Gene Notes

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thriller Thursday - Boyd Child Suffers Burns

I found this death for Priscilla Boyd, daughter of Thomas Clark Boyd & Evelyn Percival. But was it really Priscilla who died?

Niagara Falls Gazette, April 9, 1920


Olean, April 9. - Priscillia Boyd, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Boyd of No. 12 Orchard Avenue, was severely burned late yesterday afternoon. Her clothes were ignited while she was standing in front of an open stove. It was reported that she will  not recover.

Buffalo Morning Express, April 10, 1920


Olean, April 9. - Priscilla Boyd, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Boyd of No. 12 Orchard avenue, who was severely burned while playing in front of an open gas stove yesterday afternoon, died late last night.

[This researcher, upon further investigation, discovers it was indeed Anna who died and not Priscilla. Priscilla married years later and it is Priscilla who is enumerated on the 1930 census and not Anna."Annie Marie Boyd" is buried in Mount View Cemetery, Olean, New York born 1918 and died 1920.]

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  1. That's quite a case of mistaken identity.

  2. As a side note, both of the erroneous reports were not in the town where they lived. One report was in Niagara Falls and the other in Buffalo. They lived in Olean, New York.