Will is descended from the Lloyds via Louisa Lavinia Lloyd 1849-1922, his paternal great grandmother. We have traced this line to John Hughes b1767.
Lloyd is a Welsh first name and surname. It comes from ‘llwyd’, the Welsh for 'grey’. Anyone who has been to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the rain will know how many shades of grey there are.
In 1851, the Lloyds (including Louisa, aged 1) were living in New Village, Bilston, Staffs, where 2x gt grandfather Thomas Lloyd was an iron worker. The town had an ironworks as well as a coalmine and a limestone quarry. Public health was dreadful. Read more in The Lloyd Story.
• It is always worth following every branch of the family when doing research. According to the 1881 census. 2x gt grandmother Martha Hughes b1812 was born at Shrewsbury Old Abbey. Previously she had said she was born in Wrockwardine. Which is right, we wonder.
Louisa had two long-term relationships. She married William Richardson in 1870. We have been unable to find a marriage to Henry Prossor: the connection could have been a common-law one.
• Louisa had two girls, Amelia and Gertrude, before meeting Henry Prossor. Amelia was the daughter of William Richardson, Louisa's first husband but there is doubt over the identity of Gertrude’s father. Louisa had five children by Henry: Henry, Herbert, Frank, Marie and Charles.
• What goes around comes around. In the 2000s, Will’s nephew’s work took him to Telford and his children went to school in Wrockwardine, where Louisa had been born 150 years earlier.