Documents and pictures relating to Samuel Boyd,
Susannah Ashley, and their descendants:
Copies of original documents:
Samuel Boyd died in 1830. The following jpeg files are scans of
handwritten estate inventory and related court filings. They are
taken from therma-fax (white-on-black) copies and will need to
be inverted and cleaned up for best viewing.
Samuel Boyd 1
Samuel Boyd 3
Samuel Boyd 4
Samuel Boyd 5
Samuel Boyd 6
Samuel Boyd 7
Samuel Boyd 8
Robert Talbot Boyd (1816-1879) was the youngest child and
second son of Samuel Boyd and Susannah Ashley. In 1833 he
was made a ward of his brother, James W. Boyd (1807-1884).
In 1851 he married Mary Emily Dunham (1830-1917). They
were divorced in 1876.
Robert T. Boyd - guardianship letter from Telfair County,
Georgia court to James Boyd (1833)
Robert T. Boyd and Mary Emily Dunham's marriage license,
Putnam County, Florida (1851)
Robert T. Boyd - steamship license for the St. Johns River,
Robert T. Boyd's heirs - letter to James Boyd (1883)
"Mary Emily Boyd's Finest Day's Work" - I wrote this article
for a book, The Heritage of Putnam County, Florida (Putnam
County Historical Society, forthcoming). Robert T. Boyd's wife,
Mary Emily, achieved local fame during the Civil War by
thwarting an attack on her town of Palatka, Florida, by a Union
gunboat. This account of the incident is taken from her memoir
and from U.S. Navy ship logs and records.
George Stanislaus Boyd (1856-1940) was the third child (and
third son) of Robert T. Boyd and Mary Emily Dunham, and the
first of their eight children to survive to adulthood.
George S. Boyd's baptism certificate (1856)
Typed transcripts of documents and audio files:
Williams letters (1810-1816) - This series of transcribed letters
was provided to me by Jane Ashley Benson, an Ashley researcher
who got them from a linguistics graduate student studying
regional (post-Colonial Carolina) speech patterns. The letters
are chiefly between Sarah G. Williams and Abner Williams, two
cousins of Susannah Ashley Boyd, or between them and their
mother, Hannah Williams. The eighth letter is from Elizabeth
W. Ashley, Susannah Boyd's sister, to Sarah Williams. The sixth
and eighth letters are of special interest, as they contain pointed
references to the family of Samuel and Susannah Boyd.
Williams letter 1
Williams letter 2
Williams letter 3
Williams letter 4
Williams letter 5
Williams letter 6
Williams letter 7
Williams letter 8
George Earl Boyd Sr. (1899-1996) was the third of eight children
and the first son born to George Stanislaus Boyd and Mary
Hautense Moseley (1874-1951). George S. Boyd also had three
children by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Goldsby (birth and
death dates unknown). A fourth child from that marriage died
George Earl Boyd Sr. interviews (ca. 1993) - The following Word
document files are transcripts of audiotaped interviews of Earl
Boyd describing his life in Honduras, New Orleans, and
elsewhere. The interviewers are his children Robert (BB),
Madelyn (MB), and Sylvia (SB); Robert's wife, Hazel Neeld
Boyd (HB); and Leonard Brown (LB), the husband of Earl Boyd's
youngest sister. The tapes were transcribed by my mother, Grace
McElvy (Boyd) Whitecar, Earl's former daughter-in-law.
Earl Boyd transcript 1
Earl Boyd transcript 2
Earl Boyd transcript 3
Portraits and photos:
Jane Ashley Boyd (1809-1894), second child of Samuel Boyd
and Susannah Ashley
Charles Irby Shelton (1787-1871), husband of Jane Boyd
Dr. Augustus Monroe Boyd (183x-18xx), first child of James
W. Boyd and Mary Ann Monroe (1811-1885)
Julius Warren Boyd (1834-1930), second child of James Boyd
and Mary Ann Monroe
These tintypes were in a box of undocumented photos that
belonged to George Earl Boyd's sister Hortense Boyd Brown.
Does anyone recognize them?
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