Robert Boyd, farmer and stock-raiser, and President of the London Exchange Bank, residence, West High street, London, was born in Washington County, Penn., October 9, 1824. He is a son of James Boyd, also a native of Pennsylvania, and a farmer by occupation. He came to Madison County, Ohio, in September, 1830, locating in Canaan Township. Col. James Milliken had located 2,200 acres of land in this county, in 1829, and divided it equally among his nine children. One daughter, Martha, was the wife of James Boyd. and it was upon her portion of the estate (200 acres) that they settled. They were the parents of four children, all living, and residents of this county -- two sons at Plain City, Darby Township; a daughter, wife of Squire William Kilgore, of Canaan Township, and our subject. James Boyd was about thirty-three years of age at the time of his death. His widow is still living and in her eightieth year. Robert Boyd was the oldest child and grew to manhood on Darby Plains, Canaan Township. He assisted his mother on the farm till the date of his marriage, October 18, 1849, when he was married to Caroline M.. daughter of Valentine and Nancy (Roberts) Wilson. They came to Ohio about 1810, and now reside in Somerford Township. After marriage, Mr. Boyd engaged in farming for himself, on 145 acres of the home farm. He then sold his land and purchased 400 acres in Jefferson Township (now a farm of 420 acres), where he resided five years. He then removed to his present residence in London. When quite young, Mr. Boyd commenced dealing in stock, and has since continued in that business. He is a member of the firm of Boyd & Byers, probably the largest grazers and dealers in stock in Madison County. Mr. Boyd has been very successful in life, now owning 1,380 acres of land, 113 of which is in the corporate limits of London. and 110 acres constituting the home farm. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a Trustee in that body. His political views are Prohibition-Republican. He was one of the first Directors of the Madison County Infirmary; has been Township Trustee, and served six terms in the Village Council. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd have been blessed with five children -- Nancy, wife of J. W. Byers, of Boyd & Byers; Martha A., wife of A. G. Carpenter, an attorney at law, of Cleveland, Ohio; Albert W., who married Myrtie L. Fowler, of Wyandot County, Ohio; Caroline M. and Robert W., the two latter graduates of the London High School.

 

From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]