Joseph BOYD of Guernsey County, Ohio
Ralph Clay Boyd was the son of Joseph Boyd who was the first of our line to immigrate to America.
Joseph Boyd was born in 1810 in County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland. Joseph's mother Mary was born in Scotland in 1762. She married Moses Boyd, (b.1758 in County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland). They had seven children, Joseph being the sixth born. Upon the birth of their seventh child, Annie, in 1812 Mary Boyd died. In 1816 Joseph and his two older brothers, Moses (b. 1786), and Samuel (b. 1799) came from County Down, Ireland to America. Their original destination in America is unknown, but we do know the family and descendants of Moses Boyd reside in Pennsylvania and those of Samuel are in Kansas. Nothing is known of the family that remained in Ireland.
Joseph Boyd married Mary Sunnafrank, (b.1812 in Guernsey County, Ohio). Mary was the daughter of John Sunnafrank. John was born on the Isle of Guernsey in the English Channel and was among the earliest settlers of Guernsey County, Ohio.
The youngest child of Joseph and Mary Boyd was Joseph A. Boyd, (b.1854 in Guernsey County). He married Ara Belle McFee (b.April 14, 1861 in Ohio). Ara Belle was the daughter of Cinderella Mathews and Jacob McFee. Joseph and Ara Belle had seven children.
Joseph A. and Ara Belle had several business interests in Cambridge, Ohio and owned and operated the Cambridge Hotel, across from the railroad station on Wheeling Avenue.
Ralph Clay Boyd was the youngest of their children. He served with American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I and later married Esstella Leslie, (b. February 22, 1903 in Guernsey County, Ohio). Esstella was the daughter of Charles Leslie (b. March 23, 1878 in Coshocton, Ohio) and Aby Clary (b. June 13, 1883 in Noble County, Ohio).
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