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GAUT • HOOVER • HOUGH • MARKLE • McGREW

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SPEER • WARFEL • WELDAY • WILLIAMS

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To My Beloved Daughter

MERCELIA LOUISE BOYD

THE FOLLOWING PAGES

ARE AFFECTIONATELY

DEDICATED



PREFACE

In the Fall of 1933, just twenty-two years after this work was undertaken. Cora
Cullar Boyd, sister of the compiler, spent several months in Missouri, Ohio. Penn-
sylvania and Washington. D. C. for the particular purpose of making a personal
survey for Boyd Family records among relatives, and in Court Houses, Cemeteries.
Libraries, and Historical Societies. A great many of the records which appear in this
volume are the result of her splendid work.

Quite by chance, when in the Library of Congress in Washington. D. C, Cora
became acquainted with a genealogist, Katherine Cox Gottschalk, of Pittsburgh.
Pa., from whom she asked help in locating some Pennsylvania record books. After
working with her for a few hours she was so impressed with her knowledge and
experience that she suggested retaining Mrs. Gottschalk to complete the job of finding
the Boyd immigrant. This arrangement was finally made.

At this time only six generations had been definitely established, and an intensive
search revealed the fact that this particular line had never been traced nor its
records published.

For many years the compiler had been following the wrong ancestor in his
search for family records, he being under the impression that this ancestor was a
Francis Boyd. He compiled a complete lineage of this Francis Boyd, but Mrs.
Gottschalk produced conclusive evidence showing that he had no connection whatever
with the family of the compiler.

She picked up threads of information here and there, finding associates, neigh-
bors and intermarriages; searching the census, tax and land records. locating farms
and eliminating all those who did not fit into the picture. When all was put together,
she had added two additional early generations to the six alreadv established, which
led us to the immigrant. William' Boyd.

We are all greatly indebted to Cora Boyd, to Mrs. Gottschalk, and to the many
family members who have assisted so materially by furnishing records of their
respective families.

We have attempted to use in these records only facts which have been proved,
where proof has been obtainable, and when information has been at variance, pref-
erence has been given to those in better position to know the facts. In order to
minimize errors all records were verified and brought up to date, where possible, just
before going to press.

SCOTT LEE BOYD
October. 1935,

Santa Barbara, Calif.



THE BOYD FAMILY
CONTENTS

Origin and History of the name BOYD, and Coat of Arms 7

Descent of the Old and Ancient Family of Boyds in Scotland 8

History of the City of Kilmarnock, Scotland, and Dean Castle, the Home of the

Ancient Boyds 14

The Royal House of Stewart and the Stewart-Boyd Clan 16

The Migrations of the Boyds from Scotland to Ireland with References 17

Boyds in America 19

Boyds in Pennsylvania 20

History of the Marsh Creek Settlement and Manor of Maske 20

Thomas^ Boyd, The Immigrant 21

Old Sewickley Presbyterian Church •. 24

Chart Showing the Paternal Ancestral Family Connections of Mercelia Louise

Boyd 26

The Boyd Lineage of Mercelia Louise Boyd 27

The Boyd Genealogy 45

Allied Families:

The Bell Family 234

The Bracken Family 239

The Culler Family 241

The Cunningham Family 243

The Finley Family '. 245

The Gaut Family 248

The Hoover Family 252

The Hough Family 254

The Markle Family 266

The McGrew Family 276

The Parrish Family 285

i-The Perry Family 287

The Pinkerton Family 290

The Scholl Family 294

The Speer Family 298

The Warfel Family 301

The Welday Family 303

The Williams Family 307

Index of Families , 309

Index of Names 311



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Boyd Coat of Arms Frontispiece

PACF.

Section A facing 6

1. Dean Castle, Home of the Ancient Boyds, Kilmarnock, Scotland.

2. Old Sewickley and Dick Presbyterian Churches, near West Newton, Pa.

3. Tombstones of Boyd Revolutionary Soldiers in Old Sewickley (now Dick) Church

Cemetery.

