- In as much as there were several Boyd families (all with sons named William) living in Cumberland Co. Pennsylvania before and during the Revolutionary War, it is not possible at this writing to identify the parents of Elizabeth McTeer's husband nor to establish with certainty his participation in any Pennsylvania militia organization.
On 12 Sept. 1766 William Boyd applied for warrant land in Cumberland Co., 200 acres bounded on the east by a survey not known, north on the Narrows Mountain, and northeast by the claim of John Polley, whose Application #1202 was immediately preceding, A patent on Boyd's land was issued on 14 Jan. 1804 to Jacob Smith Jr. and Samuel Myer in trust. These applications by Boyd and his brother-in-law, John Pauley, were made less than a month after a similar transaction on the part of another brother-in-law Robert McTeer; all three applications described land bounded on the north by the Narrows Mountains.
On 20 May 1778 William Boyd and wife Elizabeth of Fermanagh Twp., Cumberland Co., for 1000 pounds conveyed to James Bar of Fermanagh Twp., 204 acres f121 perches (no township location given), bounded by vacant land on the northwest and southeast, by Josehp Jacobs on the south and by John Pauly on the northeast, being the land described in William Boid's Application #1203, dated 12 Sept. 1766, in the Proprietors' Land Office for the Province. Witnesses: John Chain Jr., John Pauly. Acknowledged in Cumberland Co., 19 Oct. 1778 by John Chain Jr.
According to the published tax lists of Fermanagh Twp., Cumberland Co., William Boid owned 21 acres there in 1778; since he is not listed in any succeeding lists it is presumed that he left Pennsylvania soon after he made the preceding deed and before the acknowledgment of John Chain Jr. in the following October.
It appears that the Boyds must have spent some time thereafter in Virginia before coming on to join Elizabeth's brother Robert McTeer in Tennessee. William Boyd consented in Rockbridge Co., Va., to the 18 Oct. 1791 marriage of his daughter Nancy to Charles Kirkpatrick. There were Gartons and Skeens in Rockkbridge also; and it seems practically certain that four Boyd daughters, Sarah, Polly, Nancy and Alice, were married before their parents and brothers came to Bount Co., Tenn.
A petition of the Ingabitanst of the Wester Country addressed to the Honourable the General Assembly of North Carolina in December 1787 has among its signers William Boyd and descendants in this family have been accepted into the DAR on North Carolina service. All evidence considered, this identification seems extremely unlikely.
In the 1801 tax lists of Blount Co., Tenn., Capt. Samuel Bogle's Company lists among others William Boyd as owner of 200 acres, Robert Boyd 100 acres, Andrew Bogle 200 acres, Charles Kirkpatrick 300 acres, Samuel McMurray 150 acres, Robert McTeer Sr. 600 acres, Robert McTeer Jr. 50 acres, James Skean 100 acres,
James Sims 100 acres.
The will of William Boyd, written 17 May 1805, bequeathed to his widow Elizabeth her living; to son James, the land he now lives on; to son Robert, land conditional on the line with Samuel McMurry; to son William, the upper plantation adjoining James Sims' to each of five daughters $15 in trade to be paid within two years. Witnesses; Samuel McMurry, Andrew Bogle.
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 28.