Following the paper trail, Milly Fowler was born about 1800 in Pickens County, South Carolina, to Elizabeth and Joshua Fowler. Her marriage date to Robert Boyd is unknown, but they had one son together: Jeter Boyd born in 1822. In Joshua’s 1833 probated will in Pickens, he lists Milly, widow of Robert, and minor heir, Jeter.

Milly made the trip to Wayne County, Tennessee with some of her Fowler relatives. She’s on the 1850 and 1860 Census living with Jeter Boyd and his wife, Charity Bratcher. Milly continued to live with Charity after Jeter died in 1854. Milly probably died before 1870, because she isn’t on the 1870 Census.

A local historian, Ms. Berry, told my family that there are at least three graves on the Boyd homestead on Middle Cyprus Creek. Milly’s grave could be among these.

Nothing else is known about Milly, my fifth great-grandmother.


If you have more information or if you’re related to this family, please email me at downhomegenealogy@gmail.com.

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