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daughter of Dr. Samuel Kinney, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio; children: Paul
S., bom September 23, 1903; Bernice A., born August 3, 1905; Jessie E.,
born November 19, 1907.

Henry Rice, father of !Mrs. Jessie F. (Rice) Russell, was born in
1812, and died May 29, 1888. He was a farmer, owning a fine farm of
one hundred and twenty acres, was a salesman for the Buck Eye Company,
and owned the first pepper mill in that part of the country. He was a
Republican in politics. Mr. Rice married, November 15, 1833, Martha
Moore, born October 7, 181 1, died January 5, 1899. Children : i. William, born
October 14, 1835; died May 30, 1908; he married, February 22, 1857, Cor-
nelia Ross, died March 24, 1915; they had children: Lily V., bom April
10, 1858; James H., born February 3, i860; John T., born April 13, 1863,
died April 8, 1865. 2. John F., born October 20, 1836, was killed at the
battle of Mfelvin Hill, July i, 1862; the Grand Army of the Republic Post
of Waterford, Pennsylvania, w-as named in honor of him. 3. Elizabeth,
born April 5, 1838, died October 15, 1869; she married, 1856, Louis Stem,
who died May 10, 1900; children: Curt A. Stem and Dr. H. L. Stem. 4.
Mary, born January 5, 184b, died February 22, 1907; she married, April
13, 1871, Charles H. Tififany; no children. 5. Hiram, born March 3, 1842;
he married, October 6, 1868, Henrietta Whittlesey, who died December 10,
1899; children: Edith L., Lena E., Anna, E. Rea, Katherine A. 6. Sarah,
bom August 12, 1845, died in 1909; she married, August 25, 1865, Louis
R. Corbin; no children. 7. Lydia L., born October 3, 1847; married, Feb-
ruary 13, 1873, William L. Alcorn; children: Martha E., James H. L.,
Mabel, William L., Sada May. 8. Wilson, born May 14, 1849 ; married,
April 13, 1871, Wilda Gregg; children: Lena, Mary. 9. James H., born
September 30, 1854; unmarried. 10. Jessie F., bom at Waterford, Erie
county, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1856; married, September 20, 1876, John

Alan, first Lord High Steward of Scotland, married Margaret,
BOYD daughter of Fergus, Earl of Galloway, and had five children,
Simon, the third child, being progenitor of the Boyds. Alan
died in 1153, and Simon became the second High Steward of Scotland.
Robert Boyd, son of Simon Boyd, being of fair complexion was called
"Boidle" or "Bordel" meaning the Gaelic, Boyt or Bo — "fair or beautiful".
This became a surname. Robert Boyd "the fair" is the common ancestor
of all of the name Boyd. He died prior to 1240 A. D., and left a son,
Robert Boyd. Dean Castle, long the residence of the ancient family of


Boyd, stood about a mile from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, on the west coast of
Scotland. The descent to the American Boyds during the centuries has
been in many instances through younger sons, of whom no record is kept
in the register's office in Scotland. The family early appeared in the North
of Ireland, coming from Scotland, there married and bred the hardy
Scotch-Irish who in America have achieved fame and honor. Descendants
of these North of Ireland boys settled in Northern New York, New York
City and Pennsylvania, prior to the Revolution. There was also an early
settlement in Virginia. The Boyds, like all the Scotch-Irish, were hardy,
energetic, desirable citizens, and in settling in a new country usually chose
the rugged hillside, rather than the more fertile river bottoms, like the
Dutch. This was due to their early environment, as each race chose loca-
tion in accordance with its youthful surroundings. The Boyd families
in Erie county, Pennsylvania, trace to the same Scotch ancestor, Robert
"the fair", through the Irish line, the two branches in Waterford tracing
to the same ancestor in county Antrim, Ireland. William Boyd, the Ameri-
can ancestor, came from the North of Ireland in early life, and there is
little doubt that he was in Virginia and Maryland before his appearance
in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. James Anderson, who came to
Erie county, Pennsylvania, with William Boyd, was a relative, the two
families being closely connected in Ireland.

