My GG Grandparents John Taylor and Martha Lloyd
John Taylor and Martha Lloyd were married in Parish of St. Thomas, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales on 25 August 1839. At the time of their marriage John, age 23, was employed as a servant at Sealyham’s at the Parish of St. Dogwells. This is where the Sealyham terrier was developed and bred in the 1800’s. The Sealyham Mansion still stands and is now used as an Outdoor Education Centre.
At the time of her marriage Martha Lloyd age 24, was employed as a servant at Hermon’s Hill, Parish of St. Thomas. Hermon’s Hill now operates as a B&B. I’m very much looking forward to visiting both of these historic houses when I make my much planned research trip, hopefully not too far into the distant future.
John and Martha left Wales to make a new life in Victoria, Australia in 1841. Their first two boys James and John were born in Wales. The Census of 1841 has them living at City Road Haverfordwest. This part of City Road, consisting of these small cottages was once known as Cemetary Row, due to the St. Martin’s cemetary being nearby.
I have found little information about John Taylor’s parents – John Taylor and Mary Davies. All I know about John Snr is that he died before 1841. John’s mother Mary died on 27 October 1841 at 11 Barn Street, Parish of St. Martin. At the time of her death she was a widow.
After their arrival in Australia John and Martha settled at Diamond Hill and went on to have a further 10 children. From Diamond Creek they moved on to Whittlesea. As adults most of the children lived in the Bundalong and Yarrawonga area. The children of this large family went on to also have large families. In most cases, in every generation until recent times, the boys were given Lloyd as a second name.
John Taylor died at Whittlesea on 19 February 1881 and is buried at Yan Yean cemetary. After the death of her husband, Martha went to live at Bundalong with one of her boys, possibly her second son John, who never married. Martha Taylor died on 01 October 1891 at Bundalong and is buried at Yarrawonga cemetary.
John Taylor and Martha Lloyd are my Great Grandparents. Their son William is my Great Grandfather, and William’s daughter Emily is my Grandmother.