Section B facing 38

1. John D. Boyd and Kerenhappuch (Parrjsh) Boyd.

2. Nine children of John D. and Kerenhappuch (Panrish) Boyd.

3. John Finley Boyd and Mary Jane (MoUie) (Cullar) Boyd.

4. John Finley Boyd and wife, Mary Jane (MoUie) (Cullar) and daughter, Cora

CuUar Boyd.

5. Residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Finley Boyd, Butler, Mo.

6. Six children of John Finley and Mary Jane (MoUie) (Cullar) Boyd (taken 1890).

7. John Finley Boyd and children (taken 1910).

8. Six children of John Finley and Mary Jane (MoUie) (CuUar) Boyd (taken 1935).

Section C facing 62

1. Edwin Everett Boyd and wife, Grace (Jones) and family.

2. Scott Lee Boyd and wife, Mercelia Anna (Winslow) and daughter Mercelia

Louise Boyd.

3. Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Lee Boyd, Santa Barbara, Calif.

4. Mrs. Louise Massa (Tracy) Winslow.

5. Clyde Hiram Boyd and wife, and Wallace Warfel Boyd and wife.

6. Five children of Clyde Hiram and Martha Frances (Savage) Boyd.

7. Francis Eugene Boyd and wife, Katherine Cutting (Stewart) and famfly.

8. Grandchildren of Clyde Hiram and Martha Frances (Savage) Boyd.

Section D /^;„g 287

Littleton Jerome Perry, Nancy Jane (Perry) Cullar and John Wesley Cullar.




RUINS OF DEAN CASTLE. KILMARNOCK. SCOTLAND
Taken in 1884



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Tombstones of Boyd Revoluticmary Soldiers and wives in cemetery of Old Sewickley Church (now

Dick). Reading from left to rit;ht, William Boyd. Margaret his wife, John Boyd, Robert Boyd,

Benjamin Boyd, and Annie his wife. (Taken 1935.) (See pages 32-37, 41V), 49-50)



THE BOYD FAMILY 7

ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF THE NAME "BOYD"
AND COAT OF ARMS

The family name of Boyd is one of the ancient names in Scotland, and has been
traced back to one named "Eochcudh." who was called Buidhe. meaning "the fair."
The appellation of Buidhe was annexed to his name and he was known as "Eochcudh
Buidhe," and from him descended the men known later as Boyd. From this early
character all of the families named Boyd seem to trace their line of descent.

"The Gaelic word 'Boidh,' which means fair or yellow-haired, was the origin
of the names of numerous branches of the Boyd Family.

"Rev. J. S. Boyd of Greenleaf, Minn., says his name originally was spelled
'Buidh,' which' means 'yellow-haired,' and a little stream in Ireland was so named
after their family. But they undoubtedly first came from Scotland." (Ref. Origin
and Hist, of name "Boyd," American Publishers' Association publication, Chicago,
III., 1905.)

COAT OF ARMS— ORIGINAL

"The arms of this family were described as . . . Az., a fess chequy arg. and gu.,
in cheif a trejoil. or; Crest, a dexter hand couped at the wrist erect, pointing upwards
with the thumb and first two fingers ppr. hand charged with a trefoil, or; motto
'CONFIDO.' Seat of this family was Ballymacool, Letterkenny. Donegal, Ireland."

COAT OF ARMS— ENGLAND

Arms: Az., Jesse indented chequy arg. and gu. between two lozenges of the second.
Crest: Three ostrich feathers, sa.
Motto: Confido, which means "I trust."

COAT OF ARMS — SCOTLAND

Arms: Az. a fess chequy ag. and gu.

Crest: A dexter hand erect, issuing out of a wreath, pointing with the thumb and

two fingers ppr.
Motto: Confido, which means "I trust."

COAT OF ARMS — IRELAND

Crest: A dexter hand, couped at wrist, erect, third and fourth fingers turned

down, ppr.
Motto: Confido, which means "I trust."

Arms and Crests used in America are the same as the Boyds of Scotland and
Ireland, except when quartered or slightly changed.



8 THE BOYD FAMILY

DESCENT OF THE OLD AND ANCIENT FAMILY OF BOYDS

IN SCOTLAND

The following account has been copied and condensed from the "History of the
Boyd Family and its Descendants" by William P. Boyd, 1912. with the permission
of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Emily L. Boyd of Genesco. New York, which information
has not been verified by the compiler.

