I was going over some information that I received a very long time ago from a cousin. I think it’s always good to go over letters and other items from time to time to see if I find something new that I didn’t notice before.
This time, I read a letter that I’ve had for a while and realized that I did not write down the married name of my 2nd great grandfather’s sister. Just because it was in the letter didn’t make is so; I had to do some investigating. The name was familiar to me – I had written it down, but did not connect it to anyone. Now I had the person, but not much more information.
Margaret LLOYD was born in 1856 to Richard and Gwenlilian (ROWLAND) LLOYD. She is my 2nd Great Grand Aunt. She married William BEYNON. William was born 7 Dec 1855 in Wales. I was able to find Census records for Margaret and William in the US. They lived in Braceville, Grundy, Illinois, in the 1900 census. This makes perfect sense as her brother and his family were also there as well as her 1st cousins. The family then moved to the Springfield area before the next census. I have been able account for 8 children.
Their oldest son, William John BEYNON, married Lucy SPIERS on February 14, 1901, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Looking into their family, I came to an unfortunate discovery:
My research so far shows 8 children to this couple as well:
Yvonne Spiers 1904-1987
Beulah Effie 1906-1930
William J 1910-1995
John Alfred 1915-1990
Betty Lou 1917-1949
Out of the eight children that they had, only three lived beyond 32 years old. William and felt the loss of four of those five children that passed, while Lucy lived through all of the deaths. Only the three children that lived to be older than 32 outlived their mother.
Most of the BEYNON Family is buried in Brush Creek Cemetery in Divernon, Sangamon, Illinois.