W.M. Boyd

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W. M. BOYD, late of Freeport, justice of the peace and insurance agent, was born Oct. 18, 1834, in Armstrong county, Pa., son of John and Nancy (Monson) Boyd. The Boyd family moved from Westmoreland county, Pa., to Allegheny county, and then to Worthington, Armstrong county. The Monson family came from Scotland to Juniata county, Pa., at an early day.

John Boyd was born April 3, 1808, and his wife in 1811. They were the parents of ten children, of whom five survive. John Boyd held the office of justice of the peace for thirty-five years. By occupation he was a farmer, and he was well known in Armstrong county, living at Worthington until his death. He was a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church.

W. M. Boyd was the third child born to his parents. He attended common school and the Worthington (Pa.) Institute. Following this until his marriage he worked at a number of things, being clerk in a store and assistant postmaster at Worthington for two years. From 1861 to 1887 he was engaged in farming. Eventually Mr. Boyd removed to Freeport, where he was elected justice of the peace, holding that office at the time of his death, a few years ago. He took an active part in public affairs aside from his office, having been an enthusiastic Prohibitionist. He conducted a large fire insurance business, representing eleven reliable companies, so that he was prepared to write up risks in almost any of the old line concerns. The Presbyterian Church held his membership.

On April 3, 1860, Mr. Boyd was married, at White Rock, Juniata Co., Pa., to Helen McForeland, who is deceased. Five Children were born to them, two of whom survive.

Source: Pages 922-923, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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