In his boyhood days Jonathan C. Lloyd attended the public schools as opportunity afforded, but his educational and other advantages were somewhat meager, owing to the frontier conditions amid which he was reared. He came from Ohio with his parents in 1853 and lived upon his father's farm until after the inauguration of the civil war, when, prompted by a spirit of patriotism, he enlisted on the 9th of August, 1862, as a defender of the Union, becoming a member of the Seventy-third Illinois Infantry, which was known as the Methodist ministers' regiment, there being twenty-six ministers of that denomination who responded to the roll call. Colonel J.F. Jaques was in command and the regiment went from Springfield to Louisville, Kentucky, and with other troops proceeded to Cincinnati, Ohio, to guard that city. Later an order came to return to Louisville and afterward the regiment participated in the battle of Perryville, Kentucky, thence went to Nashville, Tennessee, and was in the battle of Murfreesboro and at Stone River. Thousands of lives were lost in the last named engagement and there were many wounded. Mr. Lloyd was in all of these engagements, also in the battle of Chickamauga and in many skirmishes. He was wounded in a skirmish near Resaca, Georgia, and was taken to the hospital at Nashville, where he remained for three months before he was able to rejoin his command. He afterward took part in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, and on the 15th and 16th of December, 1864, was engaged in hard fighting in and around Nashville. His regiment was in eighteen battles and skirmishes altogether during the terms of his service and he was continuously with his command save for the three months when disability compelled him to remain in the hospital. He was honorably discharged at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois, June 12, 1865, having done his full duty as a soldier, after which he returned to Menard county.
Mr. Lloyd has since been engaged in general farming and stock-raising, devoting his entire life to the pursuit to which he was reared. He makes his home in township 19, where he has one hundred and seventy acres of land and his labors have been discerningly directed to the further improvement and development of his farm, which is now a very excellent property.
On the 22d of January, 1879, Mr. Lloyd was married to Miss Elizabeth A. Austill, a daughter of Solomon and Margaret (Botkin) Austill, in whose family were nine children: Rebecca, born in 1852; John W., who was born in 1854, and died in infancy; Solomon, who was born in 1856 and died in childhood; Mrs. Lloyd, born March 11, 1858; Benjamin F., who was born December 12, 1859, and died May 3, 1900; Sarah A., born November 14, 1861; Mary A., born October 11, 1864; George H., who was born July 15, 1865, and died in September, 1896; and Margaret A., born August 25, 1868. The parents have also passed away, the father's death having occurred September 14, 1897, while his wife died May 31, 1898.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd have five living children: Frank A., born October 2, 1879; Charles L., born on the 16th of April, 1881; Margaret P., born February 9, 1883; John A., who was born May 16, 1886; and Florence I., who was born November 15, 1889, and completes the family. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church and are earnest Christian people, deeply and actively interested in various departments of the church work. In his political allegiance Mr. Lloyd is a stanch Republican and has served as school director fourteen years, the cause of education finding in him a warm friend. He is true to all duties of citizenship, being as loyal to his country and her welfare in times of peace as he was when in the blue uniform of the Union he followed the old flag upon southern battlefields.