Joseph Boyd was married on November 25, 1872, to Mary Ann Carter in
Lincoln County, Kentucky. In 1888, they moved to Webber Township in
Jefferson County. John Carter, with his brother, Thomas, ancestor of
President Carter, came to Virginia from England on the "Safety", in
1635. Mrs. Boyd's grandfather, Jesse Carter, served in the latter part
of the Revolutionary War. Her parents, Elijah and Kitty Singleton
Carter, are buried at Greenfield Cemetery in Illinois.
Joseph and Mary Boyd had ten children: James; Sarah Jane; Luella;
Hardin; Kitty; Lena; Otto; Belva; Jesse; and Estella. Joseph died in
1896 and his wife in 1902. They are buried at Harmony cemetery. Only
two of this Boyd family are living today, Otto Boyd, of Michigan, who
is 92, and Belva Adams, of Springfield, is 89 years old.
Lena E. Boyd married George W. Minor on December 25, 1900. They had
thirteen children: Beulah; Bert; Glenn; Edith; Marvin; Ruby; Maurice;
Gladys; Carl; Roy; Ruth; Beatrice; and Imogene. Two children, Ruby and
Gladys, died as infants. Carl and Roy served their country in World War
II; both served in the Army Infantry in the South Pacific. Mr. Minor
was a farmer and also a carpenter, and for a time, had a sorghrum mill at
their home in Farrington Township. Two sons, Glenn and Maurice, are now
deceased. George Minor passed away in July, 1946, and Lena Minor in
Just before World War II, free shows were held at the country store
one night each week. It was here that Imogene Minor met her future husband
in 1941. Floyd Phelps served in the Marine Air Force from February,
1943, and was discharged December I, 1946, after serving eighteen
months in the South Pacific with a fighter squadron. On April 14, 1946,
Imogene Minor was married to Floyd Phelps in Mt. Vernon. They lived
for five years near Camp Ground, later moving to a farm near Bonnie,
which was purchased in 1965. They moved then to their home west of
Their daughter, Rita, Mrs. Roger Williams, her husband and two
daughters, Traci and Alison, and their son, Stanley, and wife Elaine,
and daughter, Amber, live nearby in Elk Prairie Township. One
daughter, Cheryl, Mrs. Fred Tisdale, lives in Tuscola, Illinois. Floyd was an
auto mechanic for 18 years and the last 14 years has been as garage foreman
at Marion Federal Prison.
Other descendants of the Minor family still residing in Jefferson
County are: Roy Minor and wife, Pauline, of Mt. Vernon. Roy is a Mt.
Vernon taxi cab owner. Their daughter, Mrs. John (Karen) Fitzpatrick,
sons, Christopher and Kelly, also reside in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Walter
(Ruth) Jackson of Webber Township, their daughters, Mrs. Lanier
(Glenda) Blackman, and Mrs. Alan (Marilyn) Hutchison and daughter, Stacy.
Mr. Jackson is an employee of General Radiator and a veteran of World War
II having served in the Army in Europe. Mrs. John (Beatrice) Gnevo, of Elk
Prairie Township, and daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Susan) Gajewski, and Mrs.
David (Betty) Stelmazewski. Mr. Gnevo is a self-employed farmer, and
a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army in Europe.
Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.
"Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer