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NOTE TO FLOYD MEMBERS:If you are a male Floyd, here is a good way to help in the research into the Floyd family. Sharon at >Loveland1220@aol.com< is organizing a Floyd DNA site:
"Pat--can you put out the word to Floyd surname males to see if any of them want to participate with us in this project?We are using the lab at Ancestry and they are having a 40% off special.We are using the 46 marker kit which provides the closest possible match potential. I have also posted results on >Familytree.com<Their public (non-member) site is Ysearch.com.I haven't had any close matches yet, but I think the technology is still too new for most people to want to participate.Plus, they're not giving it away for free.I can understand hesitation. Anyhow, I just thought I'd ask.Thanks for your help.I'll keep you posted if any new information comes along.Sharon"END NOTE
Given the relationship of the families, it is likely, or at least possible, that Robert was named for the great uncle of William Clark (Robert Clark of Va.), with whom his son Charles ventured forth on the Lewis and Clark journey.
The wonderful biographies of the Lewis and Clark expedition members contains this at <http://www.lewisandclarkinkentucky.org/people/floyd_bio.shtml> and it is a wonderful statement of what is true and what has been thought so:
"On January 15, 1807, Meriwether Lewis wrote in the official muster roll of the Expedition that Charles Floyd's father "who now resides in Kentucky, is a man much rispected, tho' possessed of but moderate wealth." 6 Yet he never sold Charles Floyd's land bounty warrant. It remained in the family, passing on to the sergeant's brothers and sisters. Not until November 1, 1839, was it sold. It was then in the possession of Mrs. Mary Lee Walton, the youngest of Robert Clark's children. She was only ten years old when her brother died on the Expedition. She sold the warrant for $640 to John G. Berry and John T. Winn. The latter, I would surmise, was her nephew, the son of her sister Betsy Winn. 7
"Some researchers have concluded that Sergeant Floyd was the son of Charles Floyd, the near-neighbor of the Field family on Pond Creek. This confusion is understandable, since Charles Floyd also had a son named Charles, the first cousin of Sergeant Floyd. A scrap of a letter may also have contributed to the confusion. This letter, apparently now missing, was once in the possession of the Floyd Memorial Association in Sioux City. It is from Nathaniel Floyd, son of the elder Charles, to his sister Nancy. He had apparently just read the letter that Sergeant Floyd had dictated to Clark. Nathaniel wrote that: "Our dear Charles died on the voyage of colic. He was well cared for, as Clark was there, my heart is too full to say any more ... I will see you soon, your brother Nat." Nat was speaking of his cousin, but it would be easy to conclude that he was speaking of his brother. 8
"That Robert Clark Floyd was the sergeant's father is obvious from the heirs who actually came into possession of the land warrant. Also, on November 26, 1807, in the same letter that recommended to the War Department a lieutenancy for Reubin Field, Clark also recommended a captaincy for an R.C. Floyd. Only one Floyd had those initials - Robert Clark Floyd. It was probably Clark's way of compensating in some measure for Robert Clark's loss of a son. Robert Floyd served as an officer in the Kentucky militia and in 1796 had been promoted to major. Finally, Mary Lee (Floyd) Walton, Sergeant Floyd's youngest sister, noted in a letter to Lyman C. Draper, that remarkable collector of manuscripts and recollections of the early West, that her father's name was Robert.9"
The footnotes above are:
"6.Robert Floyd, described as a resident of Jefferson County, purchased 112 acres of land on Floyd's Fork in that county on August 10, 1802: Jefferson County Deed Book 5:262. On the same day, he sold 500 acres on Floyd's Fork, Ibid., 252. Donald Jackson, Letters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1962), 366.
7.Jackson, Letters, 381. Cartlidge, Children and Grandchildren, unpaged.
8.Jackson, Letters, 370. Cartlidge, Children and Grandchildren, unpaged.
