She was the daughter of Betsey Sandland, a life long friend of AMW, and was probably born in the USA. In 1849 she married Thomas Boyd, a merchant of Glasgow. They had five children: Thomas (b. 1854); John (b. 1856); James (b. 1858); Eliza (b. 1860); George (b. 1863).
She lived in Liverpool, and later Manchester.
1871 Census of Manchester, Broughton, p. 32.