'Jim' Alexander Boyd
Born on 4 December 1843, in Jackson Co, now Putnam Co, TN, the son of John C. and Martha (Holladay) Boyd.
His parents started to Texas with a family of 7 children. The family got typhoid fever and all died except 3 children (James one of the surviving). His uncles, Jefferson Wiseman Boyd and Joseph Holladay brought the three children back to Putnam Co.
He enlisted in the 16th Tennessee on the 9 June 1861, but was discharged as a non conscript (ill health?) 16 July 1862.
Enlisted in A Company, Colonel Robert D. Allison's Tennessee Cavalry Squadron on the 10 February 1863.
(Allison's Cavalry was formed in 1863, at Alexandria, DeKalb Co, TN, with three companies. The unit served in Nathan Bedford Forrest's, J. W. Grigsby's, and J. S. Williams' Brigade, Army of Tennessee. It participated in the fight at Chickamauga, then was involved in the Atlanta Campaign, Joseph Wheeler's raid into Tennessee, and the campaign of the Carolinas. The squadron was included in the surrender on 26 April 1865.)
Wounded at Chickamauga on 18 September 1863 when wounded in the left hip by exploding shell.
Captured near Alexandria, DeKalb Co, 24 August 1864 and sent to various prisons, the last being Rock Island.
He spent his life being a farmer.
He also served as Deputy Sheriff of Putnam County.
From his young manhood he was a
member of the Southern Methodist Church and served for 25
years as superintendent of the Sunday school of the noted old
He used to wear a uniform to the annual reunions of the United Confederate Veterans that he attended.
Married Rhoda Frances 'Fannie' Nichols born 14 August 1849 in Jackson Co, now Putnam Co, TN, died 2 April 1917, Baxter, Putnam Co., TN. She was the daughter of David H. and Elizabeth 'Betsey' Ann (Jared) Nichols. They had six children: William Lemuel, John Clinton, Dallas Bethel, Nancy Elizabeth, Zora Ann and Alvin Boyd.
Pension #1208 filed 21 October 1902 and granted 2 April 1906. Many people wrote on his behalf and his claim was eventually granted.Died 7 October 1927 and is buried in the James A. Boyd Cemetery, Baxter, Putnam Co, TN.