(After the publication of a
recent article on this Boyd family, new
information came in from descendants and the author did more research.
(This is the updated Boyd version)
Alexander Boyd settled
about four miles south of Ooltewah before the
Indian removal, purchasing his land near White Oak Mountain for as
little as a quarter an acre. Several of his grandchildren fought for the
The Boyds apparently went from
Scotland to Pennsylvania and to frontier
Tennessee just after the Revolution. Alexander Boyd was born about 1784.
Hugh Boyd, who was born about 1788 and accompanied him to Ooltewah,
was apparently his brother. William and Elliott Hodge Boyd may have been
brothers also. The Boyds made their way to Jackson and Hall counties in
Georgia - probably attracted by the land lotteries. Alexander Boyd was
married in Jackson County to Margaret McCarroll in 1808. One Georgia
deed that same year is from William Boyd Sr. to Hugh Boyd for land
adjoining the lines of William and Alexander Boyd. Some of these Boyds
made their way to Bledsoe County about 1818. William and Elliott Hodge
Boyd stayed there, while Alexander and Hugh moved to Hamilton County
about 1836. Hugh had lived for a time in Atlanta.
Hugh Boyd's wife was Mary.
Their children included Cynthia, W.L., John
William, James Harrison, Hugh A. and Elizabeth. Another daughter, Sarah,
married Jonathan Acuff.
John William, who was born
in 1826, married Mary Ann Acuff in 1848. He
enlisted Jan. 6, 1863, with Co. F. of the 35th Tennessee Infantry. John
William Acuff died at Tullahoma, apparently from pneumonia, April 18,
1863. He was buried at Tullahoma with other Civil War soldiers. His
children were Margaret Caroline, William Perry, Serepta A., Richard
Worth, Selecta Adaline, Samuel Green, Jonathan, John Hugh and Robert
Franklin. William Perry Boyd married Sally Burke and John Hugh Boyd
married Cora Dantzler. Robert Franklin Boyd, a house painter in East
Chattanooga, married Mattie Paul. Their children included Charles Hugh
who married Melba Smith, Chester Worth who married Ruby
Hall, Robbie Adaline who married Jay Hall, Minnie Ella who married
Clifford Gault, and Joseph William who married Roberta Woodall.
In 1860, the brothers James Harrison and Hugh A. were living side by
side at Harrison. Hugh A., who was born in Atlanta Aug. 24, 1830, was a
constable. He married Sarah McKinney. Hugh A. enlisted with Birdís
Rangers, then he transferred on Oct. 18, 1862, at Varnell Station, Ga.,
to the 35th Tennessee Infantry. He was reported sick at a hospital in
Ringgold in April 1863 and was still sick when the unit was in camp near
Tyner Station in July. His children included Viola Alverta, John W.,
Daniel K., Joseph and Walter. Viola married Thomas R. Standifer,
youngest of the 16 children of Leroy and Mary Moore Standifer. They
acquired the log Standifer homestead and farmed the place with the help
of their nine children. Hugh A. was living with the Thomas Standifers
when he died Aug. 7, 1909. Joseph was living in Highland Park and Walter
James Harrison Alexander, son
of Hugh and Mary, married Elizabeth
Angelina Blair Their children included Hannah, Columbus, Alice, Samuel
and Nancy Tennessee. Another son, James Alexander, was born in 1861.
Nancy Tennessee married John Theodore McSpadden in Catoosa County. James
Alexander Boyd became a minister, pastoring at Dalton, Ga., and
elsewhere. He was married four times. His first wife was Elizabeth
Alexander Boyd's youngest daughter,
Matilda, was born in Georgia in
1809. She married William Phelps and they lived in Sequatchie County.
The other children included Mary who married John S. Rains, John Hodge
who married Mahala Bush, Clarinda who married Winston
Pollard, Elliott Green who married Nicey A. Nowlin, Nehemiah Wade who
married Susan McCombs, Taylor, William and Margaret who married John B.
Alexander Boyd had grants of
80, 160 and 80 acres on the road known
later as Ooltewah-Ringgold Road. He paid $2 per acre for the 160 acres
and 50 cents per acre for the last 80-acre grant.
Some of the Boyd family ventured west by wagon train in the 1850s,
including the Rains and Acuff families and Elliott, Taylor and Nehemiah
Boyd. Most went to Denton County, Texas, while the Acuffs settled at
Logan County, Ark. Nehemiah Boyd died soon after the arrival in Texas,
but Susan McCombs Boyd lived to be
the county's oldest resident.
