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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John M. Lloyd. In every condition of life and in every locality where the struggle for a livelihood is going on, where can independence be found more faithfully portrayed, or more clearly demonstrated, than in the life of the honest, industrious farmer? Among those who have made a success of farming is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, who, although a young man, is now the owner of one of the best improved farms in the county. He was born in Madison County (now Crockett County), Tenn., August 26, 1856, and is the son of John W. and Elizabeth (Raines) Lloyd, natives of North Carolina and Alabama, respectively. The father was born in 1826, and died February 11, 1869, and the mother was born in 1833, and died November 6, 1882. John W. Lloyd, when a lad of sixteen, went with his parents to Madison County, Tenn., where his father died at about the age of seventy-two years. He had been a soldier in the War of 1812. John W. was an agriculturist, a house carpenter and also followed the occupation of digging wells for many years. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, Gen. Forrest’s regiment, of which he was wagon-master for two years; he was in service in South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana, and was in a number of prominent battles, receiving a slight flesh wound on the knee. He surrendered with his regiment at Paris, Tenn., after which he returned to his home and followed his trade. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M., and was an advocate of churches and schools. Of the nine children born to his marriage, seven lived to be grown, and five still survive. These are named as follows: Thomas H., Jefferson, M., J. M. and Mrs. S. E. Jones. Those deceased are: Jasper W., Mollie, Mattie and an infant. Mrs. Lloyd, with the above mentioned family, came to Arkansas in 1871, and part of the family located in Jackson County, while the mother, M. J., J. M. and Mattie, came to Greene County in 1872. Here the mother and Mattie died. John M. Lloyd attained his majority in the county, spending the early part of his life on a farm, and afterward engaged in clerking in a general store. He worked at stave manufacturing for about seven years, being foreman for J. F. Hasty & Sons, for about six months, at Paragould. He located on his present property in 1888, and now has 110 acres under a good state of cultivation, and almost wholly free from stumps. Mr. Lloyd chose for his wife, Mrs. S. J. Gramling nee Halley, who was born and reared in Scott County, Ark. Her parents, Robert H. and Sarah (Hutchins) Halley, were natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. Robert H., on leaving his native State, went to Tennessee, and thence to Arkansas, in 1838, where he was married to Mrs. Sarah Crowley, March 10, of the following year. In 1848 they moved to Scott County, Ark., where Mrs. Halley died, October 29, 1861. She was born in September, 1819, and was first married to Harrison Crowley, who died at the age of thirty-five years, leaving one son, Benjamin (See sketch of B. H. Crowley). Robert H. Halley was born October 25, 1819, and died in the Confederate army, in December, 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Halley are the parents of nine children, two of whom are still living: S. J. and J. M., the latter living in this county. Mrs. Lloyd was first married to Henry C. Gramling, who died in 1882. To Mr. and Mrs. Gramling were born two children: Victoria and Richard C. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Paragould.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Greene County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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