THOME, a descendant of King Kennith III.

FLEANCE, his son and successor.

ALAN, his son and successor.

Died in 1153.

He was created First Lord High Stewart.

MARRIED Margaret, daughter of Tergus ( or Fergus I . Earl of Galloway.

FIVE CHILDREN:

(1) No records.

(2) Walter

From whom the roval family of Stewarts descended.

(3) SIMON, his successor.

From whom the noble family of Bovds descended.

(4) No records.

(5) Adam

He was mentioned in a charter given by David I. in the year 1139.

SIMON, his son.

He was created Second Lord High Stewart of Scotland.

His name is found in the foundation charter of the Monastery of Paisley dated
1161. and he is designated "Simon frater." "Walter filis," "Alan Lapiferi" and
"Regis Sectiac." This Monastery is supposed to have been the first original house
of the Boyds of Scotland. 1157, and supposed to have been in the possession of
Walter Fitzalan, ancestor of the royal Stewarts.

He had a number of children. ROBERT being the eldest.

ROBERT BOYD (1st), his eldest son (Robert, the Fair).
Died prior to 1240.

Being of fair complexion he was named ""Boyt" or "Boyd"' taken from the Gaelic
or Celtic word "Boidt"' or "Boider' and from this fact the first surname "Boyd"
arose, and from him the families of the "Boyds" in the Old World descended.

He is designated nephew of .Alan. First Lord High Stewart, and in a contract between
Bryce de Eglinton and the village of Irvin in 1205, he is designated "Dominus
Robertus Boyd" and at that time and since then, the Boyds have carried the
armorial bearings of the Stewarts and prove their descent from that illustrious
house.

NOTE: ROBERT is designated here as the first in this Boyd line and his son,
ROBERT as the second, etc.

SIR ROBERT BOYD (2nd), son of Robert (Ist).

Died about 1270.

The first history we have of him is in a charter given Sir John Erskin in 1262. He

was designated in the same as "Robertus de Boyd Miles" and he was also called

Robert II of Scotland.

SIR ROBERT BOYD (3rd), son of Sir Robert (2nd).
Died about 1300.



DESCENT OF THE BOYDS, IN SCOTLAND 9

SIR ROBERT BOYD (4th), son of Sir Robert (3rd).

Died about 1329.

He was a supporter of Robert Bruce and continued so until the independence of
Scotland was established, June 23, 1314. by the decisive Battle of Bannockburn,
and for his loyal services he was rewarded by Bruce with gifts of land of Kilmar-
nock, Bondington and Hertschaw. The lands of Kilbyrd and Ardnel. or Portin-
cross, situated in the parish of west Kilbride, were conferred upon him about 1308,
and from his younger son, Thomas, the Boyds of Portincross descend. These lands
remained in that family until 1737.

THREE SONS:

(1) THOMAS BOYD, his successor.

(2) Allen Boyd

Died 1339.

(3) James Boyd

He was mentioned in charter of 1342.

SIR THOMAS BOYD (5th), eon of Sir Robert (4th).
THREE SONS:

(1) THOMAS BOYD, his successor.

(2) William Boyd

He is an ancestor of the Boyds of Badenheath.

(3) Robert de Boyd

He MARRIED a lady named Grizel and was the ancestor of the Boyds of
Portincross in Ayrshire. (1375-76.)

SIR THOMAS BOYD (6th), son of Sir Thomas (5th).
He was known and designated "Dominus de Kilmarnock."

(The first Lord Boyd.)
MARRIED a daughter of Sir John Gilford, Lord of Yester by whom he acquired

a great fortune.
His son, THOMAS, his successor.

SIR THOMAS BOYD (7th), son of Sir Thomas (6th).

Died July, 1432.

He was the second Lord of Kilmarnock.

He was active in the time of King James I of Scotland.

MARRIED Johanna Montgomery of Androsson.

TWO SONS:

(1) THOMAS BOYD, his successor.

(2) William Boyd

He was Abbot of Kilwinning.

SIR THOMAS BOYD (8th), son of Sir Thomas (7th).

