Washington County Oregon
2006 Pioneer Certificate Awarded for

Michael & Joseph Boyd

MICHAEL BOYD & JOSEPH BOYD

Harold Ellsworth White, Jr., Rainier, Oregon
Honoring his pioneer ancestors:
Michael Boyd and Joseph Boyd

    Harold has three generations in the same line that qualify for a Pioneer Certificate.

    He received a certificate for William O. Gibson last Christmas. Gibson's daughter, Nancy Ann, married Michael Boyd in Missouri in 1846. The couple came to Oregon, arriving by covered wagon in 1857, taking half of the Gibson claim plus other parcels.

    A son, Joseph Boyd, who was born at Dilley, 1858, making him also eligible as a Washington County pioneer.

    Of interest, Michael Boyd, before marrying and still living in Pennsylvania, worked at the Carlisle Indian School, the school Pacific University in Forest Grove followed in setting up their Indian Industrial training school in the 1870's. Michael Boyd may have watched the activities with some interest.

    Michael farmed his property calling it the "Happy Land Farm" and built a log barn and outbuildings, later dividing it amongst his large family. The Boyd home was just off Blue Heron Drive on Fern Hill Road.

    Michael and Nancy Ann's daughter, Melinda, married Riley Cave, abt 1868. He opened a Hillsboro blacksmith shop that same year and later a hardware store and in 1870 purchased the log cabin jail for $75, moving his wife and one year old daughter into this for their new home. A second child was born in the jail. Later a frame house was built and the jail used as an outbuilding. This is the jail that has been restored and displayed at the Washington County Museum at Rock Creek.


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