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Jethro M. Boyd

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Jethro M. Boyd

Kim Davis (View posts)
Posted: 11 Aug 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Boyd, McNutt, Tam, Becker, Conger, Smith, Davis
p. 757-759 Biographies of Rockcreek Township
"History of Huntington Co., IN"(Chicago;Brant & Fuller)1887.

Jethro M. Boyd was born in Columbiana Co., OH, July 10, 1831, the younger of two children born to James & Lydia (McNutt) Boyd. James Boyd was born in NY, in the year 1757, of English parentage, his ancestors having been among the early Quaker settlers of that State. He served with distinction in the War of Independence, and in early life married a lady of his native State, who died many years ago, leaving a family of six children, three sons and three daughters. He married his second wife, Lydia McNutt, on the first day of June 1827, and shortly afterward emigrated to OH, where his death occurred July 11, 1848. He was a man of intelligence, a sincere Christian, and for over forty years a member of the Methodist Church. He had the honor of voting for George Washington for the Presidencey, and from that time until his death, took an active interest in political affairs. His wife died July 21, 1872, in Huntington Co., IN, aged eighty-one years. The subject of this sketch was reared near New Middletown, OH, where he received a good English education, under the instruction of his father, who was a successful teacher. Shortly after his fourteenth year he began the cabinet business, at the town of Canfield, OH, where he continued until his removal to Huntington, IN, in the spring of 1851. He first located in Rock Creek Township, with an uncle, James Tam, and worked at various kinds of employment until 1853, when he married and settled on a piece of fine land near the present site of Plum Tree Village. He subsequently exchanged this for another farm in the same neighborhood, and still later sold out and located at Rock Creek Center, where until 1863, he was engaged in the manufacture and sale of pearl ash. November 23, 1863 he entered the army, enlisting in Co. D, 113th Rgeiment, IN Volunteer Infantry with which he served until honorably discharged, in 1865. He participated in a number of bloody engagements, the first one being Resacca, Ga., and on the 28th of January, 1865, was promoted 2nd Lieutenant of his company, a position which he held until the expirationf of his term of service. On leaving the army, Mr. Boyd returned home and engaged in farming where he now lives in Rock Creek Township. His military record is one of which he feels deservedly proud, while his standing as an honorable and upright citizen entitles him to the respect and confidence of all with whom he comes in contact. He cast his first vote for Franklin Pierce, but since that time has been an earnest supporter of the Republican party, though never seeking or desiring official preferment. Mr. Boyd was married Feb. 13, 1853 to Miss Margaret H. Becker, a native of NY, born in Cayuga Co., Dec. 8, 1833, the eldest daughter of Peter V.C. and Lydia (Conger) Becker. Mrs. Boyd came to Huntington Co. with her parents in 1847, and in the summer of 1848, taught one of the first schools (some say the first) in Rock Creek Township. She subsequently taught the first school in District No. 5, receiving for her compensation the princely salary of $1 per week. She also taught while Mr. Boyd was in the army, and earned the reputation of being a very painstaking and successful teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd have two children, to wit: Lydia A., wife of Charles C. Smith and Harriet A., wife of Jacob E. Davis, the former born November 22, 1855 and the latter July 6, 1859.

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