David Martin Loy (died 1873 DePere, WI)

David Martin Loy (ca. 1816 Loysburg, Bedford Co., PA—30 August 1873 De Pere, Brown Co., WI)
md. 2 June 1842 Schellsburg, Bedford Co., PA, by Rev. David D. Clark
Rebecca Ann Schell (7 July 1819 PA—13 March 1903 Brown Co., WI)

David Martin Loy, was son of Martin Jr. and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Loy.

Their children:

Born Where Died Where
#1 Ellwood Edward* Loy ca. 1843 PA ?
md. ? ? ? ?
#2 Peter Schell Loy 10 June 1846 Bedford Co., PA 10 June 1931 Alhambra, Los Angeles Co., CA
md. Emily Arndt 1848 ? 1909 ?
#3 Edwin Loy [ca. October] 1849; age 9/12 in 1850 census De Pere, Brown Co., WI either died before 1860 census or this was William’s other name ?
#4 William (“Willy”) Loy [after June census] 1850 De Pere, Brown Co., WI 13 November 1858 died at age 8 in steamboat accident near De Pere, Brown Co., WI
#5 Henry Bramwell (“Harry”) Loy 10 October 1853 De Pere, Brown Co., WI 3 November 1941 Van Nuys, Los Angeles Co., CA
#6 Frank David Loy 1856 De Pere, Brown Co., WI 18 November 1928 Los Angeles Co., CA
#6 Charles Wattis Loy 10 August 1859 De Pere, Brown Co., WI 23 December 1881 Brown Co., WI

*He was “Edward” in 1850 census but “Elwood” in 1860 census. Other accounts give his name spelled “Ellwood.”

David’s son Peter Schell (P.S.) Loy lived in Southern California during the time other family members from the branches of Martin Loy (to America 1741) lived there, including Caroll (Loy) Stewart (from Martin’s son John), who did meet him. Shortly before his death, some of his things were donated to the Neville Museum in Green Bay, WI. Then after his death, more items were donated. After my contacting the library decades ago, I was able to get the complete list of the P.S. Loy Collection at Neville Museum.

I couldn’t find Edwin Loy after 1850 census, so either he died before next census, or this was another name for William. However, the Collection of P.S. Loy does contain a Daguerrotype of an Edwin T.C. Loy. If this was the same Edwin, why was he not found with family in later census?

Although I couldn’t find Ellwood Loy after 1870 census, while still a minor in 1864, the Legislature awarded him the right to transact business. Like his father, Ellwood had numerous business ventures, including owning and operating steamboats, a popular yet dangerous mode of transportation in those days. Elwood was owner-captain of the steamer Ellwood Loy which began operation sometime after his 1864 approval to transact business. In October 1849 David’s 25 ton schooner D.M. Loy began operation between Fon du Lac and Neenah. Later, in February 1860 David began construction on a steamer 120 feet long, to run between Oshkosh and Milwaukee. The craft, christened The Ellwood, was completed and made her maiden voyage in August 1860 through Portage, at request of its citizens for carrying grain and other trade. It’s very likely this was the same boat as the Ellwood Loy and David’s son just bought out his father and took over operation.