William C. Loyd


WILLIAM C. LOYD, a well known business man, of Mingo Junction, was born January 29, 1844, son of John and Myra (Gould) Loyd, both natives of Jefferson county, of German and Welsh descent, respectively. The grandfather of William C. was John Loyd, Sr., who came to Jefferson county about 1810, and settled in Cross Creek township, where he was engaged in farming until his death, which occurred about 1858. John Loyd, Jr. was reared in Steubenville township, and has devoted his life to agriculture. In 1841 he was married to Myra J., daughter of William and Mary (Ray) Gould, of Ohio. Mr. Gould was a ship builder by trade, but after coming to Ohio he engaged in farming, to which he gave his attention from that date, about 1812, until his death in 1861. By his first wife, who died in 1864, he had twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, ten of whom are living. In 1866 he wedded Jane Scott, daughter of John and Nancy Scott. William C. received his education in jefferson county and then engaged in farming at which he was occupied until about twenty-five years of age, when he embarked in mercantile pursuits, to which he has had notable success. He was married August 9, 1879, to Mary E., daughter of Benjamin Kneff a notice of whom appears elsewhere in these pages. By this marriage have been born three children, Stella, Myra J. and Bertha. Mr. Loyd is a member of the Presbyterian church. In politics he is active as a democrat and takes considerable interest in public affairs. He was selected by the people as the first mayor of Mingo Junction. Serving with credit he was re-elected, but was compelled to resign by the increasing demands of his business.

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