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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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LLOYD. The Lloyd ancestors came from Wales as a body of Welsh Quakers who had received a grant of a large tract of land along the Schuylkill river from William Penn before he came to America. These Welsh immigrants, with a few exceptions, came over in the ship “Lyon,” and landed on the west bank of the Schuylkill Aug. 13, 1682, about three months before William Penn landed at Upland, now Chester, on the Delaware river. This Welsh tract included the townships of Merion, Haverford, Radnor and others, and was situated west of, and adjoining, Philadelphia.

Among the members of the Lloyd family whose names appear early in the public annals was Thomas Lloyd, third son of Charles Lloyd, of Dolobrand, Wales. He was a physician, and came to America with William Penn on the ship “Welcome.” He subsequently became deputy governor under Penn, president of the council, and keeper of the great seal of the Commonwealth. He filled the positions named for several years, and until his Quaker principles prevented him from taking the oath required by England, which would have bound him to participate in military affairs. It will be noted that some of the subsequent descendants of the Lloyd family seem not to have been troubled with these conscientious scruples. Thomas Lloyd’s family consisted of his wife and nine children. He died in Pennsylvania Sept. 10, 1694. His great-grandson and namesake, Thomas Lloyd, was lieutenant-colonel in Col. James Burd’s battalion during the French and Indian war.

David Lloyd, a cousin of the first named Thomas Lloyd, became a member of the General Assembly in 1693, and the following year was Speaker of that body. He was also a member of the Supreme court, and for fourteen years Chief Justice of the Province. He died in 1731.

Hugh Lloyd, who was prominently associated with Anthony Wayne, Thomas McKean and other patriots, in representative assemblies when the storm of the Revolution was gathering, was also colonel of the 3d Battalion of Chester County troops during the war, and after our independence was achieved was twice a representative in the Legislature, and subsequently an Associate Judge of Delaware county for thirty-three years, resigning after he had reached his eighty-third year. He died the year following.

It was from the gristmill on Darby creek owned by Hugh Lloyd and his brother, Isaac, sons of Richard Lloyd, that Washington after the battle of Brandywine ordered the mill-stones to be removed and hidden in the woods, that the mill might not be of service to the British.

During the century which elapsed from the landing of these Welsh immigrants, in 1682, the Lloyd name appears very frequently in the records of Delaware county, showing that, while in this lapse of time the original family had become separated into several branches, yet the members of all of these were the descendants of the Lloyd Welsh Quaker immigrants of 1682.

Isaac and Rebecca Lloyd, grandparents of William Penn Lloyd, and residents of Delaware county, had the following children: Elizabeth, born in 1786; Phoebe, in 1788; Joseph, in 1790; John, in 1792; Isaac, in 1793; Rebecca, in 1794; and William, the father of William Penn Lloyd, in 1796. Mr. Lloyd’s grandmother being deceased, his grandfather, Isaac, removed from Delaware county to Lisburn, Cumberland Co., Pa., in 1799, bringing with him his daughter Rebecca and three sons, John, Isaac and William. He died at Lisburn in 1834. John returned to Delaware county in 1812, and died there in 1850. Isaac died in 1849, and William in 1860, both in Lisburn.

On the maternal side, Mr. Lloyd’s great-grandfather was George Anderson, of Scotch-Irish lineage. He came from Scotland early in 1700 and settled in Chester county, Pa. In 1755 he was commissioned by Robert H. Morris — lieutenant-governor and commander-in-chief of the Province of Pennsylvania — a lieutenant in Col. William Moore’s Chester County regiment, and served in the Braddock campaign of that year. He had five sons who grew to manhood. John and George served in the Continental army in the war for independence. John returned and settled in New York State, but George was never heard from. The remaining three moved west of the Susquehanna river in 1787. Benjamin, the youngest of the sons, and the grandfather of Mr. Lloyd, located at Lisburn, Cumberland Co., Pa., James at Martinsburg, and Nathan at Winchester, Va. Benjamin was born in 1767, and died in 1830, at Lisburn. He married Charity Martin in 1795, and their daughter, Amanda, married Mr. Lloyd’s father in 1827. Their children who grew to mature age were William Penn and his three sisters, Mary Ellen, Margaret Jane and Sarah Rebecca. The first named married John M. Hart, the second George W. Ettele, and the third Frederick K. Ployer.

