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Clarissa Cane Axtell Lloyd
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1824
Death: Mar. 23, 1921

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A Remarkable Life
Mrs. Clarissa Lloyd a Pioneer of Four States, Left Seven Great Great Grand Children

At the age of 96 years, 3 months and 18 days, Mrs. Clarissa Lloyd, probably the oldest person in this county, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 1921, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Thompson, Beatrice, Nebr. Mrs. Lloyd was a resident of this community for 51 years. She had been with her daughter at Beatrice only a short time previous to her death.

Mrs. Lloyd had the distinction of being a grandmother at the time she became one of the early settlers and pioneers of this county, a half century ago. Her maiden name was Clarissa Cane and she was born December 5, 1824, in Mercer county, Penn. She was born and continued a pioneer during a long life. At the time of her childhood, Pennsylvania was on the border of civilization. While yet a child her parents moved to Athens county, Ohio and again they were on the frontier. Here she married Thomas Axtell in 1840 when she was 16 years old, and about 1848 they moved farther west, settling near Ft. Des Moines, Iowa.

Mr. Axtell served in the Civil war, leaving his wife with a good-sized family of children in their Iowa home and all the trials of an unsettled community and the vicissitudes of a war period to contend with.

Here they remained for something like twenty years but the call to pioneer life again became strong and they came, in 1870, to Jefferson county, Nebr., where they took a homestead across the road north of where the Richland Center church now stands.

Their first crop was planted on the Oregon Trail, not along it but right where the teams and wagons had broken up the prairie so that it was possible to plow and plant upon their first arrival. Their efforts were abundantly rewarded and the first wealth they received in Nebraska came from crops which grew on the very strip of prairie that had been traversed for years by the gold seekers, Mormons and adventurers of the world, wending their way westward over a desert waste.

In 1872, Mr. Axtell died, leaving his widow, then a grandmother and a mother, with a heavy load of responsibility. She remained on the farm and about 1880 was married to James Lloyd. He was the father of George, John, Richard and other Lloyds and grandfather of Lizzie Lloyd, now Mrs. McPherson, superintendent of the County Farm, a pioneer who settled south of Fairbury on Dry Branch in an early day.

They continued to live on the Axtell homestead for several years, and then moved to Fairbury, where Mr. Lloyd died in 1897. They had no children but by her first husband she was the mother of five girls and four boys, of whom four are living, Henry Axtell of Alexandra, Nebr.; Mary Thompson of Beatrice; Emily Garrett, Gibbons, Idaho; Caroline Wookey, Ft. Collins, Colo.

Mrs. Lloyd, at the time of her death, besides the four surviving children, had 28 grandchildren, 41 great grand-children and 7 great-great grand-children, a distinction which has fallen to the lot of few people, that of living to see five generations of her family.

She was essentially a pioneer. All her early travel was by wagon. Nearly fifth-one years ago when a grandmother, she camped on Bear Creek in Gage county on her way to the settlement north of Fairbury. Her home was the usual sod cabin which later, became one of the "preaching places" of that neighborhood. Father Caldwell, known and loved by the early settlers, was one of the first preachers. She became a member of the United Brethern church at an early age and her home was for many years "the preachers' home." She loved music and always led the singing wherever services were held. Her residence in Jefferson county covered a period of fifty-one years, lacking one day. During the last years of her life her activity of mind and body was a source of astonishment to her friends. She never wore glasses, and could see well to her last days. Her last illness began in April and from that time until her death she suffered greatly.

Grandma Lloyd smoked a pipe all her life. Her last act was to take a smoke. As she sat in a chair, after eating her dinner, she picked up her pipe, took a few whiffs, laid it down, relaxed and was gone.

Funeral services were held at Steele's chapel in Fairbury Sunday afternoon, Rev. W.H. Clark officiating. The pall-bearers were four great-grand children, Joe and Ellsworth Miller, of near Diller and a Frank and Joe Shebendecker of near Alexandria, and two grandchildren, Claude Shepherd of Hollenberg, Kans., and Thos. Axtell of North Platte, Nebr. It was planned to have all six pall bearers from among the great grandchildren but the rain of the previous night prevented some from arriving in time.

Helen and Milton Coffman, great grand children, furnished the music. Burial was at the Richland Center cemetery within 200 feet of where the old sod house on their homestead stood, now only visible as a slight mound of dirt.

[The Fairbury Journal, Thursday, March 31, 1921] 
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  Thomas Axtell (1826 - 1873)
  James Lloyd (1814 - 1897)*
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Richland Center Cemetery
Jefferson County
Nebraska, USA
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Clarissa <i>Cane</i> Axtell Lloyd
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