JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


PIONEER FAMILY OF JOSEPH BOYDEN


1. LT. JOHN BOYDEN was born 7 Aug. 1719 in Needham, MA and died about 1773 in Auburn, MA. He married ELIZABETH RICE, daughter of GERSHOM RICE JR. of Worcester, MA who died 6 Jan. 1814 in Auburn.

Children of John Boyden and Elizabeth Rice:

            2          i PETER BOYDEN born 28 July 1745

            3          ii JOHN BOYDEN born 7 Jan 1748

            4          iii ELIZABETH BOYDEN born 30 July 1750; married 23 Feb 1769 to SAMUEL FOSTER. Samuel Foster in Jefferson Co., as early as Feb. 1801 at which time he signed, with others, a petition to the legislature outlining the difficulties of early settlement in the county.

            5          iv HANNAH BOYDEN bapt. 13 May 1753; died young

            6          v HANNAH BOYDEN bapt. 4 May 1755; died 24 Dec 1836; married JONAS NICHOLS of Worcester, MA on 13 Dec 1770; died 1841 at 96 years

            7          vi JOSEPH BOYDEN bapt. Dec. 1757

            8          vii DOROTHY BOYDEN bapt. 10 Aug 1760; died 2 Nov 1851; married THOMAS NICHOLS, who lived in Barre VT; she died 1800 at 44 years.

            9          viii SAMUEL BOYDEN bapt 20 March 1763

            10          ix DARIUS BOYDEN bapt. 1 Sept. 1765.

7. JOSEPH BOYDEN, son of John Boyden and Elizabeth Rice, was born 23 Nov. 1757 in Auburn, MA and died 27 May 1840 in Lorraine, Jefferson Co. NY. He married 15 Dec. 1785 to MOLLY KNOWLTON, daughter of JOSEPH KNOWLTON and MARY KNOWLTON, (married 21 Sept. 1749 in Shrewsbury MA) of Shrewsbury MA. Molly was born 3 Aug. 1763 and died 27 Feb. 1843 in Lorraine, Jefferson Co. NY.

Joseph served in the Revolutionary War. See Fonda List for his military service. Joseph is listed in the DAR Patriot Index.

In the spring of 1788, Joseph Boyden moved from Shrewsbury MA to Guilford VT and settled on a farm deeded to him by his mother. On 7 Sept. 1790 he took the freeman's oath. He was chosen as constable or deputy sheriff for some years and in 1820 and 1824 he was a representative in the General Court. About 1832 he sold his farm and moved to Lorraine, Jefferson County, to live with his son, where he remained until his death.

Children of Joseph Boyden and Molly Knowlton: (all born Guilford VT, except Samuel)

            11          x SAMUEL BOYDEN born 2 Oct. 1786 in Shrewsbury MA

            12          xi POLLY KNOWLTON BOYDEN born 12 May 1790; married 6 Feb 1812 to ALVAH GROW

            13          xii LUCINDA BOYDEN born 16 April 1792; ,married 26 Sept. 1811 to JOHN BARSTOW of Leyden, MA

            14          xiii JOHN BOYDEN born 12 Aug. 1794

            15          xiv RECTINA BOYDEN born 3 Nov. 1796; married 7 March 1816 to SAMUEL THORN. They went to Lorraine NY and then moved to Ohio.

            16          xv HENRIETTA BOYDEN born 17 June 1798; married 1827 to ROBERT MUZZY of Maine and settled in Adams,


11. SAMUEL BOYDEN, born 2 Oct. 1786, of Joseph and Molly, died 23 Aug. 1868 in Sackett's Harbor NY. He married 14 Dec. 1809 to EUNICE FISH of Halifax, VT. She was born 28 Feb. 1791 and died 23 Sept. 1841 in Sacketts Harbor. Samuel settled in Ellisburg and later moved to Sacketts Harbor in about 1839. He was a tanner, currier and shoemaker. Samuel is on the 1820 census at Ellisburg.

Children of Samuel Boyden and Eunice Fish, all born in Ellisburg:

            17          i SAMUEL FISH BOYDEN born 18 Sept. 1810; died 8 Oct. 1856

            18          ii MARY MOSELLE BOYDEN born 15 Feb 813; died 2 Sept. 1815

            19          iii EUNICE SURVIER BOYDEN born 22 Aug 1815; died 17 Sept. 1900

            20          iv ROSWELL BOYDEN born 7 Aug. 1817; died 30 March 1845

            21          v ANNIS FISH BOYDEN born 30 Sept. 1819; died 23 Aug. 1867; married 15 Sept. 1845 CALVIN STEELE SUMNER of Oswego NY

            22          vi HENRY D. BOYDEN born 21 Jan. 1822

            23          vii NOEL BYRON BOYDEN born 18 Feb 1824 in Belleville, Jefferson Co. NY; married 8 Sept. 1853 in Canton NY to CORNELIA JENNISON, daughter of MINOT JENNISON. She was born 29 Aug. 1826 and died 6 Sept. 1898. Moved to Eau Claire, WI

            24          viii JOHN BOYDEN born 6 Sept 1826

            25          ix FRANCES BOYDEN born 22 Jan 1831; married RICHARD M. SMITH in Mineral Point, WI


12.  POLLY KNOWLTON BOYDEN, daughter of Joseph Boyden and Molly Knowlton was born 12 May 1790. She married 6 Feb 1812 ALVAH GROW in Guilford VT. and settled in Henderson, Jefferson Co., NY. Alvah Grow was the son of NATHANIEL GROW, born 25 May 1753, who died 9 July 1838 at 88 years and is buried in the Smithville Cem. In Jefferson Co. Nathaniel's wife, SUSANNA DOW, died 31 Jan. 1814 at 62 years and she is also buried in the Smithville Cem. Nathaniel Grow served in the Revolutionary War as a Private in CT; he is listed in the DAR Patriot Index.

