Dallas Morning News
21 Aug 1951 page5
Dies at Age 106
Services planned for former slave.
Dinah Boyd, a former
Kentucky slave, will be buried Tuesday near Whitewright, Grayson County.
She died Saturday in Dallasat the age of 106.
Born of freed slave parents
in Canada, she was stolen in a park one day when she was ten. By covered
hack she was carried to Kentucky and was sold seven times before the slaves
She was married at an early age before
the Civil War. After the war she and her husband, Jerry, came to
Texas with a group of pioneering families and helped settle the community
of Kentuckytown, which thrived until the coming of the railroad to Whitewright,
three miles east.
She worked for the Hamilton
family in Kentuckytown and Whitewright from 1874 until she retired
in 1929. Then she lived with a daughter, Mrs. Carrie McLemore in Dallas,
for a number of years and later with a grandson, Walter E. Boyd, at 4207
Canal (in Dallas) where she died.
Tuesday's services for the
former slave will be held at the Whiterock Church near Whitewright.
* Just a note to family researchers, Kentuckytown
was settled in the early 1850's so I am not sure why the reference to it
in the article. Perhaps she came earlier as wagon trains did arrive just
to settle that town in 1852. It had some earlier residents but a push for
settlements by wagon trains was in 1852...? By the Civil War it was a bustling
town, one of the largest in Grayson Co.