Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Different Loyd-style Pottery Marker

Terry Thornton, over at Hill Country of Monroe County, came across this unusual brown-glazed Loyd-style grave marker in one of Itawamba County's cemeteries recently. Terry does a great job in photographing and cataloging old and/or abandoned cemeteries of Itawamba and Monroe Counties, and his website is well-worth a visit if you haven't already checked it out. You can reach it by clicking on the Hill Country H.O.G.S. Webpress link to the left of this post.

On one of Terry's forays to an old cemetery, he found this marker half-covered with dirt, but he knew instantly that it was a Loyd-style marker. (For more information from Terry about this style of grave marker, you can click here.) The grave markers made and patented by the William P. Loyd family have a distinctive and well-recognized style and are found with blue-glazed lettering. Since my ancestors include the Loyd family of potters, Terry asked if I had seen or heard of a brown-glazed marker. I haven't so this is a real find. We don't know if the marker was made by the Loyd family, or if it was made by one of the other pottery shops that made the markers under license from the Loyd family.

In addition to the find of the brown-glazed marker, there was another "find" when I read Terry's post about the cemetery. William P. Loyd's daughter, Ellen, is buried in that cemetery! I had lost track of Ellen after the 1910 census in which she and her husband were living with their son, Walter Linwood Dickinson. Most of the information I had about Ellen came from Loyd family researcher, James Edgar Shotts who died in 1999. Mr. Shotts had indicated that Ellen had been married three times, once to a "carpetbagger," but the names of her first two husbands are not known. Thanks to Terry's visit to Little Cemetery and his photographing and cataloging of the tombstones there, I now know Ellen's full name (Amanda Ellen) and her actual dates of birth and death. In addition, I learned of a heretofore unknown child, Cora, who was two years old when she died in 1878. Thank you, Terry!

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