The Legend of Mr. Boyd and the Naming of Boyd’s Creek

In a Glasgow KY newspaper, dated around 1943, Kenneth Yancey Boyd, son of Alfred D. Boyd, Jr., had written an article about the naming of Boyds Creek. The story goes that Robert Boyd immigrated from Virginia with his wife and 3 sons, and they settled on an unnamed creek, about 3 miles from Glasgow.
One night, after darkness had fallen, the father failed to come home. The mother and sons called for him and waited all night for him to come in, but to no avail.
When morning came, two of the boys went to look for their father. Only a short distance from the house they found the lifeless body of their father, who had been scalped and killed by Indians. His body had fallen across a small bush, and at the time of the writing in the newspaper (1940s), the legend says the tree was still standing with the crook of that break still in it.
There are no exact dates or records showing the exact year this happened, but it is believed the killing took place about 1804, and they buried Boyd near the bank some distance from the creek, being near a small ledge, on what was then known as the old Moran farm. The Moran family was across the creek from Siloam and Boyd’s Creek churches. From that day to this the stream has been known as Boyds Creek.
This legend was told to Alfred D. Boyd, Jr., when he was building oil derricks on Boyds Creek. It was related to him by some of the older residents of the community. Robert Boyd, who was killed by the Indians, would have been Alfred D. Boyd, Jr.’s great-grandfather.

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About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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