40th Boyd/McCormick reunion held
The origin of the Boyd/McCormick Family Reunion can be traced to the seaport town of Jamestown, Va. A young lad of about 14 braved the dreadful middle passage of the Atlantic Ocean. He was sold into slavery and brought to White Oak, S.C. by a plantation planter. He was named John A. Boyd. He married Mattie Gibson - Boyd and two generations later, with the marriage of Isaiah Lawrence Boyd Sr. and Mamie "Texanna" McCormick - Boyd, there was established a lasting bond between the Boyd and McCormick families.
Frank McCormick Sr., brother of Mamie McCormick, discussed the possibility of organizing a Boyd/McCormick Family Reunion. He was inspired by a visit to Roxboro during the 1960s. During this visit, he renewed old acquaintances and met many family members for the first time. Elizabeth “Bessie” McCormick – Blackman, daughter of Frank McCormick Sr. and Estelle “Candy” Boyd - Cooper and Mattie Boyd – Johnson, daughters of Lawrence Isaiah Boyd Sr. and Mamie “Texanna” McCormick - Boyd further discussed the need to establish a family reunion after the death of Frank McCormick Sr. The reunion became a reality in 1973 when Elizabeth “Bessie” McCormick – Blackmon and her husband, Douglas D. Blackman hosted the first reunion in Columbia, S.C..
The 40th Boyd/McCormick Family Reunion was in Memphis, Tenn., July 26-28. This reunion was hosted by Gloria Boyd & Memphis family members. Family members visited the National Civil Rights Museum, Children’s Museum of Memphis, B. B. Kings Blues Club and Central BBQ. Family members attend church service at Greater Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.
The reunion will be held in Durham next summer and will be hosted by Linda Boyd. Past reunions have been held in California, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
The reunion has been held annually for the past 40 years. Willie F. Boyd of Durham is president of the reunion and Lucy Boyd - Diaz of Kempner, Texas, is secretary. Information on this reunion can be found on the Boyd/McCormick Family Reunion website www.bmfr.org.
Lashay Boyd (right) of Durham and Marshell Boyd were among the Boyd-McCormick family members at the 40th annual reunion in July.