(I) William Boyd, born in the North of Ireland in 1731, was of
Scotch Presbyterian ancestry. He came to the United States and after try-
ing his fortunes in Virginia and Maryland, came to Pennsylvania, first
settling in Northumberland county. There were other Boyds in Virginia,
part coming to Pennsylvania and part remaining in Virginia. When they
left Northumberland county, the families again separated, some crossing
the mountains to Westmoreland county. William Boyd, however, in the
winter of 1801 and 1802, in company with Captain John Tracy, and his
own sons, David, John and James Boyd, also his three daughters, with
James Anderson, the husband of Margaret Boyd (one of William's
daughters), settled in and about Waterford, Erie county, Pennsylvania.
William Boyd's wife, Sarah, born in Ireland, May 28, 1741, bore him
nine children: i. Margaret, born November 29, 1759, married James
Anderson (see Anderson family in this work). 2. Esther, born January
29, 1 761, married a Thomas and has descendants living in the West. 3.
James, born September 17, 1762, married Elizabeth Lattimore; children:
Nancy, William, Robert, David, John, James, Thomas, Flavel and Harvey.
4. William, born September 10, 1765. 5. Nancy, November 28, 1768,
married Judge John Vincent (see Vincent family). 6. John, born January
3, 1771. 7. Robert, born January, 1773. 8. David, of whom further.
9. Thomas, born October 23, 1778.

(II) David Boyd, eighth child of William and Sarah Boyd, was born
May 25, 1775, and came from Northumberland county with his father in the
winter of 1801-1802. He settled in Waterford township, became a pros-
perous farmer and left behind him an honored name. He married Jane


Gillian and left issue : Hannah, Nancy, Adam, James, Jefferson, Sallie,
Mary, Caroline, Adeline, Weldon, William Johnson, of whom further.

(III) William Johnson Boyd, son of David and Jane (Gillian) Boyd,
was born in Le Boeuf township, Erie county, Pennsylvania, February 6,
1809, died December 21, 1889. After his marriage he purchased a farm
of fifty acres on the turnpike about three miles south of Waterford, built
a log house for his bride and there both resided the remainder of their lives.
He was a Democrat, and both were members of the Methodist Episcopal
church. He was a man highly esteemed and both he and his wife were
greatly beloved. Mr. Boyd married, May 26, 1836, Parmelia Mattison, born
May 17, 1812, died September 17, 1903. Children: i. Jane J., born March
4, 1837, killed by a lightning stroke. May 30, 1849. 2. James Adam, of
whom further. 3. Martha Ann, born July 20, 1844, died October 25, 1865.
4. David Clinton, born May 25, 1849, now residing at the homestead; he
married Orpha, daughter of Gates Manross. 5. George J., born October 13,
1854, died March 2, 1855.

(IV) James Adam Boyd, eldest son of William Johnson and Parmelia
(Mattison) Boyd, was born in the log house, still standing in Le Boeuf
township, Erie county, Pennsylvania, on the old Pittsburgh and Erie Turn-
pike, three miles below Waterford, December i, 1838, died at Waterford,
February 24, 1910. He attended the public schools, spent his boyhood days
on the home farm and in early life began learning the carpenter's trade.
He became a very expert worker in wood, and all his life was engaged in
some form of carpentering, except for a few years following the Civil
War, when he was in poor health and sought other employment. After
recovering his health sufficiently, he went to the oil fields where he engaged
in teaming, but did not very long continue, returning to his trade. In 1870
he moved with his family to Waterford, but until 1889 was employed as a
pattern maker in one of the large stove manufacturing plants at Erie.
About the first of January, 1889, he purchased the furniture store and
undertaking establishment of Mr. Putnam in Waterford and for twenty
years successfully engaged in their operation. He was a good citizen, a
capable business man and one held in the highest esteem. His home on
East First street, now the home of his family, he built himself. He was a
Democrat in politics, serving at various times as school director and council-
man. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and an active
member of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Free and Accepted Masons
and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.

