Lt. William Boyd (1755 - 1777)

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Death: Died in Brandywine, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
Cause of death: Battle of Brandywine
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About Lt. William Boyd

Son ? Cyrus boyd Cyrus boyd was born on August 12, 1778, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the only child of William and Sarah. He married Jane White on April 26, 1800, in Westland, Pennsylvania. They had 11 children in 19 years. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Lt. William Boyd died at Brandywine Sept 11, 1777

Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of ...

By Francis Bernard Heitman ____________________________________________________________________________

? Father- There is a William Boyd (Lt) who died at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777


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Who Were Lt. Thomas Boyd and Michael Parker?

Wayside Shrine at Boyd & Parker Park Route 20A, Cuylerville, Town of Leicester Thomas Boyd, a native of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, was born in 1757 the youngest of three sons. Boyd's military service began in 1775 when he marched with Benedict Arnold and 1100 other soldiers through the treacherous terrain of Maine and participated in an active assault upon the British. Here Boyd was wounded, taken prisoner but soon afterwards released. He headed back to Pennsylvania where within a few months Boyd enlisted as a Sergeant in Captain Stephen Bayard's Company, then transferred to Captain Matthew Smith's Company. Boyd was at the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga, made Lieutenant in the First Pennsylvania Regiment and participated at the battle of Monmouth in New Jersey in 1778, before joining Sullivan's Campaign.

He went to Schoharie in the autumn of 1778, under Major Posey, whose command consisted of three companies of Morgan's celebrated rifle corps, under Captains Long, Pear and Simpson. Boyd belonged to the latter company. He was described by Rev. Craft as "Of fine physique, engaging manners, brave almost to recklessness," and "endowed with the qualities which would command attention, without the cool judgment or firmness which would fit him for a leader." Lockwood R. Doty described Lt. Boyd as "of ordinary height strongly built, fine looking and very sociable and agreeable in his manners, qualities which gained him many friends in Schoharie." He was only 22 years of age at his death.

Boyd's father and only sister died before the Revolution. His mother sent her three sons into the field, with the parting injunction, says Major Van Campen, "never to disgrace their swords by an act of cowardice, or by a moment's fear of reluctance when called to the defense of home and freedom." His older brother Lt. William Boyd, the second son, died at Brandywine in 1777.

As for Michael Parker, all that can be ascertained from the history books is that he was a corporal in the First Pennsylvania Regiment, from which he was promoted to Sergeant in Captain Simpson's company. His life prior to this event remains a mystery.

Details were taken from Rev. Craft's research; the History of Livingston County, Lockwood R. Doty, ed. (F.A. Own, Dansville 1905), 173; and an address by W.P. Boyd on the life of Lt. Thomas Boyd, to the Livingston County Historical Society's 13th Annual meeting, (January 1889), 5-13.

(Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War: The Impact on Livingston County, page 20) esource: ___________________________________________________________________________

The Twelfth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line, of which four companies were from Northumberland County and the others from Northampton County, was raised by authority of Congress, and among the last acts of the convention which had assembled in Philadelphia, to form a State Constitution, was the choice of its field officers, from its members, on September 28, 1776. William Cook, delegate from Northumberland, was made Colonel; Neigal Gray.... Lt: John Boyd, of Northumberland, promoted lieutenant in Third Pennsylvania June 18, 1778; Died February 13, 1832. Ensigns

Benjamin Lodge, Jr., October 16, 1776; promoted lieutenant Sixth Pennsylvania, October 11, 1777. Thomas Hamilton, October 16, 1776. William Ball Blackall, October 16, 1776; promoted lieutenant Third Pennsylvania 11th September, 1778; mustered out November 3, 1783. William Boyd, appointed October 16, 1776; killed at Brandywine, September, 11, 1777. esource: _______________________________________________________________________________ Floyd G. Hoenstine BODLE, ABRAHAM Served as a Corporal with Captain John Boyd's Bedford ... A brother William Boyd, Second Lieutenant of Captain John Brady's Company 12th Regiment was killed in the Battle of Brandywine the 11th of September, 1777. esource: _____________________________________________________________________________ August 13, 1776. The following gentlemen, being unanimously chosen by their respective townships to serve in the Committee for the county of Northumberland for the space of six months, met at the school house in the town of Northumberland, viz:- Augusta Township. - William Maclay, David McKinney, John Maclay. Turbut Township. - George McCandlish, William Shaw, Paul Geddis. Bald Eagle Township. - Robert Fleming, Thomas Kemplen, John Section.

