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Elizabeth Dixon (b. 22 Feb 1796, d. 14 Oct 1875)Elizabeth Dixon (daughter of John Dixon and Elizabeth Purdy)160, 161, 162 was born 22 Feb 1796 in Rye, NY163, 164, and died 14 Oct 1875 in Princeton, IL165, 166.She married Charles S. Boyd on 06 Jun 1814 in New York , N.Y.167, 168, 169, son of James S. Boyd and Sarah.
Notes for Elizabeth Dixon:
ELIZABETH DIXON (Eliza) was born February 22, 1796 in Rye, Westchester County, NY. (Note: The 1850 Federal Census shows her as having been born in Connecticut, but appears to be erroneous). She was married in New York City on June 6, 1814 to Charles S. Boyd by the Rev. Archibald McClay.In the spring of 1820 Elizabeth and Charles and their children came west from New York with her brother John and his wife and children, and first settled in Springfield, IL, when the state was less than two years old. Here they lived in the third log cabin ever constructed in that place.
On April 1,1830 they moved to a cabin purchased from John Dixon.For some time, the area was known as "Boyd's Grove".This was an important station of the stage road from Peoria to Galena, with four horse coaches making the trip three times a week.At Boyd's Grove a relay of horses was kept and the stages met here at night to exchange mail, passengers and horses.Travelers were given a space to lie down on a straw covered floor in a large room adjoining the kitchen, where Eliza and her culinary staff reigned supreme, being always on duty preparing breakfast for the crowd, which meal was served at exactly 4:00 A.M., as all had to be fed at this hour and started in their different directions. On January 18, 1832, this house burned down, leaving not a change of clothing, and no neighbor nearer than twenty miles.The family lived for a year at a camp near Shabbona, a Winnebago chief.(see Charles S. Boyd notes for details.)In the spring of that year, Eliza and her younger children were sent to Fort Clark (Peoria) because of threats of an Indian invasion led by Black Hawk, but they returned in the fall, when, in a new house, she again prepared for the accommodation of passengers on the stage routes.
There was no lack of business.Speculators were flocking to the Galena lead mines and the copper mines of Lake Superior.Droves of Mormon emigrants passed enroute to Nauvoo and streams of movers were coming west.Parties of hunters would come from Peoria and stay several weeks, and occasionally two or three would come from New York City.Together with the regular traffic on the only highway through the state and the coming and going of stages, Elizabeth kept very busy.
As the children grew older the question of schools arose, and to meet this her husband Charles built a log school house in the yard and employed a teacher by the year, sometimes a man but more often a woman.This arrangement continued for eight years.The difficulty of getting and keeping competent private teachers finally decided the Boyds to sell their place of 1,200 acres and move the family to Princeton, IL.Thus onApril 1, 1844 (one source dates the move as 1842) the Boyds moved. They were one of the earlier families to settle Princeton, where they were long prominent and highly respected.
On June 6, 1872, the the 58th wedding anniversary of the couple was celebrated by their many friends at an outdoor meeting, featuring an invocation, choral and instrumental music and an address by Milo Kendall, where Charles was presented with a valuable ebony gold headed cane, and Eliza with an elegant coffee urn, goblets and sugar bowl, suitably engraved.
During the last twenty-five years of her life Elizabeth was in poor health, and had "epileptic fits" during her final eight years.She was constantly cared for by her family, especially her daughter Angelica Paddock.Elizabeth died on October 14, 1875 at the home of her daughter Angelica Paddock at 832 Main St, Princeton.
After her death, an October 21, 1875 article in the "Dixon Telegraph" states "She was born again to God by confession and obedience, October 19, 1850.When she departed this life, she had been, less five days, 25 years a disciple of Christ.All testify to her life-long fidelity to her Christian profession"
Elizabeth's obituary, in the November 4, 1875 Dixon Telegraph,describes her family and then goes on to say "Such family relations added to her own native mental endowments, and these improved by an enlarged experience and observation - the whole enriched by various accomplishments and womanly graces acquired in early life, and cultivated thro' many years, impressed upon Mrs. Boyd great dignity and pride of character.Even in her last years, after her strong and vigorous intellect had been shattered by her disease when, as it were, living in the dust and ashes of her former life, she invariably exhibited to all with who she came into contact, evidence that she was once more than an ordinary woman.She was polite at all times, and thankful for all kindness however small."
There are still many descendants of the Boyds residing in Bureau County.
More About Elizabeth Dixon:
Burial: Unknown, Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, IL.170
More About Elizabeth Dixon and Charles S. Boyd:
Marriage: 06 Jun 1814, New York , N.Y..171, 172, 173
Children of Elizabeth Dixon and Charles S. Boyd are:
- Sarah Elizabeth Boyd, d. date unknown.
- +Alexander Boyd, b. 03 Jul 1817, New York City174, 175, d. 02 Jul 1902, Princeton, IL176.
- +Nathaniel Boyd, b. 01 Oct 1820, New York City, NY, d. 28 Feb 1903, Sheffield, IL.
- Charles S. Boyd, Jr., d. date unknown.
- +Angelica Hamilton Boyd, b. 03 Nov 1828, Springfield, IL177, d. 19 May 1911, 906 S. Main St., Princeton, IL178, 179, 180.
- John H. Boyd, d. Bef. 1902, Tahiti181.
- James Boyd, d. date unknown, California.