BOYD Family

Updated February 2008:

Generation 1

James Boyd 1 b. abt 1757; m. Hannah Gibson Sept 8, 1779 in Bedford Co., VA. 

Last November 10, 2007, "Helen Johnson" <> another researcher of my Boyd line offered this:

"Found a marriage license for James Boyd who married Hannah Gibson Sept 8, 1779 in Bedford county VA. 

Now my theory :  they must be the parents of our James ( who was born in 1783) who married Nancy Simpson because our James was born in VA so the census states and the first child Elitha was born there. Also my guess our James named one of his daughters Hannah which could be after his mother."

A search of turned up with a good possibilityf or this James Boyd:

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James Boyd: Pin #218569; Birth: abt 1753, Bedford Co, Virginia; Death: bef 1791


Father: William Boyd Pin #217991

Mother: Margaret Mason Pin #217992


Spouse 1: Jane Stevenson Pin #219382; Marriage: 25 Feb 1772, Bedford Co, Virginia

Spouse 2: Hannah Gibson Pin #219383; Marriage: 8 Sep 1779, Bedford Co, Virginia



Submission Search: 101902-090299080246

Ronnie B & Dixie Lee (Arthur) Turley 
801 Hopi Trail, Dewey, Az 8632

Child of James and Hannah believed to be James 2 b. 1783 in VA.

Generation 2

James Boyd 2 & (1) Nancy Simpson ( 2) Anna Postles

James Boyd b. 10 Aug 1783 Tenn. (his census says Va.) was in War 1812  d 20 Nov 1854 Mahaska Co., Iowa

Possible parents: James Boyd who married Hannah Gibson Sept 8, 1779 in Bedford Co.VA -- time, place, and naming patterns all look good.

First wife Nancy Simpson

Ten children:

1. Elitha b. 27 Aug 1804 Tenn; [Batch Number: M513351 Elithe BOYD - Marriage: Allen Blout 3 Feb 1825 Franklin, Ohio]

2. Bartley b 20 Aug 1806 Tenn [Batch Number: M513351 Barthly BOYD - Marriage: Margaret O'Harra 9 Jun 1830 Franklin, Ohio]
MARGARET (Found Franklinton Graveyard Inscriptions; Columbus, Ohio) Wife of BARTLEY BOYD and daughter of JAS. & T. O'HARA; Died July 18, 1849; Aged 41 years 1 mon. 2 days  

3. Laurali (twin) b 13 Mar 1809 Tenn

4. Hannah (twin) b 13 Mar 1809 Tenn; [Batch Number: M513351 Hannah BOYD - Marriage: Thomas T. Kain 2 Nov 1826 Franklin, Ohio]

5. Valentine b 8 Feb 1813 Tenn; [Batch Number: M513351 Valentine BOYD - Marriage: Sarah [sic] Gravnis (Grooms) 6 May 1835 Franklin, Ohio]

6. Elcey Eley b April 1814 Tenn.; m. William. M. Carder 11 March 1830 in Franklin Co. OH.

7. Louisa b 20 Aug 1816 Tenn; [Batch Number: M513351 Louiza BOYD - Marriage: Jesse Clark 24 Oct 1831 Franklin, Ohio]

8. James b 14 July 1819 Tenn

9. Alfred b 24 Nov 1821 Ohio

10. Rufus b 15 Dec 1823 Ohio

Second wife: Anna Marie Postles
b 8 Nov 1803
m. 1826 Franklin Co., Ohio (IGI: M513351 -- JAMES BOYDE M. ANN POSTLES 16 MAR 1826 , Franklin, Ohio

d 23 July 1882 Mahaska co.  Iowa

Ten more children with 2nd wife:

11. Mary Ann b. 3 Jan 1826 married Steven Kilgore (?)
d 10 Oct 1891 (?) where?  Had a daughter named Mrs. Emma Knatt (?

12 Claybourne b 28 Apr 1828  Married 1. Mary Jane Fulton and 2. Margaret
Ann Halebom   Children: a. Annie Wilhuine Boyd b 23 July 1854  d 12 July1898 bur.  Alton Cem.  Franklin Co., Ohio Annie W. was the 2nd wife to James Wesley Clover.  b. Effy Minnellia  c. Rosline Norry  d. Edna May (some children may be from wife  #2 Married 2. Margaret Ann Halebome. James Adam b 20 April 1876

