James Boyd (abt. 1801- 1874)
born Jan 29, he was 51 at time of 1851
census ie born 1800-1801 and William Boyd (abt.1797- 1860?) born Aug 7,
he was 54 at time of 1851 census ie born in 1797-1798 settled in Gore
Township near Lakefield, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada in about 1825.
Their name is sometimes given as Boyde.
My ancestors were
George Albert Boyd (b. 1877, Lakefield, Gore), my Grandfather
B. James Boyd (b. 1832 d. 1877, Lakefield, Gore), my GGrandfather
whose wife was Laura Stevens and C. James Boyd (born 29 Jan abt 1801,
Ireland d. 1874), my GGGrandfather, same James Boyd as mentioned above.
1 - I am looking for the place
of birth of the above listed
James Boyd (born Jan 29, ~ 1801) somewhere in Ireland.
2- I would like to also find
the place of birth of his wife
Elizabeth Scott (born Dec 12, (and 45 in 1851 census) ie ~1806)
somewhere in Ireland,
I have the 1831, 1842, 1851, 1861. 1871, and 1881 Census reports of Gore
Township, PQ (or is it QC) Canada..
Both William and James Boyd are shown living in Gore (LDS File
at frames 1806-1808). James Boyd is listed as having 100 acres but no
farm data is given for him (his entry is squeezed in between two
others). 5 persons were shown as living with him. Land ownership rights
do not appear indicated. No ages given either.
1840 Land Grants
In Ref "GS 15.3 Q4 1891" List
of Grantees of Land by the Crown, both
William and James are listed as grantees in 1840. See the index and
pages referred to (341 and 363) on page 30 of "printed list". I assume
you will be getting the full record of these grants.
1842 Census Gore Argenteuil
James Boyd Family
LDS Film 1375934 at "1231" James is listed with 9 persons on farm. On
page 7 of that record it clearly states that he is on the land as a
"free" i.e., I believe this means a freeholder, as against adjacent
entries that show "squatters" and "tenants". James Boyd is given as
having been 17 years in the Province, so he came to Quebec in about
1825. Well, he was married in Montreal in 1825, so this makes sense.
But, no ages are given.
William Boyd Family
William Boyd with 9 others (17 years in the Province) was a "free"
holder, not a squatter or tenant. Thus, he came to Quebec Province in
1825 (1232 (Page 29 of Enumeration District 17) of Film #1375934).
James Boyd Family Gore Argenteuil 1851 Census
(labeled on Schroder's copy on reverse as "folio page 35")
Age* at next birthday given at * of each line. *
James Boyd farmer Ireland Epis 51 Jan 29
Elizabeth Boyd Ireland do 45 Dec 12
James Boyd Canada do 20 Sep 02
Elizabeth Boyd do do 22 May 12
Moriah Boyd do do 18 May26
Mary Boyd do do 14 Jun 10 (Gill says July)
Thomas Boyd do do 12 Jul 20
Boyd Family Gore Argenteuil 1851 Census
(labeled on Schroder's copy on reverse as "folio page 60")
farmer Ireland Meth
54 Aug 7
Mary Ireland do 38 May 10
Sarah Boyd Canada do 14 Jul 26
William Boyd do do 10 Jan 20
Andrew Boyd do do 08 May 10
Alexander Boyd do do 05 Jul 14
Rachel Boyd do do 01 Jul 12
These are my transcriptions.
I now see that Gill made a transcription
and index, see page 139 (James) and page 134 (William) of Gill for the
Enumeration District One, Township of Gore, James Boyd, now 60 and Mary
Ann Boyd, widow of William Boyd listed.
James and Elizabeth Boyd give their ages as 67 and are listed. Looks
like son, James Boyd, is running the farm. (LDS Film #493444)
I don't see anything else in
the census reports that will help in this
In his book C. Thomas Boyd
states that James and William were brothers.
Thomas' statement is backed by a land description "center of Gore on road
from Lakefield to Lachute". That's pretty specific. It would seem that
Thomas had some detailed information at his disposal. (I need a detailed
map of the area of Gore and Lakefield, i.e., the township of Gore.) If
one believes that these are the William and James mentioned by C. Thomas
in his 1896 History of Lakefield/Gore, it is interesting that William
family is Methodist and James family is Episcopalian. Well, there are no
other Williames or Jameses of the appropriate age in the 1851 Census, so
I conclude that William and James were brothers on the basis of Thomas'
Moreover, it relates the brother
in a special way with adjacent
properties. I would believe it. I now have a copy of a detailed map of
the area of Gore and Lakefield, i.e., the township of Gore, right down
to "land plots" and James BOYD had three or four plots right next to
Echo Lake and his "brother" William's plot is right next to him.
My James BOYD (1801-1874) died
9 Mar 1874, and was buried 12 Mar 1874. I
believe his death and burial record is from Holy Trinity Church, Lakefield. I have
a copy of the parish record, but it is poor and doesn't even give his age. LDS File
#1992751 at 01141 (for some reason I also note 1131).