He was killed in battle July 9, 1439, by Alexander Stewart.

FOUR CHILDREN:

(1) ROBERT BOYD, his successor.

(2) Alexander Boyd

Lived at Duncan, Scotland, and was executed in 1469.

(3) Janet Boyd

MARRIED John Alexander Maxwell of Calderwood.
(p »« ar^, Boyd

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10 THE BOYD FAMILY

SIR ROBERT BOYD (9th), son of Sir Thomas (8th).

Died 1470.

He was made Lord of Parliament in 1459 by King James II of Scotland. Later he
was Lord Justiciary of Scotland, and also in 1464 and 1465 he was ambassador to
England.

MARRIED a daughter of Sir Robert Maxwell of Calderwood.

SIR ROBERT BOYD l9th ) was accused, along with his brother, Alexander, of having
carried the young King James III (then eight years of age) from Linlithgow to
Edinburgh, "to enter upon the regal government, while he was yet in his minority."
Parliament and King James II himself declared the Boyds were innocent of all
crimes and such a decree was registered among Acts of Parliament. However,
the many favors bestowed upon ROBERT by James II caused jealousies among
the nobles who planned to overthrow him. This was finally accomplished, and
ROBERT and Alexander, his brother, were sentenced to be executed and lands
confiscated. Alexander was executed on Castle Hill in Edinburgh in 1469.
ROBERT, who had fled to England when he learned of the intention to ruin him,
was not executed but died in Alnwick, England, in 1470, of a broken heart over
the fate of his family.

FOUR CHILDREN:

(1) THOMAS BOYD, his successor.

(2) Alexander Boyd

He carried on the lineal descent of the family after the death of his nephew.

(3) Archibald Boyd

He was an ancestor of the Boyds of Bousham of Scotland.

(4) Elizabeth Boyd

MARRIED Archibald, the fifth Earl of Angus.

SIR THOIVL4S BOYD (10th), son of Sir Robert (9th).

Died 1471. in Antwerp, Flanders, and a tomb to his memory bearing "honorable

inscription" was erected by his friend, Charles. Duke of Burgundy.
MARRIED Margaret (or Mary I Stewart. King James' eldest sister. By this union SIR

THO.M.AS obtained considerable wealth, and was created the Earl of Arran.
Margaret was to have been given by her mother in marriage to Edward, Prince of

Wales.
Apparently her marriage to THOMAS ( 10th I incurred the displeasure of her brother.

King James, as he had her placed in confinement in Dean Castle during the life

of her husband. Thomas ( 10th I . to whom she was devoted, and the marriage

declared null and void.
After the death of THOMAS (10th). his wife was released and she was married (it

is thought by compulsion) to Lord Hamilton, to whom the Earldom of Arran was

then given.

[See page 15)

TWO CHILDREN:

(1) JAMES BOYD, his successor.

(2) Margaret Boyd

MARRIED first to Lord Forbes. MARRIED second to Earl Cassillis.
There were no children.

JAMES BOYD (Ilth), son of Sir Thomas (10th).

He was slain in 14^4 in some petty feud while yet a young man and his possessions

were returned to the Crown.
Several years after death of his father the Lordship of Bovds was restored to him by

a charter from King James III in 1483 and comprehended the lands of Kilmarnock,

Daloy, Nodesdale, Monsford. Muir, Rawensdale, Ralson, Elate and other lands in

the county of Ayr.
He had no children.



DESCENT OF THE BOYDS, IN SCOTLAND 11

ALEXANDER BOYD (12th), son of Sir Robert (9th).

As JAMES (11th) died leaving no descendants, ALEXANDER, his uncle, the brother
of his father, being next in line of lineal descendants, the estate of JAMES (11th)
was soon afterwards conferred upon him by King James IV, who became his friend.

In 1505 he was constituted Baillie and Chamberlin of Kilmarnock.

MARRIED the daughter of Sir Robert Colville of Ochiltree, Scotland.

THREE SONS:

(1) ROBERT BOYD, his successor.

(2) Thomas Boyd

He was an ancestor of the Boyds of Pitcon.

(3) Adam Boyd

He was an ancestor of the Boyds of Pentville and Flushing.

