Robert Boyd

BOYD, Robert. b. Pennsylvania, 25 December 1771; d. Blount County, Tennessee, 1822(?). Boyd was a singing teacher, militia leader, and composer.  Eight tunes attributed to him appeared in Ananias Davisson*’s Kentucky Harmony, and Supplement*.  Boyd’s parents were William Boyd (d. 1805) and Elizabeth McTeer Boyd (1734-1805).  Although the location of Robert’s birth in Pennsylvania is uncertain, his mother was a member of a well-known family in Cumberland County, in which his father applied for a land warrant five years before Robert’s birth.  Robert’s brother James was born in 1780 in Blount County, Tennessee, in which, according to an 1801 tax list, William Boyd owned 200 acres, and Robert...

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