By Joyce W. Sanders
When Mary Elizabeth Lloyd Williams Ellington died in 1877, her son William Enoch Williams, left Attala County for Arkansas, taking with him his mother's "steamer trunk" containing several letters, a Bible, wedding dress and shoes and other family records.
In 1969 only the Bible, a few letters and several pages of a ledger belonging to Richard Lloyd, a brother of Mary Elizabeth, remained. Just enough for Daniel Enoch Williams of Los Gatos, California, to start a search into the life of Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) Lloyd and her connections.
He was aided in this search by many persons, but especially by Junious Orme Lloyd of Roanoke, Virginia, Miss Gladys Boyette of Sallis, E. Q. Richards of Macon and yours truly. In forthcoming columns we will touch on each of the different connections here in Attala and surrounding counties...before, during and after the Civil War.
John Lloyd was born in 1747 in Virginia. He was a Revolutionary Soldier from Botetourt County and removed to Georgia around 1783; he died in 1793 in Hancock County. John Lloyd was married twice and was the father of 10 children; his only daughter, Miriam, married first Ben O'Rear and second on January 7, 1808, William Durham Kelly.
Many of their children and grandchildren lived in Attala, Leake and Winston counties. Seventh child of John Lloyd was Levi who was born in Montgomery County, Virginia, in 1878 and died in Winston County, Mississippi, in 1872. Levi was married to Rebecca Charlotte McGee and one of their sons was William Butler Lloyd.
William Butler Lloyd pastored many churches in Alabama and Mississippi. In 1881 he was the oldest Baptist preacher in Mississippi. "The Baptist Record" records his obituary thus: "A GREAT LIFE ENDED...October 8, 1889, at his home near Sallis, William Butler Lloyd breathed his last. Mr. Lloyd was born in Hancock County, Georgia, in February, 1807.
"He moved to Alabama in 1821 and settled in Perry County. At the age of 16 years he was converted and baptized into the fellowship of Salem Baptist Church. Two years later he commenced to preach...He married Mary Hall in 1830 and moved to Noxubee County, Mississippi, near Macon in 1835. In 1847, Mary died leaving him with seven small children."
"In 1848, the Rev. Lloyd was married to Miss A. C. Harmon and in 1855 they moved to Attala county to pastor the Long Creek Baptist Church, where he remained for 16 years. Six years before his death, he
|went blind; in his blindness he was a living testimony of Christ."
Other churches he pastored were Pleasant Ridge Church and several in Winston and Noxubee counties. In an old minute book of Pleasant Ridge Church there is recorded the appointing of a committee to erect a monument at his grave. This is in the cemetery at Sallis.
Benjamin Emory Lloyd, oldest son of William Butler and Mary, was born on November 15, 1831, in Perry County, Alabama, and died November 6, 1894, in Van Buren, Arkansas. He was married to Susan Serrpta Hightower in 1850 and they lived a while during the Civil War near Durant...they have four children buried at Sharon Cemetery, Holmes County, who died in a scarlet fever epidemic in 1860.William Hightower Lloyd, sixth child and second to survive, was born October 17, 1862 in Holmes and died August 2, 1937, in Van Buren, Arkansas.
His second wife was Melissa Orme and they were the parents of Junious Orme born in 1897 and still living. June is one of the most remarkable persons I have ever known; he can really ferret out genealogical information.
Next column will feature second child of William Butler Lloyd, James G. Lloyd, and his first wife, Elizabeth Sallis. With him we really begin the Attala County connection.