His military service was in Company B, One Hundred and Second
Regiment, Pennsylvania, in which he enlisted March 6, 1865, serving until
June 23, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He joined his regiment
in the intrenchment before Petersburg, the One Hundred and Second being
one of the attacking brigades that advanced on the enemy's works, March
25, 1865. The regiment participated in the events preceding Appomattox,
then was sent to join General Sherman. But the surrender of General
Johnston made further offensive movements unnecessary, and after a few


weeks' delay the regiment returned to the nighborhood of Washington,
where it mustered out of service.

Mr. Boyd married in Le Boeuf township, Erie county, Pennsylvania,
Mlarch 6, 1867, Sarah Jane McLean, born October 2, 1837, daughter of
George McLean, born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and his wife,
Elizabeth (Sebring) McLean. Children of James Adam and Sarah Jane
(McLean) Boyd : i. Macie M., born March g, 1870, died April 26, 1870. 2.
George M., born in Waterford, April 18, 1872, died May 3, 1876. 3. Anna
S., born in Waterford, May 24, 1875 > was graduated from Waterford
Academy, class of 1892, and until his retirement was her father's valued
assistant; in the fall of 1909, in association with her sister, Rena M., she
purchased a grocery business of Henry Lytle, at Waterford, and as Boyd
& Boyd conducts a well-stocked grocery and china store that is a miracle
of cleanliness, order and system. 4. Rena M., born September 29, 1878, at
Waterford ; was graduated from Waterford Academy, class of 1896, was
also an able assistant in her father's establishment, is now a partner in the
grocery firm of Boyd & Boyd. The sisters are members of the Methodist
Episcopal church, as is their mother, and are members of Hive No. 108,
Ladies of the Maccabees, Rena M. being the record keeper.

(The McLean Line.)

The McLean's have every reason to be proud of their history and an-
cestry. It may be regarded as an unquestionable fact that the McLean's
are purely of Highland origin. They can trace their origin with precision
to Old Dougall of Scone, who must have flourished about the year
1 100, and has been described as an influential, just and venerable man.
Of all the clans, none is more deserving of honorable mention. For cen-
turies it held a conspicuous place for independence of bearing and dis-
interested loyalty in the history of Scotland. Rapidly grew until it reached
its zenith, at which time, during the reign of James VI., it was accounted
the most powerful of any in the Hebrides.

The lands belonging to the clan at the time of the final forfeiture of
the Lords of the Isles (1493) comprised the greater part of Mull, the
whole of Coll and Tierce, portions of Scarba, Islay, and districts in Morvem
and Knapdale.

Similar to all Highland names, that of McLean has undergone many
changes. Perhaps none other can exhibit a greater variety of more curious
fluctuations. The clan takes its name from Gilleain, known as Gilleain na
Tuaidah, who flourished about the year 1250. To this name, the word Mac,
meaning son, is added, showing the clan is composed of the sons of Gil-
leain. The official records of Scotland gave many curious spellings, which
either prove that there was no established form or that the scribes were
very indififerent as to correctness. The oldest spelling is that recorded by
Stoddart, whose Gilleain's son's name is spelled Gilleain Malsilyn.

The fifteenth century presents no less than twelve difl^erent ways of
recording the name, while in the sixteenth century there were twenty-seven
dififerent modes, and we find in 1546 McLean first spelled as the name is
written here.


