BOYD, THOMAS. (?–1779). Continental officer. Pennsylvania. First sergeant of Thompson's Pennsylvania Rifles on 25 June 1775, he was captured at Quebec on 31 December 1775 and exchanged in November 1777. Commissioned first lieutenant of the First Pennsylvania on 14 January 1778, he was captured with Sergeant Michael Parker on 13 September 1779 while leading the advance guard of John Sullivan's expedition. Taken to Genesee, he and Parker were questioned by Joseph Brant and John Butler. After the latter two left, Boyd and Parker were horribly tortured and killed.
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