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William Washington Bloyd
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1835
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 26, 1909
Kings County
California, USA

From "The History of Tulare and Kings Counties California" by Eugene L Menefee and Fred A Dodge, published by Historic Record Company La, CA 1913


The life of the late William Washington Bloyd extended from July 18, 1835, when he was born in Illinois, until in November, 1908, when he died at his home in Hanford, Kings county, Cal. He grew to manhood on the farm in Hancock county. Ill., and was married April 14, 1855, to Miss Elizabeth Cowan, who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 18, 1835, and had come to Illinois.

After his marriage he lived four years in his native state, then sold out his interests there and moved to Appanoose county, Iowa, where he made his home until 1861, when he came with a train of eight wagons drawn by oxen over the southern overland route to California. For two years he lived at Red Bluff, Tehama county, and afterwards until 1874 in San Joaquin county, where he bought a ranch.

Then because he could not do well in so dry a country he sold out and came to what is now Kings countv. settling on railroad land in the Grangeville section four miles west of Hanford, homesteading at the same time one hundred and sixty acres nearby. It was not until after the rioting at Mussel Slough that he finally paid out on his railroad land.

He naturally sided with the settlers, and was at Hanford at the time of the historic light. Mrs. Bloyd, hearing of it, hurried to the scene of action, but did not arrive until the conflict was over and one man lay dead and two woumded on the ground; Mr. Bloyd arrived a few minutes afterward. It was not very cheerfully that the settlers later gave up so much good money for their land, but the courts compelled them to do it and they made the best of the situation.

After a time Mr. Bloyd sold out here and lived for a year in Oregon. Eeturning then, he bought back liis old ranch and lived on it until 1907, when he sold it to move to Hanford, where he had bought a residence at 115 West Elm street. As an investment he owned several other houses in the city.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bloyd, viz: Esalie Adeline, deceased; Winfield Scott, Charles S., who lives at Hanford; Clara Ellen, who is the wife of K. L. Wilcox, of Los Angeles ; Ida Belle, who married Ed Parsons, of Hanford; Elizabeth Jane, deceased; Levi, who is also mentioned fully in this publication; and Willie Wilford, who lives in Kings county. Of these children Adeline and Winfield were born in Illinois, the others being natives of California.

The fraternal affiliations of Mr. Bloyd were with the Masons and the Ancient Order of United Workmen and his religious convictions drew him to the Christian church. His early experiences in California included some in the mines in Placer county. He superintended the construction of the People's Ditch in Kings county. When he came to that county it was an open plain on which wild horses and cattle roamed at will and in all of the development down to a comparatively recent time he manfully did his part, for he was public spirited to a degree that made him a most useful citizen.

Family links: 
  William Riggins Bloyd (1810 - 1892)
  Elizabeth Jane Cowan Bloyd (1835 - 1920)
  Winfield Scott Bloyd (1858 - 1933)*
  William Wilford Bloyd (1860 - 1947)*
  Charles Bloyd (1868 - 1939)*
  Elizabeth Jane Bloyd (1877 - 1878)*
  William Washington Bloyd (1835 - 1909)
  Charles Benjamin Bloyd (1841 - 1933)*
  Leander B Bloyd (1850 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Grangeville Cemetery
Kings County
California, USA
Plot: Section: Old, Lot: 180, Space: 4, Record: 6907.
Created by: Donald Paden
Record added: Aug 22, 2009
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William Washington Bloyd
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