The New Bern Historical Society is dedicated to sharing the rich history of New Bern, NC and has been doing so since 1923. The Historical Society offices are located in the Attmore-Oliver House, c. 1790, in New Bern’s historic district. In addition to offices there is a Civil War display and room installations reflecting life in the mid-19th century. Beautiful historic gardens are located behind the house. The New Bern Historical Society also owns and stewards 30+ acres of the Battle of New Bern’s Civil War battlefield. The New Bern Battlefield Park is located near James City just off of Highway 70 East.
We continue to read Stephen F. Miller's "Recollections of New Bern Fifty Years Ago", and on page 17 found this description of Dr. John Boyd, local Physician, as he remembered him in 1822:
"....was prominent, if not the very leading member of the healing art in Newbern. He was a fine looking gentleman, his hair a little more than half grey, and his complexion fresh and pure. Apparently he was about forty years of age, and in 1864 when I again heard of him, he was still living, in good preservation among the Yankees who held Newbern since 14th March 1862 to the close of the war. Dr. Boyd made his daily visits on horseback, usually in a gentle lope. His fine bay horese, well groomed, and with elegant saddle and hangings, seemed to be conscious of the dignity of his rider; for every movement was graceful, even to the curve of the neck, and the manner of standing at the post. As a bachelor Dr. Boyd was extremely careful of his dress, which was of costly material and made up by skillful tailors. Nothing could exceed the whiteness of his bosom. He shaved and changed his linen daily, and call on him at any hour, he looked as if just from his dressing room. A lady who happened to see his laundress at the ironing table, counted thirty-six fine linen shirts, elegantly frilled and crimped, belonging to Dr. Boyd. Yet there was no seemed display in his apparel. Every thing was in good taste, as became grave and polished address. His practice was very extensive. Dr. Edward Boyd his brother died in 1823, leaving a family in Newbern."
Below find a copy of the 1860 census that shows Dr. Boyd as a retired physician, age 71, and with a personal estate of $50,000.
Year: 1860; Census Place: New Bern, Craven, North Carolina; Roll: M653_894; Page: 38; Image: 78; Family History Library Film: 803894 ... See MoreSee Less
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