Treasure Chest Thursday – John Lloyd (~1840-1910)

John LloydA relative shared this photo and obituary.

John Lloyd was the brother of my 2nd Great Grandfather, David Lloyd.  He was born around 1840 and died in Tredegar, Wales, on September 14, 1910.

Based upon all the information that is contained in the obituary, below, I have some work to do!

It has left me wanting to know more about this man and the town during the time he lived there.

Hence, the photo and obit are great candidates for Treasure Chest Thursday…


Mr. John Lloyd (Eos Carno) died at his residence, 32, Queen-square, Tredegar, Wednesday, after an illness extending over a few months, but which only developed seriously about a fortnight ago.  The deceased was one of the best known residents of the town, where he had lived nearly the whole of his life, and in whose welfare he was always interested.  He had been associated with the Tredegar Company for about 60 years, being engaged together with his brother, Mr. D. Lloyd, as a contractor underground, during the managership of the late Mr. Bevan.  He left underground operations, and then became a contractor in the works.  About eleven years ago he met with a serious accident, being crushed by a truck in the works, which necessitated the amputation of his foot.  On recovering he was engaged in the Deighton Iron Works of Messrs. L. D. Whitehead and Co., and later in the Tredegar Company’s smithshop.  The deceased was a born musician, and took a very prominent part in the musical circles of the town.  Eisteddfodic matters had a great attraction for him.  For years he was the successful conductor of Elim Congregational Choir, which body performed several works under his conductorship.  In recognition of the choir’s beautiful rendering of Mr. Brinley Rochards’ [sic] delightful glee, “Let the Hills Resound with Song, “ the composer presented Mr. Lloyd with a medal.  He was also the proud possessor of a silver-mounted baton presented him by his choir in recognition of his services.  Deceased was one of the oldest Sunday School teachers in the district and in March 1906, he was awarded the Sunday School Union Diploma for continuous and valuable services in Sunday School work for 55 years, the scene of his activities in this department being at Elim Congregational Church.  Mr. Lloyd was an ardent member of the now defunct Tredegar Cymrodorion Society, one of the workmen’s representatives on the Committee of the Old Town Hall, which was under the control of the Tredegar Iron and Coal Company, the only school in the town at the time, and which turned out many brilliant men who have taken up good positions in almost all parts of the world.  He was also one of the founders of the Tredegar Workmen’s Medical and Sick Relief Fund, and a member of the original committee of the Tredegar Workmen’s Library and Institute, in which he took a very great interest up to the time of his death.  His wife died about 35 years ago, but he leaves two daughters, namely, Miss Margaret J. Lloyd, Tredegar; and Mrs. Wm. Davies, Chicago, USA., and two sisters, viz., Mrs. Abraham, Chicago, and Mrs. Margaret Beynon, who is also in America.  Mrs. Abraham and Mrs. Davies arrived at Tredegar from America, on Tuesday morning just in time to see Mr. Lloyd alive and conscious.  The funeral (public) takes place on Monday.

Rest in peace, Mr. John Lloyd.

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