Lloyd Woods' Newsletter
Our Claim to Fame is Our Name's the Same!
Issue No. 1, March 1994
To Begin With
To get the ball rolling I thought I'd try my hand first at a newsletter.
Mailed out 147 letters to all known Lloyd Wood's here in the States, Canada,
England, Australia and Scotland. That's a lot of stamps and envelopes to lick,
believe me! I've only had replies from about a dozen of you so far plus ten
rejects from the Post Offices. Nevertheless, the letters were welcome and
encouraging. The focus should not be limited to genealogy though, as a number
had little interest in pursuing dead relatives. Now that I have income
taxes out of the way and they didn't take my last cent I'll send this out to
see if we can't whip up a bit more enthusiasm. For middle names we have,
Ages run from 90 down to 25 that I know of with most over 50.
- F (?)
- John (deceased)
- P (?)
That would make me the youngest. - LW
prolific members so far have 4 children. I guess Lloyd is not as popular a
name these days as in the past but if we keep having grandchildren at our
prodigious rate maybe we can bring it back. Our champ for most
occupations is Lloyd Garland out in California. He's been a woodcutter,
carpenter, building maintenance mechanic, fireman, dry-waller, postmaster, and
artist. Next time, if I survive this, I'll pass on more gems on occupations
and fame. Let me know if you've been in jail or served in Congress - that
should make interesting reading!
What's in a Name?
For a number of years now I've been getting a notice of a high school
reunion in a nearby state. Each time I would write a letter or mark the card
to the effect that I wasn't their man and that I graduated from Batavia High
in Illinois, Class of '45. Did no good, they kept inviting me. This past
year, in exasperation I sent them my whole mailing list of 148 Lloyd Wood's
with mine redlined. Still did no good - these determined women started
calling me on the phone! Pleaded with the lass and she promised she would
find the real Lloyd Wood. What should the mail bring next but an invitation
to "Silvia Wood" to attend! Now it's my wife Shirley's problem! At any
rate, I hope the real Lloyd Wood will get to his reunion next time. Those
women sure must miss him!
Had a note from Susie in Texas trying out the Internet - it works fine
coming in but I had no luck getting back via Prodigy so far. Bear with me, I
may learn how to cope with it yet. My biggest computer challenge is to get
the monster to print the envelopes with the bar code continuously. So far I've
used up a dozen envelopes to no avail.
My Favorite Story
My dad worked in the local post office when I was a child. He knew
everyone in town and was a great lover of sports but was not too adept at
some of the practical aspects. One day the other guys at the post office
bagged a few rabbits and stopped off at the house to share their bounty with
Walter. Knowing his innocence in such things, they decided to check on his
progress after a few hours. He was doing just fine. The rabbit was trussed
up by his ears with a clothespin on a clothesline in the basement and dad was
busy plucking the fur away! Well, we made the town paper but I have yet to
dine on rabbit!
Down to Business
Still looking for links to the name Lloyd. The dictionary says it's Welsh
for gray and one library book said we were named for Lloyd George, the British
prime minister during the 1st World War! Maybe someone can come up with a
more logical reason than that!
Along these lines, if anyone wants to send in material for this
news-letter, I'll be happy to include it in the next issue. My list of
stories and anecdotes is rather limited. You pick the subject, be it daring
deeds, genealogy, most colossal boo-boo, other claims to fame or whatever.
In hopes of stimulating a few more replies I'm going to include a self
addressed card to those who haven't written (you provide the stamp). We'll
never be able to hold a convention with only a dozen members!
Recently I received a letter from Lloyd Henry up in Canada with a copy of
"The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Wood". This document says
"The family name Wood is believed to be descended originally from the
Strathclyde Britons." I read further that we were later banished to England,
northern Scotland and Ireland for being 'unruly border clans'. Learn
something new every day. This explains much of my parsimonious behavior that
I always blamed on my mother being of German descent. Nevertheless, I still
credit my English ancestry with my noble qualities of generosity, charm, good
looks, ad infinitum. My Italian heritage, however, must be responsible for my
Next issue I'm going to try out my new scanner to see if we can get in
some photography. If anyone wants to send in their photo, we can run a
contest to see who's the homeliest Lloyd in the world.
Should any of you want a copy of my list of Lloyds (for noncommercial
purposes) just ask. I also have a grave marker listing of Wood's in the
Woodville, NY cemetery for those interested.
Still hope to have that convention someday but I'll have to leave the
direction to one with talent along those lines. Maybe we could induce Blaze
Starr to be master of ceremonies! That should stimulate a bit of interest.
So let's hear from all you cousins! Phone +1(410) 730-1596
A newsletter to all Lloyd Woods, by Lloyd William Wood, or LWW.
HTML web version and additional comments by Lloyd Wood (L.Wood@surrey.ac.uk), or LW.