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John Carnahan Boyd



John C. Boyd (1833-1903) was MLUPC's fifth pastor, serving from 1858 until he died; this was his only church. John was born near Latrobe, Westmoreland County. The son of William and Mary (Carnaham) Boyd, a farmer, John was educated at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, and the Theological Seminary in Allegheny County, graduating in 1858. He married Martha "Mattie" McFarland (1838-1869), by whom he had at least five children-Johnnie C., William, Melville, James and Robie. Of these children, only William reached adulthood.

John also had several children by his second wife, Margaret Lindsay (1848-1921). Of those children James Howard and Myra L. became missionaries in Egypt. In the early 1900s, MLUPC's Women's Missionary Society raised subscriptions to pay Myra a $202 annual subsidy to her salary.

According to his obituary, John died after several months of confinement due to "mental paralysis."

John's older brother Robert (1826-1882) married Margaret A. Wallace, a native of Ohio, on Oct. 12, 1854. The couple had four daughters including Irene, who died at age 17.


Marker of Martha Boyd, John's first wife
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