John Uri Lloyd (April 19, 1849, W. Bloomfield NY – April 9, 1936, Van Nuys CA)

The Lloyd family moved to the Northern Kentucky area when their first son, John, was four years old. The family moved around the area quite a bit and John and their other children did not receive consistent formal education. Instead, the children were encouraged to learn from their experiences. For John, that meant he spent most of his time studying plantlife.

At the age of 14 Lloyd took a an apprenticeship at W.J.M. Gordon & Brother, a druggist, in Cincinnati. His apprenticeship was successful and led him to a position as a chemist at the H.M. Merrell firm, a fimr most noted for its eclectic preparations (a method that relied on plants as medicine instead of the bleeding practices that were prevalent in prior years). Over the course of his lifetime, Lloyd made several discovers and created a number of inventions and held a number of patents on “various compounds and apparatuses.” One of his patents was an atropine sulfate that would later be used on eye wounds during World War I.

In addition to his work for human health Lloyd also wrote six novels during his lifetime. The first was Etidorhpa; or, the End of the Earth a story that mirrored the styles of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. His later novels are known as the “Stringtown” Series and focus on


Works Available at KCPL

Etidorhpa; or, the End of EarthLLOYD J

Stringtown on the Pike; a Tale of Northernmost KentuckyK

Scroggins – K

Red Head – K LLOYD J

Felix Moses, the beloved Jew of Stringtown on the Pike – B M911L

Our Willie: a Folklore Story of the Gunpowder Creek and Hills, Boone County Kentucky – K

The Right Side of the Car – KR


“Ashes of John Uri Lloyd to Rest Amid Scenes of His Boyhood Days,” Kentucky Post, April 11, 1936.

“John Uri Lloyd Dies; Kentucky Life Recalled,” Kentucky Post, April 10, 1936, 19.

Kleber, John E., ed. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1992.

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