Saturday, February 21, 2015

RC Boyd

I wanted to share a photo of RC Boyd.  It's been colorized.  Not sure where it was taken.  Anyone have any insight into the circumstance or location of the photo?


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Awesome Boyd Research Week!

It's been an exciting week in Boyd family research!  It started out with someone viewing my Boyd Ancestry tree.  When I contacted them, I learned that they are part of our RC Boyd tree, descended from John Thomas (Tom) Boyd, RC's son.  This is the first connection made with this branch of our tree.  So glad to make your acquaintance!  

Will look forward to sharing and learning more about your branch of the family.

A couple of weeks back, I was looking at Horatio Boyd's FindaGrave page and saw that someone had posted a link to some information about a Civil War diary.  Thank you for sharing that bit of information!  

I got to work on locating the whereabouts of the microfilm and it arrived from the Illinois library to our local University library this week.  Thank you to the relative who had the precious little book microfilmed back in the 70s.  Not sure of the whereabouts of the original book, but the microfilm will be back in Illinois in a few weeks and available for check out.  

There are entries for every day in the year 1864.  It begins when Horatio is recuperating in an Army hospital from wounds to the head and neck.  He shares brief bits about day to day life, movement of his unit, word from family, etc.  I've worked through May at this time.  It is interesting reading, fun to see mention of his family members. 

Here's a glimpse of what life's like in their world.

I continue to be amazed at the documents and artifacts left by our ancestors and wonder what our descendants 150 years from now will find left of our treasures!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

RC Boyd Home Columbus, Nebraska

RC Boyd Family - Columbus, Nebraska

Can anyone help identify these members of the RC Boyd family?  RC is center and Sophia is in the front row with a baby on her lap.  The rest are uncertain.

My Family Tree

My Family Tree

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hester (Ruby) Leinard

Hester (Ruby) Leinard is the only ancestor in my tree who shares my birthday!  On a recent trip to Topeka, I was able to learn a little bit more about Hester.

She was born in Cumberland, Allegheny County, Maryland in 1813/14.

In 1823 she moved with her parents to Harrison County Ohio

At the age of 18 she joined the Methodist Episcopal church.

On May 8th, 1838, she married Jacob Leinard.  They had 6 children:

b. 1839 - Elizabeth d. 1897

b. 1840 - Anna Christeny d. 1906 - Sophia (Thornburg) Boyd's mother

b. 1843 - Martha Matilda d. 1844

b. 1846 - John Worthington d. 1917

b. 1849 - Samantha d. 1852

b. 1852 - Melville Cox d. 1939

In 1852 the family moved to Winterset, Madison County, Iowa.  They lived in Lincoln Township and farmed there.

Hester died April 14, 1888.  They are buried in the Winterset City cemetery.


Friday, January 31, 2014

RC Boyd in His Tin Shop, Columbus, Nebraska

Thanks to Steve Mills for sharing this awesome photo of Robert Cabeen Boyd working at his work bench.  Frank Mills worked with RC and eventually bought out the business from RC's son.
Frank is pictured with RC.

Below picture is also in the workshop, but taken a few years later.
LtoR - Kenneth Mills, Tom Boyd, ??, Frank Mills.