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BOYD, Capt. ADAM, the son of John Boyd and Elizabeth Young, was a native of Northampton county, Pa., born in 1746. He learned the trade of a carpenter, and was following that avocation when the war of the Revolution called to arms. He was an early associator, and when the State of Pennsylvania had formed its little navy for the protection of the ports on the Delaware, Lieutenant Boyd received a commission therein. During the year 1776, and the early part of 1777, he was most of the time in command of the armed sloop "Burke," and rendered efficient service in the conflict between the Pennsylvania navy and the British ships "Roebuck" and "Liverpool" in May, 1776. Growing tired of that branch of the service, Lieutenant Boyd requested to be discharged, that he might volunteer in the land forces. Being honorably dismissed from the navy, he at once entered the army proper, holding the same rank therein. He was at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, with two of his brothers, one of whom was killed in the latter engagement. Subsequently, Lieutenant Boyd acted as "master of wagons," and as such remained with the army until after the surrender at Yorktown. Returning to the home of his mother, near Newville, he married and settled in Harrisburg. Upon the incorporation of the borough of Harrisburg, in 1791, he was chosen a burgess, Dr. John Luther being the other. In 1792 he was elected treasurer of the county, and held the office until 1806, when he declined a re-election. In 1809 Mr. Boyd was elected a director of the poor, and during his term of office the county poorhouse and mill were erected.
Mr. Boyd died on May 14, 1814; was interred in the Presbyterian graveyard, but subsequently his remains were removed to the Harrisburg cemetery. Mr. Boyd married, in 1784, Jeannette Macfarlane, of Big Spring, Cumberland county, daughter of Patrick and granddaughter of James Macfarlane, who came from Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1717. Mrs. Boyd died in early life at Harrisburg, leaving one child, a daughter Rosanna, who married Hugh Hamilton in 1807. This estimable lady lived until 1872, when she died, the oldest inhabitant of Harrisburg, having been born here in 1786.