonds, M. Hillis Boyd. His undying spirit now chants praises in thechoir that surrounds the Great White Throne; his form shall restbeneath the clods of the valley till the notes of the last trumpshall be raised incorruptible. Though he has passed through thegates of death, his influence cannot die; his life has been to us anoble example. He has shown how beautiful our lives may be and howpowerful for good, when they are the expressions of brotherly lovesanctified by the love of Christ.
Tohim we owe the pleasure derived from these reunions, and although hisface will be with us no more, the remembrance of his noble manhoodwill be cherished in our hearts and his influence will continue inthe lives of his brethren.
Asa feeble expression of the sorrow that veils our hearts, we would sayto his bereaved family: We loved him much, you loved him more; ourhearts are sad, yours are sadder. We commend you in your afflictionto the God whose it is to give and take away, and above all who willkeep in perfect peace those whose minds are on Him, because theytrusted in Him.
Withlove for the departed one, and sympathy for his bereaved family, thismemorial is placed on record. AbbyHill S.C.Berryman KateMinton Committee.
Poemof the Death of Cousin M. Hillis Boyd, Freeport, Pennsylvania
By Rev. J. F.Boyd
M.Hillis Boyd’s Civil War recordhttp://www.clanboyd.info/state/Pennsylvania/civil/index.htm
Moreon John and Mary Fulton Boyd familyhttp://www.clanboyd.info/state/Pennsylvania/famhist/john2/
OBITUARIES[Sincethe death of the Secretary of the Historical Committee, thechronology of the family has received much less attention than itdemands. Reports are manifestly incomplete, particularly as tobirths and marriages, as but one branch has reported any for thispamphlet.] J.F. W.
DiedJanuary 16th,1889, Bennie, aged 24 days, beloved son of Wm. S. and Julia Boyd, attheir home in Baldwin City, Kansas.
DiedMarch 17th,1889, near Rochester, Indiana, Ellen, beloved wife of Henry E. Boyd. The circumstances surrounding this death were peculiarly trying. They had sold their farm and her husband had gone to Washington toseek a home, to which he expected to remove his family as soon aspracticable. A fortnight after his departure she was taken violentlyill with typhoid pneumonia and died within a week. Four littlechildren, the elder, Nellie, aged twelve; the younger, Maggie Beer, asweet child of three, were left desolate indeed. Her husbandreturned and marked her lonely grave by a simple stone and took thelittle ones, motherless, to the far western home. She was a fond andtender wife and mother.AnnLazarus BoydAnnLazarus Boyd was born in Deerfield, Portage Co., Ohio, January 26,1811. Her grandfather, John Hartzell, was instrumental in buildingup the Presbyterian church at Deerfield. He was inspired by a sermonpreached in the neighborhood by Rev. James Boyd, of sainted memory. She united with this church in her youth. March 16th,1837, she married to John Boyd. The early years of their marriedlife were spent on a farm near Deerfield and their four children wereborn there. In 1854 she, with her family, removed to Allen countyand settled upon a farm four miles from Lima, Ohio where theremainder of her life was spent. She was one of the mothers whoseheart-breaking privilege it was to give up the son---the onlyone---to her country. He enlisted in the 99thO.V.I. in 1862 and only served a few weeks ere his body was broughthome and laid to rest in our peaceful “grave yard.” Two daughterspreceded her to the “home over there” in quick succession, whileshe herself was an invalid and patiently awaiting the final summons,which came January 18th,1889. She was patient and cheerful and bore the many afflictionswith Christian resignation and passed away peacefully one week beforeher 79thbirthday. Her aged companion and one daughter are all of herimmediate family that remain to mourn.
DiedAt Palmyra, Ohio August 29th,1889, Mrs. Mary Wilson, aged 75 years, 5 months and 9 days. Mary wasthe only daughter of Henry and Margaret Beer Boyd, and was born inEllsworth, Ohio, March 20, 1814. Her parents had been
inOhio about two years. Three brothers older and one younger thanherself constituted the family. The mother being a delicate woman,the labors and cares incident to pioneer life were laid upon her inher early years. In 1833 the family removed to the adjoiningtownship, Berlin, Mahoning county, and settled on the farm on whichshe spent the greater portion of her life, within the bounds of whatwas then called Deerfield, but now North Benton, Presbyterian Church.She was married October 22, 1840, to Joseph Wilson of Salem, Ohio. She united with the church in early life and ever adorned herprofession. She was the worthy daughter of her godly parents. Afternearly twenty years of widowhood she was suddenly called to go uphigher on the early morning of August 29th,1889.
