Thomas Lloyd died in 1728 in Prince George's County, Maryland, leaving a Will, and certain estate administration records from the prerogative court. There is no mention of a wife/widow, but some of the circumstances below make me think that Thomas Lloyd was actually married twice, and had lost both wives. As explained below, I think his first wife (and mother of his son Benjamin) was a daughter of Hezekiah Bussey, who had died in 1715. The Lloyd Will abstract and court records are as follow.
Loyd (Loyde), Thomas, Prince George's Co. (member of the Church of England), 27th Feb., 1726-7; 28th March, 1728.
To son Ben, ex., and hrs., dwell. plan. -----; and personalty.
To son John and dau. Sarah, personalty.
3 child. afsd., residue of personal estate.
Son John to be for himself at age of 18.
Overseers: James Pelley, Alex. Magruder, Sr.
Test: Alex. Magruder, Henry Bottler, Margret Harrison. 19.379.
Thomas Loyd 14.298 PG --- Jun 24 1729 Jul 29 1729
Appraisers (1st set): William Miles, George Jones (deceased by July 29, 1729).
Appraisers (2nd set): William Miles, Nathaniel Magruder, Sr.
Next of kin: James Pelly, Samuell Bussey.
Mentions: Pat. Sim,, Barby Copland, Posthumus Thornton, William Miles.
Administrator/Executor: Benjamin Loyd.
Thomas Lloyd 10.308 A PG £16.5.1 Jun 15 1730
Payments to: Samuel Busey, Samuel Magruder.
Legatees: Benjamin Lloyd.
Administrators: Peregrine Mahaness, Robert Perle (sureties for Benjamin Lloyd (administrator of deceased)).
Benjamin Lloyd apparently had difficulties in administering his late father's estate. As a result, he had to have sureties, and those two men required a "mortgage" if you will, on Ben's property. See the following.
Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 460
Enrolled at request of Peregrine Mackanesse 2 Aug 1729:
Indenture, 5 Feb 1728; Between Benjamin Loyd, planter, of the one part and Peregrine Makanesse, blacksmith, and Robert Perle, carpenter; for 5s; a tract called The Taylertown; bounded by sd. Taylor's land in the freshes on the west side of the Patuxent; containing 52 acres; also 12 1/2 acres purchased by sd- Benjamin from Samuel Taylor; part of a tract called Taylorton; also 2 Negroes, 15 head of cattle, 2 horses, 1 mare, 16 hogs, and household goods, etc.; also the dwelling house and 1,100# tobacco due Benjamin from Charles Gervis [my note: or Jervis/Jarvis] for rent of land; /s/ Benja. Loyd (mark); wit. Philip Lee, Richard Lee; 5 Feb 1728; ack. by Benjamin Loyd and Teresa his wife.
From this we can infer that Benjamin, who had bought 12.5 acres in his own name and was married to Teresa, both by 1728, was likely over 21, and so born in/before 1707.
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Prince George's County Court Records, 1696–1770, p. 241:
27 August 1728: James Pelly of Prince George's County planter by his petition he has a child of a certain Thomas Lloyd of Prince George's County planter deceased aged about two or three years, that his son Benjamin Lloyd who is executor of the last will of the said Thomas has given such securitys for his administration of the estate that he thinks they are insolvent, one being a Mullatto named Robin [my note: this was Robert ("Robin") Perle] and also the other a certain Pettigreen Maquis [my note: this is Peregrine Mackaness] a Smith that he the Petitioner is mentioned in the will as overlooker and being uncle to the aforesaid child having had it for above a year and nothing from the said Benjamin either for its sustenance or apparell...aforesaid Benjamin spends it...little the poor infant had left by his said father Thomas...summons issue for said Benjamin.
