A very nice puzzle for us for Xmas.
1) Would your local Library have any of the County Histories for the
locations that you mentioned?
2) Caldwell County, KY joins Christian and Trigg Counties, where at least
three separate Boyd families settled in the early 1800's
3) But I am aware that the family of a John Boyd, whom, if I recall died
in Barren County, KY, also moved to this County. And there were "several"
Boyd families in Barren County, KY as well. So, some of these other Boyd
families may have moved to Caldwell County, KY as well.
4) Hawkins County, Tennesee, in in the NE corner of TN, but it does not
jump out at me at present, so I will have to do some searching for any
connections to this County. But that will take a few days
5) I do have several Boyd families from Newberry County, SC - but then
moving north to Hawkins Co., TN, seems a bit strange. You would expect them
to have migrated to GA, AL and perhaps then up to the Tennessee River and
gone down it to Caldwell County, KY.
What other Boyd's appear in the County Censes in 1850 and 1860, etc Hear I
am thinking that James, may have had other siblings in the area.
I have a few projects to finish before I can start on this for you, but
hopefully others can supply data to in the mean time.
From: Bruce Boyd
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:03 AM
Subject: [CLANBOYD] My Brick Wall - James F Boyd d1899 in St Louis, Missouri
My brick wall is my 2nd great-grandfather, James F. Boyd, d. 3 April
1899 in St. Louis, Missouri. From his stated age at death, I have a
calculated birth date of 11 Feb 1817. He first appears in the 1850
Census in McDonough County, Illinois (age 38, b. Tennessee) with his
wife "Catherine", age 34, b. Kentucky, and two children, William, age 3,
and Mary, age 2, both born in Illinois. William is my great-grandfather.
James and his family moved to St. Louis by 1860, where he worked as a
saddler or harness maker until his death. They also appear in Caldwell
County, KY in 1857 where their daughter Kate was born. Her birth record
identifies the mother as Kittora J Hanson. The remaining children were
born in Missouri (presumably St. Louis): Charles E., 1852; James A.,
1861; and Lucy P., 1864. Only William and Mary are known to have living
Census records from 1850 through 1880 list James's birth state variously
as Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. His death certificate says he was
born in Alabama, but does not identify his parents. James's wife is
listed as Catherine, Kittora, K.J., Ketina, and Keturah on various
records. It is not clear whether Catherine listed on the 1850 Census is
the same person as Keturah (from 1857 on). Keturah is also a brick
wall, as I have no specifics about her place of birth, birth date, or
I have autosomal DNA matches with several people who have Boyd roots in
Hawkins County, Tennesee. I also have matches with Boyds currently
living in Craighead County, Arkansas. They have roots in South Carolina
in the 1700s. I have not been able to find a genealogical connection to
any of these people. I speculate that the Hawkins County Boyds are
related to Boyds in Newberry County, SC who came there from County
Antrim -- but I have no evidence of this conjecture.
My Y-DNA haplogroup is in the R1b-FGC12774 Boyd line. My terminal SNP
is R-BY132251 (FTDNA Big Y-700), where I have only one known match. We
have not yet found a genealogical connection. I am aware of a male Boyd
surname descendant in Hawkins County, but I have not been able to get
him to do a YDNA test.
I am very interested in communicating with anyone who may have knowledge
of Boyd history in Hawkins County, TN before the Civil War. I have done
research at the Hawkins County archives and public library in
Rogersville. Unfortunately, many records were destroyed during the
Civil War. My earliest Boyd known in Hawkins County (1830) is William
Boyd (b1786 in VA, d1855 in TN), but little is known about him. Family
trees claim that he may have had 3 sons, Claiborn, William Reuben, and
James (!), and 3 daughters, Mary, Susan, and Lucy. These connections
St. Louis, Missouri
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