John S. McLean was born in Ireland, June 11, 1748. He was the son
of a rich gentleman ; was well educated ; reared in luxury and wealth ; had
black hair and brown eyes ; was a man about 5 feet 8j4 inches tall, and
good looking. Possessing a great desire to visit America he came to this
country. When the Revolutionary War broke out he enlisted in service. In
Captain Denton's company, New York Line, he became lieutenant, militia
Dutchess county, Seventh Regiment of New York, serving seven years for
his adopted country. He was heard to relate that for three days he went
without any food, having only tobacco, and after a day's hard fighting, laid
down on the battlefield, in the morning finding his hair frozen to the ground
in the blood of his slain comrades. He intended to again return to his
native land and had a great desire to do so, but on hearing of the death of
his father and that he would have nothing to return to, as the oldest son
would inherit all, the desire ceased and he remained, learning the cooper's
trade in order to make a living. On August 31, 1779, he married Sarah
Armstrong. They had lived some years in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania,
and during the latter part of the eighteenth century moved to West Ben-
ton, Yates county, New York. He was one of the first members of the
Presbyterian church there, which he helped to build. He lived to the good
old age of ninety-three years, always enjoying the blessings of good health.
Their children were: i. William, born October 23, 1780, married Elizabeth
— ', born July 25, 1791. 2. Alexander, born August 31, 1782. 3, Elizabeth, born
October 10, 1784. 4. Alexander, born January 18, 1785. 5. Mary, bom
November 15, 1787. - 6. John A., born June 22, 1790. 7. George, of whom
further. 8. Sarah, born May 17, 1795. 9. Deborah, born August 15, 1797.

George McLean, son of John S. McLean, was born March 7, 1793, in
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. In early life he moved to West Benton,
Yates county. New York. On hearing of the great wooded country by the
glowing accounts written them by two of their sons, Daniel S. and W.
Edwin, who had come to Waterford township and built their homes, he
and his wife decided to leave the town of Pulteney, Steuben count}'. New
York, and journeyed to the far West as it then seemed to them. On Mon-
day the first of April, 1847, they bade good-bye to their friends and the old
log house which had been a shelter for their eleven children, leaving with
two wagon loads, two loads of household goods having been shipped from
Canandaigua, thirty miles distant from Pulteney. A spring wagon carried
the father, mother, Deborah, Drusilla, Ansel P. and Sarah Jane, Lewis H.
making the entire journey on foot. Sarah Jane, then only nine years old
and small of her age, having recovered from an attack of the measles and
wearing green goggles to keep the bright rays of "Old Sol" from her eyes,
often was spoken to by the people as they journeyed from village to hamlet
as the "little old grandmother". On Saturday night, after six days of
travel across country, a distance of about one hundred and seventy-five
miles, they arrived at the home of the son W. Edwin, who had located
here a year or two previous to this. They lived on the \\'ilson Moore farm
in a log house for one year, then moved to the Clemens farm on the Turn-


pike road two and one-half miles south of Waterford. This farm comprised
three hundred and fifty-six acres, and has since been known as the
McLean farm. Here they lived the remainder of their lives, hard-working,
prosperous farmers. Here the scene of pleasant home gatherings ; here the
wanderer found rest and shelter for the night. The young people of the
neighborhood enjoyed many a delightful evening at this home; many a
winter's evening the family were gathered around the fireplace paring apples,
long strings of which are hung up to dry, after which they joined in song,
the father leading, each one carrying his own part. Here grandfather
heard the summons, "Well done, come up higher," on March 17, 1872,
and grandmother followed June 5, 1875.

He married, November 19, 1815, Elizabeth Sebring, who died June 5,
1875, daughter of Abraham and Nancy (Harris) Sebring, of Seneca county,
New York. Abraham Sebring was a son of John C. Sebring, who was the
father of two other sons, namely : Folkard, born 1759, died May 12, 1837,
buried in McNeal Cemetery, Lodi, New York, and Cornelius, born August
17, 1763, died M'arch 2, 1828, married and had a son, John C, also a grand-
son, John C, of Lodi, New York. John C. Sebring Sr. and another
man owned a fleet of ships which were captured by the French in 1800.
Abraham Sebring, the oldest son of John C. Sebring, was born
June 2^, 1758, in Bridgewater, Somerset county. New Jersey,
died April 16, 1839, buried in Le Compt Cemetery Lodi, New
York, as was also his wife. Children of Abraham and Nancy (Harris)

Sebring: i. Daniel, married Sarah ; children: Abigail and Charles. 2.

