Biography of James Findley Boyd
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JAMES FINDLEY BOYD, oil producer, with interests in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, has been identified with the oil industry since 1889. He was born near Sandy Lake, Mercer Co., Pa., September 30, 1865, and is a son of Barber and Isabel (Burrows) Boyd, and a grandson of Thomas and Nancy Boyd and of George and Mary Burrows.

The father of Mr. Boyd was a farmer through all his active years and be and wife still live in Mercer County. In politics be is a Democrat and both he and his wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They reared the following children: Guy F.; Sylvester B.; James Findley; Nannie, who married George Eekles; Mary, who married M. D. Haggarty; Walter F.; Lina E., who married Frank Osborne; and Newton G.

James Findley Boyd went from the public schools of Mercer County to MeElwaine Institute, a preparatory school at Lebanon, Pa., and after four years of close study was most creditably graduated there. Later he attended the State Normal School at Edinboro and subsequently taught school for five terms in Mercer County. He then tuned his attention to the oil industry, a business which was assuming large proportions in Pennsylvania, and after spending two years in Warren County he came to Washington County, in which be has ever since made his home. Formerly he was rig-builder and also forman for the Sonth Penn. Oil Company, but is now individually interested.

On September 14, 1899, Mr. Boyd was married to Miss Marian Oldfield, a daughter of Joseph and Marian (Simpson) Oldfield, who are residents of McDonald. Mr. and Mrs. Oldfield have the following children: Thomas, Robert, Emma, Marian, Elizabeth and Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is an Independent. He served three years in the borougb council, but otherwise he has not filled political office. He is both a Mason and an Odd Fellow, in the former fraternity being a member of Garfield Lodge at McDonald and of Chartiers Commandery, and has attained to the thirty-second degree. Mr. Boyd is one of the well known and representative citizens of Washington County and through many years of experience, has become an authority concerning the oil industry.


From:
20th Century History Of The City of
Washington and Washington County Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens
By: Joseph F. McFarland
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Illinois, 1910

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