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  • The Grave-fellows of J.N.D.

    The beautiful hot weather we've been having recently demanded another visit to Bournemouth (I hadn't actually been since 2008, how time flies!). My primary intention this time was the beach rather than Brethren history research, but did find the time for a quick visit to the cemetery. Where J.N.D. is buried seems to be an unofficial mini-section of true believers, with almost every monument in that little area inscribed with testimonies of hope, and selections of Bible verses. I recognize far more names than on previous visits, and many no-doubt were part of the meeting at Bournemouth, some known, and some not so. I'll add a few of those here, firstly up is Joseph Boyt (1827-1909). From the records he appears to have been a farmer, but his family circle is more interesting, as he had at least 13 children. The unfortunately named Decimus, born in 1876, being the most eye-catching!  Some of his large brood would later emigrate to North America. There are many Boyts still in the PBCC today which are certain to be his descendants. I have one pamphlet by an H. Boyt on the site, which could well be his first son Harry, though it is plausible it could also have been one of Joseph's many grandsons. There was also a Boyt active during the Raven divergence; see p15.