From this court record, we can infer that Thomas Lloyd's son John was only about 2 or 3 in 1728, and so born circa 1725 or 1726. Furthermore, James Pelley (a/k/a Pelly) said that he had been caring for John Lloyd for over a year (so from before August 1727). Finally, James Pelley stated that he was John's uncle, so that either James Pelley or his wife was a sibling of either Thomas Lloyd or Thomas Lloyd's late wife. There are some clues that James Pelley was related to and/or intermarried with Harrison, and a Margaret Harrison was one of the witnesses to Thomas Lloyd's Will. Therefore, I believe that the mother of John Lloyd might have been a Harrison.
Reading between the lines, I think Thomas Lloyd's daughter Sarah might have been between 14 and 18 as of 1728, because there is no mention of her having a surname other than Lloyd, or a husband, or being "free" or "on her own" or "for herself" at any specific age (or at marriage), as was sometimes stated in Wills. Nor is there any mention that she was being cared for by the Pelleys. Therefore, my current estimate is that she was born between about 1710 and 1714.
Given the large gap in ages between Benjamin Lloyd (born in/before 1707) and John Lloyd (born ca. 1726), with only a sister Sarah between them (and probably closer in age to Benjamin), I am speculating that Benjamin and John might have had different mothers and been only half brothers. Thomas Lloyd's first wife might have died, and then his second died too.
I turn now to the "next of kin" listed for Thomas Lloyd. One was James Pelly, who was Thomas's brother-in-law (uncle to Thomas's son John). The other NOK was Samuel Bussey (a/k/a Busey or Busee). At that time, in that area, there were three individuals all named Samuel Bussey/Busey. One was born about 1705 to Paul Busey and one was born about 1709 to Paul's brother, Charles Busey. The third was the son of Hezekiah Bussey, and born in/before 1697 (and married by 1725 to a Hannah). I BELIEVE that Thomas Lloyd's "next of kin" was the Samuel Bussey born to Hezekiah Bussey, Sr.
I am guessing that, as administrator of his late father's intestate estate, it would have fallen to Benjamin Lloyd to inform the court of the names of the next of kin. It seems fair to assume that, if Thomas Lloyd had left any other adult sons, or any adult sons-in-law (married to any adult daughters), Benjamin might have nominated them. Similarly, if Thomas Lloyd had any living brothers, Ben might have nominated them. He didn't. By naming James Pelley, Ben was selecting a brother-in-law of Thomas. Perhaps by choosing Samuel Bussey, he was choosing another brother-in-law of Thomas.
Samuel Bussey could have been the brother-in-law of Thomas Lloyd in one of three ways, as follow:
1. Thomas Lloyd's first wife might have been the sister of Samuel Bussey;
2. Thomas Lloyd's sister might have been the wife of Samuel Bussey (i.e., if she was born Hannah Lloyd); or
3. Thomas Lloyd's first wife and Samuel Bussey's wife, Hannah (maiden name unknown), might have been sisters.
My "gut" feeling at this time is that the first option is most likely, that is, Thomas Lloyd's first wife was born a Bussey, daughter of Hezekiah and his wife (who was probably born a Swann). This is based in part on the "Magruder presence" in the probate records. Note that the co-overseer with James Pelley was Alexander Magruder Sr., who, at the time, was married to his second wife, Susannah Bussey, daughter of the late Hezekiah Bussey, Sr. One of the witnesses to the Will was Alexander Magruder, not specifying "Sr." or "Jr.", but father and son, so both connected to Bussey. Another witness was Henry Botteler, who was married at that time to Sarah Magruder, daughter of Alexander Sr. One of the second set of appraisers was Nathaniel Magruder, Sr., the brother of Alexander Magruder, Sr. Samuel Magruder, a nephew of Alexander Magruder, Sr., received a payment from the Lloyd estate. The "presence" of Alexander Magruder (and his relatives), and Alexander's marital tie to the Busseys, tips me toward Thomas Lloyd's first wife having been a Bussey, but I need more information.
Does anyone have any information about any of these people that would shed light on this issue? If so, please share, by posting here or by contacting me directly at email@example.com.