Samuel Boyd (deceased), son of Thomas and Sarah (Sherlock) Boyd, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, September 10, 1814, and came to America with his parents.  He received an ordinary education and took up farming as an occuptation. In 1858 he was united in marriage with Miss Rachel, daughter of John Shidler, a native of Washington County, Penn.,  an early settler of Berlin Township, and two children were born to this union.  Mr. Boyd was formerly married to Miss Lydia Rudy, a native of Pennsylvania, who born him six children, four of whom are still living. He was an active member of the Democratic party, and filled various township offices.  He died in 1883, having become one of the wealthy and influential men of the township.  The children by the first marriage are Sarah, wife of John Hoover, in Kansas; Sophia, wife of Joseph Lemon, in Benton, Salt Creek Township; Henry W., a farmer in Berlin Township, married to Miss Nevada, daughter of Alfred Snyder.  The children by the second marriage are James Mayland, a farmer on the homestead, married to Miss Ollie, daughter of Alfred Lewis, in Berlin Township, and John H. Mrs. Boyd carries on the farm in connection with her children.  She is a devout and consistent memeber of the Presbyterian Church.


Biographical Record of Holmes County, 1889