DiedApril 16th,1889 in Shawnee, at the old Boyd homestead, Mary, beloved wife ofJ.W. Black and youngest daughter of Abram and Maria Hover Boyd. Marywas born May 18, 1849 near the same spot where her life went outalmost 40 years later. Here her childhood was passed and her she wasmarried Sept 14, 1871. Most of her married life was spent in Limauntil failing health in both husband and wife caused them to feelthat a change was desirable.
Theywent first to Colorado and then to Rochester, Indiana where theylived four years, forming many pleasant friendships and associations. But disease had an unyielding hold upon her and as the end drewnear, her heart yearned for the old father, old home and old friends. Arrangements were accordingly made and time set for returning home,but there was still a work for them to do in Indiana. Her brother’swife sickened and in one short week died, leaving four small childrento look to Mr. And Mrs. Black for home and care, their father beingabsent in the far West. But the cares of life, the sore need ofmotherless children could no longer detain her. She felt that shewas sinking fast and with unwavering desire to die at home she madethe weary journey eight days before she died. To her it was a greatpleasure to meet the many friends who called to see her. She couldnot talk much, but for all she had a pleasant smile. Loving handsand sad hearts ministered to her few earthly needs and went with herto the very verge of the valley of the shadow of death. She was notloathe to go, having been a member of a church militant, she feltconfident of an abundant entrance into the church triumphant. Agreat sufferer for many years she was willing, nay impatient to gohome to the father. She said: “Time’s up, let me rest a littleand I will go on,” and so painfully and consciously she closed hereyes in the sleep that knows no waking upon the shores of time, andher tired, troubled heart was at rest. An aged father and a brotherand sister remained to mourn with the sorely bereaved husband andthree sons the severing of one more earthly life.
LewisEdwin Walling was born near Mt. Carmel, Indiana September 23, 1850and departed this life June 24, 1889, aged 38 years, 9 months, and 1day. He was the son of Louis and Eliza Boyd Walling and a grandsonof Rev. John Boyd. He was
leftat the age of sixteen without a mother’s care and went out tobattle with life, determined to honor her memory by his worthyefforts. How successful he was, his many friends can testify. He wasof a very amiable disposition and none knew him but to love him. In1881 he went to California. In 1882 he was married in San Franciscoto Miss Etta Rafferty. The lived near Inglenook, California and itwas on the morning of June 24ththat he, in company with his brother-in-law, went to the mountain tohaul, their team became frightened and he was thrown from the wagonand fatally injured. In a few hours he quietly passed over theboundary line between this life and the resting place of God’schildren, with the dying words: “I am not afraid to die.”
Blessedare the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, saith thespirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works dofollow them.” His funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J.S. Rossfrom Eccles. Chapter 12, verses 1-7.
Andso year by year as we chronicle the passing away of one and anotherof our friends, let us confront each other with the thought that soonour toils and labors will be over and to us will come the:
“Crossing with abatedbreath and white set faces, A little strip ofsea, To find the loved oneswaiting on the other shore, More beautiful, moreprecious than before
Necrology Names Death Generation Descendant of
| Jane Law | 10-11-1888 | 4th | Rev. James Boyd |
| Elizabeth Dickey | 12-02-1888 | 3rd | Robert Boyd |
| Bennie Boyd | 01-16-1889 | 5th | Henry Boyd |
| Anna Boyd | 01-18-1889 | 3rd | Henry Boyd |
| Ellen Boyd | 03-16-1889 | 4th | Henry Boyd |
| Mary B. Black | 04-16-1889 | 4th | Henry Boyd |
| Harvey Otterman | 06-27-1889 | 5th | Rev. Abraham Boyd |
| Mary Wilson | 08-29-1889 | 3rd | Henry Boyd |