	Wyoming Township. - Samuel McClure, Peter Melick, John 

Cliugman. Mahanoy Township. - Sebastian Brosius, George Reitz, Peter Almang. Mahoning Township. - Laughlin McCartney, Thomas Robinson, John Boyd.

	Muncy Township. - Mordecai McKinney, James Giles, Andrew 


	Buffalo Township. - Martin Traester, William Speddy, 

Philip Cole. Penn's Township. - Simeon Woodrow, Adam B. Mander, Paul Gemberling. Potter's Township. - [No return.] White Deer Township. - James McClenachan, Robert Fruit, William Gray.

The Committee proceeded to elect a chairman and clerk, when Mr. Robert Fruit was unanimously appointed chairman during the time of six months* and John Boyd, clerk. + + + rom Nicholas Pickard, of Wyoming, to John Pickard, of Penn's township, informing him of an approaching Indian invasion, next received attention: John Pickard took the oath of allegiance; Nicholas acknowledged himself a British emissary, and was sent to Philadelphia under guard. The Committee then adjourned to meet at Laughlin McCartney's in Northumberland on the 10th of June, but no record of its subsequent proceedings has been preserved. The local militia was organized in four battalions and officered as follows:-

First Battalion.- Colonel, Samuel Hunter; lieutenant colonel, William Cooke; majors: Casper Weitzel, John Lee. First Company.- Captain, Nicholas Miller; first lieutenant, Christopher Gettig; second lieutenant, Nehemith Breese; ensigns: Gustavus Ross, William Sims. Second Company.- Captain, Hugh White; first lieutenant, John Forster; second lieutenant, Andrew Gibson; ensign, Samuel Young. Third Company.- Captain, John McMahan; first lieutenant, John Murray; second lieutenant, William Fisher; ensign, William Bailey. Fourth Company.- Captain, Charles Gillespie; first lieutenant, Robert King; second lieutenant, Samuel Fulton; ensigns: William Boyd, John Woodside.

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Lieutenant John Boyd, who 

was transferred to the Third Pennsylvania, rose to the rank of captain, retired from the regiment, January 1, 1781, and was for many years justice of the peace at Northumberland; Lieutenant William Boyd, who was killed at the battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777; esource: _____________________________________________________________________________

1 William Boyd was the son of Sarah Boyd, a widow, who resided at Northumber- land, and a brother of Thomas, who shared in all the danj^ers and fatigues of the Canada campaign, (see Judge Henry's Memoirs of Arnold's Expedition,) and fell a sacrifice to Indian barbarity in Sullivan's expedition. Another brother, Captain Boyd, lived at Northumberland many years afterwards. See Meginuess, page 286, for his adventures. esource: _________________________________________________________________________________ William Boyd, born 1755 at Northumberland, Chester Co. His mother was of Heugonot descent. The children included Thomas, William, and John, and Mary. William died at Brandywine, was married. Notes and Queries: Chiefly Relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 3

edited by William Henry Egle p. 249

__________________________________________________________________________________ Learn about upgrading this memorial... Birth: 1755 Death: Sep. 11, 1777 Chadds Ford Delaware County Pennsylvania, USA

Ensign 12th Pennsylvania 16th October 1776 2d lieutenant 20th May 1777 Killed at Brandyine 11th September 1777

Heitman Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of Independence .p.114

Burial: Brandywine Baptist Church Cemetery Chadds Ford Delaware County Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Possibly Buried here?

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Created by: P Fazzini Record added: Dec 13, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 62867693

_______________________________________________________________________________ Saturday, October 3--Agreeable to orders of yesterday, the garrison of Fort Sullivan this day joined their respective commands and the fort was demolished. The stores and other baggage with the park of artillery were put on board the boats, and every other matter put in perfect readiness to move with the army on their route to Wyoming to-morrow morning at six o’clock. The young sachem with several Oneida Indians, relatives and friends of the unfortunate Indian Hanjost, who bravely fell with the party under command of the much lamented Lieutenant Boyd on the 13th ult., who faithfully acted as guide to the army, left us this day well pleased (after bestowing some presents on them) for their native place, the Oneida country. esource: __________________________________________________________________________________

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Lt. William Boyd's Timeline

August 12, 1775
Age 20
Pennsylvania, United States
September 11, 1777
Age 22
Brandywine, New Castle County, Delaware, United States