Thomas F. Lloyd

Thomas F. Lloyd

Place of birth: 
Orange County, NC
Date of birth: 
02.01.1840
Place of death: 
Chapel Hill, NC
Date of death: 
05.24.1911
Thomas Franklin Lloyd was an industrialist who started several businesses in Carrboro.
 
His parents were Green H. Lloyd and Ellen King. Thomas married Caroline Cate October 3, 1861.
 
After serving in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War as an enlisted man in Company L, North Carolina 17th Infantry Regiment, Lloyd returned to Orange County. He realized the economic possibilities due to the newly constructed railroad in the town of West End (now named Carrboro), and bought property adjacent to the railroad depot. There, Lloyd and a business partner, William Pritchard, built a steam-powered grist mill and cotton gin in 1883. In 1886, he bought out Pritchard's share in the business, and had a flour mill built on the property.
 
In 1898, he started the Alberta Cotton Mill to the west on the same property, spurring additional growth in the area.
 
In March 1909, Julian S. Carr purchased the Alberta Cotton Mill from Lloyd. In February 1910, Lloyd, his brother Lueco, Isaac W. Pritchard, and W. S. Roberson formed a partnership and organized the Thomas F. Lloyd Manufacturing Company. They had a new mill constructed a few blocks south of the original Alberta Mill; construction was completed by mid-1911. This mill was also later purchased by Carr and the Durham Hosiery Mills, becoming Durham Hosiery Mill No. 7.
 
Lloyd never received any formal education, and didn't learn to read or write until later in life. At one point, he was the richest man in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. In 1885, he and his wife purchased a house at 412 W. Cameron Avenue in Chapel Hill, now known as the Mason-Lloyd-Wiley House.
 
Lloyd died May 24, 1911, in Chapel Hill, and is buried in the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery located west of Chapel Hill.
 
 

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