Born into slavery on March 15, 1843, in Noxubee County, Mississippi, to Indiana Dixon, Richard Henry Boyd was given the name Dick Gray. He was named Dick after his maternal grandfather, Richard, and, as was the common practice of the day, he assumed the last name of his owner. Tie Gray family and their slaves moved in 1848 to Lowndes County, Mississippi, and then to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, in 1853. (1) After he death of Martha Gray, the wife of his owner, Boyd's family was sold to relatives of the Gray family in 1859, and Boyd was sold to Benoni W. Gray for $1,200 and taken to the cotton fields of Washington County, Texas. Boyd spent the next several years as a mule boy hauling cotton on the Gray plantation. Indiana and her three daughters were sold to a family that moved to Houston County, Texas. Boyd did not see his mother again until after the Civil War.