Thomas F. Boyd

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THOMAS F. BOYD, member of the general mercantile firm of Boyd Bros., at Slate Lick, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born in Armstrong county April 2, 1875, son of M. Hillis and Elizabeth F. (Dunaway) Boyd, natives of Pennsylvania, and grandson of Abraham Boyd.

Abraham Boyd, who was the founder of the Boyd family in Armstrong county, came to this section when it was all forest, locating on what is yet known as the old Boyd homestead, midway between Slate Lick and Freeport. There he resided until the end of his days, his death occurring in 1886, having survived his wife, who passed away in 1876.

M. Hillis Boyd, son of Abraham Boyd, was born March 14, 1842, and died in 1890. He remained with his parents until the time of his enlistment, in 1862, in Company L, 14th Pa. Vol. Cav., and served to the end of the Civil war, being honorably discharged in 1865. He entered the service as a private, but subsequently was made quartermaster of his regiment, with which he participated in the battle of Antietam and many other engagements. After the war he returned to Armstrong county and followed an agricultural life until his death. On Sept. 4, 1866, in Fayette county, Pa., he was married to Elizabeth F. Dunaway, who was born Aug. 31, 1845, and survives. Her parents were Jesse E. and Margaret Dunaway. Six children were born to this marriage, five of whom are living, namely: Clara Annie, Thomas F., Herbert D., James Howell, and Joseph Hillis. Mrs. Boyd and her family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Page 944, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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