Lloyd descendants in area comprise 3 different family lines

Published 12:27 pm Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Lloyd family was mentioned in the last column, which featured the later generations of the Tillman family. The union of Hardee Tillman and Sarah “Sallie” A. Lloyd in 1872 who migrated to Covington County means their descendants have an equal amount of Lloyd lineage. There are only a few families wearing the Lloyd name at the present, but there is a significant number of others with different surnames. It has not yet been determined if Tillman-Lloyd descendants are related to the other two lines that are related through a common ancestor, John Emrey Lloyd Jr. It is understood that the Welch spelling of the name was Llwyd, which was Americanized to Lloyd.

Sarah A. “Sallie” Lloyd Tillman, wife of Hardee ill Tillman, was the daughter of the daughter of Daniel M. Lloyd (1805-1869) and Rebecca (1806-1855). Daniel was a wealthy plantation owner who lived in a large antebellum home located outside Hurtsboro, Ala., which was near the community of Creek Stand. The house is still beautifully maintained and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sallie grew up with three brothers and two sisters. Two of her brothers rendered service in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States as First Lieutenants. Her brother, Benjamin, was killed in 1861 in Virginia.

In 1850 the Lloyd family was residing in Dallas County, Ala., and owned 32 slaves, five of which were runaways. By 1860 they had moved to Creek Stand (Warrior Stand) where they lived on a large plantation, which was rumored to be around 27,000 acres of land. Family lore reports that as the area Indians were being gathered to send on the Trail of Tears, there was a holding area on the plantation; thus, the name of Creek Stand. In the 1860 federal census the Lloyd family was listed on the same page as the Tillman family, so they would have been neighbors. This probably accounts for Hardee and Sallie getting to know each other.

Following the end of the war, the slaves were freed and most of the South’s liquid assets had disappeared. Also, the land was nearly worthless, and most large landowners could not afford to pay the taxes on the land, which they owned. According to family legend, Sallie, the youngest of the four children left, took $500 as her share of the estate and moved with her new husband, Hardee Tillman, to Covington County. They settled in the Straughn community and lived in a large, old house located on the site of the present new Straughn High School. Descendants remember the house as being of classic Southern design with a breezeway (dog-trot) separating the bedrooms from the other rooms. The main family room was originally a one-room log cabin.

Around 1922 Sally Lloyd Tillman gave four acres of land for construction of Straughn School. The current Straughn Elementary School is located on the four acres given originally. The new Straughn High School was built on the site of the old Tillman home. This property was probably owned by Jack Tillman.

Hardee and Sallie Tillman had five children whom they reared in the Straughn community. They were as follows. Walter Emmett, b. 1873, d. 1956, m. Laura Lavenia Caton (1883-1970); Edward Lloyd, b. 1876, m. Hulit Hudgens; Marvin Pierce, b. 1878, d. 1965, m. Exie Dora Caton (1891-1975); Bonnie “Burney/Barney” Hill, b. 1881, d. 1947, m. Effie Lee Helms (1892-1985); and Leola Estelle, b. 1883, d. 1965, m. James H. Johns. (See last week’s column for more information on this family.)

A second Lloyd family to have descendants in Covington County is that of Fonza Euell/Ewell Lloyd, who was born in 1876 in Perote, Bullock County, Ala. He was the son of Leroy Lloyd and Sarah Jane (Harp) of Russell County. Leroy was the son of Leroy Lloyd Sr. (1794-1856) and Catherine (Bennett) (1810-1880). Leroy Sr. was the son of John Emrey Lloyd Jr. (1765-1832) and Elizabeth Ann Gilbert (1769-1840).

Fonza Lloyd served as a Corporal in the Spanish/American War. He was married in 1902 in Pike County to Mary Lou Dyess (1886-1974). He was still in Pike County in 1918, but he had moved his family to the Straughn School Precinct of Covington County by 1920. He was in Opp and working with the highway department by 1930 and remained there until he moved in his later years to Bay County, Fla., where he died in 1963. He was buried in the Hamilton’s Crossroads Cemetery in Brundidge, Ala.

Fonza and Mary reared the following 10 children: Sarah Lee, b. 1906, m. Jimmy Lee Herring; Mary Tom, b. 1907, d. 1995, m. Elmo James; Jeremiah “Jerry,” b. 1910, m. (1) Lucille ? (2) Lottie Faulkner; Nancy M. “Nannie,” b. 1915, d. 1998, m, ? Robinson; Florine, b. 1914, d. 1977, m. George Cravey; Flavil Hall “Tag,” b. ca 1918, m. Eunice ?; Mildred Katherine, b. 1919, d. 2003, m. James “Jimmy” McIntosh; Murray Gantt L., b. 1921, d. 1999, m. Louise Danley; Renfroe, b. ca 1923, d. 2005, m. Vernell Grissett; and Harry Lewin “Fuzzy,” b. 1928, d. 2015, m. Dorothy Wanda Dunn.

The third line, which actually connects to the one above, is the descendants of John S. Lloyd (1704-1761) who married Prudence Emrey (1720-1761). They were the parents of John Emery Floyd Sr., b. 1750 in Virginia, who married Sarah Stuard (1750-1818). John Emery and Sarah had a son, John Emery Lloyd Jr., b. 1770 in South Carolina who married Elizabeth Ann Gilbert (1669-1840). John Jr. and Elizabeth had Martin J. Lloyd, b. 1790 in South Carolina and died 1833 in Montgomery, Ala. Martin J. was married in 1820 in South Carolina to Elizabeth “Eliza” Freeman (1801-1834).

Martin and Eliza’s son, Charlie Bingley Lloyd, born 1828 in Sumter, S.C., died in 1920 in Conecuh County, Ala. Charlie first married Elizabeth Ann Canty (1830-1872) and later married Martha Jane Dees (1848-1926). Martha is probably the Sister M.J. Lloyd who was a charter member of Enon Baptist Church established in 1926. Charlie rendered service in the Confederate Army, but he survived and reared a large number of children with the two different wives. One of these by the first wife was a son named John C. Lloyd who married Augustus “Gussie” Pendleton Matthews. Gussie was a charter member of the Brooks Baptist Church when it was established in 1901 or 1902. John C. Lloyd was the first postmaster when the Brooks Post Office was establish in 1900 and was acting postmaster for a period in 1912.

Marion Navarro Lloyd, son of John C. and Gussie, was born in 1902 and was married to Alma ?. He was the owner and operator of the water-driven Lloyd’s Gristmill on Pigeon Creek next to County Road 107. He is reported to have served as chairman of the local board of registrar’s during George Wallace’s governorship. He and Alma reared at least two children: Glenn Navarro “Bob,” b. 1930, m. Doris Jean Williams; and Alma Clare, b. 1939, m. Nathan Nall.

Sources for this writing include Ancestry.com; Gus and Ruby Bryan’s Covington County History, 1821-1976; and interviews with several descendants including Bill Tillman, Wanda Lloyd, C.N. Lloyd, and George Herring.

Anyone who has additional information to share or who might find an error in the above is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-804-1442; or Email: cthomasson@centurytel.net.


The Covington Rifles Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will have their Christmas dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, in the Dixon Memorial Room of the Andalusia Public Library. The United Daughters of the Confederacy and anyone interested in Confederate heritage are cordially invited to attend. Everyone is requested to bring a covered dish.