Robert B. Boyd
J. Weir was born at
Adamsville, Crawford County, Pa., in 1831. She died at Mercer. Pa.,
Saturday, Sept. 11, 1926, and was buried the following Monday from the
Methodist Church in Mercer. The interment was in Coolspring.
When two years of
age she was brought by her parents— Mr. and Mrs.
John Weir, to Coolspring Township, Mercer County, where she grew to
womanhood. In 1857 she was married to Robert B.
Boyd, a member of the Erie Conference, and they had as their first
appointment Pine Grove, now Grove City.
Boyd died at Brookville, Pa., March 30th, 1876. Thus it appears
that Mrs. Boyd had been a widow more than fifty years. During these fifty
years her home had been in Mercer and in the house where she died. Soon
after Brother Boyd’s death the widow brought her family to Mercer, near
the neighborhood where her early life was spent, and where her husband was
converted in 1850, and where their married life began. It is said of him
that he “died with the harness on.” They were true team-mates pulling
evenly on the load assigned them by the church.
Mrs. Boyd was a
real gentlewoman. “Blood tells,” people say. And it does, more or
less, and here is one of the multitudinous cases where the blood of
Calvary loudly proclaims in character product “If we walk in the light
as He is in the light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of
Jesus Christ His Soil cleanseth us from all sin.” To say she had
graciousness, faithfulness, gentility, motherly nobility, Christlikeness
is no overstatement, and of this her nearest neighbors would be most
In the fifty years
of her residence at Mercer a long list of pastors have proved her
faithfulness. She never willingly failed the King or hindered the coming
of the Kingdom. Rather, she steadily contributed to the progress of the
work of God in the community in which she lived, doing her best and
helping others to do their best. She was rich in the anticipation for the
future,—the Father’s house, the rest, the welcome, the loved ones
Mrs. Boyd was in an
enfeebled condition for many months before her home-going, but to the
last, glad, strong, expectant and triumphant.
Mrs. Boyd is
survived by three daughters—Mrs. Charles E.
Amberson, of Superior, Neb.; Mrs. James A.
Lawrie, Duluth, Minn.; and Mrs. Walter D.
Spaulding, Detroit, Mich. Besides these, an adopted daughter, Mrs.
John H. Baer, of Mercer, survives.
tenderness these daughters eased the way down to the last smiling
farewell, and their inheritance is a glorious memory.
by C. O. Mead. Deceased Wives of Preachers, Erie Conference
Journal and Yearbook, Ninety-first session, 1926, pages 611-612.