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First Families: The Boyd Family

portrait of pioneer Hugh Boyd


Boyd, Hugh (1842-1931)

Boyd (née McColl), Mary Ann

Hugh Boyd, First Reeve, Township of Richmond

Hugh Boyd was born in County Down, Ireland in 1842. He died in Ireland in 1931. He was one of the first settlers of Sea Island. After working with Hugh McRoberts and the McCleerys on the North Arm Trail, Hugh Boyd soon returned to Sea Island. In 1866, Hugh Boyd and Alexander Kilgour established a farming business partnership with the acquisition of land on the south side of Sea Island, which they called Rosebrook Farm.

In 1873, Hugh Boyd married Mary Ann McColl, the daughter of Sergeant McColl of the Royal Engineers. Their first child, William James Boyd (1874-1959), was born on Sea Island on September 7, 1874. The Boyds had seven more children, for a total of 6 boys and 2 girls: William James Boyd, Frances Mary Boyd, George Dudley Boyd, Joseph Burrard Boyd, Hugh Patton Boyd, Andrew Clarence Boyd, John Boyd and Elizabeth Boyd.

In 1880 Hugh Boyd was elected the first warden (reeve) of the Township of Richmond.

In 1887, after Alexander Kilgour decided to dissolve the partnership and farm on his own, Hugh Boyd and family returned to Ireland where he passed away on November 22, 1931, at Bangor. Their Irish home was named "Richmond".

To view the Boyd family tree on Ancestry or obtain further information, contact Barb Nielsen at barbaralynnnielsen@gmail.com.