Name appears on deeds Jones County, 23 Jan 1809 to lot no. 153, District 11. On 11 March 1825, John E. Lloyd, resident of Bibb County Georgia sold lot no. 143, District 8, Jones County plus 25 Acres of lot no. 146 in 8th District.
From the book "Descendants of John and Prudence (Emrey) Lloyd" by Dr. Oliver C. Weaver:
John E. Lloyd was born about 1768 or 1769, probably in Frederick Co., VA. He was four or five years of age when his parents moved south to Henry Co., VA (Pittsylvania Co., VA), so he must have carried with him memories of having toddled about the knees of an aging grandfather, John Lloyd, and of having been cuddled in the arms of a much younger grandmother, Prudence (Emrey) Lloyd.
In Henry Co., VA, at eight years of age he was old enough to have felt the Revolutionary fervor of 1776 as it swept through southern Virginia. At ten, he experienced the horror of the news that Tory bands from North Carolina had charged into his county, killed Col. William Letcher in his home, and disappeared into the mountains of North Carolina. At twelve, he shared the apprehensions of his neighbors as Cornwallis' troops, in the spring of 1781, approached the Dan River only a few miles below his home, and he shared their feelings of relief as news raced through the county that the Tory outlaws, being pursued by his near neighbor Capt. James Tarrant, had been cut to pieces and that Cornwallis' troops had been stopped at the Battle of Guilford Court House.
Perhaps too young to have shouldered a rifle guarding homes in the rear as older teen-agers and young militiamen headed to the front, he must have personally participated in gathering supplies for the military wagons that scoured the countryside requisitioning beeves and gran, assisted his father in providing supplies for the wounded soldiers at Col. Peter Perkins' place, and observed with satisfaction British prisoners of war being marched through his county to Frederick Co., VA, after the Battle of Guilford Court House.
After the War, at fifteen years of age John E. Lloyd joined family and friends in their long winter's journey to Georgia. Already a seasoned farm worker, the experience of building log cabins, breaking new ground, and planting spring crops brought him to the threshold of manhood well prepared for the frontier life that was to be his destiny. He was barely seventeen years of age when his father died thrusting major responsibility for maintenance of the family upon him. With his mother and older brothers he developed his late father's headright grant, and the family prospered.
Life on the Georgia frontier required a strong, well-organized militia. Their presence was a stabilizing force. Sometimes called into action to restore domestic tranquility, they were often called up to ward off attacks by Indians who were being relentlessly pushed westward. John E. Lloyd and his brothers, as did their compatriots, joined the Georgia militia as they came of age. In 1793, John E. LLoyd, Charles Lloyd and William Lloyd were all riflemen in the company of Capt. Daniel Lowe of the Second Battalion of the Second Regiment of Green Co. (see "GA Military Affairs" Vol. 2 part I 1793-1800, p. 21, p. 56 and part II p. 387). With the creation of Hancock Co. in 1793 all continued to serve in the militia of Hancock Co., GA (see 1798 militia list of Hancock Co., GA).
At twenty-two years of age, it appears, John E. Lloyd was still unmarried. No documents have yet been found identifying the girl whom he married or the date of his marriage, but there is reason to believe that he married a girl who lived next door. Betsy Ann Gilbert. The marriage probably occured about 1792. On 17 Nov. 1791, in Greene Co., GA, John Loyd witnessed the will of his next-door neighbor Benjamin Gilbert Sr. (Georgia Genealogical Magazine, Jul. 1968, p. 192) The will mentions Benjamin's wife, and it names all of his children, one of whom was a still unmarried daughter, Betsy Ann Gilbert. Benjamin's wife's name was Elizabeth, so Betsy Ann was probably named Elizabeth Ann Gilbert in her honor. Extensive investigations have not turned up later documents pertaining to Betsy Ann Gilbert, but in 1807 when John E. Lloyd, with his brothers and sister, sold their late father's headright grant land his wife "Betsy Lloyd" surrendered her dower right to John's part of this land (see Georgia Genealogical Magazine, Jul. 1968 p. 96). Later, Talbot Co., GA deeds show John E. Lloyd's wife as Elizabeth.