9.Jackson, Letters, 371. Cartlidge, Children and Grandchildren, unpaged. Letter of Mary Lee (Floyd) Walton of Vicksburg, Miss., to Lyman C. Draper, October 5, 1872, Draper Manuscripts 13VV120."
Larry Reno, a descendant of Charles Floyd and Mary Stewart (see elsewhere) says:The children of Robert Clark Floydand Lilleyann Hampton were:
1.Elizabeth R. ("Betsey")Floyd, born circa 1772, probably in VA.
2.Davis Floyd, born in 1774 in VA.
3.Charles Floyd, born circa 1782 at Floyd's Station, Jefferson CO, VA.
4.Mary Lee Floyd, born circa 1794 in Jefferson Co., KY.
By letter dated 5 Oct 1872, Mary Lee Floyd Walton, wrote to Dr. Lyman Draper:"...I remember nothing of Gen. Clark's expedition to the rocky mountains as I was a child, except that I had a brother who went with him, and who died during the expedition, his name was 'Charles Floyd.' Col. John Floyd was my Uncle - my father's name was Robert."
On 6 Mar 1807 William Clark acknowledged receiving Land Warrant No. 5 for 320 acres as "attorney in fact" for the heirs of Sgt. Floyd,which was his land grant for being on the expedition.Those heirswere Davis, Elizabeth and Mary Lee.her siblings gave it all to Mary, see below. By 1839, she sold it to others. The original conveyance is fascinating, including both Lewis's and Clark's signatures. Inscribed on the back of the land warrant itself is this:
Agreeably to a power of attorney executed to me by Thomas M. Winn, Elizabeth Winn and Davis Floyd, bearing date the 14th day of December, 1806 I do hereby assign the within lands (?) to Mary Floyd of the Indiana Territory her heirs or assigns. (signed) Wm Clark atty in fact for Thos M. Winn Eliz Winn Davis Floyd heirs at law to Charles Floyd deceased.
John W Winn
Mary F Winn
Robert might have married a second time, after the mother of these children died, and had an Alexander?(Alex Luken)
This Robert is most likely (Clifton F. Davis, 1946, op. cit., says he is, and that he was appointed a major in 1796, see Reg. Ky. Hist. Soc. vol. 28, p 298) the one who raised a company"in the service of the United States," in July, 1793, Lt. Col. John Adair's Regiment, Maj. Gen. Charles Scott's command of the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers in the Frontier Wars, which served until Nov. 11, 1793.Among the 83 officers and men are William Tuley, a sergeant, John Calloway, a corporal, and a John Floyd, a private.In the spring of 1794 another force is raised, again led by Gen. Scott, and Capt. Robert Floyd is on the battalion staff in Major Aquila Whittaker's battalion as a mounted volunteer until the following October.
See also Murtie June Clark's"American Militia in the Frontier Wars, 1790-1796," Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1990,Kentucky section, where Alex notes the following entries: Major Aquila Whitakers Battalion for June 13 to Oct. 26 1794 included Captain Robert Floyd, for 77 days service:Major General Charles Scott's Command, Ky. Mounted Militia, 1793 Wayne's War, July to November 1793,Captain Robert Floyd; and Company, Adair's Regiment, Wayne's War, 1794 June to Oct. 1794, Captain Robert Floyd.
There is a John Floyd in Robert Floyd's Compamy from 10/9 to 11/9/1793
Davis notes that the Minute Book of the Court of General Quarter Sessions, Clark Co., Ind., April Term, 1801, records that "it is ordered that the ferry kept across the Ohio by Major Robert Floyd should be taxed seven dollars for the present year."
