Joseph D. Lloyd

From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897

Joseph D. Lloyd is one of the well known citizens of Scranton, and holds a remunerative position with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Coal Company. He was born in Breconshire, Wales, February 22, 1844, and is a son of Joseph D. and Margaret (Griffith) Lloyd, natives of Pembrokeshire. His father, who was an engineer, furnace man and coal miner, died in Wales in 1874, and the wife and mother passed away ten years later. In religious beliefs both were members of the Baptist Church. Their nine children attained years of maturity, and four, two sons and two daughters, came to America, but only two of the family survive, Joseph D, and Hannah, in Wales.

The boyhood years of the subject of this sketch were passed in Breconshire, where he received a fair education. When fourteen he began to work at the blacksmith's trade and in the boiler works. In 1863 he came to America, taking passage at Liverpool on the "City of Washington" and reaching the United States after two weeks. Thence he proceeded to Scranton, where he became an employee of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western in the Bellevue mines, and later was a laborer in the Pine Brook mines. In 1863 he enlisted for three months with the state troops to protect the state, but the order came after Lee's defeat at Gettysburg and the troops were not needed. He then went to Broadtop, Huntingdon County, and Johnstown spending a day in each place, and then returning to Scranton, where he resumed his work in the mines.

In May, 1865, Mr. Lloyd enlisted as a member of Company G, Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, and was mustered into service at Strawberry Plains, Tenn., where he joined his company, proceeding thence to Bullsgap, that state. After three weeks he returned to Nashville and took part in the grand review of the Army of the Cumberland. Then going to Johnsonville, he took the boat for New Orleans, and four months later went to Savannah, Ga., thence to New York City, and was paid off and honorably discharged in Bleeker Street in October, 1865.

Returning home, Mr. Lloyd worked in the Diamond mines until 1867, and then, desiring a better education, he entered Gardner's Business College, where he carried on his studies for two years. In 1868 he married Miss Anna Jones, who was born in Merthyr-Tydvil, Glamorganshire, Wales. After his marriage he worked for a short time in the Bellevue mines, then went to New York City and engaged in the hotel business in Greenwich Street. Returning to Scranton in March, 1870, in August of the same year he resumed work in the Bellevue mines. In 1875 he went to the far west and for seven months was employed in the silver mines of Utah, also spent some time in Colorado, returning from there to resume work in the Bellevue mines. In 1878 he was made foreman, serving for five years, after which he was given a similar position with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western in sinking the Kingston shaft, and was then inside foreman of the Tripp shaft which he opened. In 1888 he was made inside foreman of the Archbald mines, which position he has since filled, having three hundred and sixty hands under him.

In 1890 Mr. Lloyd built the residence at No. 556 North Main Avenue which he now occupies, He and his wife have five children: Josephine, Mrs. William R. Lewis, of Scranton; Frank, who is with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company; John, mining engineer with the same firm; Fred and Gertrude. For two terms of three years each, Mr. Lloyd was select councilman from the fifteenth ward, having been elected on the Republican ticket. In 1896 he was a delegate to the state convention at Harrisburg that selected representatives to the St. Louis national convention. He is a member of the county Republican central committee and has served on its executive committee. Fraternally he is a Mason, past officer in the Order of Odd Fellows, a member of the encampment, and Robert Morris Lodge No. 58, Ivorites. In religious belief a Baptist, he has served as secretary of the board of elders and is a leading Sunday-school worker.

1880 Census, 15th Ward, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pa.
North Eynon Street:

Joseph Dal LLOYD, Self, M, 36, WALES, Inside Foreman of mines
Hannah LLOYD, Wife, M, 30, WALES, Keeping house
Josephene LLOYD, Dau, S, 10, PA, at school
Frank LLOYD, Son, S, 8, PA, at school
John LLOYD, Son, S, 5, PA, at school
Alfred LLOYD, Son, S, 3, PA, at home
Gertie LLOYD, Dau, S, 2, PA, at home

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