Person:Patrick Boyd (3)

Patrick Boyd
m. 26 Apr 1787
  1. Jane Boyd1788 - 1858
  2. Elizabeth Esther Boyd1792 - 1875
  3. Nancy BoydAbt 1796 -
  4. Margaret Boyd1797 -
  5. Porterfield Boyd1804 - 1881
Facts and Events
Name Patrick Boyd
Gender Male
Birth? 1759 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 26 Apr 1787 Fort Donnally, Greenbrier County, Virginiato Mary Ann McDowell
Death? 1 Mar 1835 Monroe County, Virginia

Patrick Boyd was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Advisory on Parentage

Patrick Boyd has been mistakenly identified by some researchers as a son of Robert Boyd and his wife Eleanor Porterfield. This claim is factually impossible for the following reasons:
Patrick Boyd was born in 1759, but Robert Boyd died in 1752, leaving wife Eleanor [nee Porterfield] and TWO children clearly listed in Chalkley's records: Esther and Robert. Patrick Boyd was born seven years AFTER Robert, Sr. had died. In "Boyd vs. Gardner" [Chalkley's Vol. I] in 1782, Robert Boyd, Jr. and his sister Esther were listed as "the only surviving children of Robert, Sr., and both infants". In light of this, it is highly doubtful that Patrick had the middle name of "Porterfield", since he was clearly not a child of Robert Boyd and Eleanor Porterfield.

Patrick Boyd may be a son of Alexander Boyd (who died in 1766) or possibly Christian Boyd (who died in 1769), or another yet unidentified Boyd in the area.

American Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 3, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

Boyd, Patrick - entered service 1777 in Augusta County, Virginia, where bnrn; granted Pension age 73 in Monroe County, Virginia, 1832 where died 3/1/1835; married 4/26/1787 Ann/Anna McDowell, Greenbrier County, Virginia; widow granted Pension age 74 in Monroe County, Virginia, 1841; query letter in file 1933 from descendant Mrs. Lucy Boyd Brown, Charlotte, North Carolina; query letter in file states soldier was born in 1759; query letter in file states a Patrick Boyd, Revolutionary War soldier who died in 1827, married Margaret Query abt. 1774, & their son Colonel Thomas [Boyd] resided in North Carolina.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1772. - (331) Patrick Boyd to be bound to John Crawford to learn trade of blacksmith.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 700.--19th August, 1772: Patrick Boyd, orphan, bound to John Craford, blacksmith.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 20, 1776. - (134) Patrick Boyd complains of abuse by his master, John Crawford.

Will Transcript

I, Patrick Boyd, of the county of Monroe and commonwealth of Virginia do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:
FIRST: I will that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
SECONDLY: I leave to my beloved wife Ann boyd the whole of my Plantation i now live on for and during the term of her natural life. I also give her 2 horses, 3 cows, one..and all the tackings thereto belonging and all my house hold and kitchen furnatiure to her and her heirs forever and further i give my said wife 4 hundred dollars in money for keeping my daughter Nelley and her children as long as the my said wife shall live.
THIRDLY: I give to my daughter Nelly and her son 4 hundred dollars to the, and their hiers forever.
FOURTHLY: I give to Ellin Jane Wallace (older daughter of my friend James Wallace) 50 dollars to her and her heirs forever.
FIFTHLY; I give 50 dollars to the Elder, Trustees and Commisioners of the ...congregation (called New Lebanon Church) for the support of the gospel in the congregation.
SIXTHLY: i give my son Porterfield Boyd 500 dollars and all my blackmsith tools to him and his heirs forever.
SEVENTHLY: I give to my son in law William Bichett, 500 dollars to him and his heirs forever.
EIGTHLY: I will that after my decease all my personal estate not herin before particularly disposed of be sold for the best price that can be obtained and the proceeds thereof (after satisfying the above legacies).to be equally divided among all my chidlren....Robert Boyd, Porterfield Boyd, Jane Hawkins, Esther Foster, Peggy Hill and Nancy Bichitt and Nelly Boyd.
NINETHLY: I will that sfter the decease of my wife all my lands or real estate be sold to the best advantage and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided among all my children as mentioned in the last item. The words all my land or real estate are to be construed so as to this states or any where elso.
LASTLY, Ai do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friends...and adam Thomas execuators of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testatments by me hereto made in witness jane 1 the year of christ 1835. signed and sealed, published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the said Patrick Boyd in presence of us James Brown and Tho. Brown.
Signed Patrick Boyd.
CODICIL TO THE ABOVE WILL: I do hereby will and order that my slave George be retained and keep my wife during her life time and after her decease to be sold and the proceeds thereof dividied among my children named in the will. witness my hand and seal Jan 28, 1835.
(Signed) Patrick Boyd.
ADDITONAL CODICIL TO THE ABOVE WILL: The while of the above will is hereby so revised and amended as to give my daughter Peggy Hill 200 acres of land on which she is now living which said land i give to her and her heirs forever. witness my hand and seal this 25th day of Febr. 1835.
Patrick Boyd. CMC
AT MONROE MARCH 1835, this last will and testament of Patrick Boyd..& the ..thereto was presented in court the oaths of James Brown and Thomas Brown subscribing witness thereto and the same and ordered to be recorded ^ on motion of attorney Alexander james..Alexander who made oarth as..with the will amended..into bond in the penalty of $1500.000 condiditoned as the law directs certificate on obtaining probat thereof in due form is granted them,.
Teste: hutchinson Jr, CMC
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  1.   Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.