Benjamin Gilbert Sr. was reared in Baltimore (Harford) Co., MD, where he lived in or near Joppatown. His father Gervas Gilbert, in his will of 17 Jun. 1739, named his wife Mary; his sons Samuel, Garvas, Charles, Aquila, Benjamin and Dan; and his daughters Hannah, Mary and Martha (Baltimore Co., MD Will Book I, p. 96). By the early 1750's Benjamin Gilbert Sr. and most of his brothers were in Bedford (Campbell) Co., VA, where Benjamin acquired much land along Seneca Creek (William Walter Hening's "Law of Virginia" 1820 Vol. 7, p. 206). In 1784, he sold his Virginia holdings and moved to Wilkes (Greene) Co., GA, establishing his home on land near John and Sarah (Stuard) Lloyd's home on Beaverdam Creek.
A few years after his marriage John E. Lloyd, in 1799, purchased a fifty-five acre tract on "Greenbury Road" adjacent or near his father's headright grant land, so John E. and Betsy (Gilbert?) Lloyd continued to live in the Beaverdam Creek community of their parents. Their older children were born there in Hancock (formerly Greene) Co., GA. John E. and Betsy were still residents of Hancock Co. in 1806 for in a Land Lottery drawing that year he drew Lot 92, 18th Dist., Wilkinson Co., GA (see Georgia Land Lottery of 1807).
On 29 Jan. 1807, when John E. Lloyd joined his brothers in the sale of their late father's headright grant land, all of them were described in the deed as residents of Clarke Co., GA. On 13 Aug. of that year Betsy and Levi's wife, Charlotte, were in Hancock Co. when they surrendered their dower rights to the land. John E. Lloyd and Betsy did not remain in Clarke Co. very long. They probably lived in Clarke Co. for only a few weeks or months with one of the Lloyd brothers while completing preparations for moving to new lands being developed further south and west in Georgia. John and his brother Levi Lloyd moved their families to Jones Co., GA, probably in 1807.
Early in 1809 John E. Lloyd was a resident of Jones Co., but temporarily in Clarke Co., GA, when, on 23 Jan. 1809, an indenture was drawn in Clarke Co., GA "between William Haygood, James Hagood, Levy Stroud, and Ely Stroud all of the one part of County and State aforesaid and John Loyd of the County of Jones of the other part." It described the purchase by "John Loyd" of a 202 1/2 acre tract in Jones Co. "known by Lot No. 153 Eleventh Baldwin drawn by the orphans of Mark Stroud," the price being $400 (Jones Co., GA deed book H, p. 341. Recorded in Jones Co. 23 Aug. 1816). The land was on Walnut Creek of the Ocmulgee River about four miles west of Lot 24, Dist. 11, on which Levi Lloyd settle about this time.
John E. Lloyd built his home and operated his farm on Lot 153 for about six years. On 1 Mar. 1815, he purchased Lot 143, Dist. 8, in Jones Co. and moved from Walnut Creek to Town Creek near the Ocmulgee River (Jones Co., GA Deed Book H p. 340). The following year, on 13 Nov., he sold Lot 153, 11th Dist., to Michael Buckhalter for $700 (Jones Co., GA Deed Book J, p. 124). Pocketing his $300 profit, he continued land speculation and on 18 Feb. 1818 John E. Lloyd purchased Lot 146 which joined his lot 143 (Jones Co., GA Deed Book G, p. 203).
By this time large plantations devoted to producing cotton were replacing the small subsistence farms of colonial America. The Lloyd brothers moved with the times. John E. Lloyd began acquiring slaves. Doubtless, his children worked alongside them planting, hoeing and picking cotton. Back-breaking labor, supplemented by profits from land deals, supported the growing prosperity of the Lloyd family.
The War of 1812, which was not concluded until 1814, was fought during these years. John E. and Betsy Lloyd's oldest son, Leroy, served as a private in Capt. Thomas Simmons company during the war. John E. and his brother Charles must also have had some kind of military service during this time, for later land lotteries show both as soldiers. For example, in 1832, the year in which John E. Lloyd died, he as "a soldier in the late war" drew Lot 217, First Section, Sixth Dist. of the Cherokee Lands (Union and Lumpkin counties). The Lottery list names him as "John E. Lloyd Senior, Coxes Dist., Talbot Co., GA". Although John E. Lloyd did not move to his new land, the Lottery List establishes the fact that he had some kind of military service during the War of 1812.
