|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1861|
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 1943|
Lila Goode Boyd, born 20 Feb 1861 in "Blue Rock", Roseland, Va. Blue Rock was at the end of what is now Blue Rock Rd. across from Jonesboro Cemetery.died 27 Mar 1943 in Arrington, VA. She was the daughter of Henry Curran Boyd and Juliet Anna Massie. She married Price Perkins Gantt 08 Apr 1885 in Nelson County. He was born 04 Jan 1842 in "Oakwood", Scottsville, Albemarle Co., VA, and died 12 Feb 1917 in Roseland, VA. He was the son of Dr. John Weems Gantt and Sarah Perkins.
Notes for Lila Goode Boyd:
She lived with her mother in the home of another family after the death of her father when she was only four. He was fifty-four at the time of his death. She was said to be a homely women who married Price Gantt who was a widower 19 years older than she was. His first wife had died in childbirth. Her sisters were said to be much better looking and quite numerous. Both Virginia and Lewis remember her looking much like her daughter Kate, her plainest daughter. Juliet Redd was less generous likening her to her son Price, the least attractive of all the children.
"Blue Rock" No. 2 is 1/4 miles west of Roseland, VA, on Route 655, thence north 1 mile on Route 673 to intersection of Route 151, continues on Route 673 NE 1 1/4 miles. The house stands on a low rolling hill to the east of highway. She and Price lived at what the WPA researcher called Blue Rock no. 2, but it was known by the family as "Little Blue Rock". The following is from his interview with Lila Gantt in the 1930s, "It is a portion of the boundary known as "Blue Rock" the original home which has been mentioned as Blue Rock No 1. This Blue Rock No 2 is owned at present by Mrs. L. G. Gantt, who is a daughter of Henry C. Boyd, a former owner of this property. A portion of the house at this place was build by Captain William Massie, who was a son of Major Thomas Massie, many years prior between the War Between the States. This house was built of hewn logs for use as a tenant house or for slaves. The old logs are still there. There have been some improvements to this part and much more built to it, making a very comfortable and convenient dwelling."
Historical Significance: This place is a very profitable place of property as it is very productive mountain land and well adapted to the Albemarle Pippin and Wine sap apple. Both houses are built on land that was granted to Major Thomas Massie by the English Crown, (Note: It was actually purchased from Robert Rose after the war, but Rose probably did obtain a grant from the Crown) sometime prior to the year of 1775, as history states Major Massie lived on Tye River in that year (Note: He was still in New Kent County at that time) and was chosen as Captain of a Company of Continental soldiers to help defend the county around Williamsburg and between the York and the James Rivers. Mr. Massie being a man of great integrity and stability was chosen by General Washington to carry his orders to General Charles Lee, who commanded the advance party of the American Army to attack General Clinton at Monmouth Court House, New Jersey, June 28, 1778. In the fall of 1775, Mr. Massie was commissioned Captain to recruit a company of regular soldiers to serve in the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continentals. On account of his gallantry and bravery, he was later commissioned Major and continued in service until the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. This man was the first owner of the two places or at least the land on which they are located, known as "Blue Rock" No. 1 and No. 2.
Lila was said to have been very hard on her son Lewis' wife and children and there did not appear to be any love lost between them. When the opportunity presented itself, Evelyn Gantt chose to have her family grave sites as far away as she could get them from the main Boyd/Gantt section of Jonesboro Cemetery near her family members. Since Lewis died first, she got no argument from him.
She died at age 82 at the home of her daughter, Juliet Wills, whose husband was a doctor.
More About Lila Goode Boyd:
Burial: Jonesboro Cemetery, Roseland, VA. Tombstone is a unique obelisk with her name on one side and Henry Perkins Gantt's name on one of the other sides.
Census: 1880, Living in Massie Mill District with her mother, two sisters and brother Waller; recorded as Lilla age 1912.
Henry Curran Boyd (1813 - 1865)
Juliet Anna Massie Boyd (1819 - 1883)
Price Perkins Gantt (1842 - 1917)
Price Perkins Gantt (1887 - 1967)*
Juliet Gantt Wills (1889 - 1980)*
Henry Lewis Gantt (1891 - 1959)*
Marie Alice Gantt Redd (1897 - 1993)*
Katherine Earle Gantt Dixon (1899 - 1993)*
Thomas Massie Boyd (1837 - 1894)*
Waller Massie Boyd (1843 - 1917)*
Henry Curran Boyd (1847 - 1903)*
William Hammond Boyd (1849 - 1896)*
Noland Locket Boyd (1850 - 1913)*
Lila Goode Boyd Gantt (1861 - 1943)
Created by: Andy Keller
Record added: Oct 05, 2006
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