J.H. Boyd was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1810; came to Ohio with his wife and three children in 1850. Mr. Boyd’s father accompanied him, and located near where Mr. Thomas Stafford now lives, his mother having died May 26, 1827, at the age of thirty-eight years. The subject of this sketch located on a tract of land a short distance from where he now lives, where he remained about twenty-five years.
In connection with his farm Mr. Boyd has owned and operated a flouring mill, which he kept in operation about twenty-three years. His father died in the spring of 1869, at the advanced age of eighty-five years, and even at that age was quite active, showing very little the weight of so many winters. They seem to be a long- lived people, as an uncle of Mr. J.H. Boyd is still living in Washington County, Pennsylvania, at the wonderful age of one hundred years. Mr. Boyd has given his time entirely to farming, with the exception of the mill just mentioned.
January 31, 1839, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Burns, of Ohio County, Virginia. She died February 18, 1861. By this union there were three children: Rebecca Mary, born April 3, 1840; James T., born September 9, 1843; Emeline, born July 6, 1845, all of whom are living, married, and have families of their own. Rebecca, the wife of Alva Ingman, a farmer of Mohican Township, has two children. James lives on the old home farm, and has three children; and Emeline is the wife of Porter Craig, and lives in Lawrence County, Illinois, and has two children.
February 26, 1863, Mr. Boyd married Miss Kesiah Nailor, of Mohican Township. They have one child, Edward E., born May 24,1864. He is at home with his parents. Mr. Boyd is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Hayesville, Ohio. He has been connected with the Presbyterian Church for over forty-five years. Mrs. Boyd is a member of the same church.