The Kilbourne/Boyd/Dixon/Breithut /Ohaus Families:Information about John H. Boyd
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John H. Boyd (d. Bef. 1902)John H. Boyd (son of Charles S. Boyd and Elizabeth Dixon)116 died Bef. 1902 in Tahiti117.
Notes for John H. Boyd:
JOHN H. BOYD left his home in Bureau County, IL in 1849 in the rush of California adventurers to the gold mines of California.He dug and delved for gold, and making enough to keep well alive, he wandered over the country, finally landing in San Franciso.He soon shipped on board a vessel and coasted down the shore of Mexico and finally to Cuba.Here he went to work until he had enough money to ship to Sidney, Australia, the mines at that place just then attracting wide attention.
Here for some time he worked with varying success, continuing to delve and dig, and finally he became the possessor of a small fortune.He turned all he had into cash and left Australia.With no laid-out route before him, he simply walked aboard the first vessel to sail out of port, no matter where it was bound.
In time he reached the Island of Tahiti, and found the tropical beauty and luxuriance of the place attractive, so settled there. There were five trading-houses here, conducted by English-speaking people.(The exporting and importing of the entire group of Society Islands was by law required to be done on the island of Tahiti).These merchants and traders urged John to become one of them, and offered to advance him all he might want.He eventually agreed and returned to Sidney and to Honolulu and purchased goods, and commenced the business of wholesale merchandising in Tahiti, where he remained.He built vessels to carry the mails and the commerce between Tahiti and Honolulu and San Francisco, and was the sole owner of that line.
In November of 1881, his father's obituary shows John as living in Patete, Tahiti, Society Islands.