Son of John Boyd and Elizabeth Margaret Jamison.
Husband of Frances Huldah Merrill, the daughter of Peter Merrill and Susan Huldah Wilson. They were married 17 Sept 1883 in Merced and had two sons; William Edgar Boyd and Fred Norvel Boyd.
In 1900, William and Frances lived in Reed, Seneca, Ohio with William's sister in law, Hattie Hunt, presumably, the sister of Frances. The census lists their marriage as 1871, and his occupation as a farmer.
William was a Civil War Veteran.
Obituaries thanks to Naida D. Stayner:
Merced Sun Star May 25, 1931, page 3
William Boyd Dies At Ranch at Le Grand
Le Grand, May 25
William Boyd, 86, Le Grand rancher, died at his home this morning of a lingering illness. The body is at the Welch and Griffin mortuary pending funeral arrangements. Born May 7, 1845 in Canada, Boyd had been in California since 1874. He had been a Le Grand rancher 11 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances Boyd.
Merced Sun Star May 26, 1931, page 2
Boyd Military Rites Planned
Le Grand, May 26
Military graveside services for William E. Boyd, 86, retired civil war veteran of Le Grand, who died at his ranch home yesterday morning, will be held at 3 Wednesday afternoon at Plainsburg cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Merced post of the American legion. Merced members were today asked by Ray M. Clark, adjutant, to attend. Veterans of other wars are requested to be present.
Preceding the Plainsburg rites, services will be held at 2 at the Welch and Griffin chapel in Merced. The Rev. S.P.Pope of Mariposa will officiate.
Boyd is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances Boyd of Le Grand, and two sons, Fred of San Francisco and Edgar of Fresno. He was a native of Canada but had come to the United States when a small boy. He had served in the Union army during the civil war and had come to California in 1874. He retired many years ago on his government pension.
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