John, married and was the father of two children : Cyrus and John Nelson.
3. Catherine, became the wife of Joshua Cashun ; children: John, William,
Catherine, Hiram. 4. Mary, became the wife of James Armstrong; child-
ren: i. Charles Weller, married Orrilla Conkrite; children: Lee, Newman,
Mary, Addie. ii. William, married Hannah Mann ; children : Charles,
Henry, George, Mary, Alma. iii. David, married twice, three children by
first wife: Edward, Harvey, Sarah, and two children by second wife:

Belle and Maud. iv. Sebring, married (first) , (second) Mary Wise,

children by first wife : Charles, Mandana, Eva, Samuel, v. Amelia, be-
came the wife of Robert Squires; children: Edgar, Lee, Lilly, vi. Nancy,
became the wife of John Hardy; child, Frank, vii. Alexander, married
Louise , and had an adopted son. viii. Harrison, married Sarah Good-
ell ; children: Barnum, Emery, Emily, Harriet, ix. Dianna, became the
wife of Charles Coryell ; children : Minnie, Rollin, Bertie, Fredrick, Addie,
married Myron Coryell, x. Charles, xi. John. 5. Johannah, became the
wife of John Ross; children: John, William, Anna, Johannah. 6. Eliza-
beth, became the wife of George McLean, aforementioned. 7. Margaret,
became the wife of Peter Van Zant : children : i. Erastus, married Mary
Rice ; two children : Spence and Alfred, ii. Elizabeth, became the wife of
Thomas Nash ; one child, Merrill, iii. Nancy, became the wife of Arthur
Nash ; one child, Charles, deceased, iv. Jared, married Mary Bane ; two
daughters : Alwina, became the wife of Timothy Porter, children : Worth-


ington, Capitola, Nettie, Ella, Rose, Kenira; Theresa, became the wife of
Robert Fulture; children: John, Mark, Emma. v. Harvey Lake, married
Rachel Willson; children: Charles and Margaret, vi. Charles, unmarried,
vii. Esther, became the wife of James Evans; several children. 8. Charity,
became the wife of Chandler Newman; children: Jackson, Emma, Sarah,
Dianna. 9. Dianna, became the wife of Richard Meddick ; children :
i. Augustus, born June 10, 1836. ii. Jackson, born May 26, 1838, married.
May 21, 1865, Ellen Martin; children: Nina, Frank, Harry, iii. Lucy,
born November 10, 1839, deceased, iv. Alonzo, born May 25, 1842. v.
Orrilla, born October 20, 1844. vi. Emma, born November 19, 1846, became
the wife of Oliver Monroe, June 29, 1876, one child, Grace, born April 3,
1879, became the wife of Floyd Langworthy, June 29, 1905, four children.
Children of George and Elizabeth (Sebring) McLean, born in Pulteney,
Steuben county. New York: i. Joannah, born November 6, 1816; died
March 29, 1881 ; married, January 7, 1839, George H. Whitney, who died
October 15, 1869; children: i. Elizabeth, born February 2, 1840, died Jan-
uary I, 1859; married David Stowe ; child, Mary. ii. Phebe, born October
5, 1841, died July 8, 1862; married Harrison Martin; child, George Edwin,
born June 18, 1S58. iii. Anna, born July 21, 1843. died August 26, 1872 ; mar-
ried Charlie Thompson ; children : Annette, married Bert Hare ; three chil-
dren ; George, married Emma McQuay ; Agnes, married Will Sherwood, three
children ; Chancy, married Lettie Ash ; he is deceased, iv. Charles, born
March 11, 1846; married Rachel Boyd; children: Bowman, married Blanch
Flaugh, four children ; Ray, deceased ; Glenn, v. Eliza, born February 10,
1848, died September 23, 1849. vi. Addie, born June 18, 185 1 ; married
(first) Thomas Ghere, who died December 16, 1890; married (second) Leroy
T. Burgess; children of first marriage: Ella S., born October 18, 1869; mar-
ried Charles Shearer, died December 5, 1909; three children; Harry F., born
April 22, 1873, died December 22, 1881 ; Frank P., born October 2, 1876, died
October 26, 1882 ; John Lee, born January 13, 1884, married Efifie Wade. vii.
Will, born August 31, 1853, died August i, 1913 ; married (first) January i,
1875, Mary Ett Martin, (second) Sarah Cole, (third) Mrs. Caroline Hime-
baugh; children of second wife: George, married Ella Stafford, three chil-
dren; Elsie, married Clayton Hale, three children; Dane, married Bertha
Ray ; Grace, married George Stafford, two children ; Hazel, married William
Kauiifman, one child. 2. Daniel Sebring, bom May 23, 1818, died April 3,
1886; married, October 3, 1840, Esther Gillett, died August i, 1886: chil-
dren: i. Lewis, born September 22, 1842, died November 22, 1875: married,
December 19, 1867, Carrie J. Moore, who married (second) Jerred Avery,
and died December 19, 1907; children of Mr. and Mrs. McLean: Clyde C,
born April 11, 1872, married, October 14, 1897, Gertrude M. ]\IcClung, two
children: Lois William, born May i, 1903; Dorothy, born August 4. 1904;
Madge Ella, born July 19, 1874, married. October 17, 1899. Eugene Harris,
three children : Mildred Frances, born January 28, 1901 ; Ella Marian, bom
October 7, 1903 ; Helen Marjorie, born October 7, 1903 ;. ii. Roxina, born
October 15, 1845, died December 17, 1845. iii. George, born March 19,


