Name: George Rogers Clark Floyd 1
Birth: 13 SEP 1810 in Christianburg, Montgomery Co., VA 2 3
Death: 7 MAY 1895 in his daughter's (Mrs. S. P. Kelly) residence, Hardee, Logan Co., WV 1 3
Reference Number: 884
Alex Luken kindly sent me this:
"FLOYD FAMILY - This family, while none permanently resided in Raleigh, was early identified with this region. Dr. John Floyd lived in Wythe County, Va. (now Pulaski) between Newburn and Draper's Valley. He was a member of Congress several terms and in 1831 became governor. For many years he maintained a hunting camp on Soak Creek, a short distance west of Sophia, on what later became the McGinnis farm. This farm was designated on the early land books as being located at "Floyd's Camp." The small stream on which the camp was located is known as "Governor's Camp Branch" and the spring nearby was known as "Governor's Spring." His sons, John B., Rush, and George, would accompany him on his hunting trips. John B., about 1835, established a store at the residence of Conrad Riffe, on the Owlsburg farm in the Marshes. This store was managed by Lucien B. Davis and the main business was exchanging goods for ginsang and peltry. The store prospered and was continued until the latter 40's. John B. also bought cattle in this section for his Burke's Garden Farm in Tazewell County. John B. Floyd became governor in 1850, was secretary of war in President Buchanan's cabinet and a brigadier general of the Confederacy. Major (G.) R. C. Floyd spent a great deal of his time in his young days in Raleigh County. He was an intelligent man but did not have his brother John's thrifty habits. He was celebrated for his brilliant conversational powers. He finally settled in Logan County (now Mingo), where he lived until his death at an advanced age."
Also from Alex: some notes which probably pertain to this George R. C. Floyd:
"WARFIELD KY: First Martin County seat, 1870. Established about 1850 as a coal, salt and lumber community by George Rogers Clark Floyd and John Warfield of Va. Products shipped by river boats to Cattlettsburg. Floyd was son of one Governor of Virginia, brother of another. Coal mines used thru Civil War as hiding place against marauding by enemy...."
Another source, John Frederick Dorman, "The Prestons...," Filson Club, 1982, notes that Maj. Floyd moved to Wisconsin where he was appointed by President Tyler in 1843 (or 45) to the Secretary of the Territory, an office he held for three years (see also the memoir under John Warfield Johnston about this Wisconsin period...) He had his seat in Madison. He was the Secretary until Wisconsin was admitted to the Union in 1848.
And Alex adds: ".... in the University of West Virginia library, there is a manuscript entitled "George Rogers Clark Floyd of Logan Co. WV" .... in the Charles H. Ambler Papers.
"George Rogers Clark Floyd purchased saltworks and ironworks in Logan Co. around 1853, and moved his family there then. The Burkes Garden estate was sold to Anthony Lawson, who in turn sold GRCF 64,000 acres in Logan Co. around 1857.
"Both John B. Floyd (the son of GRCF) and his nephew George Rogers Clark Wiles were active in Democratic politics in Logan Co. GRC Floyd was a mentor of Henry D. Hatfield, and John B. Floyd was a close ally of Devil Anse Hatfield. There apparently is a profile of John B. Floyd in "Prominent Men of West Virginia" by George W. Atkinson and Alvaro F. Gibbens. John B. Floyd attended Rock Hill College in Maryland and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a legislative representative from Logan Co. in 1881 and a state senator in 1883."
And this sent kindly from his descendants Tonda Wiles Koszycki and Erin Wiles O'Connell, who are sisters doing family research:
From "New York Freeman's Journal and Catholic Register," June 8, 1895: "Col. G. R. C. Floyd died at Logan, W. Va., May 7, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. S. P. Kelly. Col. George Rogers Clarke Floyd was the fourth son of Gov. John Floyd, and was born in Montgomery County, Va., Sept. 13, 1810. In 1845 he was appointed by President Polk as Secretary of State for the Territory of Wisconsin, which position he held until the admission of Wisconsin as a State in 1848. Some time during the fifties he moved to Logan County, W. Va., where he resided ever since. He served as a Confederate soldier during the war, and was a member of the West Virginia Legislature in 1872-1873. He leaves three sons-- Hon. John B. Floyd of Charleston, W. P. Floyd and B. Rush Floyd of Logan County, and four daughters--Mrs. S. P. Kelly, Mrs. Thomas Wiles, and Misses Sallie and Letitia Floyd. Col. Floyd was a devoted Catholic."
The 1870 census, courtesy of Alex Luken:
Hardy Township, Logan Co. WV
116/116 George Floyd, 59, M Farmer, $25,000
Rush Floyd, 23, M
John B. Floyd, 14, M
Sally B. Floyd, 12, F
Ellen N. Floyd, 10, F
Luticia B. Floyd, 8, F
Nickati B. Floyd, 6, F
William P. Floyd, 4, M
George K. Floyd, 14, M
A lot of time has gone into searching various census and other data to capture his "extended" family. George Rogers Clark Floyd is thought to have had some nine children by three partners over several years. Many carry the older Floyd names, for example, see just above, Letitia, Nicketti and William P., for three. But note GRC's brother William Preston Floyd and his children in this same 1870 census and how much the same they are! I think a number of them are duplicated in the same annual census. See William Preston Floyd's notes for more.
Father: John Floyd b: 24 APR 1783 in Floyd's Station, Jefferson Co., KY
Mother: Letitia Preston b: 29 SEP 1779 in "Smithfield, " Montgomery Co., VA
Emily P. Shannon b: 1814 in Tazewell Co., VA
- Benjamin Rush Floyd b: 1845 in Mingo Co., WV
Causbia Ellen Burress b: 1822 in Burke's Garden, Tazewell Co., VA
- Note: There is no record of a marriage that has been located.
- Mary Columbia Floyd b: 31 JAN 1850 in Burke's Garden, Tazewell Co., VA
- George Rogers Clark Floyd b: ABT 1852
- Mary Letitia Floyd b: ABT 1852
Ellen Meade b: ABT 1835 in IN
10 JUN 1865
in Ashe Co., NC
ABT 1853 4
Anna Cartlidge gives their marriage as 1865 in North Carolina. Obviously this was after the children arrived, and might be an error?
Later, M. Rolaine Baisden, wrote that they were married 6 Oct. 1865 in Ashe Co. No. Carolina. The children were presumably born out of wedlock.
- George Kirk b: 1855
- John B. Floyd b: 13 NOV 1855 in Warfield, Logan Co., WV
- Sally Buchanan Floyd b: OCT 1858
- Ellen N. Floyd b: 1860
- Laetitia Preston Floyd b: MAR 1863
- Nicketti Buchanan Floyd b: APR 1864 in Logan Co., WV
- William Preston Floyd , Sr. b: 24 JUL 1865 in Grayson Co., WV
- Title: John Frederick Dorman, "The Prestons...," Filson Club, 1982, which cites many valuable sources
- Title: Preston/Floyd Bible preserved in the Library of Virginia, from the Web courtesy Alex Luken, April 2002
- Title: The New York Freeman's Journal and Catholic Register, June 8, 1895
- Title: M. Rolaine Baisden, , Feb., 2004