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Accession Number: 04-011


W.T.C. Boyd fonds. Additions. -- [183-?]-[188-?]; 1918; 1983. -- 6 cm of textual records. -- 1 portrait. -- 54 photographs.

Biography / History

William (Willie) Thornton Cust Boyd (1859-1919) was the son of Mossom Boyd (1815-1883) and Letitia McGhee Cust (1819-1881) of Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Along with his step-brother Mossom Martin Boyd (1855-1914), William T.C. Boyd operated the large family-owned enterprises founded by their father, of which the major were lumbering, Hereford cattle breeding, and cattle/buffalo cross-breeding. The Boyds were involved with the planning of the Lindsay, Bobcaygeon and Pontypool Railway, and with the Trent Valley Navigation Steamship Company, of which William T.C. Boyd was President from 1900 to 1904. Boyd was also an active partner in the firm of Boyd and Company along with his step-brother Mossom and cousin John Macdonald. From 1897 to 1899 he served as counselor for the village of Bobcaygeon, and from 1900 to 1901 as reeve. He married Meta Bridgman in 1889, and had 8 children.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Orgill before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2004.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the wills of W.T.C. Boyd and Ida Lillian Boyd, with attached deed of Laurence Chadwick Boyd. Also included are several Boyd family photographs and one portrait. One of the albums has a photograph of Anne Langton, pioneer artist and teacher who settled in the Sturgeon Lake area, and whose journals have been published.


Titles based on the contents of the fonds.
Fonds acquired in 2004 from Mr. and Mrs. Herb Orgill.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 02-014 and 04-003 is an addition to 01-019.
For related records see: 75-1024, 75-1025, 88-011, 97-1013, and 99-008.


Box 1

Folder 1:
W.T.C. Boyd's will, 1918
Ida Lillian Boyd's will, 1927, with attached Codicils (1938 &1939) and Deed (1970) of Laurence Chadwick Boyd as surviving executor of the Mossom Boyd estate to Annie Sheila Boyd (photocopies only, [1983])

Folder 2.
Photograph of W.T.C. Boyd's children and nephew and nieces, ca. 1902-1903: (Thornton, Frieda (cousin), Gardiner Mossom (cousin), Olive (cousin), Aileen, Rosalind, Gladys, Eric, Herbert; note: the three cousins were children of Gardiner Boyd, eldest son of Mossom Boyd)
Framed portrait of Augusta Agnes, daughter of Rev. James Hartley Dunsford, n.d.

Photograph album: subjects include Katie Dowding, Frank Brown, Mr. & Mrs. A. Barnett, Blanche Wickham, Miss Irwin, Miss C. Boyd, Miss Rhoda Wickham, Annie Longman, Annie Williamson, Mr. & Mrs. Gowring, Mr. & Mrs. Farbrother, Mr. & Mrs. Smythe, T.U. Cross, A. Cox, Katie Boyd, [ ] Crompton, M.A. Boyd, Walker Read, George D'Olier, Manthorpe Bey, HMS [ ] Port Royal Jamaica (1868), plus several unidentified (ca. 1830s-1880s)
Note: this album also includes a photograph of "Miss A. Langton" (Anne Langton) as a young woman

Photograph album: subjects include several unidentified people (ca. 1830s-1880s)