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  • ID: I2633
  • Name: Thomas Boyes
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1737 AND 1738 1
  • Death: 15 FEB 1825 in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York. 1
  • Burial: North Hillsdale Methodist Church Cemetery, Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, New York. 1
  • Note:
    Thomas and Tryphena Boyes are buried in the North Hillsdale Methodist Church Cemetery, Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, New York. The following gravestone inscription is listed in a book titled, "Gravestone Inscriptions of Columbia County, New York," Volume VII, by Minnie Cowen:

    "Boyes - Eli, January 18, 1827, 42 (years old).
    Thomas, February 15, 1825, 87.
    Tryphena A. Boyes, consort of the above, November 18, 1812, 64,"

    From this information, some researchers have deduced that Thomas was born in 1738. However, I tend to think that he probably turned 87 years of age in the year 1824, which would place his birthdate in 1737.
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    Here is a brief history of Hillsdale and of the cemetery where Thomas & Tryphena are buried:

    In 1724, under the authority of the Governor of Massachusetts, the Hillsdale area was included in a grant to Massachusetts of the Indian title from the crown of England. He was granted five square miles of land, which he named Nobletown, after Matthew Noble, one of the first to settle there.

    Around this time, the Van Rensselaers felt that this area was included in their manor title, and had set aside a small burying ground. The North Hillsdale Methodist Church was built adjacent to this cemetery much later. In the book "A History of the Roeliff Jansen Area", published by The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, the author indicates that Methodists "built the first church of that denomination in the county in 1836 on land donated by Parla Foster". However, there were two Methodist Churches in the area, and it is not clear to which church the author is referring.

    In 1773, the Nobletown/Hillsdale area was ceded to New York in the establishment of state lines. Hillsdale was formed from Claverack as a district on March 26, 1782, and recognized as a town in 1788.
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    The following appears in the book "Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Columbia County, New York", Volume II, compiled by Esther Griswold French, Hendrick Hudson, Chapter NYSDAR, Inc, Hudson, NY, 1978:

    "Boyes, Thomas, born 1738, died Feb. 15, 1825
    Spouse: Tryphena A.
    Cemetery: North Hillsdale Methodist.
    Service: Roberts: New York in the Revolution
    Pvt., 5th Regiment, New York Line
    Land Bounty Rights: 9th Regiment, Albany County Militia
    Type of Marker: Metal plaque beside headstone
    Date Placed: August 29, 1976
    By: Susan Malevsky-Malevitch"

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    As Michael R. Murphy indicates in his research (see http://www.michaelrmurphy.com/Boyce.htm), there appear to have been two men named Thomas Boyce/Boyes who lived in the same general area of New York.

    I have found two Thomas Boyce's who served in the Albany Militia during the Revolutionary War.
    One was know as Ensign Thomas Boyce who served the Levies, was wounded and taken prisoner at Morrisania, and has an extensive pension file on record at NARA. This Thomas Boyce was born at Greenburgh, Westchester County, NY on March 12, 1746, and died on June 7, 1826. He is buried at the Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow. This is definitely not our Thomas Boyce.

    The other was Private Thomas Boyce who served in the 5th Regiment of the Albany County Militia (see http://www.fortklock.com/nylinefifth.htm). NARA has very little information about this man. I discovered that he enlisted on April 20, 1777 and served for the duration of the War under Captain James Rosekrans in the Fifth Regiment commanded by Colonel Lewis Duboys. That is the extent of his service record in the NARA files. This man appears to be our Thomas Boyes.
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    The following was posted on the Columbia County, NY Message Board by Ginny Formel on Jan 30, 2001
    (http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.columbia&m=1661):

    "The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Boyes of the Town of Hillsdale and county of Columbia deceased - Registered this
    23rd day of February 1825.

    In the name of God Amen I Thomas Boyes of the town of Hillsdale and County of Columbia do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form - following - First I resign my soul into the hands of the Almighty God hoping and believing in the remissing [sic] of my sins by the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ - and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and my worldly estate I give and devise as follows.

    I being of sound mind and memory at present through the blessing of Almighty God, first I give and bequeath to my oldest son Jacob two dollars he having had his portion...I give to my second son Isaac one hundred dollars also I give to my third son Robert one hundred dollars - also I give to my fourth son John one hundred dollars also I give and bequeath to Mark my fifth son one hundred dollars. Likewise I give to Eli my seventh son two dollars he having had his portion. Likewise I give to Robert my third son one iron kettle holding four pail full and half. Also I have appointed and therein my sixth son executor of all my estate and have given all my real estate to him my lands and house and barn and other buildings and he is to pay his brothers the heirs their portions as specified in the above written will which Ethan is to pay two years after my decease.

    Also I give to Rachel my oldest daughter two dollars she having had her portion. Also I give to Elizabeth my second daughter an equal third part of all my personal estate except twenty-seven dollars. Also I give Tryphena my third daughter one equal third part of my personal estate. Also I give to Sarah my fourth daughter one equal third part of all my personal estate. These parts are meant to contain the whole of my personal estate - and Ethan being Executor of the estate is to assist his sisters in the division of said estate which is to be one year after my decease - this being my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Thomas Boyes to be his last will and testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
    [Signed by Henry Loop, Isaac White, and George Overhiser -- as well as Thomas Boyes]

    State of New York County of Columbia: Be it remembered that on the twenty-third day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five Henry Loop personally came before me Abraham A. Van Buren Surrogate of the county of Columbia and being duly sworn did depose and say that he saw Thomas Boyes execute the preceding instrument as and for his last Will and Testament - that at the time of the execution thereof he the said Thomas Boyes was of sound and deposing mind and memory according to the best of the knowledge of the said deponent and there he the said deponent, Isaac White and George Overhiser severally subscribed their names to the said will as witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each other."
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    The following is from the book "Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of all the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent." Volume 3 - Beekman Patent Families Burtis to Dakin, by Frank J. Doherty. Author-published, Pleasant Valley, NY, 1995:
    "Thomas Boyes and wife Tryphena ____ lived in Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY and had eleven children. Their second son Isaac was b. 1768. [RECORD 1969:180].
    Thomas Boyes d. 15 Feb. 1825, age 87 years. His wife died 18 Nov. 1812, in her 64th year. They were both bd. in the North Hillsdale Cem. He served in the 5th
    Regiment, NY Line. Their children were: Jacob, Isaac, Robert, John, Mark, Ethan, Rachel, Elizabeth, Tryphena and Sara. [CCW 3:19, dated 24 Aug. 1818]."
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    Marriage 1 Tryphena ? b: ABT 1748
    • Married: ABT 1765 in New York.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Jacob Boyes b: ABT 1766
    2. Has Children Isaac Boyes b: 26 DEC 1768 in New York or Connecticut.
    3. Has Children Robert Boyce b: 25 JAN 1771 in Columbia County, New York.
    4. Has Children John Boyes b: ABT 1772
    5. Has No Children Mark Boyes b: ABT 1774
    6. Has Children Rachel Boyce b: ABT 1776 in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York.
    7. Has No Children Ethan Boyes b: ABT 1780
    8. Has No Children Elizabeth Boyes b: ABT 1782
    9. Has Children Eli Boyes b: ABT 1784 in New York.
    10. Has No Children Tryphena Boyes b: ABT 1785
    11. Has Children Sarah "Sally" Boyes b: 30 JUL 1788 in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York.

    Sources:
    1. Title: Gravestone Inscriptions of Columbia County, New York, Volume VII
      Author: Minnie Cowen
      Repository:
      Media: Book

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