Samuel Evert BOYD Robert Everett BOYD Jack BOYD Rhonda Fay JENKINS Hazel BOYDWIFE Manus Charles BOYD Harold Thomas BOYD Mary Patricia MCKENZIE Mini tree diagram
Russell Hugh BOYD

Russell Hugh BOYD1,11,2,12,10,7,13,14,8,15,16,17,18,9

6th Dec 19061,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 26th Nov 19663,4,5,6,10,7,8,9

Steel Erector, Construction Industry

Life History

6th Dec 1906

Born in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9


Resident in Joplin Ward 6, Jasper, Missouri.2


Residence2 in Joplin Ward 17, Jasper, Missouri.1

8th Nov 1941

Married Rhonda Fay JENKINS.22

9th Aug 1963

Death of Rhonda Fay JENKINS in Dallas, Dallas, Texas.6,19,20,21,22,10,4

after Aug 1963

Married Hazel BOYDWIFE

26th Nov 1966

Died in Houston, Harris, Texas.3,4,5,6,10,7,8,9

Metatastic carcinoma, due to bronchogenic undifferentiated carcinoma

28th Nov 1966

Buried in Leapolis Cemetery, Livingston County, Missouri.3,10


  • 1910 Federal Census, Douglas County, Nebraska, 21 April, Omaha, District 69, pages 6B-7A,  209 South 29th St, Hse #137, Fam #153
    Boyd, Samuel Head  M W  31  Married 12 years  MO PA PA Bookbinder, Printing Co Rents
    --  page 7A --
    Boyd, Mayme  Wife F W 32 Married 12 yrs 2 children/2 living MO Canada Canada
    Boyd, Everett Son M W 11  NB MO MO
    Boyd, Russell Son M W 3  NB MO MO

    1920 Federal Census, Douglas County, Nebraska, 5 January, Omaha 11th Precinct, District 116, page 3A, 2820 North 32nd St, Hse #60, Fam #64
    Boyd, Sam  Head Owns M W 40 MO MO MO Real Estate Salesman
    Boyd, Sarah [Mary] Wife M W 46 MO MO MO
    Boyd, Russell Son M W 13 MO MO MO No Occupation

    There is another listing in the 1920 census that may be a related famliy named Boyd, enumerated in Jasper County, Missouri.  This couple also have a son named Russell, born about 1905.

    1920 Federal Census, Jasper County, Missouri, 6-7 January, Joplin Ward 17 (Galena Township), District 58, page 7A, 2102 Picher Ave, Hse#164, Fam #165
    Boyd, G Z Head M W 48 MO TN MO Water Works Engineer
    Boyd, Laura Wife FW 43 OH OH OH Water Works Engineer
    Boyd, Russell  Son M W 15 MO MO OH

    I had known of the name Boyd only in relation to the Scottish sept of Butt or Buid, related to the Stewarts.  I had assumed this was the provenance of my Uncle Russell Boyd's ancestors.  But in June 2008, I learned of a prominent Boyd line in Ireland, where they were the Lords Earl of Kilmarnock.  This is probably still a branch of the Scottish Stewart Boyds, but still new a lineage possibility for me.  Here is a link to information on one of those Boyd families in Ireland back to the 1600s.

    Rhonda and Russ never had any children. Three children of Rhonda's siblings were named after them.  The first son of Orville Lee Jenkins was Orville Boyd (this author), and the only daughter of Arthur Carthal (Bud) Jenkins was LaRhonda.  Her sister Lahoma named her third son RIchard Boyd Hendron.

    They lived in Amarillo, Texas, for years.  From my earliest childhood till Rhonda's death in 1963, this is where they were.  Our family visited them at times in Amarillo.  Amarillo, in Potter County, was about a 5-hour drive west of our home in Quanah, Hardeman County.  We would also see them in family gatherings at the home of Rhonda's father and mother, my grandparents, Joe and Jennie Jenkins, in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1949, p 67
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda J) h 1403b Ong

    A news story from the Chillicothe newspaper had reported an event from Russ' life in Amarillo in 1949.

    Escape At Amarillo
    Son of Samuel E. Boyd Safe in Tornado

    Reports have been received by relatives of two families safe in the recent Amarillo tornado.

    Russell H. Boyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Boyd of Route 4, reports he is safe. He also told of aiding in the search work through destroyed buildings looking for dead and injured. He said it was "heart breaking" work.

    Boyd is in the used car business there.

    --  The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, May 18, 1949,


    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1951, p 53
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) slsmn h 3614 Cline rd

    In 1952, they were reported at the same address.  The were at a new address on West 14th Street in 1953.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1953, p 73
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) h 615 W 14th av apt 1

    By time for the 1954 directory they were had moved to Lawson Lane.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1954, p 62
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) h 1811 Lawson la

    In 1956 and 1957  their address was on Crockett Street.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1956, p 193
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) emp Quonset and Stran Steel Builldings h 929 Crockett

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1957, p 202
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) slsmn Plains Steel Bldg h 929 Crockett

    I was born in Cheyenne Wyoming in 1957.  My dad was Robert A Boyd Jr.  He was born in Portland Colorado in April of 1921.  His dad was Robert Arthur Boyd Sr. of course.  Anyways we are related to Russell Hugh Boyd.  We actually lived in Amarillo Texas between 1958 to 1967 while Russell Hugh Boyd and Rhonda Jenkins had lived there.  I am not sure of time frame completely.  I read that Rhonda had gone to think Dallas or Houston to a city with a large hospital....

