Monday, November 25, 2019

52 Ancestors - THIEF: True Confession

One of the thrills of being the family historian is finding a bona fide horse thief in the family.

William Boyd aka William Jollett
William Boyd
aka William Jollett
My family’s Black Sheep is William H. Jollett, my 2x great-grandfather’s nephew. William admitted to stealing a horse.

Staunton Spectator
Sep 6, 1868
He served his time.

After he was released from prison, something terrible happened that set him on the run. He changed his name to William Boyd and led a quiet and relatively uneventful life after that. It’s a long story. Read about it HERE.

Amy Johnson Crow continues to challenge genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

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  1. He admitted it, he served his time. I'm thinking he learned from it too. I am sure lots of families have similar stories that happened but they might have died down over the years until no one was left alive that remembered and no one bothered to check it out.


  2. I haven't uncovered any horse thieves yet. Some characters who weren't the most model citizens but they didn't steal any horses.