Harriet Boyd (Johnson) (1781 - 1850)

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Birthplace: Of, Haverhill, Massachusetts, Essex, United States
Death: Died in Green Bay, Brown, WI, USA
Managed by: Karen Marie Nystrom
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About Harriet Boyd (Johnson)

Harriet Johnson Boyd (1781- 1850) came from a family of nine children, one brother, seven exceptional sisters. Her father, Joshua Johnson left Maryland for London as a merchant in1771. With the start of the Revolutionary War, he moved his growing family to the port city of Nantes, France in 1778. Harriet grew up in great luxury and indulgence. In France and after the War while living in London, the Johnson's entertained many Americans, including John Adams and his son, John Quincy. As a girl, she attended a Roman Catholic convent school France. Here she learned to read and write in French. She also learned to play the harp and piano. In London Harriet attended an English girls boarding school. Her education continued with further study in, rudimentary mathematics, philosophy, embroidery, needlework, stitching, drawing.

After a business failure in 1797, Joshua Johnson fled England with his family for the U.S., leaving behind enormous debt to British creditors.

Harriet's paternal great-grandparents immigrated to Maryland from England. Her mother was born in England. One of her maternal grandfathers had been a brewer in London and one of her maternal great-grandmothers had been one of 21 children.

At 24, Harriet married career diplomat Colonel George Boyd in 1805. They lived comfortably in King George County and Col. Boyd traveled extensively on diplomatic missions for the American government. After business reverses, in 1818 Col. Boyd was appointed Indian Agent to Michilimackinac Island (Mackinaw Island). In 1820, he brought Harriet and their four young children to live in the remote Wisconsin Territory. Harriet gave birth to her only daughter, Catherine, shortly after arriving at Mackinaw. She is thought to be the first "American" child born on Mackinaw Island. Harriet and Col. Boyd had nine children, five of them born while living on Macinaw Island.

After 12 years at the Mackinaw Island post, Col. Boyd was transferred to the position as Indian Agent for Green Bay in 1832. He retired from that position in 1840, but lived the rest of his life in Green Bay and died in 1846.

Harriet's sister, Louisa Catherine, married John Quincy Adams. Sister Catherine "Kitty" married Billy Smith in 1809 a nephew of John Quincy Adams, son of Adams' sister Nabby. Sister Eliza Johnson married U.S. Senator John Pope of Kentucky in 1810. Sister Nancy married Walter Hellen. When Nancy died, her widowed husband Walter married her sister Adelaide.

Walter and Nancy Hellen's daughter Mary married John Adams II, Feb. 25, 1828 in the White House. He was the grandson of John Adams, son of John Quincy Adams and Mary was his first cousin. House. Nine months and 7 days later, Mary Louisa Adams was born at the White House. In 1853 she also married one of her cousins who was a descendant of President John Adams.

 
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Harriet Boyd's Timeline

1781
1781
Of, Haverhill, Massachusetts, Essex, United States
1805
1805
Age 24
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
1805
Age 24
Washington, DC, United States
1816
January 13, 1816
Age 35
Washington, DC, United States
1820
1820
Age 39
1850
January 1, 1850
Age 69
Green Bay, Brown, WI, USA