10/23/2004

Samuel Martin Boyd

Boyd, Samuel Martin
b.9/3/1844; d.10/16/1929.
USA, 47th Missouri Infantry Regiment, Co.K; Private.
Loco cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Samuel was the middle child of five children born to
Elijah Fletcher & Elizabeth Matilda (Reynolds) Boyd.
He was born to them in St. Genevieve Co., MO near
Avon in the Sabine Township.

Five foot, ten inch, blue-eyed, blonde-haired, fair
complectioned Samuel enlisted in the USA, 47th
Missouri Infantry Regiment in 8/1864 and served as
a Private in Co.K of that outfit until his discharge in
St. Louis, Missouri on 3/29/1865. At what point in life
it isn't known, but following the war a description of
him cited that he had "a bullet scar" on his "left arm."
We're left to wonder if this was a wound he suffered
in the war.

The 47th Missouri was one of the units that faced
larger Confederate forces in the butcherous battle
of Pilot Knob during CSA Gen. Sterling Price's raid
into Missouri in 9/26-27/1864. Several good sites
can be found on the Web regarding the Battle of
Pilot Knob, such as the following:

http://www.mostateparks.com/ftdavidson/geninfo.htm

http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc/pilotknob1.htm

http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/mo021.htm

Following the war, Samuel continued to live in Missouri
until the early 1880's whereupon he moved to Texas
and lived there until moving to Oklahoma in 1912. He,
like many who made such a move at such times, made
his living as a farmer.

Sometime just before or after his enlistment in 1864,
Samuel exchanged wedding vows with "Lucy Annie
Dalton" (b.1848; d.1918) in St. Genevieve Co., MO.
He and Lucy had twelve children born to them
between 1867-1893.

Samuel's health broke at some point in his life. In fact,
from at least 1890 onward - he would live nearly
another 40 years from that point) - he was on one-half
disability ("with disease of lungs and heart") and was,
thus, deemed unfit "for the performance of manual
labor."

Samuel was a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, a Union veterans organization and "G.A.R."
is promimently inscribed on his gravestone in the Loco
cemetery in Stephens County, Oklahoma.

Can you tell me more about this veteran? If so,
I'd enjoy hearing from you (sccwvets@yahoo.com).