Is this him: BOYD, Claybourne   OH   14 Jun 1861  Priv   33y (age is correct, b. abt 1828) --
Served Ohio    Co I 23rd Inf Reg OH
Transferred 01 July 1864 from Co C to Co I
Mustered Out Cumberland, MD 26 July 1865

13. Pirena b 8 Aug 1830 Ohio

14. Nancy b 15 Feb 1832 Ohio married James Alexander Petty on I Jan 1854 Iowa d  la., buried Evergreen Cem.  Anita, la.

15.  David b 8 Aug 1833

16.  Marion b 11 Jan 1837 d Iowa (Co D, 21" infantry Ohio)

17.  Un-named twin b and d 15 Aug 1838

18.  Un-named twin b and d 15 Aug 1838

19.  Neomi b 18 Oct 1844

20. Jasper b 12 Oct 1848


·James arrived in Franklin Co, OH in 1820.

·History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, OH, published 1880: "James Boyd from Tennessee. settled in the township in 1820. None of the family now live in the township." Also, from History of Franklin Co., .OH, by Martin 1858: James Boyd was elected Justice of the Peace in 1823 and held office until 1826.

·History of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909:
page 322, Among the pioneers prior to 1858 were the families of: BARTLEY BOYD, WILLIAM BOYD, ROBERT BOYD. The the original founders of the township, were JAMES BOYD, John Hayden, John Patterson, and W. Renter and their families

·James married (2) Anna Mariah Postles [b. 8 Nov 1807 MD; d. 23 July 1882 Mahaska Co., Iowa] in Franklin Co., OH 16 March 1826 -- removed to Iowa right after 1850 Fr Co, OH federal census -- where he died. [Batch Number: M513351 James BOYDE - Marriage (2) Ann Postles16 Mar 1826 Franklin, Ohio]

·1830 Census:
Brown Twp., Franklin Co., OH -- Bartlett and James Boyd households

·1840 Census:
Jefferson Twp., Madison Co., OH -- James Boyd ??

·1850 Census:
Columbus Twp., Franklin Co., OH -- James Boyd ??

·James Boyd was in Capt. Rufus Morgan's Co., 3rd TN militia. Enlisted July 1813 in Knoxville, TN, discharged 16 Dec 1814.

·Anna applied for the pension 15 Jan 1880 when she was 74.

·It said James was 5'4", dark grey eyes, sandy complexion, light hair, 135 pounds.

·He first married Nancy Simpson who died (bef. 1826) at London, Madison Co., OH (the county right next to Franklin). They lived in Knoxville TN 20 years and Columbus OH 23 years.

Mahaska County, Iowa WPA Boyd Burial Records:

Surame First Name Birthdate Death Cem Twp
Boyd James 1783 Aug 10 1854 Nov 20 Appel Rich War of 1812

(REF: Appel Cemetery, IA, Mahaska Co, cemetery - 412651N - 0924710W, Peoria. email: for reading)

Other Boyds buried in Appel Cemetery, Richland Twp., Mahaska Co., IA:
Boyd Alberta 1877 Apr 30 1880 Mar 26
Boyd Anna M 1807 Nov 08 1882 Jul 23
Boyd Lewis 1858 Feb 10 1858 May 13
Boyd Marion   Apel Rich Co. D, 21 st Infantry of Ohio
Boyd Mary L. 1836 Jan 30 1875 May 06

Generation 3

Valentine BOYD was born in Tennessee 1810/13.

He married GROOMS, Sarah in Clinton Township, Franklin Co., OH, May 6, 1835. Sarah was born about 1815 in OH. Sarah was born abt 1816 and died from Smallpox in 1858.

