Boston Boyd was born on Cotanche Street in 1860, the son of Essex and Jennie Boyd, slaves of Abner Boyd. He taught himself to read and write with the Bible. The Bible was almost Boyd's best friend because he used it in everything he did. In his life, he felt he was called to Christ. This righteous service was evident in his work as a Sunday school teacher for thirty-four years and in his books. He wrote three books in his lifetime, all about the power of God. His books are: "The Seven Wonders of the World: Discoveries of the Twentieth Century" (1903), "Search-light on the Bible with Natural Science: Discoveries of the Twentieth Century" (1905), and "Searchlight on the Seventh Wonder: X-ray and Searchlight on the Bible with Natural Science, and Revised Searchlight on the Seventh Day Bible and X-ray, by Organic, Supernatural and Artificial Science: Discoveries of the Twentieth Century" (1924). He also acquired a farm and rented thirty-six houses in Greenville all painted green. He owned a two-story house at 113 Reade Street.