The stone of Andrew Boyd is no longer a presence in the Point of Graves. We know Andrew is buried there because his stone inscription was noted in The New Hampshire Genealogical Record.
HERE LYES Y e BODY
OF ANDREW BOYD
Y e SON OF M r JAMES
& M rS MARGARET BOYD DEC’ 1
MAY Y e 8 th 1727
IN Y e 10 th YEAR
OF HIS AGE.
Andrew was born to James and Margaret Boyd in 1717 according to the stone inscription. He died May 8, 1727 at the age of 10. THAT IS ALL WE KNOW CONCLUSIVELY ABOUT ANDREW AT THIS TIME. Without actual records, the rest is speculation.
Andrew Boyd 1717-1727
Several genealogy sources give Andrew’s mother’s maiden name as ‘Whitten’. *She is NOT the daughter of Samuel Whidden of Portsmouth/Greenland as some claim her to be. That Margaret Whidden was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1695 to Samuel Whidden Jr. and Mary Cate. She married John Neal in 1716.*
It has been suggested that the James Boyd who was born in 1700 in Ireland is Andrew’s father. If Andrew was born in 1717, that would make his father 17-18 at the time of birth. Assuming that Andrew’s parents were married at the time, James was 16-17 years old or younger when he married. Its possible that Mr. and [a pregnant] Mrs. Boyd came to the United States just after marriage and Andrew was born in Portsmouth. (There is a documented reference for a birth of Andrew Boyd in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for the year 1717. This may or may not be the same Andrew Boyd.) Another genealogy researcher suggests that the Boyd brothers (James, William, and John) arrived in Boston around 1720 before moving to the York, Maine area. If this is correct, then Andrew was probably born in Ireland and came to the United States with his parents.
*Other researchers have suggested that Margaret was born in Massachusetts in 1700. There was a Margaret Boyd born in the Boston area in 1700 that was used as a source, but that could not be Andrew’s mother as ‘Whitten’ was her birth name, not ‘Boyd’*.
The Boyd family eventually settled in the Berwick, Maine area. They were farmers.