Coincidences – Looking for Lloyds in the Census

When I get a bit antsy to further my research without ordering and waiting for documents, I turn to the census. The census does a lot of things to help me stave off boredom, because I often catch something I didn’t see before. Things like, “Oh! That farm labourer has the wife’s maiden name! I didn’t have their marriage registration when I saw this the first time!”

Lately I have been poking around with my Lloyd line, in particular trying to tie up loose ends with some of my great-great grandfather Richard Victor Lloyd’s sisters, and to find out more about his parents, William Lloyd and Mary Devlin.

Before the Lloyd family moved to Manitoba, they lived in Mulmur, Ontario. In the 1871 census, there are two other adult male Lloyds living in that area, Benjamin and James.

Benjamin died in 1912 and his death registration lists his mother as Harriet Brunley. One of William and Mary’s daughters is Harriet B. Lloyd. This coincidence made me happy to follow this trail even if it doesn’t lead to William and Benjamin being brothers.

A look at the 1851 census makes me think they are related, though. In King Township (about 35 kilometers from Mulmur), there is a Loyd family with William as the head, Benjamin and James as labourers, (a sister?) Harriet who does the housekeeping, and a few other siblings. Neighbours include a Mary Devlin the right age to be my William Lloyd’s wife, who was a servant for the Nunn family; and Ann Maw, who would be the 1871 Mulmur Benjamin’s wife according to birth records that correspond with children in the census. I’ve got those files saved and waiting to be proved with William’s death certificate, which hopefully has his parents names on it.

Another good find was a Devlin connection, which I hope to have time to blog about tomorrow!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 08:55:47

    Hi Erin, You are bang on! William, James, Benjamin are brothers…

    All born in either Alberbury, Shropshire, England or a few miles west in Llandrinio, Montgomertyshire, Wales.

    Their parents: William Lloyd and Harriet Bromley were married in Llandrinio in 1825.


  2. Lori
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 09:41:52

    Passenger Lists: New York
    1820 –1850

    Ship St. Andrew Arrival Date – June 10, 1837

    William Lloyd
    Gender: Male
    Age: 34 (b. abt 1803)
    Occupation: Farmer

    Harriett Lloyd
    William Lloyd
    Mary Ann (no ages listed)
    Benjamine Lloyd
    James Lloyd
    Charlotte Lloyd

    Notes by Lori:
    (Should be another Harriett listed….mother and daugther, both named Harriett)
    They had three more children in Canada…John, Henry and Emma… a total of 9 children. Their father: William Lloyd b. abt 1803 died before 1851. Their mother: Harriett Bromley Lloyd remarried a neighbour..James McEwen…
    Her children were not happy about this….because he was a Scotsman.)

    Country of Origin: England
    Country of Destination: United States of America

    Ship Name: Ship St. Andrew
    Port of Departure: Liverpool
    Port of Arrival: New York
    Arrival Date: Jun 10, 1837

    Nat’l Archives Series No.: M237
    Microfilm Number: 33
    List Number: 409


    Charlotte Lloyd b. Feb 1836 – Alberbury, Shropshire, England is my GG Grandmother – she was one year old when they sailed for America….ending up in King Township, York Co. (Toronto) Ontario, Canada (Upper Canada then)
    Charlotte married William Hugill in 1855 and moved to Huron Co. Ontario.
    They also had 9 children. They moved to Alcona Co. (Harrisville, Michigan area) in the late 1870’s, leaving the two oldest married children, Jonathan and Sarah in Huron Co. Ontario.

    (There is a another family of Lloyd’s living in King Twp. in the early 1800’s, this is not our family…. these Lloyd’s were there earlier than 1837 and came from the States…I think Quakers or something like that)

    At least three of the Siblings….William, Benjamin and James ended up moving North of Toronto… to Dufferin Co (Simcoe Co) Mulmur Area. (I visited there about 5 years ago….) There are still Lloyd descendants in the area.
    James died fairly young. William as you know moved west. (family argument) and Benjamin and Ann Maw lived into their 80’s.


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