We are very grateful to two members of the Lloyd family, Peter and Derek Lloyd for their help in allowing us to photograph many of the family portraits and other memorabilia and for providing a very detailed family tree. Click here to see some photographs of the Lloyd family
Edmund Lloyd was the son of Samuel Andrews Lloyd and his wife, Ann (nee Vokins) who were both Quakers. Ann Lloyd had inherited land in the “manor and parish of Thornbury” from her father Richard Vokins (Richard was the heir of his great uncle Hopeful Vokins). Samuel and Ann married in April 1779 at the Quaker Meeting House in Newbury. At that time Samuel’s parents had both died but his late father Edward Loyd was described as a gentleman in Bristol, as was Samuel. Both Samuel Lloyd and Ann Vokins were from wealthy families. Before the marriage Samuel had signed a contract covenanting the sum of £30,000 to be divided amongst any future children should he die after his wife. Presumably this was to ensure that the money she was bringing to the marriage would be passed to her children.
The IGI shows that Edmund Lloyd was born in Bristol, as were his eight siblings. Edmund was apparently born on 15 April 1796. The 1851 census however shows Edmund was born in Newbury in Berkshire – we can’t explain this difference, although we note that his father was described as being “of Newbury” when his son Charles died in 1818 and “late of Newbury” when his son, Henry died in 1850.
We know from a variety of deeds and documents in Bristol Archives that Samuel owned and rented property in the Westbury on Trym area of Bristol from 1779 to at least 1817. It seems likely that Edmund was either brought up in Bristol or had a strong connection with the area from the time he was born.
Samuel Andrews Lloyd died in Newbury in 1822 on 28th February. His death was recorded in the records of the monthly meeting of the Quakers of Reading and Warborough. The record says he was about 65 years of age and a gentlemen.
According to the Quaker records for Berkshire Ann Lloyd died in Newbury on the 30th day of March 1818. Amongst the family papers there is a note dated April 1818 of a fine due to the Lord of the Manor of Thornbury payable by Samuel Andrews Lloyd on behalf of his son respecting the death of “your wife.” These “fines” or taxes were payable when a property changed hands. Ann Lloyd had been Ann Vokins before her marriage to Samuel. It means that Ann Vokins had owned property in Thornbury which was then left to her son. The fact that the fine was £190 17s 2d appears to indicate that the property was substantial. Edmund soon afterwards set up business in Thornbury and we believe that this was connected with his acquisition of property in the town.
Edmund became a solicitor and the notice board displayed in the offices of ‘Crossmans‘ at 12 The Plain, Thornbury suggests that he set up in business in the town in 1819. We know from the 1830 rent roll that Edmund was in partnership with Thomas Crossman and the notice board at Crossmans indicates that this partnership started around 1821. Trade Directories show that Edmund was Clerk to the County Clerk as well as being an Attorney. The photograph above is of Edmund Lloyd and was taken with the kind permission of his descendent, Derek Lloyd, who has inherited this portrait.
On 23rd May 1833 Edmund married Catherine Elizabeth Hume at Old Church, St Pancras, London. Catherine was born on 23rd May 1808 and christened at St Martin in the Field on 13th March 1811. She was the fourth daughter of Joseph and Catherine Elizabeth Hume of Long Acre, London. Catherine was the sister of Eleanor Rodney (wife of John Stratford Rodney) of Stokefield House, Castle Street and of Caroline Lewis who later lived at The Priory in Castle Street and of John Gwennap Hume of Stokefield House.
According to his obituary following his death, their father, Joseph Hume was a ‘well known practical and scientific chemist in London and corresponding member of most of the Learned Societies of Europe. His numerous valuable discoveries will be long remembered as benefits to mankind. He was well known as a discoverer of an improved method of detecting arsenic’. He introduced what is called the silver test, later known as Hume’s test, which was used by toxicologists. Later in his life, Joseph must have moved to Thornbury to be near his daughters. Joseph died in Thornbury aged 90 on 18th October 1846. His wife, Catherine Elizabeth died there on 24th January 1847 aged 76. They are both buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in Thornbury.
Edmund and Catherine Elizabeth settled in Thornbury after their marriage. We believe that this photograph is Catherine Lloyd. They had nine children baptised in Thornbury: Henry Hume was baptised on 10th June 1834, Edward Harford on 22nd April 1836, Catherine Jane on 4th July 1838, Alice Anne Esmeade on 15th January 1840, Rodney Maclaine on 29th September 1841 (born on 3rd July 1841), Edward Walter on 26th July 1843, Graham Moore on 13th June 1846, Florence Kathleen on 13th July 1848 and Charles Harford on 16th January 1850.
Edmund Lloyd was a solicitor in Thornbury at 12 The Plain,
A member of the Lloyd family has a tapestry which indicates St Arilds House in Kington near Thornbury. This believed by the family to be the first home of Edmund and Catherine when they moved to Thornbury. However an advertisement for the lease of Wigmore House in November 1834 says that it was then in the occupation of Edmund Lloyd.
At that time he would have been a tenant of the widowed Betty Fewster. In an indenture of September 1841 Edmund Lloyd, gentleman, was named as the under-tenant of George Fewster of Wigmore House, (10 Castle Street). George was a son of John and Betty Fewster and one of their heirs after his mother’s death in 1835. However the Tithe Survey which was drawn up between 1838 and 1840 shows that Edmund was living at the house which we now know by the name of Fairfield House, Castle Street as tenant of Lady Catherine Robinson. The 1841 Census also shows him living there with Catherine and their children: Henry, Edward, Catherine and Alice and Edmund’s brother, Henry Lloyd aged 50, and 4 servants. Edmund’s brother, Henry, was killed when the steamer, Superb, in which he was sailing from St Malo to Jersey, sunk in 1850.
The 1851 Census shows Edmund was still living in that house. He was a solicitor aged 54 living with Catherine aged 41 and their children: Edmund Walter aged seven, Graham Moore aged five, Florence Kathleen aged three and Charles Harford aged one. Also listed as being there were five visitors: Catherine’s widowed sister, Caroline Lewis, an annuitant aged 48 from St Martins in the Field, Middlesex, Annette Hume, a married lady aged 33 from Ireland and her children Mary aged six born in Poona, India and John aged four also born abroad and Annette aged two born in Thornbury and five servants.
In 1852 Edmund Lloyd bought the house, garden, stables and coach house at Fairfield House for £600.
Edmund died on 4th June 1855 aged 59. A family member, Derek Lloyd, has kindly shown us many of the family documents and amongst those is a telegram dated 4th June 1855 sent by “R. Davis” in Thornbury to Henry Lloyd, then at 22 Finsbury Square in London. It reads “Come home both of you at once. Your father is dangerously ill. Leave by the six o’clock train in the morning. A carriage shall meet you in Bristol at ten fifty.” The telegram shows how unexpected Edmund’s death was.
On June 9th 1855 the Bristol Mercury reported the death of Edmund Lloyd and explained how it occurred. Apparently while on business in Bristol he visited a dentist in Clifton for a filling and to have tartar removed from his teeth. After the treatment and having paid the dentist’s bill, he collapsed and died. Dr Salmon of Thornbury had been treating Edmund Lloyd for heart disease for some years and the death was blamed on the heart disease rather than the size of the dentist’s bill.
Catherine Elizabeth died on 9th February 1878 aged 68.