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Samuel Newton "Sam" Boyd
Birth: Nov. 24, 1818
Hall County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1909
Christian County
Missouri, USA

Sam's birth-1818

Samuel Newton Boyd was born November 24, 1818 in Hall County, Georgia. The son of an Irish Immigrant William R. Boyd and his wife Elizabeth Burton of South Carolina. The family later moved into Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Georgia where Sam grew up and went to school.

Indian War Service-1839

Samuel Newton Boyd mustered into service in the Indian Wars at Kellog's Station in Lumpkin County, Georgia on 28 Mar 1839. Honorable Discharge July 4, 1839. He served along with his father-in-law Andrew Wood.

Marries Prissy-1842

On May 8, 1842 he married Priscilla Wood, daughter of Andrew Wood and Charity Langley. She was part Cherokee Indian which she got from her mother's side of the family.

For his service in the Indian wars, he was awarded lands in Southwest Missouri. He moved from Georgia in 1843 and traveled through Nashville, Tennessee then into Hartville, Missouri. Along with them came Priscilla's parents and her siblings.

Judge Samuel Boyd-1850 through 1871

Samuel became Associate Judge of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri in 1850. One of the first judges to serve in the Wright County, Missouri courts. When he moved to Christian County, he was elected Judge of Christian County from 1867-1871. In an article from the Ozark paper read that Samuel Boyd served as judge when courts were held outside underneath the trees during the summertime.

Bald Knobbers-1887

On March 18, 1887 Samuel Boyd's son-in-law Zach. Johnson, then sheriff of Ozark, Missouri, arrested 25 Bald Knobbers. Samuel's son William R. Boyd was hired by Zack to be one of his many deputies. The Bald Knobbers' were a group of religious zealots that reign terror to the folks in the Ozark region. These men were brought in for the murders of a family. They were called Bald Knobbers because they hid in the mountains in the Ozarks called Bald Knob. Though Sam was a retired judge during this time, it is pretty certain that he was involved in the proceedings.

Judge Samuel Boyd Dies-1909
On August 20, 1909, Judge Samuel Newton Boyd died at his sons, William R. Boyd, home in Ozark, Christian County, Missouri. He was laid to rest in the Ozark Cemetery in Ozark, Christian County, Missouri. He was proceed in death by his wife Priscilla.

Shepard of the Hills
Of historical note, Harold Bell Wright wrote a novel Titled Shepard of the Hills which brought to life the legend of the Bald Knobbers and early life in the Missouri Ozarks. This was made into a play which is reinacted daily in Branson, Missouri.

Written June 5, 2009 by Lawrence Gardner Boyd. 2nd great-grandson of Samuel Newton Boyd.

For additional information about the Bald Knobbers, read Bald Knobbers Vigilantes on the Ozarks Frontier by Mary Hartman and Elmo Ingenthron. Pelican Publishing Co. Gretna 1988.
Family links: 
  Priscilla Woods Boyd (1822 - 1902)*
  Sarah Ann Boyd Johnson (1848 - 1930)*
  William Riley Boyd (1850 - 1911)*
  Margaret Ann Boyd Johnson (1853 - 1900)*
  Ware Boyd (1855 - 1866)*
  Elizabeth Burton Boyd Horton (1859 - 1956)*
  Green Boyd (1860 - 1861)*
  Lydia Frances Boyd Birran (1865 - 1947)*
*Calculated relationship
Ozark Cemetery
Christian County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Larry Boyd
Record added: Sep 24, 2006
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Samuel Newton Sam Boyd
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Samuel Newton Sam Boyd
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- JJ Coppinger
 Added: Oct. 26, 2009
I hope you like your memorial here grandpa! I wish I knew more about you and Prissy.
- Larry Boyd
 Added: Jun. 6, 2009

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 Added: Aug. 11, 2007
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