    Pension Application of Patrick Boyd W5846
    Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
    Virginia, Monroe County S.S.
    On this 17 day of September 1832 personally th appeared in Open Court before the
    Justices of said County of Monroe & State aforesaid Patrick Boyd a resident of said County aged 73 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. that he enlisted in the regular Army of the revolution in the year 1777 he thinks in the month of September of that year for the term of Three years under Ensign Robert Kirk in the County of Augusta Va. that the company was (for a time) commanded by Capt Smith and afterwards by Capt Bell and Colonel [William] Grayson he does not recollect his Maj’r. he was marched to Valey Forge [sic: Valley Forge] where the troops wintered and from that to West point from that to Middlebrook & Bondbrook [sic: Bound Brook] in the State of Jersey having at that time served one year and about seven months he was in camp sick at the time of the Battle of monmouth [28 Jun 1778] and unable to do duty. finding his health bad he concluded to hire a substitute for the ballance of his time of Inlistment and gave a man one hundred pounds to take his place (the name of the person he has forgot) at the same time he was offered a Leiut’s. place if he would continue in the service. he got his discharge from his general Mulenburgh [sic: Peter Muhlenberg] but has lost or mislaid it many years past and knows nothing of it. that Colo. Gamble of the Town of Staunton Va. many years past obtained for him his Warrant for his land but does not recollect of giving him his discharge altho he might have done so he believes the warrant was obtained in the City of Richmond Va. That afterwards in the year 1781 he volunteered under Capt. Thomas Smith in the County of Augusta Va. to go to Gilford in North Carolina the Troops rendezvoused at Waynesborough [sic: Waynesboro] in said County of Augusta was commanded by Colo. [George] Moffett the Majr. not recollected, and was marched passing James river at or near Lynchburgh [sic: Lynchburg] and on the Gilford C.H. in N.C. and was in that Battle [Guilford Courthouse, 15 Mar 1781] upwards of two hours it was about one month before he got home.
    Afterwards he vollunteered in September 1781 in the said County of Augusta under Colo. Bawyer [sic: John Bowyer] for the purpose of preventing the enemy from coming up the Country at the time they were as far as Charlottsville [sic: Charlottesville, 4 Jun 1781] and was marched as far as Charlottsville when the troops got there the Town was on fire by the enemy was marched on and seen the enimy at a place called the gum Springs and when he got to Richmond he seen the Enimy going out of the City from there he was marched to Williamsburgh [sic: Williamsburg] and was discharged at Hickorynut Church [8 mi NW of Williamsburg] near to a place called Hotwater in Sept. or first of October 1781 having served in this last tour about one month he was in no Battle during his service as a militia man in the state of Virginia. he was born in the County of Augusta but has no record of his age he hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid.
    [signed] Patrick Boyd
    Monroe County } S.S.
    Virginia } Personally appeared before the County Court of Monroe now
    sitting Patrick Boyd, who being first duly sworn according to Law, deposeth and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service, but according to his recollection, he served not less than the periods mentioned below and in the following grades. For one year and seven months, before he got sick under Captain Smith, Capt. Bell and Col. Grayson, and the balance of three years, he hired a substitute for which he paid the sum named in his former declaration. He volunteered in the year in 1781 as stated in his declaration hereunto annexed, and served not less than one month and afterwards on september 1781 I volunteered under Col. Bowyer, was marched to Richmond &c as stated in his declaration and served not less than one month, making in all Two years and one month that I served myself and one year and four months by my substitute which I hired, and for such service I claim a pension. [signed 20 May 1833] Patrick Boyd
    NOTE: On 19 Apr 1841 Ann Boyd, 74, applied for a pension stating that she married Patrick Boyd on 26 Apr 1787, and he died 1 Mar 1835. A copy of the marriage record shows that Patrick Boyd was married to Anna McDowell by Rev. John McCue in Greenbrier County VA (now WV).

  2.   Morton, Oren Frederic. A history of Monroe County, West Virginia. (Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1916).