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  • ID: I89584
  • Name: William * FLOYD
  • Prefix: General
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 DEC 1734 in Masitc Long Island New York
  • Death: 4 AUG 1821 in Westonville,New York
  • Burial: Westernville,New York (Oneida County) Methodest-Presbyterian cemetery
  • Note:
    Signer of Declaration Of Independence.

    Willand FLoyd, farmer. land proprietor. patriot, received a very limited formal education, He became landed proprietor in 1753, following the death of his father. FLoyd was intelligent and possessed a strong character. The connections of his wealthy family soon enabled him to be effective in the civic and military affairs of Suffolk County, new York. He was made an officer in the Malita in 1760
    Having allied himself with the patriots, Floyd was elected as one of the New York's 12 delegates to the First Continental Congress and took his seat on September 5, 1774. He served During sessions in 1774-1777 and 1778-1783, except for an absence in 1780. His activities in Congress were nether brilliant nor aggressive, he took no part in the debates and did not make speeches. He did, however serve on many comities, and his sound judgement commanded the respect of his fellow congressmen. He was elected to the Second Continental Congress and had, During 1775, became a Colonel in the Suffolk County Militia. On July 8, 1775, he signed the Olive Branch Petition. He was member on the important committees on clothing in 1776.

    On October 20, 1774, he signed the Articles of Association. He was elected to the Second Continental Congress. When the British first attacked Long Island, he led the Malita and drove them off.
    New York had no delegates present at the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, when the vote for In dependance occurred. However, William Floyd was on the four New York delegates who has the honor of signing the engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.

    On July 19, 1776, the British invaders confiscated his home. His family escaped across the sound to Connecticut. The homeple against the king. Was appointed the 1st Continental Congress which met September 5, 1774, and served on numerous committees. For seven years his family lived in Connecticut while the British occupied his home on Long Island.

    He signed the Declaration Of Independence (4th name) July 4, 1776. He was Senator from New York in 1777 and a member of Congress 1778-1779. He ran for Govenor on New York in 1795

    He bought land on the Mohawk River in 1784 (Probably near Utica, New York where I had relatives-HT)
    In 1803 he moved to his lands in New York State and remained a Presidential Elector form 1800 to 1820.
    He was a very determined and independent man"

    Following is excerpt form HTT journal: "If you look at the portrait of this gentleman, wearing a green suit with some 20 buttons down the vest, and with the Mastic House in the background, you will not only think that he is "determined", but you will think of an overfed green rabbit. The portrait was, during this at the Masitc House (Known now as the William Floyd house) . However since the area has been taken over by the development "Mastic Acra", I have not seen the place." ????
    Make of the above as you will HHT.

    The Declaration of Independence

    A Transcription

    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen
    united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
    them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
    destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    The 56signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

    [Column 1]
    Button Gwinnett
    Lyman Hall
    George Walton

    [Column 2]
    North Carolina:
    William Hooper
    Joseph Hewes
    John Penn
    South Carolina:
    Edward Rutledge
    Thomas Heyward, Jr.
    Thomas Lynch, Jr.
    Arthur Middleton

    [Column 3]
    John Hancock
    Samuel Chase
    William Paca
    Thomas Stone
    Charles Carroll of Carrollton
    George Wythe
    Richard Henry Lee
    Thomas Jefferson
    Benjamin Harrison
    Thomas Nelson, Jr.
    Francis Lightfoot Lee
    Carter Braxton

    Robert Morris
    Benjamin Rush
    Benjamin Franklin
    John Morton
    George Clymer
    James Smith
    George Taylor
    James Wilson
    George Ross
    Caesar Rodney
    George Read
    Thomas McKean

    (Column 5
    New York:
    William Floyd
    Philip Livingston
    Francis Lewis
    Lewis Morris
    New Jersey:
    Richard Stockton
    John Witherspoon
    Francis Hopkinson
    John Hart
    Abraham Clark

    Column 6]
    New Hampshire:
    Josiah Bartlett
    William Whipple
    Samuel Adams
    John Adams
    Robert Treat Paine
    Elbridge Gerry
    Rhode Island:
    Stephen Hopkins
    William Ellery
    Roger Sherman
    Samuel Huntington
    William Williams
    Oliver Wolcott
    New Hampshire:
    Matthew Thornton

    National Archives and Records Administration
  • Change Date: 1 JAN 1996 at 00:49:24

    Father: Nicoll * FLOYD b: 27 AUG 1705
    Mother: Tabitha SMITH b: 18 FEB 1704 in Smithtown

    Marriage 1 Hannah JONES b: FEB 1740 in Southhampton,Long Island New York
    • Married: 20 AUG 1760 in Middletown,Connecticut
    1. Has No Children Nicoll FLOYD b: 4 OCT 1762 in Masitc,Long Island New York
    2. Has No Children Mary FLOYD b: 6 MAR 1764 in Mastic,Long Island
    3. Has No Children Catherine FLOYD b: 24 APR 1767 in Mastic Long Island New York

    Marriage 2 Joanna * STRONG b: 4 JAN 1747 in Setuaket,Long Island
    • Married: 16 MAY 1784 in Setauket,Long Island
    1. Has Children Hannah 'Anna' * FLOYD b: Bef 14 JAN 1786 in Long Island. New York
    2. Has No Children Eliza FLOYD b: 2 MAR 1789 in Mastic Long Island,New York
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