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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Mr. H. Boyd, a farmer of Lee’s Creek Township, was born January 1, 1837, in Floyd County, Ky., and is a son of James and Mary (Wood) Boyd, natives of Virginia. The father has always been a farmer, and in 1835 moved to Kentucky, where he has since lived with the exception of about five years, which he spent in Crawford County, Ark. He is now a resident of Floyd County, Ky. The grandfather, William Boyd, was of English descent, and lived in Virginia. He served in the Revolutionary War seven years, and died in 1868. Our subject had but few educational advantages when a youth, but became a well-informed man. In 1856 he married Miss Lucinda M. Branham, daughter of Isham and Lucy (Hatcher) Branham, and born in 1836. This marriage has been blessed with nine children, five boys and four girls, all save one girl now living. Mr. Boyd farmed upon rented land until 1879, and then purchased his present farm, which contains 400 acres, upon which he has erected a cotton-gin, grist and saw-mill. One of the natural wonders of Crawford County is a natural dam upon this farm, which runs across Mountain Fork of Lee’s Creek, and is of hard granite, eight feet high and seventy yards wide. The pond above is six feet deep at low water. Mr. Boyd has been a Mason for seven years. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religion a Methodist.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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