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Died: 1743

Reese Loyd was a master builder and among the earliest Carpenters' Company members listed by The Company in 1786, although no Company records prior to the 1760s survive to confirm that date. He also was an early (1731) subscriber of the Library Company of Philadelphia and a charter member in 1742. Reese Loyd was a member of the Society of Friends. In 1735 he married Sarah Cox, daughter of Abraham Cox, as recorded in the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting minutes. In 1736, Reese advertised a plantation in Lower Merion totaling 155 acres and complete with a new dwelling house. His will bequeathed a house and lot in High street to his son Samuel and a house and lot, in which Reese himself dwelled, in Church Alley to another son Robert. He left his wife the Plantation in Merion, likely the same one advertised in 1736. His estate included a set of carpenter’s tools valued at 10 pounds and a slave woman. Without his real estate, his estate was worth around 213 pounds. One of the overseers of his will, John Nicholas, was another founder of the Library Company.

Written by Tom Stokes.

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  • Library Co.
  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia

 

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