Mary E. Boyd, Land Claims. 1891-1899

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Material Information

Title:
Mary E. Boyd, Land Claims. 1891-1899
Series Title:
Boyd Family Papers
Physical Description:
Mixed Material
Language:
English
Creator:
Boyd, Mary E
Creation Date:
1891-1899
Physical Location:
Box: Box 1
Folder: Folder 9

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Boyd family -- Correspondence   ( lcsh )
Land titles -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Land titles -- Georgia   ( lcsh )
History -- Palatka (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:

Notes

Summary:
The Boyd family papers include business correspondence of the Boyd and Monroe timber firm, with particular concentration on the 1855 incident of timber confiscation, along with an 1854 account book. Also included are correspondence, land records, tax records, and deeds concerning the family's land in Georgia, which they owned from 1830-1889. A large portion of the collection involves the personal and legal correspondence of Mary E. Boyd with the state of Florida in post-Civil War Palatka concerning the ongoing land claim (1868-1916). In addition to this, the Boyd family's tax and banking records are included.
Scope and Content:
The Boyd papers include business correspondence of the Boyd and Monroe timber firm, with particular concentration on the 1855 incident of timber confiscation, along with an 1854 account book. Also included are correspondence, land records, tax records, and deeds concerning the family's land in Georgia, which they owned from 1830-1889. A large portion of the collection involves the personal and legal correspondence of Mary E. Boyd with the state of Florida in post-Civil War Palatka concerning the ongoing land claim (1868-1916). In addition to this, the Boyd family's tax and banking records are included. Of particular interest to the researcher is Mary Boyd's personal account of the 1862 Civil War gunboat incident, written in 1903 and published in the local newspaper that same year, along with a draft of her informal autobiography. Also of note is the formal letter written in defense of Robert T. Boyd and Peter Monroe, providing witnesses who testify to the two gentlemen's loyalty to the Union. The papers in the collection span from 1830-1916 and are arranged chronologically, with the exception of Mary Boyd's personal "Reminiscences of Palatka" (1903) which precedes her series of correspondence (1854-1916). Oversized plats of land owned in Palatka and the vicinity are included in the collection but have been separated and stored flat.
Biographical:
Mary E. Boyd, born in 1830 in Rhode Island, moved south in 1850 due to her mother's chronic tuberculosis. In 1851, she was married to Robert T. Boyd of Palatka. Robert Boyd, born in Georgia in 1822, was one of the wealthiest men in Palatka by 1850 due to his success in the lumber business with his associate Peter Monroe (also of Georgia) in their firm, Boyd and Monroe. Robert Boyd also served as the local sheriff and tax collector. In July 1855, the firm ran into some legal trouble when one of its cargos of cedar was confiscated in Jacksonville by Timber Agent John G. Pilot on its way to New York under the command of Captain George W. Tuthill. Pilot claimed that the entire cargo had been cut on government property. While the firm Boyd and Monroe was later cleared of this charge, Mary E. Boyd continually, yet unsuccessfully, tried to obtain redress from the state on account that her husband had been mentally afflicted by the incident, dying not long after. The incident proved to nearly completely ruin the family financially. As a result Mary Boyd spent over forty years contesting the states' repossession of the Boyd home due to unpaid debts. Possibly Mary Boyd's most influential impact upon the city of Palatka occurred in 1862 when the Union's U.S.S. Cimarron arrived in Palatka on Oct. 7th commanded by Maxwell Woodhull. Upon its arrival most families fled from their homes to avoid possible capture or death, having been warned by the frantic Governor William D. Moseley himself. Instead of fleeing, Mrs. Boyd and her friend, Mrs. Lynch, attempted to communicate with the gunboat's officers. After several attempts to ensure the officers that they would not be fired on and having stated that she herself was from Rhode Island, Mrs. Boyd was finally allowed to speak with an officer in command. He accepted her claim that the town was passive, and went so far as to declare her the town's heroine: "You have saved lives and property and also saved an old man Governor Mosley from being taken a prisoner of war." Mary E. Boyd died in 1916. Source: Michaels, Brian E. The River Flows North: A History of Putnam County, Florida. Palatka, Florida: Putnam County Archives and History Commission, 1976.
General Note:
Originally derived from archival-level ALEPH record 028332446.
Funding:
Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) as part of the Pioneer Days in Florida Project
Preferred Citation:
Identification of item, Boyd Family Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
028332446
System ID:
AA00017202:00009

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Dear Madam;-

Yours of January 30th has been received,

I have looked into your case, and find

that no action having been taken during the last Congress, your

papers are on file in the Secretary's Office, On Monday I will

obtain an order from the Senate taking them from the files and

again referring them to the Committee on Claimp, in the hope that

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absence in Florida, or I would have acknowledged it sooner.

1 will again introduce your petition in the Senate an

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Dear Mrs, Boyd;-

I have received yours of the 24th, with reference to your

clafrf now pending before the Seate Committee on Ola.1 9

The Committee has had no miti~'% for rany weeks, because

the tine of |he Senators is fully taken xp in the discussion of

the tariff bill, and it is not likely that arW meetings will be

held until that is disposed of. We meet in the Senate at ten

oelock in the morning and sit untij six or seven in the evening,

and it is not possible to Bold any Comnittee meetings, and they

have been suspended for the present.