Alex Luken provides this excellent summary of Robert and his son Davis, et al:
"Robert Clark Floyd liquidated his property in Jefferson Co. KY in 1799 and moved withhis wife Lillian to "Knox Co. Northwest Territory."He resided in Vincennes IN, where in 1802, he was a juror in United States v. Hurst.Lillian, it is believed, died ca. 1802.Charles Floyd (editor: later of the Lewis and Clark journey) was given the job delivering the mail between Vincennes and Louisville, where Thomas Minor Winn was the postmaster.Mary Lee was sent to live with Elizabeth and Thomas in Louisville.After Charles' death on the expedition, George Rogers Clark arranged for a commission for Robert, and he was not heard from again.It is believed that he moved back to KY and died here, possibly marrying again.There is a family in Hardin Co.which is of the right age, that of Alexander Floyd, who had a son named Robert C. Floyd, so perhaps Robert did marry a second time.
"Davis Floyd was married first to Susannah Jones Johnston Lewis, daughter of Benjamin Johnston and Dorothy Jones.She was the widow of G. W. Lewis, having only been married two years before he died.Susannah's brother, William Johnston, was the county recorder for Jefferson Co., KY and married Thomas Minor Winn's sister, Betsy Winn.They owned Cave Hill Farm, which is now Cave Hill Cemetery.Davis and Susannah had two known children, possibly three--Gabriel Jones Floyd, was the oldest, then Charles Floyd, named for his brother.Davis Floyd resided first in Clarksville, IN, about 200 yards from George Rogers Clark's cabin.He was a pilot on the falls of the Ohio.He also resided for a time in Knox Co., as he was a territorial legislator and a close friend of William Henry Harrison.Susannah's brother, General Washington Johnston (that's his name, not a military title) was a respected judge in Knox Co.Davis Floyd was the contractor responsible for building the courthouse in the "new" capital in Corydon, IN.The house that he builtis still standing and is a historic site as it became Gov. Hendricks headquarters.
"Susannah died ca. 1808, and in 1809, Davis Floyd married Elizabeth Robards Davis, widow of Thomas Terry Davis, congressional representative and U. S. Territorial Judge for the Indiana territory.Coincidentally, he was both responsible for introducing Davis Floyd to Aaron Burr, and the judge at Davis' treason trial for his involvement with the Burr affair.The move to Natchez ca. 1808 it is believed, coincided with the death of both Robert and Susannah, and with Winn cousins taking up residence in Mississippi.Elizabeth Robards Davis was the niece of Lewis Robards, who married first Rachel Donelson, wife of Andrew Jackson, and second, Hannah Withers Winn, sister of Thomas Minor Winn.Lewis Robards resided in Bullitt Co., KY but had slave trading interests in Natchez.
"Both Davis and his son Gabriel served in the military during the War of 1812.Davis remained politically active, both as a legislator and a judge in Harrison Co.He was a bit of a jack of all trades, running a brick kiln in Corydon, while also having a dry goods business with his son Gabriel, and I believe also running an inn, plus acting as contractor for various building projects.In 1819, he lost everything he had in the financial panic of that year.All of his property was sold at the courthouse door to satisfy his mortgages which were called in.He then ran for Congress as a representative from Indiana but was defeated by either Harrison or Hendricks (doing this off the top of my head.)After that, he wasn't heard from for a year or so, except that he did surface in Cincinnati with something to do about canal development.In 1823, he was appointed land commissioner to Florida by James Monroe.He died in December 1831, in Leon Co.In 1835, his estate was involved in lawsuits pertaining to the Lafayette property in Florida; his executors were Benjamin Chaires and Betsy Floyd.
"Charles, his son, is listed on the 1830 census in Leon Co. Gabriel was appointed customs officer for Appalachicola in 1832.He died in St. Louis in 1842, beaten to death in a break-in at his home.His widow, Sarah M. Conn Floyd, is listed on the 1850 Clark Co. IN census, with a young boy named Gabriel Jones Floyd. Elizabeth Floyd, his daughter, not sure which mother, married James S. Linn, clerk of the courts, in Leon Co. FL in 1828.
