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
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
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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