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William Johnson Boyd
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1831
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 13, 1897
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Ellen Ann Chandler. Son of Thomas Boyd and Anna Sanderson.


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, May 20, 1897


One of Russell's most highly respected citizens, a man who was universally liked, Mr. W. J. Boyd passed suddenly and very unexpectedly to his long rest last Thursday evening. He had been suffering some time from heart trouble but was not thought to be in an alarming condition. Last Thursday evening, after engaging in the usual labors of the day and retiring to the house, he was taken ill, and in a very few minutes had passed peacefully away. His age was 66 years, 3 months and 18 days.

William J. Boyd was born Jan. 25, 1831 in Greenfield, Highland Co., Ohio. He was married to Ellen A. Chandler in Greenfield, Nov. 1st, 1853: twelve children were born to them, nine sons and three daughters. Eight sons and two daughters, Mrs. P. O. Murray and Mrs. Henry F. Allen survive him.

He spent his boyhood days in Greenfield, attending the High School from which he graduated. He also prepared himself for the practice of law and would have been admitted to the bar in three months. It was never known why, but he became disatisfied with the profession and turned his attention to surveying, serving as county surveyor about ten years, altogether.

With his wife and one child, he moved to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in the fall of 1855, but his health failing, moved back to Greenfield, Ohio in 1857 where he lived on one farm for 26 years. In July, 1890 he came to Russell with his wife and family.

Mr. Boyd was a man of intellect and firmness, who loved his family, home and friends with more than ordinary love. Although his death was sudden it found him ready to meet it.

His funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Saturday afternoon. Rev. Bennett conducted the services. He preached from Exodus 23:11, by request of Mrs. Boyd. The choir of the different Churches sang the songs he had marked in his own Hymn Book, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," "I Would Not Live Always," "Through Sorrow's night and Dangers Path," and "Gates Ajar." Although he is gone his loved ones are not without hope of a blessed reunion over the river of death.

Family links: 
  Ellen Ann Chandler Boyd (1833 - 1915)
  Edith G. Boyd Murray (1854 - 1934)*
  Gaston Spillman Boyd (1860 - 1925)*
  Russell Arlie Boyd (1864 - 1915)*
  Charles C. Boyd (1865 - 1939)*
  Annie Eliza Boyd Allen (1867 - 1949)*
  Herbert S. Boyd (1872 - 1934)*
  Samuel Newcomer Boyd (1874 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 2 Row 11 Grave 7
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jul 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38994269
William Johnson Boyd
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William Johnson Boyd
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- Skip
 Added: May. 1, 2010

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