John Boyd, a progressive and efficient farmer of Richland township, was born in Highland county, Ohio, in 1832.
His father, Thomas Boyd, who was of Irish descent, early settled in Highland county, where he carried on agricultural
operations. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and his religious faith was that of the
Methodist Episcopal church. He died in 1867 when about sixty three years of age. His wife, who in her maidenhood
was Miss Annie Miller, was born in Pennsylvania of German ancestry. She was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal
church. Her demise occurred in 1864 when she was sixty three years old. They were the parents of six children,
of whom our subject was the second in order of birth. His brother Allen enlisted in the Thirty fourth Iowa Volunteer
Infantry in 1862 and died in a hospital from the effects of wounds received at the front on the 13th of April,
1865, the day on which President Lincoln died.
John Boyd attended the district schools of the Buckeye state and in his early manhood taught school for a time.
In 1852 he came to Iowa with his parents, the family first locating in Wapello county, but in 1855 they removed
to Decatur county and took up their residence on a farm in Richland township which they owned. Our subject continued
to follow the profession of teaching in this county during the winter months, while the summers were devoted to
farm work. In 1878 he purchased an excellent farm of two hundred and eighty acres on section 28, Richland township,
and thereafter gave his entire time to agricultural pursuits. He carried on general farming and stock raising and
his labors yielded him a good financial return. His widow owns one hundred and sixty acres of land a mile north
of Grand River.
Mr. Boyd married Miss Elizabeth Annie Bullock, who was born in Decatur county, Indiana, December 11, 1841. Her
parents, Curtis and Martha (Zeigler) Bullock, emigrated to Iowa in 1850, locating on a farm in Keokuk county, whence
they later removed to Missouri. Mr. Bullock was a successful farmer and also an ordained minister of the Baptist
church, to which his wife also belonged. Both passed away in the Iron state, he in 1898 when in his eighty third
year and she in 1892 when in her seventy sixth year. They were the parents of eight children, of whom Mrs. Boyd
is the second in order of birth. Her brother George enlisted for service in the Civil war in the Eighteenth Iowa
Volunteer Infantry in 1862 and served until the close of hostilities. He was in many important engagements and
was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He held the rank of first sergeant. John W. Bullock, another brother,
enlisted in the Thirty fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry in 1862, when but a lad of sixteen years, and served throughout
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd became the parents of seven children. Henry Russell, who was born in 1862, is farming in Ringgold
county and is president of the bank at Tingley. He married Miss Margaret Edie and they have four children. Martha
J., born in 1866, is the wife of Henry Bryant, of Richland township. Curtis A., who was born in 1869 and is farming
in Grand River township, married Miss Susan Fear and they have three children. Ida Ellen, born in 1873, has for
the past eight years been teaching in the Ames high school. Nora J., whose birth occurred in 1877, is cashier of
the Farmers State Bank of Grand River. Frank and Laura, twins, were born in 1881. Frank, who is managing the home
farm, married Miss Mary Judd, and they have one child. Laura is the wife of Boyd Gale, by whom she has two children.
Mrs. Boyd has nine living grandchildren. She is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church and her many
admirable traits of character have gained her the esteem of those who know het
Mr. Boyd was a republican in politics and took the interest of a good citizen in public affairs, although he never
sought official preferment. In his work as a farmer he was prompt and energetic and not only gained success for
himself but also contributed to the development of his locality along agricultural lines. His demise, which occurred
August 4, 1901, was sincerely mourned, and his memory is yet cherished by his friends.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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