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dq not know when yours will be rea.sed, but when it eanes up it

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ASSESSMENT for Paving Lemorr Street, in the City of Palatka, said
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3Sevnti, day of Aughst- A. D., 1894:


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TAKE DUE NOTICE that.thbe C] .y .P.l.t ,. .. .orpor.a .t.i .o.rga.nzed.: exis-
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do claim and hold a Lien superior in dignity to all other Liens or claims, on over and against the following de-
scribed property, lying and being in the. C ity ..of.. P.alatka, ib. the County:. and. .Sta.te .af.or.esaid
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which said laand tnd prrperl.v as ai l is own:l inr, ,-e by yul the aid Mrs E Boqd, widow, .ad ..all
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elaiinm and holI? .all Llt-n ..n, -veranci aagn.lnst the said land and property for. th8 .t x,8.. lue and uplpald
on assessment for labpr done and material furnished for .pav.ig. Lemon Street
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Street th I said City -and -all -of said -abor and- materiiases so- do-ne'-and.........
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used for the improvement of the land irnd arrpefr a rresaidt the last item of the account against you, the said
M rs M .E. B.oy...wid ow andt. .all. others .. .for said labor and materials so done and performed,
and sold and delivered, was on the..7.t .............. day of.. AU gt... ........ re a ......... 189 ..
and for which you, the said. MAFs. M. ..- -1 oyd-W.idl.--, and al.-1- .-Gters..' .. are now justly indebted to
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exclusive of interest, which is claimed as allowed by law, together with the sum of five dollars for costs and ex-
penses necessarily incurred in preparing, filing and recording this Lien, and.. .we....................the said
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moneys, including interest and costs, as aforesaid, on, over an against all of ; aid land and property by virtue
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SUBSCRIBEDan sworn to before me this lletor of Revenue and Agent
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your claim.

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of Feby.,1894, and it is still in the hands of a sub-comnittee,

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Dear Mrs. Boyd;-

I have l'eceiverl yours of the 16th, relative to your claim,

now pendir~before the Senate.

It has been referred to the Committee on Claims, but no action

has yet been taken upon it, and it is now so late in the session that I

feoa very much no report will be made upon it during the present session,

I note your request for garden and flower seeds, and will

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I have received yours of the 18th inst., relative to

your claim, no'w pending before the Sen-r e.

It has been referred to the Committee on Claims, ~s I

h.ink I informed you during the last session, but I d not know

whether any action will be tAken during the coming session. The

prospect of bringing the case to a speedy conclusion does not

look very favorable, out I will continue to use my efforts to have

it considered and actedupon.

I apreci.te your apprehensions as to the future, and

share them with you. The defeat of the Democratic ctuse uiler

Mr. Bryan was, in my judigent, a great clawnity to the country,

and I do not look for any greit improvement in our condition under

a Republican Administration.

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NAVY DEPARTMENT,

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Madam:

Agreeably to the request contained in your letter

of the 9th instant, 1 furnish you herewith the present post-

office addresses of the following-named officers, who were

attached to the U. S. S. DALE on July 1, 1862.


Captain, Silas W. Terry, Com'd'g. U. S. R. S. FRANKLIN,
c/o Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Medical Director, C. J. Cleborne,
c/o Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Va.

Boatswain, Chas. E. Hawkins,
c/o Navy Department, Washington, D. C

Acting Master's Mate, Wm. Henderson,
Austerlitz, N. Y.


The Department has no knowledge of the present where-

abouts of any of the other officers attached to the 'Dale" at

the time mentioned.

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Yours of the 19th, relati--- to --.'. cl-i. a*T-.init

tlhe Governent, andci a'!! ie to -ithdraw -? p-ers from the

Liles, ha, been received.

If you desire the:, returned to '-. I can eet an order

i'-oc. thee .e-.te to wvit,-i.' r t anem, 1an J;111 do so v len I -et

back to ',T-ishington next eek Perh-a -s, thou'-h, it may be bet-

ter to wait n t1 near :I-...- close of t-Lo ;C-sion, for possibly

there n-ay be some action in 1i.e case before the final adjourn-

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Dear Mrs, Boyd/-

Tours of thse th, relatve to ymur clai4a, rov

penling before the Senate, h ben 2 PrcaTldd

Mr* Da.is aond T hsd a ctnskOitA ior 6etr 1bttsa

matter yesterday, and we will wvllingly v10 4 thing tha'

we can in your behalf. Of course you Inandarsand how

difficult it is to got consideration Of a~r claims in

which oOu Southern people are interested. The feeling

against the Soiutl has been greatly modified and X bhon

the conditions will be better it the future. Ma vats-

ent is short session and gVl end on the 8rd ot MXrco,

and I do not think there is much prospect of securing

favorable action in that time but as long! as I remain

in the Senate I will gladly do all that I can to bring

the case to a hearing and secure its consideration.
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Mrs. M. E. Boyd.
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Palatka,Fla.

Dear Mrs. Boyd;

Yours of the 27th, relative to the claim whidh you have

before Congress, has been received.

It is difficult to secui e the payment of these old

claims, (as I have stated before), but I know of no other advice

to give you than to continue your efforts, and I presume Mr. Davis

will endeavor to assist you if you call the matter to his atten-

tion. I regret that the efforts already made have not been more

successful, and that I am not in a position to assist you further

with reference to it.

Thanking you for your kind conv-atulations upon my ap-

pointment as a member of the Canal Commission, I remain,

Yours respectfully,


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