Alvah was in the War of 1812 in Jefferson and died 8 May 1856 at 71 years and is buried in the Smithville Cem. in Jefferson Co., NY. Polly died 25 June 1850 at 60 years and is also buried in the Smithville Cemetery.

Children of Polly K. Boyden and Alvah Grow:

            26          i TERESA GROW died 12 Jan. 1831 at 16 years

Alvah Grow was the son of NATHANIEL GROW, born 25 May 1753, who died 9 July 1838 at 88 years and is buried in the Smithville Cem. In Jefferson Co. Nathaniel's wife, SUSANNA DOW, died 31 Jan. 1814 at 62 years and she is also buried in the Smithville. Cem. Nathaniel Grow served in the Revolutionary War as a Private in CT; he is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. 14. JOHN BOYDEN born 12 August 1794, son of Joseph and Molly, died 15 June 1872 in Pierrepont Manor NY. He married 1st in 1818 to ABIGAIL BISHOP, of Boylston MA. She died in Lorraine, Jefferson Co. NY in 1822. John married 2nd in 1823 to NANCY CHASE of Worth, NY. She died 31 Dec. 1868. John settled in Lorraine, NY in 1815 and established the business of wool carding and cloth dressing. Was a member of the New York Assembly in 1847. John is on the 1820 census at Lorraine.

Children of John Boyden and Abigail Bishop:

            27          i POLLY KNOWLTON BOYDEN born 30 Oct. 1819 died 1 April 1872 – unm.

            28          ii HARRIET BOYDEN born 14 June 1821; died 19 Feb. 1898; married in 1844 to AUGUSTUS L. BAKER of Mannsville, NY. He was born in 1813 and served in the Civil War.

            29          iii BISHOP BOYDEN BORN 1823; died July 1826.

            30          iv CORDELIA BOYDEN born 24 Oct. 1824; married in 1846 to ALBERT WEBB of Pierrepont Manor, NY. She died 1899.


16.  HENRIETTA BOYDEN, daughter of Joseph Boyden and Molly Knowlton, was born 17 June 1798. She married 1827 ROBERT MUZZY of Maine and settled in Adams, Jefferson Co., NY. Robert was the son of Capt. ROBERT MUZZY of Dublin, NH. Henrietta died 29 May 1865 at 67 years and is buried in the Smithville Cem. in Jefferson Co., NY Robert died 10 May 1873 at 77 years 10 months.

Children of Henrietta Boyden and Robert Muzzy:

            31          i ALMON MUZZY born 1828; moved to Illinois

            32          ii FRANCIS M. MUZZY of Adams, Jefferson Co. NY

            33          iii JOSEPH B. MUZZY of Adams, born 1832; married 1st HENRIETTE L. COON

            34          iv LESTER MUZZY of Henderson, Jefferson Co, born 5 Feb 1836; died 20 Dec 1925; married ELIZA E. SMITH; she born 25 Jan. 1835; died 10 June 1905; buried Evergreen Cem. Lester owned a livery stable. Eliza was a twin and the daughter of HARVEY SMITH and SARAH BELL of Henderson.


28.  HARRIET BOYDEN daughter of John Boyden and Abigail Bishop was born 14 June 1821; died 19 Feb. 1898. She married in 1844 AUGUSTUS L. BAKER of Mannsville, NY. He was born in 1813 and served in the Civil War. Both sons moved with their father to St. Paul, MN

Children of Harriet Boyden and Augustus L. Baker:

            35          i BELLE A BAKER born 13 May 1847; married B. N. BAILEY of Mannsville, NY

            36          ii JOHN B. BAKER born 7 Aug 1849

            37          iii EVERETT A. BAKER born 25 April 1855


30. CORDELIA BOYDEN daughter of John Boyden and Abigail Bishop was born 24 Oct. 1824. She married in 1846 ALBERT WEBB of Pierrepont Manor, NY. She died 1899.

Children of Cordelia Boyden and Albert Webb:

            38          i FRED B. WEBB born 16 Feb 1851

            39          ii HARRIET B. WEBB born 26 Feb 1861; married BRAYTON CLARK of Dexter, NY

33. JOSEPH B. MUZZY of Adams, son of Henrietta Boyden and Robert Muzzy was born 1832; married 1st HENRIETTE L. COON (born 1836 and died 1875) daughter of HARRY AND LUCINDA (CLOSE) COON in 1858, farmer and cheesemaker. Joseph died in 1907 in Jefferson Co.

Children of Joseph B. Muzzy and Henriette L. Coon.

            40          i ROBERT H. MUZZY of Kansas

            41          ii BYRON MUZZY born 1863 died 1938; buried Smithville Cem. Jefferson Co NY; married MAUDE LEWIS, born 1878 and died 1916; second wife Minnie E. born 1872

            42          iii JOHN B. MUZZY

            43          iv HENRIETTE L. MUZZY.

In 1876, JOSEPH B. MUZZY married SOPHIA E. HALL, daughter of AMBROSE and EVELINE HALL and had two more children:

            44          v ROLLA J. MUZZY

            45          vi ELVAN B. MUZZY born 1880; married LAURA E. THOMAS born 1875

                        46          i Their daughter: CHLOE E. MUZZY born 1913; died 1917 bur Evergreen Cem. Sources: Boyden Fam. Geneal., Child's Gazetter of Jefferson Co NY; cemetery records; DAR Records; Fonda List. Researched by M Sapienza 7/2011


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