    I love the pictures of Rhonda [posted on our Connections genealogy on Ancestry] and especially the ones in Palo Duro Canyon where my dad took us quite a bit when we lived in Amarillo, Texas.  It really kind of brings Amarillo in to the picture not from us just living there but Russell and Rhonda having lived there.

    --  Charles Boyd, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 25 March  2018

    When Rhonda was sick with cancer, she was being treated in Dallas, Texas, where she died in 1963.  Russ buried her in Chillicothe, Missouri, his former home area.

    I had been unsuccessful in finding further details about Russell, until in October 2010, a Boyd descendant in New Mexico, who had personally known members of the family in Chillicothe, Missouri, sent me some details and referred me to some new links for information just posted on Find-a-Grave.

    Russell H. Boyd Dies In Texas; Rites To Be Here

    Russell H. Boyd, 58, Amarillo, Texas, died Saturday in Houston. He was born in Omaha, lived in Kansas City 20 years, and moved to Texas 30 years ago.

    He was a salesman for Inland Steel, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Amarillo.

    Mr. Boyd leaves his wife, Mrs. Hazel Boyd of the home, and two brothers, Robert E. Boyd, Overland Park, Kansas and Harold T. Boyd, Kansas City.

    The body will arrive in Chillicothe late Tuesday afternoon to be received by the Gordon Home for Funerals. The rosary service will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the chapel, after which the body will be taken to the Leopolis cemetery for burial.

    --  The Chillicothe (Missouri) Constitution-Tribune, Monday, November 28, 1966, p 6,

    Social Security Death Index provides the date of death not reported in the Obituary.  SSDI gives no place of death or final residence.  Fortunately these are both reported in the obituary, as well as the birthplace in Omaha.

    Social Security Death Index,
    Russell Boyd
    Born 6 Dec 1906
    Died Nov 1966
    SSN 486-10-3283 issued Missouri (Before 1951)

    The Texas Death Index reports the place as Harris County, consistent with the obituary report of death in Houston.  This also indicates he is still single, though we know from the obituary he later married someone named Hazel.  I have not discovered further details about Hazel.

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Russell Boyd
    Death 26 Nov 1966 Harris County
    Gender Male
    Marital Status Single

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Russell H Boyd
    Birth 6 Dec 1907 Kansas City, Kansas
    Residence 929 Crockett St, Amarillo, Potter, Texas
    Occupation Steel Erector, Construction Industry
    WWII Veteran
    Father Samuel E Boyd, Mother Mary P McKenzie
    Informant Harold T Boyd [his brother]
    Age at Death 58, Death 26 Nov 1966 M D Anderson Hospital, Houston, Harris, Texas
    In hospital 10 days
    Cause of death metatastic carcinoma, due to bronchogenic undifferentiated carcinoma
    Removal 27 November 1966 by Escort Inc for burial in Leopolis, Leopolis [Chillicothe, Livingston Co], Missouri
    SSN 486-10-3283
    Filed 1 December 1966, Filed State 7 December 1966

    An excerpt of Russ' obituary was available on NewspaperArchive.

    "Russell H Boyd Dies In Texas, Rites to Be Here -- Russell H Boyd, 58, Amarillo died Saturday in Houston.  He was born in Omaha, lived in Kansas City 20 years and moved to Texas.  [He was] a salesman for Inland. ..."
    --  The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, Chillicothe, Missouri, 28 Nov 1966, via, accessed 5 October 2015

    A summary of the obituary was avilable form Obituary Index, 1800s-current
    Russell H. Boyd
    Age 58 (born abt 1908) born Omaha, Nebraska
    Residence Amarillo, Texas
    Death Abt 1966 (Houston) Texas
    Obituary published 28 Nov 1966 Chillicothe, Missouri, United States of America
    Spouse Hazel Boyd
    Siblings Robert E Boyd
    Harold T Boyd

    Russell H Boyd
    Birth Dec 6, 1906 Nebraska
    Death Nov 26, 1966 Texas

    Samuel Evert Boyd (1879 - 1960)
    Mary Patricia McKenzie Boyd (1878 - 1965)

    Robert E Boyd (1899 - 1966)
    Manus C Boyd (1914 - 1929)
    Harold Thomas Boyd (1916 - 2000)

    Burial Leopolis Cemetery, Livingston County, Missouri, USA, GPS (lat/lon): 39.86469, -93.42055

    Created by Cookie Rist Huckaby Sep 01, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #57994023,


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