| Sadie B. Negley | 09-29-1889 | 5th | Rev. Abraham Boyd |
| Myrtle Noble | 1889 | 5th | Margaret B. Shields |
| Sarah Agnes Graff | 11-20-1889 | 5th | Rev. James Boyd |
| Lilian Boyd | 07-30-1889 | 5th | Rev. John Boyd |
| Lewis E. Walling | 06-24-1889 | 4th | Rev. John Boyd |
| M. Hillis Boyd | 07-10-1889 | 4th | Rev. Abraham Boyd |
Marriages,Reported sincePittsburg, Reunion
| Name | Date | Generation | Descendant of |
| Orrin G. Boyd m. | 11-05-1886 | 5 | Henry Boyd |
| Nora A. Murray |
| Zillie Boyd m. | 01-30-1880 | 5 | Henry Boyd |
| William Mading |
| Jno. BoydTamplin | 05-02-1889 | 5 | Henry Boyd |
| Lettie ? |
| Frank B. Kemper | 11-16-1888 | 5 | Henry Boyd |
| Ida J. Kleever |
| Name | Date | Generation | Descendant of |
| Albert Louis Darison | 07-19-1888 | 6 | Henry Boyd |
| Frederick L. Boyd | 11-28-1887 | 6 | Henry Boyd |
| Mary L. Boyd | 07-06-1889 | 6 | Henry Boyd |
| Ethel Boyd Kemper | 02-12-1889 | 6 | Henry Boyd |
| Bennie Boyd | 12-23-1888 | 5 | Henry Boyd |
Poemfor the Boyd Reunion, Marion, Ohio
Rollof Visitors at Marion
- Byers, Carrie L., Prospect, Ohio
- Ginsley, Mrs. T. H., Marion, Ohio
- Jones, Mary M., Lima, Ohio
- Landon, John, Marion, Ohio
- Uline, G.W., Washington, DC
- Wright, George H., Marion, Ohio
- Wright, Mattie C., Marion, Ohio
New Membersof Association
J. Mitchell BoydMiss S. Lina BoydMrs. Jane H. BoydMiss Flora BoydMrs. Kate MintonMrs. Sarah J. boydMiss Fannie A. BoydMiss I. Jennie BoydMiss Abigail HillMrs. Sallie M. OneilMiss A. Lizzie BoydHowell M. BoydMiss Lizzie BoydThomas R. HughesMrs. M.A. RoseMrs. Mary Van HoutenW.A. Wolf
Rollof 1890 Marion Reunion
- Berryman, Miss Myrtle, Lima, OH
- Berryman, Mrs. S.C., Lima, OH
- Boyd, Abraham, Lima, OH
- Boyd, Miss I. Jennie, Blackhawk, PA
- Boyd, Mrs. Flora E., Marion, OH
- Boyd, John, Criderville, OH
- Boyd, John E., Allegheny, PA
- Boyd, George J., Blackhawk, PA
- Boyd, Sallie C., Lima, OH
- Boyd, R.G., Marion, OH
- Brown, Miss Maggie E., South Oil City, PA
- Codding, Mrs. Clara B., Woodland, OH
- Codding, L.R., Woodland, OH
- Codding, Boyd, Woodland, OH
- Codding, Bessie, Woodland, OH
- Fye, Mrs. Mattie, St. Charles, OH
- Harkins, Mrs. Lizzie, Marion, OH
- Harkins, Hugh H., Marion, OH
- Fye, Mrs. Mary J., St. Charles, OH
- Hughes, Mrs. J.E., Marion, OH
- Hughes, E., Marion, OH
- Hughes, Miss Maggie E., Marion, OH
- Hughes, Miss Winona A., Marion, OH
- Hughes, Thomas R., Marion, OH
- Hill, Miss Abigail E., Freeport, PA
- Minton, Mrs. Kate, Mellville, OH
- O’Neil, Mrs. Sallie M., Berlin Centre, OH
- Otis, Mrs. Sarah A., Kenton, OH
- Otis, Joseph Fulton, Kenton, OH
- Otis, Mattie A., Kenton
- Otis Rebecca, Kenton, OH
- Rose, Mrs M. Amanda, Palmyra, OH
- Smith, H.S., Freeport, PA
- Van Houten, M.B., Marion, OH
- Van Houten, Charles, Marion, OH
- Wolf, W.A., Criderville, OH
- Wolf, Mrs. M.B., Criderville, OH
TheLost Ship and the Saved Tribe;
OrTheBoyds and Their Kin,
Andother poems-----------ByJamesShields BoydLaMoure, North Dakota
Description: Contains 124pages; printed of good paper; press work excellent; well bound;neatly lettered. Five illustrations: 1. Likeness of Author. 2.Ship leaving an Erin port. 3. Rustic church in American forest. 4.Likeness of M. Hillis Boyd. 5. The Duck Hunters. Pieces of music:1. The Praise and Hope of Kindred. 2. Our Christmas Ship. 3. LittleGirl and her Canary.
Contents: 1. Boyd ConventionPoems: One Read at Beaver, PA October 1881; one read at Lima, OhioOctober 1883. 2. In Memoriam Verses: Three brothers, mother, father,Cousin Hillis Boyd, to whom all the Boyds and their kin owe much, andwhose memory all fondly cherish; Garfield, and several poemsaddressed to parishioners in affliction. 3. Miscellany. Sixteenbrief, off-hand poems, grave and gay, on a variety of subjects.
Price: One dollar and twenty-fivecents ($1.25) per copy. Sent by mail on receipt of price. Addressall orders at above toJ.S. Boyd, LaMoure, North Dakota.
Note: The cost of cuts (photo engravings and music plates) the limitedfield the book will have for circulation (being largely of a familyand personalnature) make it necessary to fix the price named, in order to meetexpenses of publication.