Col. James "John" Floyd
d.13 Apr 1783
Facts and Events
||Col. James "John" Floyd
||Amherst County, Virginia, USA
||to Matilda Burford
||Botetourt, Virginia, United States
||10 Oct 1774
||Point Pleasant, Bland, Virginia, United StatesBattle of Point Pleasant, He had arrived on the night of the battle but too late to take part in it.
||Boonesborough, Madison, Kentucky, United Stateshelped rescue Daniel Boone's daughter and two other girls
||2 November 1778
||Colonel Preston's home, Smithfield, Virginiato Jane Buchanan
||Breckinridge Cemetery, Jefferson City, near Louisville, Kentucky
|Cause of Death
||9 Apr 1783
||Kentucky, United Statesambushed by Indians on way to Militia gathering
||13 Apr 1783
||3 Jun 1783
||Jefferson, Kentucky, United StatesWill entered into probate
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
James John Floyd (1750 – April 10, 1783), better known as John Floyd, was a pioneer of the Midwestern United States around the Louisville, Kentucky area where he worked as a surveyor for land development and as a military figure. Floyd was an early settler of St. Matthews, Kentucky and helped lay out Louisville. In Kentucky he served as a Colonel of the Kentucky Militia in which he participated in raids with George Rogers Clark and later became one of the first judges of Kentucky.
In July 1776 he helped rescue three young girls kidnapped by Indians from Boonesborough, Virginia (later Kentucky) in a group led by Daniel Boone. He was a Colonel in the Kentucky militia. He had arrived at Point Pleasant on the night of the battle but he was too late to take part in it. S1
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ambler, Charles H. The life and diary of John Floyd: governor of Virginia: An apostle of secession and the father of the Oregon country. (Richmand Press, 1918).
This book is about his son Gov. John Floyd (1783-1837) who was born less than two weeks after his father was killed by Indians, although it does cover the life story of Col. James "John" Floyd. Excerpt: John, the eldest son of Abadiah and William Floyd, was born in Amherst County, Virginia, in 1751. At the age of eighteen he married a Miss Burfoot who died twelve months after their marriage. Disconsolate he now sought new friends and new fortunes in the land beyond the mountains. About 1770 he went to Botetourt County and found employment first as a teacher and later as a clerk in the land-office of Colonel William Preston, surveyor of Fincastle County. When not thus employed he rode as a deputy sheriff with Daniel Trigg, both being employed by Colonel William Christian, high sheriff of Botetourt County. Shortly thereafter, the officers and soldiers, who had land claims in the West for services rendered in the French and Indian War, made application to Colonel Preston to have their lands located and surveyed. Accordingly a party of surveyors was sent into the trans-Alleghany Country. Floyd's services in the land office and in the bailiwick had been such that Colonel Preston selected him as one of the party and commissioned him a captain. In the spring of 1774 he set out for the "Dark and Bloody Land" with his companions: James Douglas, Isaac Hite, Alexander Spotswood Dandridge, Thomas Hanson (who kept a journal), James Knox, Frederick McCra, and Mordicai Batson.
- John Floyd, in Find A Grave.
- ↑ Floyd, John, in Kleber, John E. The Kentucky encyclopedia. (Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, c1992), p. 330, Secondary quality.
Sources used: Anna M. Cartlidge, "Colonel John Floyd: Reluctant Adventurer", Register 66 (Oct 1968):317-368
Hambleton Tapp, "Colonel John Floyd, Kentucky Pioneer", "FCHQ 15 (Jan 1941):1-24
- ↑ Books A, N1-5, 1780-1801 [transcript]; FHL #0811569, in Kentucky. County Court (Jefferson County). Court orders, minutes, 1780-1901. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970), pp. 42-43, Secondary quality.
Names mentioned in will:
Wife: Janny/Jenny Floyd
Children: Son William Preston Floyd, Daughter Mourning Floyd, Son George Floyd (not yet baptized), Infant with which my wife is now pregnant
Others: John Veech, Col. Todd, Col. Stephen Trigg, John McClelland, Sarah Wilson, Robert Davis, Col. William Preston, father
Brothers: Isham Floyd, Robert Floyd, Charles Floyd
Executors: William Pope and wife Jenny Floyd
Witnesses: Charles Floyd, Robert Floyd, Robert Eakin
Places in which property is owned: Jefferson and Fayette counties, Kentucky; Amherst and Botetourt counties, Virginia
See: Transcript:Will of Col. James "John" Floyd (7)
- Collins, Lewis. Breckenridge County, Kentucky history and biographies. (Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 2002).
- ↑ http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?augusta,county::floyd::2230.html