William Miller Boyd (Grandpop)

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Born:  29.3.1888
Born in Birkenhead.
In 1911 (Census) he was living at 27 Leicester Street, Birkenhead.
1911 Census Household Record

Father: Robert Magee Boyd, (b. 1863).
Occupation -
Chipper And Caulker, in the shipyards. Married in 1887 to Sarah Thomas Miller.
Thanks to Claire Layfield for her research into her family tree. Robert's middle name was Magee. My father said that was the original spelling.
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Mother: Sarah Thomas Miller ( (b. 1864)
Thanks to Claire Layfield for her research into her family tree. I originally had Sarah Davies here. Claire's find explains two things: what dad said about her name being Thomas and the Miller connection held by the William Miller Boyds in the family.
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Married: Elizabeth Ann Hastings
June, 1911, Birkenhead  (Vol. 8a page 1034)
William was living at 15 Dover Street at the time.
Elizabeth was living at 40 Dover Street
Marriage Certificate: Click here
N.B. Willam James Garrock and Nellie Garrock were witnesses at the wedding of Elizabeth & William.
(Nellie may have been Elizabeth's sister)
Interests: Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (The Buffs)
 Boilermaker and ship plate riveter. He worked in the shipyard at Cammel Laird -
He broke both knees falling down a ladder - knees got held in the ladder as he fell. Photo (above right) was taken in the convalescent home. He went back to work on the ships during WWII. Shortly after the accident he had a stroke and several after that - 4, 5 or 6. His head was sewn up and Dad pushed him around in a chair (4 wheels NB Grandma's ie Sarah chair had 2 wheels)
Saying according to Dad: "That ship won't sink because it is well 'Boyd up'."
Died: 15.2.1963. (This is the day my brother, William Miller Boyd, was born in Hornsby Hospital, NSW Australia.)
His ashes were scattered over the graves of his wife & daughter, Lillian,  in Landican Cemetery, Arrowe Park Road, Birkenhead

He had been living with Violet & Jim for a while.
(see letter dated 1959).
Violet threw him out and he moved in with Mary & John (see letter dated September, 1960) until he died.
Siblings: Second names and other notes came from dad.
DOB & first name from 1911 census. Click here to see the 1911 census
1888 William Miller married Elizabeth Hasting. (In 1911 worked in the shipyard)
1890 Robert Cadman killed in WWI 1918 Click here for WWI information. (In 1911 worked in the shipyard)
1892 James Thomas killed in WWI (In 1911 worked in the shipyard)
George Abbott sniper in WWI
Died Dec qtr 1972
(In 1911 worked as an errand boy for a shop)
Married Florence Edwards
1899 John Noel sniper in WWI Married to Ellen Jones
1902 Edmund    
1906 Lilian  
Sarah Lilian  (b. 1911)
Jim James Thomas Boyd (b. 31.12.1913 died. April 2003)
William Miller Boyd
(b. 1915)
Dad  (Robert McGee  (b.  1918 - 2009)
John John Noel Boyd ( b.  1921 - d unsure))
William Miller Boyd (Bill) born 1927 died Feb 13 1997
Eunice  - (died as baby - 3 months  old from pneumonia) Dad & John had her coffin on their knees in the car going to the funeral (to save money). The coffin was brown, as they all were. "Dad, how did you feel".  "I knew she couldn't hurt me". "She was in the parlour which was open all the while and they kept showing people."
Grandfather: John Boyd who was born in 1839 in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland. He died in 1901 in Birkenhead.
Grandmother:  Isabella Lewis. She was born in 1839 (Monmouth, Gwent, Wales) and died in Birkenhead in 1912. On 14th April 1862 she married John Boyd at St Marys Church, Birkenhead

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Click here for letters sent from father and brother, Jim, & wife, Violet, in 1959
(Coming soon)

Below: This photo looks like it was taken in the back yard of Mum and Dad's house at
41 St Pauls Close Rock Ferry

Below: "The Buffs" - Front row - centre. he was Grand Primo in the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. R.A.O.B. The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) is one of the largest fraternal organisations in the United Kingdom.[1] The order started in 1822 and is known as the Buffs to members.
The RAOB organisation aids members, their families, dependents of former members and other
charitable organisations.The Order's motto "No Man Is At All Times Wise" (Latin: Nemo Mortalium Omnibus Horis Sapit) and has the maxim of "Justice, Truth and Philanthropy".


Below: (Second from the left) This photo was taken in the rehabilitation hostel
where he was taken after the accident on the ship when he broke both his legs

Notes: When 'Old Bill' was about 48 or 50 (my Dad was about 17 or 18 at the time), he fell down a hatch while working on one of the ships. His legs caught in the ladder. He fell backwards & banged his head. His legs were broken in several places. he was in a convalescent home and off work for quite a while. He had 4 or 5 strokes after that. He went back to work during WWII.