biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
WILLIAM BOYD, a farmer and stock-grower on section 20, Cedar Township, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1836, and is the son of James and Jane (Spear) Boyd. James Boyd removed from Ohio to this county in the fall of 1852, and is now living a retired life one mile south of Oskaloosa, where his wife died in 1871. Mr. Boyd was born in County Down, Ireland, and his wife in Ohio. The subject of this sketch was married, Oct. 5, 1865, to Sarah E. Warner, who was born Oct. 28, 1846, and is a daughter of John and Mary (Cook) Warner, and to them have been born five children: Mary E., Dora F., James P., Nellie N., and Jessie E., the latter deceased. Mr. Boyd enlisted in Co. K, 33d Iowa Vol. Inf., in August, 1862, serving for three years. He enlisted as a private, was promoted Corporal and made Color-bearer of the regiment, which position he held for eighteen months, and carried the flag during the first fight at Helen July 4, 1863, and again at the taking of Little Rock in the fall of 1863. He was with his command on the expedition to Camden and all its various battles, including that of Jenkin's Ferry, and thence down the Mississippi to New Orleans; was at the taking of Mobile, thence followed his command to the Rio Grande River, and thence to New Orleans, where the regiment was mustered out and sent to Davenport, Iowa, paid off and disbanded. Mr. Boyd and wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church, and in his political affiliations he is a Republican, and now holding the office of Township Assessor. Mr. Boyd owns seventy-seven acres of good land, all in an excellent state of cultivation, with improvements of the best character. He has been reasonably successful in his business affairs, is energetic, a prudent manager, a pleasant gentleman, and one who enjoys the regard of a host of friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy