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Rev. Thomas Marion Boyd (1872-1943)
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Born: May 1872 Tennessee. 1
Married: (1) Sarah Jane Patterson (1872-1931) the daughter of Thomas Franklin Patterson (--) and Delilah Griggs (--) on 29 Sep 1895 in Perry County Tennessee. 5
Married: (2) Sweety Byrd Brown (1879-1957) on 19 Feb 1935 in Shelby County Tennessee. 6
Died: 26 Jan 1943 Memphis Tennessee. 1 2 3 4
Buried: 28 Jan 1943 Hollow Rock, Carroll County Tennessee. 1
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Joshua C. Boyd
24 Jan 1825-26 Oct 1918
William Taylor Boyd
4 Apr 1849-27 Sep 1925
Married: 25 Mar 1847
Martha Jane Butler
23 Oct 1828-23 Sep 1872
Rev. Thomas Marion Boyd
May 1872-26 Jan 1943
Married: 1 May 1870
Alfred B. Robison
Abt 1828-1903
America Elizabeth Robison
13 May 1852-3 Mar 1879
Married: 5 Jan 1847
Elizabeth Jackson
1822-14 Jan 1881

Spouse and Children

       Sarah Jane Patterson

       Sweety Byrd Brown

Brothers and Sisters

REV. THOS BOYD DIES Funeral services were set at Hollow Rock for the Rev. Thomas M. Boyd. 70-year-old Baptist missionary who died at Memphis after breaking down in Circuit Court during a hearing in which his two children testified his wife refused him medical treatment. The hearing, a result of a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by the minister's children. Mrs. Vida Smith of Bruceton, and J. R. Boyd of Huntingdon was postponed for two weeks Friday when Mr. Boyd broke down and had to be removed from the courtroom on a stretcher. Attached to the petition were affidavits from two physicians stating they had advised Mrs. Boyd her husband needed hospitalization. Mrs. Smith had testified that she and her brother would pay for their father's expenses if only he were allowed proper medical care. She also testified there had been "some family troubles." during the eight years her father had been married to the present Mrs. Boyd.

File Complaint In Chancery To Obtain Property Children of Rev. Boyd - Charge undue persuasion and coercion. HUNTINGDON Feb. 13 (Special) A bill of complaint was filed In Chancery court last week by the children of the late Rev. T. M. Boyd, former resident of Carroll county, who died in Baptist Hospital, Memphis, on January 26th against their stepmother and his widow, Mrs. Sweetie Byrd of Memphis charging coercion and undue persuasion was used to induce her late husband to make over to her certain properties, and to cause him to name her as beneficiary in his insurance policies amounting to $1500. The bill, which will be tried before Chancellor Gordon Browning asks that a portion of land in the 16th District of Carroll County, which was deeded to Mrs. Boyd on October 8CsupDthC/supD, 1941, shall be returned to the children; also the private library and other personal possessions of their late father. The bill is filed by a daughter. Mrs. Lottie Rains, as executrix of her father's estate: his other children, children, Mrs. Marie Foster, Mrs. Vilda Smith. Tulious, Joshua and Spurgeon Boyd are co-signators. It is claimed in the bill that a will probated in Shelby county on Feb. 6th. 1943, as the last will and testament of the deceased names Mrs. Rains as executrix without bond, and leaves all property to his children. The late Rev. Boyd was married to Mrs. Swettie Byrd Yearney of Memphis in 1935. In September, 1941 while entering Buena Vista Baptist church for regular services as pastor, suffering a paralytic , stroke of such severity that he was unable to preach, and that he never after regained his full strength and faculties. It was on October 8th following this acute illness that deed was executed, transfering lands in Carroll county to Mrs Boyd it is charged. At all times after this deed was executed, the bill states, his wife was with him constantly, wherever he went, permitting the children no opportunity to talk with him or consult with him. It is also charged that he was denied proper medical attention by his wife, and that letters received by his children from him told of his being "coerced, mistreated and improperly fed." The bill further relates that on last January his children brought their father into court on habeas corpus proceedings in order to procure for him proper hospitalization: that competent physicians stated that he was in a serious condition and in need of medical attention. He was thereafter removed to Baptist Hospital Memphis, where he died a few days later. The bill states that his widow did not attend the funeral and advances the opinion that she did not visit him at the funeral home in Memphis to which his body was removed after his death, and before returning to Carroll county for burial.CbD C/bD7 8


  1. Death Certificate of Thomas M. Boyd
  2. Last Will & Testament of Thomas Marion Boyd
  3. The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee) Mon, Feb 15, 1943
  4. The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee) Wed, Feb 10, 1943 Page 1
  5. Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
  6. Marriage License - TM Boyd to Byrd Yeary
  7. The Jackson Sun, 31 Jan 1943, Sun, Page 6
  8. The Jackson Sun, 15 Feb 1943, Mon, Page 10

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