1847; married, September 25, 1878, R. Delia White; children: Clinton Pel-
ton, born December 2, 1881, died July 29, 1882; Daniel Sebring, born April

8, 1883, died August 19, 1883; Vera Esther, born November 5, 1886, married^
February 10, 1906, Merle D. Wilkins, one child ; Lyle, born May 24, 1889,
died May 24, 1890; Isadore, born May 31, 1892, died September 15, 1895.
iv. Willard, born September 21, 1849, died November 10, 1910; married,
December 26, 1876, Flora M. Coover; children: Ward, born July 5, 1878,
married Grace Tracy ; Ray. v. William, born April 8, 1852, died March
27, 1899; married, January 13, 1880, Eliza Coover Merritt, who died in
1909; child, Maude, married Grant Langdon, two children, vi. Clarissa,
bom April 17, 1856; married, July 10, 1883, Mike Coover; children: Eugene,
Georgiana, married Walter Black, vii. Eugene, born August 20, 1861, died
September 3, 1880. viii. Jennie, born February 6, 1866; married, February

3, 1885, Winters Campbell; children: Esther, born February 21, 1886; mar-
ried, January 14, 1904, Harry McWilliams, six children ; Clarence, born
December 29, 1892 ; Arthur, born April 14, 1897. 3- William Edwin, born
March 11, 1820, died November 29, 1875; married, November 26, 1843,
Clarissa Gillett, died May 30, 1868; children: i. Clinton, born May 10,
1851, died September 26, 1852. ii. Elizabeth, married E. E. French; chil-
dren: Florence, married Mont Craig, two children; Georgia, married
Thomas Thornton, four children ; Edwin A., married Lois Eby De Jarnette ;
Guy B., married Leonora Octa Smith ; Daisy L., married H. M. Howard.
iii. Roxina, born 1853, died February 21, 1903; married Dr. O.
L. Abbey, died January 19, 1905; child, Fred, died September i,
1906. iv. Clark, born October 24, 1858; married Nita Smith;
children : Lynn, Edwin, Clinton, Clark, Albert, Susan, May. v.
Lynn, born 1863, died July 27, 1886. 4. George Jr., born December 14,
1821, deceased; married (first) July 16, 1845, Catherine Riley, deceased;
married (second) March 13, 1855, Mrs. Anna Wygant; children of first
wife: i. Rose, married (first) Mr. McLyn, (second) Mr. Skinner, ii. Frank,
married a Miss Van Tyle, two children: George and Kathleen, iii. Irene,
married B. J. Wright, three children: Nannie, Grace, Prescott; child of
second wife: iv. Kate. 5. Lewis Hoyt, born February 15, 1824, died No-
vember 4, 1896; married, September 16, 1847, Mary Elizabeth Lamphier,
who died April 30, 1894; children: i. Francis Edwin, born June

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