Merry....Thanks about the reminder about the earlier mentioned link to an Archie Boyd....that makes the existence of a "Bonnie Boyd" in Texas all the more interesting. According to the SSDI, an Archie Boyd was born on June 28, 1891 and died in November 1973 in Sidney, Comanche, Texas. This might be our Archie J./T. Boyd, Jr. (the handwriting makes it hard to tell whether it is a "T" or "J"), except the Texas Death Database lists an Archie E. Boyd, Jr. who died on November 20, 1973 in Brown County, Texas, and according to the draft cards, Archie Ellwood Boyd was born on June 28, 1891 in Alabama and lived in Sidney, Comanche, Texas. It is thus pretty clear that this is not the same Archie Boyd, even though he was born in the same month as the Archie Boyd discussed in my last post.
The South Carolina native Archie J./T. Boyd, Sr. appears in the 1920 census, now 59 years old and living in Precinct 3, Fisher, Texas, listed with his wife Anna C. Boyd, and daughters Nettie (19 years old) and Margaret (7 years old) and sons Art (?) (15 years old), Leonard (13 years old), and Herman (10 years old). The elder sons and daughters (including Bonnie Boyd) were already living elsewhere. This Archie Boyd however appears to be a different person than the one mentioned in the Watchtower article. I believe I found this Boyd in the 1930 census; at 307 Highland Avenue, Visalia, Tulare, California lived the following individuals:
- Archie E. Boyd, 38 years old (thus he was born 1891-1892), born in Texas, who worked as a "Salesman - Wholesale Pastry". He was first married 8 years earlier, or around c. 1922.
- Georgia U. Boyd, wife, 27 years old (thus she was born 1902-1903), born in Kansas. She was married at age 19, or around c. 1922.
- Donald A. Boyd, son, 3 years and 8 months, born in California. Since Donald was born in California in 1926, the Boyds had been living in California for some time.
The names seem to fit, as well their location in California and the father's origin in Texas, but this Archie Boyd appears to be different from the one who was brother to the Texan Bonnie Boyd (because of the same middle initial), but he doesn't appear to have been Archie Ellwood Boyd because the latter was born in Alabama, not Texas. But all three were born within the same year and had a connection to Texas. To make things even more complex, according to the California Death Index, there was an Archie Elwood Boyd who died in July 14, 1954 in Los Angeles, California and who was born on November 27, 1890 in Texas. Because of the different birthdate, this is obviously a different "Archie El(l)wood Boyd" than the one mentioned above (who was born within the same year and who lived in Texas in 1917, though he was originally born in Alabama). The same index also lists Donald Archie Boyd who was born on July 18, 1926 in California and who died on June 9, 1992 in Los Angeles. This obviously is the same Donald A. Boyd mentioned in the 1930 census and probably the one mentioned in the Watchtower. If Archie Elwood Boyd was his father, the birthdate of November 27, 1890 would not reconcile with the one listed in the 1900 census for the Archie Boyd that was the brother of the Texan Bonnie Boyd.
There is thus no obvious link between the Boyd family living in California and the Boyd family that included the Texan Bonnie Boyd, much less the Bonnie Boyd of Watchtower fame who was born in Iowa in 1889-1899.