In 1812, John E. Lloyd was in his mid-forties and father of eight children. He was, however, an experienced militiaman, so he must have had some kind of service with the Jones Co. militia appropriate to his experience.
As they matured and married both the sons and sons-in-law of John E. and Betsy Lloyd tended to cluster about them, oftentimes on land provided by John E. Lloyd. Sarah, the oldest daughter, did so with her first husband William Tyson (1815) and with her second husband Martin L. McPherson (1819). By 1825, John E. Lloyd had become a resident of Bibb Co., but he may not have moved very far from his Town Creek home for part of the Eighth Dist. was taken from Jones and placed in Bibb when Bibb Co. was created in 1822.
On 11 Mar. 1825, John E. Lloyd of Bibb Co. sold to Martin L. McPherson of Jones Co. Lot No. 143 and twenty-five acres of Lot No. 146, Eighth Dist., Jones Co., GA. Elizabeth Lloyd, wife of John E., surrendered her dower right to this land on the same day. She signed with her mark (Jones Co., GA Deed Book O, p. 20). Three months earlier John E. Lloyd had sold half of Lot 146 on Town Creek to John Powell (Jones Co., GA Deed Book S, p. 350). Three years later John E. Lloyd sold the remainder of Lot 146 to Martin L. McPherson (Jones Co., GA Deed Book O, p. 76).
About the time of this last sale John E. and Betsy Lloyd moved from Bibb to Talbot Co. Martin L. and Sarah (Lloyd) McPherson soon followed. John E. and Betsy may have been enticed into this move by their son Benjamin who was named Surveyor of Talbot Co. when the first officers of that county were commissioned on 9 Feb. 1828 (William H. Davidson "A Rockaway in Talbot" Vol. I, p. 5).
On 2 Sep. 1828, John E. Lloyd bought for $40 at a sheriff's sale Lot No. 68, 23rd Dist., Talbot Co. (Talbot Co., GA Deed Book A, p. 68), and on 21 Jan. 1830, he bought the adjacent Lot No. 69 for $80 (Talbot Co., GA Deed Book B, p. 21). The two lots together provided a 405 acre plantation near Pleasant Hill, about eight or nine miles north of Talbotton. After John E. Lloyd's death some of this land was sold to Jeremiah Bennett, Leroy Lloyd's father-in-law, but sixty-eight acres of it remained in possession of his widow, Elizabeth Lloyd, until 28 Nov. 1859, when it was sold by her son-in-law, B. B. Kendrick, to Robert Brooks for $548 (Talbot Co., GA Deed Book K, p. 324).
By 1831, John E. Lloyd's health was fading, for on 5 Mar. 1831, he deeded cattle and furniture to each of his two minor sons, noting in the deed that the gift was "in consideration of the natural affection and love that I have for John E. Lloyd Jr. and James M. Lloyd" (Talbot Co., GA Deed Bok B, p. 154). John E. Lloyd Sr. died at his home in Talbot Co. the following year. On 18 Oct. 1832, Benjamin Lloyd and Joseph Lloyd posted an $8,000 bond as administrators of the estate, Chappell Cox, providing security for the bond. On 7 Jan. 1833, bond for Benjamin and Joseph Lloyd, administrators was raised to $12,000 (Talbot Co., GA Administrators and Guardians (1829-1853) p. 25).
Early in 1835, after sale of property, the estate was valued at $7,012.93 from which $142 was paid each to L. McPherson (husband of Sarah), Leroy Lloyd, John Gaddis (husband of Elizabeth), War Gaddis (husband of Miriam), Joseph Lloyd, Benjamin Lloyd, John E. Lloyd Jr., James M. Lloyd, Benjamin B. Kendrick (husband of Frances), and Levi Mullins (husband of Mazy) (Talbot Co., GA, Annual Returns Book B p. 65, see also Book A pp. 86-88).
Elizabeth Ann Gilbert Lloyd (1769 - 1859)*
Elizabeth Lloyd Gaddis (1800 - 1871)*
Benjamin Lloyd (1804 - 1860)*
Marian (Miriam) Lloyd Gaddis (1806 - ____)*
Frances Lloyd Kendrick (1811 - 1847)*
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