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Newton Halsey Boyd

By Linda Thompson Robertson December 2013

Newton Halsey Boyd
Newton Halsey Boyd

Newton Halsey Boyd was called “Halsey” by his family. Also sometimes known as Halsey Newton Boyd or N.H. Boyd, he was the oldest of the six children of James Hervey and Eliza Ellis Boyd. He was born May 21, 1845.

His first name may have derived from that of his father’s brother, John Newton Boyd (born July 4, 1814). Halsey was also named for the Rev. Leroy Jones Halsey, the dynamic young minister of Jackson’s first Presbyterian Church (where the Boyds were active members for many years) from 1843 until 1848 – and the first regular Presbyterian pastor in Jackson. The Rev. Halsey officiated at the marriage ceremony of James Hervey and Eliza Boyd. The Rev. Halsey later became a professor at Northwestern Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Halsey was the only Boyd son old enough to fight in the Civil War. He served in the Confederate Cavalry, Wood’s Regiment, 2nd Company F.

On January 10, 1872, Halsey Boyd married Mary Elizabeth Allen at the Methodist Church in Jackson. The Rev. C. G. Andrews, Methodist Episcopal Church South, officiated at the wedding.

Mary was born in April 1849 in Pennsylvania. Her father, John B. Allen, an iron worker in Philadelphia when Mary was a baby, was a native of Wales. Her mother Joanna was from New York.

By 1860, the Allen family was in Jackson. Mary was 19 years old. John B. Allen was employed as engineer at the State Lunatic Asylum in Jackson. Richard F. McGill was steward of that institution.  In 1860, Miss M. McGill, age 28, a native of Ireland, lived with Joanna Allen, so there was an early connection between the Allen and McGill families.

In 1873, Halsey and Mary Boyd built a frame residence on Boyd property just north of The Oaks (now the second house to the north of The Oaks and known as 835-37-39 North Jefferson Street). Unfortunately, they lost the house and lot at foreclosure sale in 1879. In February of 1876, Mary’s parents, John B. And Joanna H. Allen, had deeded her 80 acres in Section 1, Township 5, Range 1 West.

In 1880, however, Halsey and his family were at The Oaks with his widowed mother, Eliza Boyd. Halsey was working as a sewing machine agent. Mary was “at home” with four young children, and Halsey’s sister Susan (“at home”) and brother Johnny (“assistant librarian”) were also living at home.

By 1885, Halsey and Mary Boyd had moved to Fort Worth, Texas. They had four sons, Allen H. (born 1872), James Halsey (born 1876), William P. (born 1877), and Ellis Hempstead Boyd (born 1885), and a daughter Leila (born 1875).

In the 1910 Federal Census, Halsey gave as his occupation “cashier, railroad.” Halsey Boyd died of cancer in Fort Worth in November 1913. Mary Elizabeth Allen Boyd died in Ft. Worth on December 26, 1928.  They are buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Ft. Worth.

The children and grandchildren of Halsey Boyd:

One of Halsey’s sons, James Halsey Boyd, died young – at the age of six. He died of pneumonia on May 12, 1882, in Ft. Worth.  He is buried beside his Allen grandparents in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi. 

Allen H. Boyd married Emma E. Koeshamer. They had a son, Allen H. Boyd, born in the State of Washington about 1919. According to the 1920 and 1930 Federal Censuses, this Boyd family lived in Seattle. In 1930, Allen was a checker for a steamship company.

Members of the Boyd and Fry Families
Members of the Boyd and Fry Families

Ellis Hempstead Boyd married Ivie Lee who had been born in Texas in 1894. They had three children, Ellis H. Boyd, Jr., Priscilla Ray Boyd, and Betty Lee Boyd. In 1920, Ellis H. Boyd was an automobile dealer at Cash Boyd Motor Company in Ft. Worth. He died in February 1969.

Leila Boyd married Fred H. Fry (born in Mississippi in June 1871), a jeweler, and they had a son, Charles Halsey Fry, born May 1900. In 1900, Leila and husband and baby son were living with his mother, Caroline Fry, and his sister, Clara J. Fry. Fred had a younger brother, Charles H. Fry, who worked for an automobile agency and was living with Fred and Leila in 1930.

The young Charles Halsey Fry died June 29, 1930, at the age of thirty. Fred H. Fry died May 10, 1955, and Leila Boyd Fry died June 18, 1966, in Ft. Worth.


823 North Jefferson Street  -  Mail PO Box 4240   -  Jackson, Mississippi  39296-4240  PH. 601.353.9339 Click for map