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Published by A. D. Boyd
Boyd and Allied Families
by Eleanor Boyd (Pease) Berkshire
(1986)

Genealogy of Joseph Boyd Sr. of Prince George's County, Maryland; Thomas Scott of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Yost Harbaugh of York County, Pennsylvania, and William Hayward of Maryland.
Boyd and Allied Families
by Eleanor Boyd (Pease) Berkshire
(1986)

Genealogy of Joseph Boyd Sr. of Prince George's County, Maryland; Thomas Scott of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Yost Harbaugh of York County, Pennsylvania, and William Hayward of Maryland.

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B
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Eleanor Boyd Pease Berkshire
Introduction
My distant cousin Eleanor wrote this book in 1986. I treasure the copy I received. It containsinformation about the descendants of Joseph Boyd Sr. which is not found in any other publication. Ihave used it to document some of the family relationships that can not be otherwise proven at thistime.How accurate is the information found in her book? In my research, I have found some minordiscrepancies on dates in some primary sources (especially cemetery records). Overall, theinformation seems to be excellent. Eleanor lived in northern Virginia and did original research inthe Maryland Archives in Annapolis. I believe most of the information on the Scott and Haywoodfamilies is her original work.How did Eleanor know the stories she tells of the early generations of the Boyd family? Eleanor(1901-2000) explains that she was not the only researcher in her family. Her mother, Fanny PetersPease (1867-1955) and grandmother, Martha Ann Boyd Peters (1841-1915), also had an interest infamily history and gathered information. Martha Ann was raised in Baltimore by her great aunt,Ann (Scott) Livingston (1784-1852), and her maiden aunts, Eleanor Boyd (1794-1875) and AnnBoyd (1797-1854). In 1857, Eleanor Boyd and Martha Ann moved to Marion, Ohio. Therefore,Martha Ann was in the unique position of knowing first hand family members who could tell thestories and knew the family relationships both in Maryland and Ohio.I talked to Eleanor several times in the 1990s by phone and she was a delightful lady. Iremember asking her where she found the date of the marriage of Hiram Boyd and MatildaHarbaugh. She couldn't remember and said all her genealogy papers were in storage. When shedied, I tried to find out what happened to her genealogical papers without success.I am sure Eleanor would have no objection to me reprinting her book to make it more available.The book shows no copyright. I scanned the book and made a few minor changes in punctuationand capitalization. Organizationally, the only change I made was numbering the pagesconsecutively. She had numbered them by section (ie: Boyd-14, Scott-5, etc).
Andrew Devore Boyd
 