William Penn Lloyd married Anna Helena Boyer May 23, 1865. She was a daughter of Israel L. and Margaret Moser Boyer, who removed from Berks to Cumberland county in 1841. Her paternal grandparents were Michael and Dorothy Helena Luther-Boyer, who came from Germany in 1797.

Mr. Lloyd was born at Lisburn, Cumberland Co., Pa., Sept. 1, 1837. He worked on a farm in the summer and attended the public school in the winter until he reached his seventeenth year, when he was employed as a teacher. He taught eight years, six prior to entering the army and two after his return, teaching winter sessions, and attending special schools and studying law the remainder of the year. He became a private soldier in Company G, of the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, Sept. 1, 1861, and was discharged with the rank of regimental adjutant at the expiration of the term of service of his regiment, Sept. 9, 1864. During his last year of service he was frequently assigned to duty as adjutant general of a brigade. He participated in all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac during the three years’ service of his regiment, and was present and engaged in the following battles: Drainesville, Dec. 20, 1861; Harrisonburg, June 6, Cross Keys, June 8, Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, Gaines Mills, Aug. 28, Bull Run, Aug. 29 and 30, and Fredericksburg, Dec. 13 — all in 1862; Brandy Station, June 9, Aldie, June 21 and 22, Gettysburg, July 2 and 3, Shepherdstown, July 16, New Hope Church, Dec. 27— all in 1863: Todd’s Tavern, the Wilderness and Spottsylvania, May 5, 6, 7 and 8, Childsburg, May 9, Richmond Heights and Meadow Bridge, May 12, Haws’ Shop, May 28, Cold Harbor, June 1, Barker’s Mill, June 2, Trevillion Station, June 12, White House, June 21, and St. Mary’s Church, June 24 — all in 1864. He also participated in thirty-five of the skirmishes in which his regiment and brigade were engaged during his term of service. He was detailed on special service at Camp Cadwallader, Philadelphia, and at the United States Garrison at Carlisle, Pa., to organize and forward drafted men to the army, from Aug. 3 to Nov. 6, 1863. These three months, and one ten days’ leave of absence, cover the period of his absence from the front during his whole term of service.

On the reorganization of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, after the close of the war, Mr. Lloyd was commissioned division inspector with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, by Gov. Hartranft. He was commander of the Grand Army Post of Mechanicsburg, Pa., for seven consecutive years, has been a member of the Loyal Legion since 1888, and is author of the “History of the First Pennsylvania Cavalry.”

He read law with Col. William M. Penrose, of Carlisle, for three years prior to his army service, and on his return reviewed his course of study, and was admitted to the Cumberland County Bar April 18, 1865. He is now also a member of the York and Dauphin County Bars, has been admitted to practice in the Supreme and Superior courts of Pennsylvania, and in the Eastern District court of the United States, and has been a member, and the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since its organization Jan, 16, 1895. He represented the 32d District, composed of the counties of Cumberland and Adams, in the Senate of Pennsylvania, from 1890 to 1894. This was the only political office for which he has been a candidate, and his majority was nearly three times that of any former candidate in the district. In 1866 he was appointed Internal Revenue collector for the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. This office he resigned in 1869 to accept a position in the Dauphin Deposit Bank, of Harrisburg, where he remained for nearly fifteen years. He quit the bank in 1884, and has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and in the management of extensive financial and agricultural interests, to the present date. He at once met with encouraging success in the practice of his profession, it being largely in the Orphans’ court in the settlement and distribution of decedents’ estates, and also as counsel for large individual and corporate interests. He is now filling a number of important positions of public and private trust. While in the Senate he gave special and untiring attention to the subjects of public roads, common schools, fence laws, equalization of taxation, Sunday laws and municipal government, and since then, as a speaker and writer, has vigorously advocated improvements in these branches of our State government.

Mr. Lloyd’s family now consists of his wife, Anna H., his daughter, Mary E., married to Dr. H. A. Smith, and his son, George E., All now residents of Mechanicsburg, Pa. His eldest son, Weir B. Lloyd, died June 1, 1903, leaving to survive him his widow, Elizabeth A., and three children, Ruth, Anna H., and William Penn Lloyd, Jr., also residents of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lloyd’s maternal ancestors were Presbyterians, and in his youth he frequently attended the Silver Spring Church with his Uncle George and Aunt Martha Anderson, who were also residents of Lisburn. The round trip was fourteen miles, and horseback was then the means of travel. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Mechanicsburg, and has been a Sabbath-school teacher for more than forty-five years.

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