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Henry Bracken Boyd
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1824
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1906
Union County
Iowa, USA


H. B. Boyd, grandfather of Miss Evalyn Boyd, an employee of this office, died Thursday morning as stated in our last issue. The Creston American has, in part, the following account of his life and death in its Friday’s issue:

“At an early hour yesterday morning occurred the death of Mr. H. B. Boyd, the aged father of T. [homas Harte] B. [enton] Boyd, of this city, his demise being the result of a recent paralytic stroke.

Henry Bracken Boyd was born in Hartford County, Maryland, Nov. 5th, 1824. His father died when he was quite young, leaving a wife and five children, he being the third child. At the age of 17 he went to Philadelphia to learn the wagon making trade, working for his board and clothes, later getting fifty dollars a year for his work. After learning his trade he worked at journeywork. At the age of 22 he married Mary J. [Ann] Shank of Marietta. In 1849 he removed to Green County, Illinois. There he engaged in the manufacturing of carriages and wagons, later moving to Palmira, where he continued in the same business.

In the spring of 1860 he removed onto a farm in Macoupin County, where he resided until 1865, when he moved to Worth County, Mo., where he entered 160 acres of land and improved it until it was known as the best farm in that section of the country.

In 1896 he sold his farm and moved to Grant City, Mo., remaining there until 1898, when he moved to Blockton, Ia., and went into the poultry business, continuing in the same until 1904, when he came to Creston to make his home with his son, T. [homas Harte] B. [enton] Boyd, his wife having died in 1899. Father Boyd was in good health until Friday morning when he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. At 5:30 the same evening he suffered another stroke, which paralyzed his left side, from which he suffered until death relieved him at 5:25 Thursday morning, Nov. 8th.

One sister survives him at the age of 85, who resides in Maryland, also three children: Mary J. [ane] Brown, Silverton, Oregon; John H. [enry] Boyd, of Ottumwa; and T. [homas Harte] B. [enton] Boyd of Creston, the last two mentioned being at his bedside through his sickness and death. He has left three children, fifteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. The deceased has been a subscriber of the American for over thirty years.”

Short funeral services were conducted at the home of his son, at Creston at 3:00 o’clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gaston, and his funeral was held at Blockton, Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, the family leaving for that point at 7 o’clock Saturday morning. The funeral services at Blockton were held at the Methodist church conducted by the pastor, and the Masonic lodges of Blockton and Grant City, Mo., he having been a member of the Grant city lodge since 1866, being a charter member.

Son of Nicholas Boyd and Rachel Weeks
Married Mary Ann Shank about 1846-1847
Father of: John Henry Boyd, Thomas Hart Benton Boyd and Mary Jane Boyd.
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  Mary Ann Shank Boyd (1827 - 1899)
Blockton Cemetery
Taylor County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Melissa Hillstrom
Originally Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Apr 13, 2009
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Henry Bracken Boyd
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