"AboutRobert Floyd, his son with Elizabeth Robards Davis, nothing is known.There is a marriage in Jefferson Co. KY between Robert Floyd and Sarah Floyd, widow of Gabriel, in 1852, but it is not known if these are the same people.Sarah Floyd filed for Gabriel's pension in 1849." (Many thanks to Alex Luken of Louisville, Ky., May 23, 2002)
And this also from Alex, 2003:
"In the Floyd family correspondence file at the Filson Club, there are several letters of interest.One is a letter dated April 5, 1929 from a Mrs. W. A. Moody RFD #1, Jeffersontown KY, enquiring about Robert Floyd. One of Haley Buckner's daughters, Keziah, I believe, married a Moody. She writes to R. C. Ballard Thruston at the Filson Club:
'I have temporarily in my possession a piece of paper which reads thus:
'Jefferson County, to wit.
At a court held for said county in Louisville on Thursday the third of December 1793 this Indenture of Bargain and sale from Robert Floyd and wife to Andrew Potts was acknowledged by the said Robert Floyd as his act and ordered to be recorded.Teste,Stephen Ormsby, Clerk'
'If possible please answer the following questions concerning this paper.
Was the above mentioned Robert Floyd a relative of Colonel John Floyd and if so, what was the relationship.Also, did Robert Floyd own a considerable tract of land along Floyd's Fork in Jefferson County?If so, when and how did he obtain possession of this land?'
The response, from Ludie Kinkead of the Filson Club:
'...In Old Kentucky Deeds and Entries by Willard Rouse Jillson I find in Jefferson County for Robert Floyd, entry for 500 acres recorded in Book A, page 277, April 13, 1783 located in the Knobbs.In deed book 2 Jefferson County you will find a deed from Philip Buckner and Tabby his wife of this county to, Oct. 14, 1791, to Robert Floyd for 250 acres on headwaters of the Licking Fork of Beargrass, acknowledged Jan. 3, 1792. In Deed Book 5, page ? deed from Robert Floyd and wife Lillian of Northwest Territory to Henry Tups of Jefferson County dated September 24, 1799, one tract of 243 acres on Floyd's Fork, also a deed from Robert Floyd and wife Lillian of the Western Territory also dated September 24, 1799 to Jacob Zehnder, of 95 acres in Jefferson County, and still another from Robert Floyd and wife Lillian of Knox County, Territory Northwest of the Ohio River to Davis Floyd of Jefferson County, 500 acres on Chenoweth Run, being a moirty of 1000 acres an entry survey made in the name of Granville Smith and said Robert Floyd, original deed to Robert Tyler, agent vendue of Davis Floyd, etc. I also find his name in the index to Deed Book 6 and 7 in Jefferson County.
'I do not find anything specific stating where he got land but as John Floyd says Robert and Charles are to complete his surveys and as the surveyors received a percentage of land for the work, I imagine he got at least some of it that way...'
"(Alex continues) I believe that tract of land in the Knobbs refers to land near where the Jefferson Memorial Forest is located.Robert's brother, Nathaniel Floyd, was a resident of Williamsville, which I understand was located on the Ohio River on the opposite side of the Salt River from West Point, KYThis lies not too far from Harrison Co., I do believe.A ferry back and forth would be a simple thing, and moving across the river would be simple. The last two mentions I have seen for Robert is that he and Davis testified at the trial of US v. Hurst in Vincennes in 1802, and in either 1804 or 1807 (this is off the top of my head...) William Clark asked for a commission for a R C Floyd, in the event that the US went to war with Spain over the free navigation of the Mississippi River.Nothing ever came of it.It is possible that Robert Floyd moved to Hardin Co. and married again to a Hart because there is a family there with a son named Alexander Floyd, who had a son named Robert C. Floyd.In one of the letters in Corydon from Clifton Davis, there is an inquiry about an Alexander Floyd, but does not specify the relationship.BTW, there is an unspecified Floyd-Hurst relationship..."