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Boyd, Richard Henrylocked

(15 March 1843–23 August 1922)
  • Zipporah G. Glass

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Boyd, Richard Henry (15 March 1843–23 August 1922), Baptist clergyman, was born in Noxubee County, Mississippi, the son of Indiana, a slave woman. He was born with the name Dick Gray, having been given the surname of his mother’s owner. At the death of his mother’s owner, he accompanied members of the Gray family who relocated to Washington County in western Texas, where he lived on a plantation until the outbreak of the Civil War. During the war he served his master in the Confederate camps. Having survived his master, he returned to Texas, where he was given responsibility for managing the Gray plantation. After the war he left the plantation and took on several occupations in Texas, including that of a cattleman. Having had no formal education in his early years, it was not until the mid-1860s that he learned to read and write....

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