ROBERT BOYD (13th), son of Alexander (12th).

Died 1550.

He had the estate and honors of Lord Boyd restored to him in 1536 by King James
V, and for bravery shown in the Battle of Glasgow Field, which was fought about
1543, he was awarded additional honors and was succeeding heir to James Boyd,
son of the Earl of Arran in 1544.

MARRIED to Helen Somerville, daughter of Sir John Somerville of Cornnathon.

TWO CHILDREN:

(1) ROBERT BOYD, his successor.

(2) Margaret Boyd

MARRIED to Neil Montgomery of Landsham.

ROBERT BOYD (14th), son of Robert (13th).

Born 1517. Died Jan. 3, 1589.

An epitaph to his memory, engraved on a stone is still to be seen in the Low Church
of Kilmarnock.

He was known as the fourth Lord Boyd, and was an ardent supporter of Mary,
Queen of Scots, who was beheaded Feb. 8., 1587, after nearly twenty years im-
prisonment in England.

His eldest son. THOMAS, his successor.

THOMAS BOYD (15th), son of Robert (14th).

Died 1619.

He was known as the fifth Lord Boyd, and obtained a charter to many lands and

baronies between 1595 and 1599.
MARRIED Margaret, a daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell of Londoune, Scotland.
SEVEN CHILDREN:

(1) ROBERT MARTIN BOYD, his heir.

(2) Sir Thomas Boyd of Bedbay. ,

(3) Adam Boyd

MARRIED Margaret, sister of Robert Galbreath of Kilbraith.

(4) Daughter (name unknown).
MARRIED the Earl of Abercome.

(5) Daughter (name unknown).
MARRIED Blair of Blair.

(6) Daughter (name unknown).

MARRIED Elphington of Blaythswood.

(7) John Boyd

ROBERT MARTIN BOYD (16th), son of Thomas (15th).

Died too young to succeed his father and become the sixth Lord Boyd.
M ". ED to Jane, daughter of the Earl of Lothian.
Son, nOBERT, succeeded Thomas (15th).



12 THE BOYD FAMILY

ROBERT BOYD (17th), son of Robert Martin (16th).

He was the sixth Lord Boyd and in 1620 and 1626 he obtained a charter to several

lands in Ayrshire.
MARRIED first the daughter of the Master of Eglinton.
There were no children.
MARRIED second the daughter of the Earl of Addington who had great sympathy

with the persecuted Presbyterians.
FIVE CHILDREN:

(1) JAMES BOYD, his successor

(2) Daughter (name unknown)
MARRIED Morrison of Preston Grange.

(3) Daughter (name unknown)

MARRIED Sinclair of Stevenson.

(4) Daughter (name unknown)

MARRIED Scott of Harden.

(5) Daughter (name unknowTi)

MARRIED Dundas of Armstrong.

JAMES BOYD (18th), son of Robert (17th).

He was the eighth Lord Boyd.

He was fined £1500 by Cromwell, for supporting Charles.

It was during the life of this Lord Boyd that the part of Dean Castle, on which the
Kilmarnock Arms are sculptured, was erected.

[See page 15)
MARRIED to Catherine Craik (Crayk) who died in 1654. "
One son, WILLIAM, his successor.

WILLIAM BOYD (19th), son of James (18th).

Died 1692.

King Charles II created him First Earl of Kilmarnock on Aug. 7. 1661.

In 1672, a second charter conferred upon him and the town further rights and

privileges.
His eldest son, WILLIAM, his successor.

WILLIAM (20th), son of William (19th).

He was created second Earl of Kilmarnock.

TWO SONS:

WILLIAM, the eldest son and his successor.

WILLIAM BOYD (2l8t) son of WUliam (20th).

Died 1717.

He was the third Earl of Kilmarnock, becoming heir to his father in 1699.

He was attached to the House of Hanover. When George I was proclaimed. Aug..
1714, he appeared with the Baillies and other gentlemen at the Council House
ceremony. This was in the time of Rob Roy, and the reckless clan of the McGregors.

His eldest son, WILLIAM, his successor.

WILUAM BOYD (22nd) son of William (2l8t).

