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David R. Lloyd
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1849
Bangor
Gwynedd, Wales
Death: Aug. 13, 1921
Laverne
Harper County
Oklahoma, USA

YOUNGEST UNION SOLDIER
MUSTERED OUT
______________________

David Lloyd, a former citizen of old Woods County, died at the National Military Home, near Leavenworth, Kansas, on Saturday, August 13, 1921.

Mr. Lloyd had been in poor health for several months. He spent the spring and summer in Florida, but finding no relief he came to the Soldiers Home only a few weeks ago.

His daughter, Mrs. L. M. Provost of this city, received a wire from her brother Saturday, that her father had passed on.

David Lloyd was born in Banger, North Wales, August 5, 1849, and came to this country when quite young.

On the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted at Portage City, Wisconsin as a Drummer boy in Company G, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry on April 20, 1861, only eight days after Fort Sumpter was fired upon.

He was but little past 11 years of age at this time and could not have entered the army, but succeeded through the influence of his Colonel Fairchild, afterwards Governor of Wisconsin, who was his guardian, the boy's father being dead.

He carried a musket in the first battle of Bull Run, before he was 12 years old, and was engaged in other great battles, the first battle of Winchester, the battles of the Peninsula under General McClellan, the second Bull Run, where he was wounded, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysbury.

His regiment belonged to the famous Wisconsin Iron Brigade, one of the first Union organizations which threw itself across the path of Lee's victorious army on the first days battle of Gettysburg.

In this engagement Mr. Lloyd was captured and first sent to Belle Isle prison in the James River near Richmond for a few days, then transferred to Andersonville prison for nine months until exchanged in the spring of 1864.

In May of 1864, he re-enlisted in the 32nd Wisconsin Infantry, and later in the 39th Wisconsin Infantry, and was engaged in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864.

Soon after the battle of Franklin Mr. Lloyd was mustered out at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, when but little past 15 years of age, having served nearly four years and having been engaged in many of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

The writer of this obituary has read of many "youngest" soldiers of the Civil War and has personally known some veterans who were younger than Mr. Lloyd, but in his judgement very few boys of such tender years, who served in the Union Army served so many years with such a heroic battle record in addition to this lived nearly a year amid the horrors of Andersonville prison pen.

When on his way to attend the 50th National Encampment at Washington, Mr. Lloyd met a member of Custer Post, G.A.R. of St. Louis, whose record beat his some three weeks.

On June 5, 1877, at Preston, Minnesota, he married Miss Emma Brace. In 1894 Mr. Lloyd took a claim near Lambert, now in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma and moved his family there.

In 1905 he sold his farm and moved to Beaver County where they lived for several years. The family later moved to Laverne in Harper County where his wife died on June 16, 1920.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd, namely Eva, who died before the family left Minnesota; Gomer, who lives in Beaver County; Mabel, wife of L. M. Provost of this city, who served as Department President of the Ladies f the G.A.R. of Oklahoma in 1916; Robert who died at Laverne on December 16, 1919; and Howard whose home is in Beaver County.

Mrs. Provost left Tuesday to attend the funeral of her father which occurred at Laverne on Wednesday, August 17th. Mrs. Provost has the sympathy of many friends in the loss of a kind father - J.R.R. from The Alva Record.

(Published in The Laverne Leader Tribune, August 26, 1921.)

[Reference: Page 675, GARDENS OF STONE, HARPER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, by Pearcy and Talkington, 1995.]

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Emma Brace Lloyd (1855 - 1920)*
 
 Children:
  Gomer B. Lloyd (1879 - 1929)*
  Mabel E Provost (1881 - 1967)*
  Robert D. Lloyd (1883 - 1919)*
  Howard Gomer Lloyd (1885 - 1976)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
FATHER
MOTHER

DAVID
1849-1921
EMMA B. HIS WIFE
1855-1920
LLOYD
 
Note: 2nd Gravestone: DAVID R. LLOYD COMPANY K 39 WISCONSIN INFANTRY
 
Burial:
Speermoore Cemetery
Laverne
Harper County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: Nancy Ingram
Originally Created by: N. Dale Talkington
Record added: Apr 25, 2012
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David R. Lloyd
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