John Sackrider Boyd, farmer, P. O. Hutsonville, is a native of Crawford County, Ill., born November 11, 1838. His father, Wilson Boyd, was born in Guilford County, N. C., in 1806; when about sixteen years of age, he was brought to Indiana by his parents, and subsequently to Crawford County, Ill.; during his life, he followed the occupation of a farmer; he died March 16, 1842.

The mother of our subject was Mary E. (Sackrider) Boyd; she was born in the State of New York April 30, 1816, and was brought to Crawford County by her parents in the spring of 1818. She died in February, 1876. She was a daughter of John Sackrider, a native of New York; was Captain in the war of 1812.

The parents of our subject had four children, of whom three are now living. John S. Boyd was principally raised by his grandfather Sackrider, and was educated from the subscription schools. At twenty-two years of age, he embarked on his career in life as a farmer; he then bought eighty acres of land, a portion of his present farm, and though he was compelled to go in debt for it, he finally succeeded in paying for it, and by his industry and economy has accumulated a good property, and is now the owner of 365 acres of well improved land.

In 1858, in Crawford County, he married Miss Mary A., a daughter of Matthew Cox, and a native of Crawford County. This union has been blessed with three children, of whom two are now living, viz., Ellison and Bess.