Good morning all
It seems that each year the little town of South Boston on the Dan River in Halifax
County, Virginia marks this event.
This year the Crossing of the Dan 2019 Commemoration took place on Saturday 16 February.
And I understand that in 2021, the 240th Anniversary, a number of some of the 40,000
descendants of the four sons of George and Isabella Boyd of Compass, will join this
Commemoration to hold some sort of Boyd Re-Union. (I am not aware of whom from the Boyd
side will be actually organising this Boyd event in conjunction with the 240th
I did visit South Boston in 2010, after I have been to the Stone Mountain Games in
Georgia, and spoke to a number of the Brother’s descendants.
South Boston, has their own Museum. Mainly based on the Cotton Industry, but still well
worthwhile to make a “short” stop, when you are travelling either South for the Winter, or
getting out of the snows in the Kentucky Mountains for Christmas to visit the seaside
along the Atlantic Coast.
And, if I recall, the Museum had facilities were food could be bought during your stop
over, during your passing through this area of Southern Virginia. So, if you can plan a
brief health break at South Boston.
During the Crossing of the Dan River in 1781, I am not quite sure what the other Boyds in
this area were doing. For example, there was the family of Alexander Boyd of Boydton,
Mecklenburg and other Boyd families west of South Boston, VA. in Bedford and other
Counties. So, over the next 14 months, it will be interesting to know, if any of these
“other” southern Virginia Boyd families can make an linkage to these Halifax County
I look forward to providing more information as it comes to head. But those Boyds that
live around Halifax County, may like to check out the 239th Commemorations in February
2020 and tell us what it is like, etc.