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Joseph Ross Lloyd

June 30, 1796
Home Town:
Tarbaro, NC
Later Residences:
Taraboro, NC
Mary Pugh Lloyd (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
James Ross Lloyd was the illegitimate son of Joseph Ross and Mary Lloyd. His father provided his mother with land and money with which to support him, but never married her or had any other children. Upon his death in 1830, Joseph Ross left his entire estate to his son.

After attending the Law School, Lloyd returned to Tarbaro, NC. He practiced law and acted as the town postmaster. In 1821, he was elected to the North Carolina State Legislature.

Lloyd married Maria Purgh. Together they had five children.
Additional Notes:
His mother Mary Lloyd was an innkeeper who married Edmund Gregory in 1807, but before she married him she deeded all her land to her eleven year old son. Mary Lloyd later divorced Gregory in 1814, became an even more successful innkeeper and acquired property, an unusual achievement for a woman of that time period. At the time of the 1850 census, she had amassed a fortune of $25,000, which was considerable for that time.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1815.

Profession / Service
Political Office; Business
State Posts:
State Representative (NC) 1821
Local Posts:
Postmaster (Taraboro, NC)

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Battle, Kemp P. History of the University of North Carolina, Vol. 1. Raleigh, NC: Edwards and Broughton Printing Company, 1907.

Powell, William Stevens. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol. 1. University of North Carolina Press, 1979.

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