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I have attempted to include in this short and informal history of the Boyd family all of theinformation in my possession, gathered from notes left by my grandmother and mother, as well aspersonal research and recollections. Much of the early history is based on data found in the Hall of Records in Annapolis, Brumbaugh's records of Maryland and books on Prince George's County. Iam ending the manuscript with my mother's generation, as the information on later generations of my family is quite well documented and others can follow down their particular branches. Themarginal letters and numerals indicate generations of the descendants of Joseph Boyd, junior, sothat anyone interested will be able to trace his or her lineage. For example, my lineage is asfollows:A- Joseph Boyd, juniorA-III - Hiram BoydA-III-f - Martha Boyd PetersA-III-f-l - Fanny Peters PeaseIn the cases of Joseph Boyd, Junior and John Wesley Boyd, (2) is used to denote a secondmarriage. The names underlined are "those of the ten children of Joseph Boyd, senior, as given inhis will.It has never been definitely established just when the first Boyd came to America nor the placefrom whence he came. However, it has always been believed that the first emigrant
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was aWilliam Boyd and that he came from Kilmarnock, Scotland. The home of the Boyd’s is now knownas Dean Castle. It is now owned by the town of Kilmarnock, near Edinburgh, and is noted as atourist attraction. My late brother, Harvey Pease, visited there several times and brought backmuch information and some pictures. There seems to have been a large migration of Scotsmen intothe Washington area and many customs and holidays are still celebrated in Alexandria, Virginia.In the Maryland calendar of wills, filed at Annapolis, there is one for a John Boyd, probated inOctober 1704, which names his wife Mary, and children Charles, John, Abraham, Isaac, Mary andMartha. Mary Boyd's will was probated December 4, 1722. Since his will specifically names a tractof land "Amphill Grange" and this tract was mentioned in later Boyd documents, I feel sure that, John Boyd was probably the grandfather of Joseph Boyd, senior. It was the custom in those days togive tracts of land interesting names. We find such names as "Tyler's Pasture", "Turkey Thicket","Fry's Choice", "Castle Plains" and "Walnut Hills" mentioned in documents, with many variationsin spelling. Variations in spelling and grammar were common in those days and we find "AmphillGrange" referred to as "Ample" or "Ample Grange". Part of this piece of land was in CalvertCounty, Prince George's County having been formed with land taken from Calvert County and inturn, had land taken away for Frederick and Montgomery Counties. Apparently, much of the landowned by the Boyd family was near Bladensburg, Maryland, which is just north of Washington,D.C.The
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first ancestor for whom we have definite information was Joseph Boyd, Senior, who livedin Prince George's County, Maryland. Although we have no dates of his birth or marriage, we doknow that his wife's name was Eleanor and that she was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His will, probated
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in 1799 is filed at the Hall of Records in Annapolis and, with all its variations in grammar andspelling, reads as follows:In the name of God Amen I Joseph Boyd of Prince George's County and State of Maryland being sick and weakly but in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will andtestament in the manner and form following Item I give and bequesth to my son John five shillingsCurrent money to be paid to him by my executor after my death Item I give to my son Joseph Boyd Jun. five shillings Current money to be paid to him by my executor after my death. Item I give tomy son Benjamin Boyd five shillings Current money to be paid to him by my executor after mydeath Item I give and bequeath all my lands containing two Hundred and twenty acres part of threetracts one hundred and one acres part of Tylers paster ninety acres part of Mitchels Addition withall the Improvements there on it being the plantation where I now dwell to be Equilly Dividedamong my four youngest sons Richard Boyd Thomas Boyd Abraham Boyd & William Boyd inQuantaty as well as Quallaty Item I give all my personal Estate after my debts are all paid to beEquilly divided among my seven youngest children Richard Boyd Thomas Boyd Abraham BoydWilliam Boyd Sarah Boyd Elizabeth Boyd and Rachel Boyd and lastly I constitute appoint
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andordain my son Abraham Boyd Sole executor of this my last will and testament In testamony thereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal and Published and declared this to be my last will andtestament this twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord Seventeen Hundred and ninety-nine –  Joseph Boyd Sen sealWitnesses: Samuel Duvall, Seth Hyatt, Richard H. Duvall, Walter Duvall.Signed seald Published Prince George's and Declared in the County to wit, Came June 27th 1799Richard H. Duvall and Walter Duvall two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will andtestement of Joseph Boyd Sen late of said county. Deceased and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the Testator Joseph Boyd Sen Sign and seal this will and heard himPublish Pronounce and Declare the same to be his last will and testament That at the time of his sodoing he was to the" best of their apprehensions of Sound & Disposing mind Memory andunderstanding and that they together with Samuel Duvall and Seth Hyatt respectively Subscribedtheir names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and inpresence of each other Before Sam Tyler register Prince George's CountyAt the same time Abraham Boyd the appointed executor in the foregoing will made oath on theHoly Evangels of almighty God that this will was this day Delivered to him by Walter Duvall one of the above named Witnesses thereto in whose care it hath been from the day it was Executed andthat he does not know of any other Will made by the said Deceased – Before Sam Tyler Reg. Joseph Boyd's wife Eleanor is not mentioned in the will, so that we can only assume that she hadeither passed away or been provided for before his death. I rather think the latter since, in atransaction recorded June 13, 1810, Eleanor Boyd sold three young slaves to Joseph Boyd junior. Itis impossible to determine the correct chronological order for the birthdates of the children of  Joseph Boyd Senior and his wife Eleanor. The only thing I can do is to take them in the order inwhich they are mentioned in the will.
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 John Boyd, the eldest son, was born in 1764. On December 18, 1787 he and Elizabeth (Betsy)Carrick took out a marriage license in Arundel County, Maryland. They had four children.Betsy Boyd married David Allen.
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