John Hodge Boyd volunteered
at Ross's Landing in November 1837 to assist
in the war in Florida against the Seminoles and he was a second
lieutenant when he was mustered out at Baton Rouge the following May. He
also served as a constable. However, he died at a young age in 1844,
leaving his wife with three sons and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who
J. Seagle. John Hodge Boyd
was buried at the Boyd Cemetery that also was
a burial ground for Indians and other early settlers.
At the outbreak of the war, the John H. Boyd sons - Francis Marion,
Alexander H. and John H. Jr. - all volunteered for the Southern cause.
Alexander, who was in Co. B of Carter's 1st Tenn. Cavalry, died Dec. 27,
1861, from a wound he received at Mill Springs, Ky. F.M. and John H. Jr.
enlisted Nov. 10, 1862, with Co. K of the 43rd Tennessee Infantry at
Ooltewah. They were captured at Vicksburg July 4, 1863. John H. Jr. took
the oath of allegiance at Ooltewah in 1864. He married Rebecca Rogers in
1866. Their children included Martha H., Mary, Sarah, Alexander and
John. Mahala Bush Boyd lived her latter days with the John Hodge Boyd
Jr. family. John H. Jr. was a widower still living near Ooltewah at the
time of the 1910 census. Francis M. Boyd was a justice of the peace
after the war. His wife was Luthena, and their children included Martha
M. and James M.
The pioneer Alexander Boyd
died at the close of the war. Margaret
McCarroll Boyd had died in the 1850s. Elliott G. Boyd died in 1855 at
age 34, leaving a large family. Nicey Nowlin Boyd passed away three years
later at age 40. The orphaned children included the twins Samuel Houston
and Mary Jane, John Harmon, Martha Matilda, Monroe Catlett, Anderson
LaFayette and Jesse Wade. Another son, Columbus Nowlin, had died as a
baby. John Harmon died in 1859 when he was 15. Samuel H. Boyd married
Rebecca Jane Poe just prior to the war, and Martha Matilda married John
Mattson Poe. Mary Jane Boyd married James Taylor.
At the start of the war, she
was left to oversee the younger children.
At one time she hid a side of meat in a crib in the barn -
covered with cotton seeds - so the soldiers could not find it. On
another occasion, she struggled with a soldier over a bedspread that had
been woven by her mother. The cherished sheet was torn in two pieces.
Samuel H. Boyd also was a Confederate adherent. On one of his infrequent
visits home, he was seen by a Union soldier, who followed him into the
Boyd house. Samuel climbed into the loft to hide and the Union soldier
was going after him when Jane Poe Boyd hit the pursuing soldier across
his shoulders with a heavy shovel, causing him to retreat. Several of
the younger brothers of Samuel H. Boyd went to Denton County, Tex.
Monroe Boyd married there, but he returned to Hamilton
County with his children, William and Jeptha, when his wife died.
Samuel H. Boyd, who was a carpenter and contractor, moved his family
into Chattanooga on Gilmer (Eighth) Street in the 1880s. He died of a
stomach ailment in 1887 at age 45. Rebecca Jane Poe Boyd lived until
1919. The Samuel H. Boyd children included Martha Eleanor "Ellen'' who
married James Montgomery, Joseph Sherman who married Nettie Crabtree
and moved to Missouri, James Benjamin who married Nannie Hixson, Larkin,
Jesse Wade, Charles Houston who married Delia Johnson, Jenny May who
married James Melrose Millen, and Cora Belle who married Leo John Duffy.
Samuel Green died as a small child during the Civil War and George Anderson
died as a child just after the war. Larkin died when he was 18 and Jesse Wade
when he was 23. Larkin and Jesse Wade are buried with their parents at Forest
James Benjamin Boyd was a master
marble worker and was one of the few
men who could build a winding marble staircase. His projects included the
Elmira, N.Y., post office, buildings at Cornell University, the First National
Bank at Fort Payne, the Pink Palace in Memphis and the Vanderbilt mansion at
Asheville. His Chattanooga work included the Post Office Building, the
Auditorium, the Hamilton and American banks, the Read House and the
steps of the Jewish Synagogue. He received $5 per letter for his work on
the Illinois monument at Chickamauga Park. His younger brother, Charles
Houston Boyd, was another master marble worker. His first big job was
the Hogshead Apartments on Georgia Avenue. He later operated the
Chattanooga Stone and Marble Co. He also worked on the Biltmore House,
and he remembered Mrs. Vanderbilt coming outside and chatting with him.
There was another Alexander Boyd here, who earlier resided at Knoxville.
He died in 1867. His daughter, Eliza Ann, married Robert L. McNabb.
Many of these Boyds were apparently buried at the Pollard Cemetery at
Ooltewah, which was at the old Alexander Boyd place.
Joyce Duffy Graves wrote a book on the Boyd and Poe families.