|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1790|
|Death: ||May 26, 1872|
IN MEMORIAM- 1872
Our Association since its last meeting has been made aware of the death of James Cloyd, of Palestine, its oldest member and honored President. He was one of the oldest settlers of our County- being first to learn of the exposures of the Wilson girls, in 1812, to the danger of the tomahawk and scalping knife, he hasted to Captain Scott, the Post Commandant, for permission to go to their rescue. Failing to secure this, he hurried in disobedience of orders, but in obedience to the dictates of humanity, to the place where they had gone, only to find them tomahawked and scalped.
By the aid of two or three comrades, he bore them to a spot near the Stockade, where they were buried and from whence on the 4th of July, 1871, their remains were removed and buried in the Greenville Cemetery, with appropriate ceremonies.
Our lamented President was in every way a worthy and useful citizen, therefore,
Resolved, 1st. That we sincerely mourn his loss and proudly cherish his memory.
Resolved, 2nd. That these proceedings be entered upon our records, published in our county papers, and furnished the family of the deceased.
-from the Cloyd Family File, Garst Museum, Ohio.
From the "History of Darke County, Ohio":
"To whom the titular honor of being the first settler belongs is hard to determine. It lies between James Cloyd and Jonathan Pearson, with the evidence in favor of the former.
Mr. Cloyd was born in Virginia, in 1790, and removed to Ohio when a child. Engaged as a soldier during the war of 1812, he was stationed much of the time at Fort Greenville. In 1815, he married Elizabeth Noffsinger, daughter of Andrew Norftsinger, one of the pioneers of the county.
In 1814, Mr. Cloyd moved to this township and settled on the prairie, just south of the present site of Palestine. He was one of the first grand jury empaneled in the county, and bore a good name for energy, generosity and benevolence. His death took place May 26, 1872, and his remains rest in the Palestine Cemetery." end quote
James Cloyd was perhaps the first permanent settler in the township. He was born in Virginia in 1780 ; when but a mere lad he emigrated to Ohio, at the breaking-out of the war of 1812, and he gave his services in the defense of his country ; he was stationed a portion of the time at Fort Greenville. He was at this latter place when the children of William Wilson were murdered within sight of the block-house, and was one who assisted in their burial. At the close of the war. he remained in the county, and married Miss Elizabeth Noffsinger, the daughter of Andrew Noffsinger, one of the first settlers in the county.
He was a "man of the chase," and delighted in hunting. James Cloyd was a member of the first grand jury that ever met in the county ; after his marriage, he first settled on the prairie southeast of the present town of Palestine ; from there he located on land now owned by David Wilcox ; he remained here about sixteen years, in which time he prepared much of the farm for agricultural uses, which was all in the woods when he entered it; he then disposed of this farm with the intention of emigrating to Illinois, but after visiting this latter place he returned satisfied to spend the remnant of his days in German Township ; he then entered a quarter section just west of Palestine, on which he erected a house and passed the remainder of his life.
He died May 26, 1872, at the ripe old age of 81 years 10 months and 11 days ; thus passed away a pioneer and a soldier, lamented by all who knew him; he had a sympathetic heart and a charitable spirit, and many a needy neighbor was made glad by his charities. His wife survived him only a few years, her death occurring June 17, 1875, at the age of 76 years 3 months and 6 days. They were the parents of seven children, four sons and three daughters, four of whom are still living.
from "The History of Darke County, Ohio" p. 570-71. WH Beers and Company, Chicago. 1880.
James Cloyd and Elizabeth (Noffsinger) Cloyd had 4 boys and 3 girls. Three of the siblings moved to Iowa, with one of them, Stephen Cloyd, returning home to Darke County after a couple of decades. The other 4 siblings remained settled in Darke County or its close vicinity for the duration of their lives.
James Cloyd was the son of David Cloyd and Rachel Alderson. James's grandson, Sampson Cloyd, is also interred in the actual Palestine Cemetery as well as the virtual one here on Find a Grave.
Additional children of James and Elizabeth (Noffsinger) Cloyd who are not linked below:
1819 – 1838
Mariah A Cloyd (Mills)
1827 – d. after 1900, prob. Monroe, Iowa
Elizabeth Noffsinger Cloyd (1799 - 1875)*
Andrew Cloyd (1816 - 1899)*
Catharine Cloyd Kester (1820 - 1859)*
Gordon Cloyd (1822 - 1887)*
Stephen Cloyd (1825 - 1874)*
Mary Ann Cloyd Mills (1829 - 1912)*
Created by: M.E. Packard
Record added: Jul 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54484460