Died Aug. 18. 1746.

He was the fourth Earl of Kilmarnock. "WTien he succeeded to his father's estate it
was very much reduced.

MARRIED to Lady Annie Livingston, daughter and heiress of the Earl of Linlithgow
and Callander.

He was the last of the Boyds who lived at Dean Castle.

In 1745, Prince Charles (known as the Young Pretender, the last of the Stewart
dynasty to be recognized) planted his standard in Scotland and succeeded in gain-



DESCENT OF THE BOYDS, IN SCOTLAND 13

ing the attachment and support of many of the nobles and gentlemen of influence.

William became one of Prince Charles' adherents. He was appointed colonel of the

Hussars by Prince Charles and accompanied the insurgents to England.
The Duke of Cumberland arrived from Scotland to suppress the Rebellion and on

Apr. 16, 1746, at Drunimossie Moor, near Culloden House, a short distance from

Inverness, vanquished the army of Prince Charles.
William, the fourth Earl of Kilmarnock, among others, was taken prisoner to London

Tower and brought to trial July 28, 1746, in Westminster Hall.
The Lord High Stewart and one hundred thirty-six peers were present.
William Boyd, who was a tall and slender person of dignity, stood up and pleaded

guilty, and recommended himself to the mercy of the King. He was executed Aug.

18, 1746, after all pleas and petitions in his behalf had been rejected.
Interment was made at his own request close by the side of Marquis of TuUibardine

in the Church of St. Peters, London. Inscription on his coffin: "Guilielmus, Comes

de Kilmarnock, Decollatus, 18 Augusti 1746, Aelat Suae 42."
His wife, Annie, died of grief Sept. 16. 1747, at Kilmarnock.
THREE SONS:

(1) Robert Boyd, the Earl of Errol.

He was called Lord Boyd.

By a trust deed dated 1732, and confirmed by the House of Peers, in 1752, he
recovered the land of Kilmarnock, forfeited by his father, and this was
sold afterwards to the Earl of Glencairn. LIpon the death of his great-aunt,
the Countess of Errol in her own right, he succeeded to the title of Errol in
1758. The sale of the title of his forefathers closed the last title of the
Boyds of Scotland. This had been handed down from one generation to
another for nearly eight hundred years. He then took up his residence at
Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, situated upon the sea coast.

(2) Charles Boyd

He took up the spirit of the rebellion with his father, and was also engaged
in the same Battle of Drunimossie with his father. Soon after the fight he
fled to the Island of Arran, the ancient property of the Boyds, where he
concealed himself for a year. He then went to France and married a French
lady and resided there for about twenty years, when a pardon was granted
to all the rebels, and he returned again to his native- country and resided
with his brother in Aberdeenshire.

(3) William Boyd

He was in the Royal Navy and was promoted in 1761 to a company of the

Fourteenth Infantry. Being close to the time of the Revolutionary War he

may have been sent to America with his regiment. Some Boyd families

today connect their lineage to him. or to a Boyd of that name, who settled

in the middle or eastern States.

The present Earl of Errol, known as Hays, is the direct descendant of the Boyd

family in the lineal line. In the Peerage of the United Kingdom, he is called

Baron Kilmarnock of Kilmarnock.



14 THE BOYD FAMILY

HISTORY OF THE CITY OF KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND, AND
DEAN CASTLE, THE HOME OF THE ANCIENT BOYDS

[From History of the Boyd Family and Descendants by William P. Boyd,
published in 1912.)

The city of Kilmarnock, the original home of the Boyd family in the Old World,
is situated a few miles inland upon the western coast of the Highlands of the romantic
country called "Scotland." The place today is one of the largest towns in the County
of Ayr and rests upon the banks of two mossy streams called Irvin and Kilmarnock,
some fifteen and one-half miles by rail northeast of Ayr and twenty-four miles
southwest of Glasgow.

Kilmarnock, for a long time after the death of "Marnock." a noted Irish minister
or prophet, from whom its name is derived, must have been a mere hamlet, for we
find no trace of it in history until the year 1591, when our noble family of Boyds
became possessors of the land and made a burgh or barony of it. The earliest mention



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