William H. Boyd Obit (15 Sep 1892 Henderson Gold Leaf)
William H. Bo3'd, Deceased. W. II. Boyd was born the 6th day of June, 1819, and died at his home in Vance county the 17th day of July, 1892 His father, Richard Boyd, was the son of Alexander Boyd, who it is said was the founder of the town of Boydton, Va. His mother was Panthea Burwell, daughter of Col. Lewis Burwell, of Virginia, and a descendant of Gov. Spotswood, of the same State. His father and mother were Methodist, and their 10 children all of whom lived to manhood and womanhood, or nearly all were members of the same church. He was a member of the Methodist church, at Tabernacle, and served as a Steward for a number of years. He did not make much of a demonstration of his religion, but practiced and lived it every day: He was the last survivor of his family of brothers and sisters and we trust they are all again united in Heaven. W. H. Boyd was married twice, his first being Susan Davis, daughter of John and Mary Davis, of Virginia. They lived happily together about six years, when the fell destroyer, consumption, claimed her and she was taken from him. There were no children by this marriage. He was married again in April, 1856, to Sallie V. Daniel, daughter of Nathaniel and Ann Daniel, of Granville county, N. C. By this marriage there were thirteen children, ten of whom, with his devoted wife, survive to mourn their great loss. V. H. Boyd was an extraordinary man in many respects. He spent the most of his life as a farmer; , he had a robust frame and strong constitution, and labored with his own hands. He was devoted to his occupation and was one of the best farmers in the country. He continued to attend to his farming operations long after his affliction, which for the last few years of life was of the most painful nature. He was a great sufferer, but bore his suffering with Christian fortitude. His hospitable home was the centre of attraction in his community for old and young. He enjoyed company and always met his friends with a bland smile and open hand. The stranger was never turned away, but always met an open and free hospitality. He was educated in the o!d school of politeness and practiced it through life. He never sought office, but took a lively interest in the affairs of his country and the politics of the Government. He was quick to decide between right and wrong, and what he conceived to be right, he had the boldness and courage to defend against any odds ; and yet he was as tender and sympathetic as a child. He was very kind to the poor and none were sent away empty when in his power to supply their wants. He would often sacrifice his own comfort to relieve the distressed. He was one of the most liberal of men, not only to his church, but any and all enterprises for the good of the community. He visited the sick and was an excellent nurse in the sick room. Many of those now living can testify to the good deeds and favors received at his hands.' He was a member of the Montpelier Agricultural Club, which was organized in his neighborhood, and continued in operation some ten or twelve years, every member of which will join the writer (who was also a member) in this tribute to his memory. The writer was his intimate friend for nearly 50 years, and can truly say that W. H. Boyd was the most lovable man he ever knew. .Peace to his ashes. W. W. W.