John Boyd, son of James and Catherine (Engle) Boyd, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, June 24, 1838. His parents were natives of Somerset County, Penn. The subject from the time he was twenty, worked on a salary until in August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, Eighty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was in the battle of Perryville, Ky., and served with his regiment until discharged for disability. After his marriage, March 2, 1865, at Albion, he farmed two years in Noble County, then came to where he is now living, in this township. He farmed two years, then worked at carpentering until 1875, when he took a contract of improving 700 acres of land in the northeast part of the township, returning to his farm in the spring of 1880. Mr. Boyd is one of the inventors of a patent buggy-top adjuster, and also invented a patent hay rack. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd are members of the German Baptist Church, and parents of seven children, viz., Estella, Alma, Dayton, Canton, Ann E., Clarence and Bessie E. Mrs. Amanda Boyd is the daughter of Michael and Mary (Colt) Landis, natives of Ohio, and parents of three children. She was born in Eden Township, this county, on the 15th of September, 1846.
History of La Grange County, Indiana; F.A. Battey & Co., 1882