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Biographical sketch of Joseph Boyd



BOYD, Joseph F. Judge Clinton Township 1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg 501 Joseph F. Boyd, farmer, section 31. The subject of this sketch is a native of Warren County, Missouri, and was born December 13, 1836. His father, William Boyd, was born in Lincoln County, Missouri, November 18, 1809, and moved to Warren County in 1833; he married Nancy A. Jorney, originally of St. Charles County. They reared six children, Joseph being the eldest. William Boyd died in September, 1864, and his wife's death occurred in 1850. Young Boyd grew up and was educated in the county of his birth, and there followed farming till the spring of 1857. In that year he came to Henry County, Missouri, settling on the farm where he now lives. He has 240 acres of fine land and the improvements upon it are excellent. In 1862 he enlisted in a company of volunteers under Captain B owen, and in September of 1862 the company was changed to Company K, Sixteenth Missouri Regiment; he served with that regiment till the battle of Helena, Arkansas, in July, 1863, when he was captured by the Federals and held a prisoner at Alton, Illinois, till exchanged near Richmond, Virginia, in February, 1865. He then obtained a furlough, and while in Arkansas peace was declared, and in May, 1865, he returned home. Mr. B. was united in marriage January 3, 1856, with Miss Elizabeth Adkins, a daughter of John W. Adkins. They have five children living: Nancy A., William F., Lucy E., Sallie E. and John N. Mr. B. is a member of the Masonic order. He held the office of justice of the peace of Clinton Township for one year, having then resigned the position.

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