William Boyd (1812 - 1897) and Sarah Stringer (1828 - 1922)
William Boyd was born 20 Jan 1812 in Ireland. He died 04 Feb 1897 in Benton County, Iowa, USA. He is buried in Rampton Cemetery, located in Section 9, Monroe Township, Benton County, Iowa, USA.
Sarah Stringer was born abt. 24 Aug 1828 in Caledon, Ireland (Mullaghmossa Townland). Christened on 24 Aug 1828 in Caledon, Ireland (Aghaloo, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland). She died in 1922 in Dysart, Tama County, Iowa, USA. She is buried in Rampton Cemetery, located in Section 9, Monroe Township, Benton County, Iowa, USA. She was the daughter of John Stringer and Susanna Collins of Caledon, Ireland.
He married Sarah Stringer in
1853 in New York, USA. They had six children:
+ George L. Boyd. He was born Sep 1854 in New York.
William Alexander Boyd. He was born 1857 in Benton County, Iowa, USA. He died in 1931 in Benton County, Iowa, USA. He is buried in Rampton Cemetery. He did not marry.
John M. Boyd. He was born Feb 1859 in Benton County, Iowa, USA. He died 1910-1915 in Lyon County, Iowa, USA. He married Clara (or Clotha) C. Pruitt Abt. 1889 in Benton County, Iowa, USA. She was born Mar 1869 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. They had no children.
Mary E. Boyd. She was born Jun 1860 in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa, USA. She married Milan Brown about 1890. He was born Mar 1855 in Indiana, USA. They had 5 children, but only one, Millard M., born Mar 1892 in Colorado, was still living in 1900. They lived in Nebraska until her death 1910-1920. Thereafter Milan lived in California, then Oregon.
Abraham Fulton Boyd. He was born Jan 1863 in Benton County, Iowa, USA. He sold farm implements in Dysart, Tama County, Iowa (adjacent to Benton County). He never married and died in 1936. He is buried in Rampton Cemetery.
Margaret Boyd. She was born about 1866 and died in Feb 1891 at the age of 13y 7m 3d. She is buried in Rampton Cemetery.
According to a 1876 biography (see below) he emigrated to the USA in 1848, and came to Benton County, Iowa in 1855 - thus their marriage and the birth of their first child was in New York. There is a single William Boyd in the 1850 census in Ward 14 of New York City, working as a baker, who may or may not be the same William Boyd. He is living with a John Boyd and family who would be a brother. William and Sarah Boyd first settled in Section 32 of Bruce Township, apparently where A. F. Boyd (one of their sons) is indicated on the 1917 Benton County Map.
Notes for William Boyd and Sarah Stringer:
History of Benton Co., IA, Western Historical Co., Chicago, 1876, p. 597: "Boyd, William, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Dysart; born in Ireland in Jan., 1812; emigrated to America in Dec., 1848; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 440 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Sarah Stringer in 1853; she was born in Ireland in 1817 [sic probably 1827]; they have six children - George L., William A., Mary E., John M., Abram F. and Margaret. Republican; members of the Presbyterian Church. Is Township Trustee. Mr. Boyd is the oldest settler of his neighborhood, and has made the fine improvements on his farm by his own industry." [she could not have been born in 1817, or her last child was at age 49; her baptism is 24 Aug 1828].
Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrival Records, 1846-1851 on Ancestry.com: the ship "Harrisburg", from Belfast to New York, arr. 11 Dec 1848: William Boyd 32; Moose Boyd 26
1850 census, New York Ward 14, New York, NY, Ancestry.com p. 148 of 598: William Boyd 34 Ire baker apparently single, living with Edward Sheeler 24 Ger painter, John Boyd 41 Ire baker, with children of John's: Mary Jane 13, Margaret 9, and John 7 all NY.
1856 Iowa census, Benton Co.: Wm Boyd 36 Ire Agr 166 ac; S. (f) 24 Ire; G. (m) 1 NY; J. (m) 16 Ire; J. (f) 8 Ire.
1860 census, Bruce Twp, Benton Co., IA: Boid, William 47 Ireland, Sarah 30 Ireland, Jane C. 12 Ireland, George L. 6 NY, William 4 IA, (Jane C. is too old to be one of their children.)
1870 census, Bruce Twp, Benton Co., IA: Boyd, William 59 Ireland, Sarah 39 Ireland, George 15 NY, William A. 13 IA, John M. 11 IA, Mary E. 9 IA, Abraham 7 IA, Maggie 4 IA
1880 census, Bruce Twp, Benton Co., IA: Boyd, William 68 Ireland (both parents Ireland), Sarah 51 Ireland (both parents Ireland), John M. 21, Fulton 17
The only photographs in the collection of Mary and Lyle Vaubel are from the George L. Boyd family. Other descendents of William Boyd and Sarah Stringer can be found in the Outline Descendent List of John Stringer and Susanna Collins, but are not described in further detail in these pages.
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