BOYD, Valentine and GROOMS, Sarah had the following children:

+i. Sophia BOYD was born in Ohio December 20, 1836. Sophia died October 14, 1908 in Elkhorn, Douglas Co., NE, at 71 years of age. She married BAILEY, David Solomon in Moravia, Appanoose Co., IA, March 13, 1859. David was born in Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio December 8, 1837. He was the son of BAILEY, Orange and WAGGONER, Lydia. David died July 19, 1915 in Spring Grove, Douglas Co., NE, at 77 years of age. He is buried in the old Elkhorn Cemetery. He resided in Omaha, NE area possibly Elkhorn before 1889.

ii. BOYD, Hannah was born in Ohio about 1837.

iii. BOYD, Horace A. was born in Ohio about 1839. m.? BOYD, Horace m. KNAPP, Ellen; 02 Apr 1868; Appanoose

iv. BOYD, James was born in Indiana about 1840; d. from Smallpox in 1858

v. BOYD, Elizabeth was born in Indiana about 1841. m.? BOYD, Elizabeth m. (1) HURLBURT, David S.; 22 Apr 1858; Appanoose; & BOYD, Elizabeth (2?) HUDSON, J.E.; 02 Sep 1885; Appanoose

vi. BOYD, Adaline was born in Illinois about 1844.

vii. BOYD, Lucinda was born in Illinois about 1846.

viii. BOYD, William S. was born in Union Twp., Appanoose Co., IA about 1851. m.? BOYD, W.S. m. MURPHY, Margaret; 14 Feb 1879; Appanoose

ix. BOYD, Mahala was born in Union Twp., Appanoose Co., IA 1853. ?m. BOYD, Mahala m. TAYLOR, John J.; 05 Mar 1876; Appanoose

x. BOYD, Martha b. 1856; d. from Smallpox in 1858

·Valentine's occupation: blacksmith in Union, Appanoose Co., IA, 1850 census.

·Valentine's occupation: farmer in Union, Appanoose Co., IA, 1856 census.

Mary Toft's Family Record - in her words:

"When I started doing genealogy in 1968 I wasn't aware of the need for proof of my sources.

Here's what I have:

I followed Valentine Boyd through the Midwest using census records. Each census record listed below stated that he was born in Tennessee about 1810. His wife Sarah Grooms Boyd was listed as born in Ohio about 1815. One census stated that he could not read or write. Sophia, Hannah [b 19 Jul 1837], and Horace A. were born in Ohio. James and Elizabeth were born in Indiana after 1839. Adeline and Lucinda were born in Illinois after 1841. Wm Swaisie [b. 04 Nov 1848], Mahala [b. 09 Sep 1853] and Martha [b. 1856] were all born in Iowa.

The 1856 (Special) Iowa Census lists Valentine age 45, Sarah age 40, and seven younger children in Appanoose County, Union Twp, Iowa Valentine was a farmer.

In 1858, a transient family moved into a house on the property where Boyds lived. The entire family became ill and all died. Sarah and her daughters went to the home to lay-out the family. They then learned that the family had smallpox. Sarah and some of the children caught the disease, and Sarah, James [age 18], and Martha [age 2] died.

Hannah Boyd Shunkwiler was expecting her first child, so she was given a serum. The doctor gave it in both arms, and they became so sore, she had to rest them on pillows for about six weeks. My aunt said that Valentine had survived the smallpox earlier.

In the 1860 Iowa Census Valentine was a farmer in Appanoose County, Iowa and had 3 children living with him. Lucinda [age 13], Wm Swaisie [age 8], and Mahala [age 7].

We found a second marriage record of Valentine Boyd to Elizabeth Richmond in 1861.

By the 1870 Iowa Census Valentine was 58 and living alone. According to my Aunt Zula Taylor, Valentine died at the home of his daughter, Adeline Gilliland. She didn't recall the year. She thought that Valentine and Sarah were buried at Bailey Cemetery somewhere in Appanoose County, Iowa. There are no headstones that I know of."


Joanne V. (Lewis) Thomas, a descendent of the Postle(s) families who authored the Postle(s) family book, 1984, produced from records maintained by the well documented family archives, as the Postle Family has been holding family reunions in Columbus, Franklin Co, OH since the mid 1870's. Children (of James Boyd and 1st wife) hand written from a bible record.


Mary Toft e-mail communication -- see above.


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