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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Samuel Jones Boyd

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


SAMUEL JONES BOYD, farmer residing on Section 24, Sidney Township, Champaign County, was born in Rock Castle County, Ky., December 27, 1842, son of David M. and Mary Jane (Boyd) Boyd, both natives of Kentucky. The father died when the subject of this sketch was a child, and the mother and children subsequently removed to Putnam County, Ind., in 1857. They remained there four years and then, in April, 1861, located in Sidney Township, and began farming on leased land. Samuel J. was educated in the public schools of Indiana and Illinois, and as soon as he had saved enough money he bought eighty acres of land in Raymond Township, but later sold it. He and his wife now own 175 acres of excellent land on Section 24, Sidney Township, on which they have built a handsome home, with all first-class, modern improvements. Politically Mr. Boyd is a Democrat, socially is affiliated with the Masonic Fraternity, and in religion is a member of the Christian Church. His daughters retain their membership in the Presbyterian Church. He is a stockholder in the Farmers' Elevator at Sidney. On August 26, 1866, Mr. Boyd was maried to Margaret, daughter of Josiah and Sarah Clawson, and of this union five children have been born, namely: Josiah, who died when eight years old; Walter Scott, a farmer, who has 100 acres in Indiana, and also operates a part of his father's farm, which he rents; Alta May; Ora Ella; and Lulu Stella. The daughters are all engaged in teaching.

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