Nebraska Cattle Ranch
8th MO Infantry (US)
Company B
A Nebraska Cattle Ranch

He was born on May 10, 1841, in County Tyrone, which is now in Northern Ireland.   His parents left Ireland with their three sons in 1844, just before the Potato Famine hit.   Samuel Boyd, and his older brothers Joseph and James, lived first in Belmont, Ohio, and then in Zanesville, Ohio.
In July, 1861, Samuel Boyd enlisted in Company B, 8th Missouri Volunteer Infantry (US), and was promoted to Second Lieutenant; Boyd mustered out in the fall of 1864.
In November 1880, he settled in the Morgan Park district of Chicago.
Samuel Boyd was interested in raising and dealing in cattle, being one of the "Boyd Brothers".   Samuel's brother, Joseph Boyd, had bought a cattle ranch near Kearney, Nebraska, in 1867.   Samuel's other brother, James E. Boyd, managed the ranch.
James E. Boyd went into politics, first as a legislator, then as mayor of Omaha, finally as the first Democrat to be elected governor of Nebraska.   James E. Boyd was removed from office by a court case brought by the previous governor of Nebraska (who lost the election).   The previous governor claimed that the Boyds' father had never completed the naturalization process, and the Boyd children were therefore not citizens.
The case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which reinstated James E. Boyd as governor of Nebraska.   The case was Boyd v. Nebraska ex rel. Thayer, 143 U.S. 135, 161, 12 S.Ct. 375, 381-382, 36 L.Ed. 103 (1892).
Parents:   Joseph and Margaret BOYD of Ireland.
Brothers:   Joseph BOYD;   James E. BOYD
Married to:   Sadie Frances MIDDLETON of Columbia, Tennessee.
Children:   Joseph M. BOYD


The above information about Samuel Boyd is adapted from
"History of Cook County, Illinois: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time" by A. T. Andreas, published in 1884.
An excerpt from this book is online at
Information about James E. Boyd is online at