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Biography: William Hardie Boynton born February 23, 1868

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Dallas and Talladega County, Alabama

William Hardie Boynton was one of the popular and public-spirited citizens of Talladega. He was born in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama, Feb. 23, 1868. His father, William Nathan Boynton, was a native of the State of Vermont, was educated at Hamilton College, New York, and came, in his early manhood, to Alabama, where he practiced law at Cahaba, Selma, and Talladega.

During the war, he was in the commissary service of the Confederate army. He was a prominent Freemason, and was for many years an elder of the Presbyterian church of Talladega, to which he and his wife belonged. He married Fannie Isbell, daughter of James and Rutelia (Haston) Isbell, of Talladega. His death occurred Aug. 22, 1896. His widow was = still living in Talladega in 1904.

James Isbell came to Talladega in 1832. For several years he followed the vocation of a merchant. Sometime in the forties he founded the Isbell bank, now the oldest bank in the State. He was also one of the founders of the City National bank, of Selma, and was one of the chief organizers of the Presbyterian church of Talladega. Besides his banking and mercantile interests, he was also interested in a large grist mill, and in the management of a plantation.

William H. Boynton was educated in the public schools of Selma, and at Cornell University. He was for years associated with all progressive movements of Talladega. Politically he was an enthusiastic Democrat and was for several years city treasurer. At one time he was captain of the Talladega rifles, one of the notable military companies of the South. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and was one of the past exalted rulers of Talladega lodge.

In church matters, he has adopted the religion of his parents and was a member of the Presbyterian church, in which denomination his paternal grandfather was a minister of note. He was one of the deacons of the church.

On Feb. 15, 1900, Mr. Boynton was united in marriage to Maud Camp, a daughter of Judge J. E. and Annie Camp, of Talladega. One daughter, Stella Boynton, was born by 1904

William Hardie Boynton died Sep 27, 1936 and is buried at Oak Hill in Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, along with his wife who died Feb. 10, 1919 and his daughter Stella who died in 1904 and possibly other children.


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 7205443 # 7043849# 7043856 # 7172277 # 7172278


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. I cannot thank whoever compiled this information enough!!! I am almost brought tears reading so much vibrant information about my great grandfather. Thank you!!!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Rebecah!

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