Were Lt. Thomas Boyd
and Michael Parker?
Shrine at Boyd & Parker Park
Route 20A, Cuylerville, Town of Leicester
Boyd, a native of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, was born
in 1757 the youngest of three sons. Boyd's military service began
in 1775 when he marched with Benedict Arnold and 1100 other soldiers
through the treacherous terrain of Maine and participated in an
active assault upon the British. Here Boyd was wounded, taken
prisoner but soon afterwards released. He headed back to Pennsylvania
where within a few months Boyd enlisted as a Sergeant in Captain
Stephen Bayard's Company, then transferred to Captain Matthew
Smith's Company. Boyd was at the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga,
made Lieutenant in the First Pennsylvania Regiment and participated
at the battle of Monmouth in New Jersey in 1778, before joining
went to Schoharie in the autumn of 1778, under Major Posey, whose
command consisted of three companies of Morgan's celebrated rifle
corps, under Captains Long, Pear and Simpson. Boyd belonged to
the latter company. He was described by Rev. Craft as "Of
fine physique, engaging manners, brave almost to recklessness,"
and "endowed with the qualities which would command attention,
without the cool judgment or firmness which would fit him for
a leader." Lockwood R. Doty described Lt. Boyd as "of
ordinary height strongly built, fine looking and very sociable
and agreeable in his manners, qualities which gained him many
friends in Schoharie." He was only 22 years of age at his
father and only sister died before the Revolution. His mother
sent her three sons into the field, with the parting injunction,
says Major Van Campen, "never to disgrace their swords by
an act of cowardice, or by a moment's fear of reluctance when
called to the defense of home and freedom." His older brother
Lt. William Boyd, the second son, died at Brandywine in 1777.
for Michael Parker, all that can be ascertained from the history
books is that he was a corporal in the First Pennsylvania Regiment,
from which he was promoted to Sergeant in Captain Simpson's company.
His life prior to this event remains a mystery.
were taken from Rev. Craft's research; the History of Livingston
County, Lockwood R. Doty, ed. (F.A. Own, Dansville 1905), 173;
and an address by W.P. Boyd on the life of Lt. Thomas Boyd, to
the Livingston County Historical Society's 13th Annual meeting,
(January 1889), 5-13.
Campaign of the Revolutionary War: The Impact on Livingston County,