2. Laura Genevieve2 Stewart (Thomas H.1) was born in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA September 7, 1875. Laura died October 23, 1966 in Miami, DADE, FL, at 91 years of age. Her body was interred October 27, 1966 in Miami, DADE, FL.
She married Jesse William Boyd in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, before 1914. Jesse was born December 12, 1881 in Wrightsville, YORK, PA. Jesse(7) was the son of Robert Boyd and Martha J. Robinson. Jesse died May 15, 1951 in Miami, DADE, FL, at 69 years of age. Occupation: RAILROAD CLERK. At 32 years of age Jesse became the father of Paul Joseph Boyd in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, May 15, 1914. At 34 years of age Jesse became the father of Stewart R. Boyd in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, 1916. Jesse was listed in a directory in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, 1920.(8) Excerpt from the Pittsburgh US City Directory:
for 1916 - Boyd, Jesse W., clk PRR frt sta, h 7201 Bennett. for 1920 - Boyd, Jesse W., clk, h 7126 Race. for 1927 - Boyd, Jesse W., clk PRR, res Wilkinsburg Pa.
His funeral was held in Miami, DADE, FL, May 17, 1951. Orbituary of Jesse W. Boyd
Jesse W. Boyd about 67 retired railroad clerk died Tuesday at home, 2266 SW 23 Ter. He came here from Philidelphia eight years ago. Surviving are wife, Mrs. Laura Boyd, and two sons, including Paul J. Boyd of Miami. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Philbrick's Miami chapel, with burial in Woodlawn cemetery.
Jesse was born in York County PA near Centreville in 1881. Centreville no long exists on present day maps. The most probable location for this area today is on the west side of the Susquehannna River across from Safe Harbor in Chester County and a mile north of Shenks Ferry. This is the region referred to by John Gibson in his Biograpical History of York County Pennsylvania. Shenks Ferry was once owned by McCall. Just a mile north of the Ferry is present day Boyd's Run where Jesse's Grandfather, James, built a saw mill.
Sometime before 1914, Jesse moved to Pittsburgh most likely due to a transfer or job offer by the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1916 Jesse and his family lived at 7201 Bennet in the Homewood suburb of Pittsburgh. By 1920 Jesse and family had moved to 7126 Race Street. This may be the same propetry that Jesse's Father-in-Law, Thomas H. Stewart, purchased from his Mother-in-Law, Mary A. Colvin, in 1917 for the sum of $1.00. The family was still living there as late as 1927.
Sometime before 1941, he moved to Philadelphia and was living at 49th & Pine St. According to a Designation of Beneficiary, his sons, Paul and Stewart were working in Miami, FL in 1941. When he retired from the railroad around 1943, Jesse and his wife Laura joined their sons in Florida and settled in a home at 2266 SW 23rd Avenue. He was still living there when in 1951 at the age of 69, Jesse William Boyd died in his sleep at home from a carcinoma of the pancreas. He was laid to rest at Miami's Woodlawn Memorial Cemetary.
Occupation: HOUSEKEEPER. At 38 years of age Laura became the mother of Paul Joseph Boyd in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, May 15, 1914. At 40 years of age Laura became the mother of Stewart R. Boyd in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, 1916. She bought property in Pittsburgh, ALLEGHENY, PA, May 3, 1929.(9) Excerpt from Deed:
And now to-wit, this 3rd day of May, A.D. 1929, I hereby certify unto LAURA BOYD and MARIE STEWART of the City of Pittsburgh, County of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, and to none other, that I have examined the title to the hereinafter mentioned property as shown by the record in the several offices of Allegheny county, Pa., together with the judgement and bankruptcy records in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, at Pittsburgh (and not elsewhere) to:-
ALL THOSE TWO LOTS or pieces of ground situate in the Township of Richland, County of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, being known and numbered as Lots Numbers 86 and 87 in Block F, in Plan of ARCADIA, recorded in the Recorder's Office of Alleghany County, Pa., in Plan Book Volume 265, pages 140, 141, 142, 143 & 144.
I find MARIE STEWART to be the present record title owner of Lot No. 86 under examination, she having acquired title to same by Deed from ARCADIA REALTY COMPANY dated March 24th 1917 and recorded April 7th, 1917 in the aforesaid Recorder's Office in Deed Book Volume 1900, page 45.
I find LAURA BOYD to be the present record title owner of Lot No. 87 under examination, she having acquired title to same by Deed from ARCADIA REALTY COMPANY dated March 24th 1917 and recorded April 7th, 1917 in the aforesaid Recorder's Office in Deed Book Volume 1900, page 44.
Laura was the Author's Grandmother. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA where she married Jesse W. Boyd and raised a family of two sons. Her family moved to Philedelphia and later to Miami, FL after her husband's retirement.
It is believed that she operated or once owned a small jewerly store in either Pittsburgh or Philedelphia. She may have shared this ownership with her sister, Marie Stewart. Along with Marie, she is listed on a Certificate of Title as the owner of one of two adjacent lots in Township of Richland, Pittsburgh, PA in 1929 having acquired said property on March 24, 1917. This may have been property she received from Mary A. (Colt) Colvin. Mary, a widow, also sold property to Laura's husband for the sum of one dollar on March 8, 1917. Some years later around 1950, Laura paid an unknown sum of money or property to her sister, Marie, which may have concerned this same piece of property.
Laura Genevieve Stewart and Jesse William Boyd had the following children:
+ 5 i. Paul Joseph3 Boyd was born May 15, 1914.
+ 6 ii. Stewart R. Boyd was born 1916.
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