I have vacillatedthrough the years on whether there is a connection between Penuel Floyd and my line descending through Thomas Floyd and his son Fedrick or Federick (Note that his name was not Frederick.) In a 1992 letter to a fellow researcher I opined that Penuel Floyd was not a brother of Thomas Floyd but that he may have been a cousin – near or distant. I went on to say that the proximity of Penuel Floyd and Thomas Floyd in Nash County was coincidental. I came to that conclusion mainly because I could find no link in the records. However, I could not shake Penuel Floyd from my mind.
Now, it seems that your Delilah Floid may provide a link. The second-mentioned child in the 1760 will of Francis Floyd, most probable brother of my Thomas Floyd, was Delilah. The executor was listed as Parraman Floyd. Francis Floyd’s will was proven by the oath of Thomas Floyd and Matthew Lowry, apparent half brother of Thomas Floyd. Thomas Floyd was appointed administrator “decring the minority of the Exr.” Does this mean all the legatees were minors?
If so, it could throw things off, indicating that there may have been two Francis Floyds, the one from lsle of Wight not being accounted for in North Carolina. I don’t believe the latter to be true but it is a possibility.
At any rate, your Delilah Floid had a base-begotten child (Venuel, Fanuel). If her father Francis Floyd and my Thomas Floyd were brothers, that would make Venuel or Penuel Floyd the grand nephew of Thomas Floyd.
Since Venuel or Penuel was born in 1765, he would be 25 years old in 1790 when the U.S. census shows him to be living in Nash County. He was listed as having three females in his household and owning five slaves. Does that jibe with the dates for the births of his first two children? Were his first two children girls?
My notes show Thomas Penuel Floyd died without a will in Nash County in 1815. My notes further show that his children started trickling out of North Carolina in 1825. First Dolphin Ward Floyd to Georgia, and then to Texas, then John W. Floyd to Meriwether County, Ga., then Delilia Jones about 1830 to Georgia and Texas. Was Delilia Floyd Jones named for Delilah Floid, mother of Penuel?My notes further show that in 1835-36, about all the rest of Penuel Floyd’s children moved to Troup County, Ga., including Penuel Floyd Jr., Thomas Beckwith Floyd, sisters Sally and Susan and mother Sarah Beckwith Floyd, widow of Penuel Floyd. Sarah was about 67 years old when she moved to Troup County, which is on the Alabama line and a convenient portal leading to Texas.
I also had suspected that the Drakes were connected to the Floyds but have never been able to establish a link. Penuel Floyd was a witness to the Feb. 14, 1811, sale of land by John H. Drake of Nash County to Edward T. Brogdon of same county, the land adjoining land of Newet Floyd and being part of a tract which Drake bought of Federick Floyd and wife, Mourning Floyd. The “Newet Floyd” may be a misprint. I’d like to see the original. I once had a theory that Penuel Floyd’s nickname was “Newell.” There is a Newell Floyd listed in the 1800 census for Nash County but no Penuel. Was this Newell Floyd, in fact, Penuel Floyd? If so, does that put a new slant of the pronunciation of Penuel? Penuel Floyd does appear in the 1810 census for Nash County. The Federick and Mourning Floyd listed above are my ancestors. Federick was the son of Thomas Floyd. Federick was the proven brother of Amos, the proven brother of Ann and the apparent brother of Shadrick.
Did Penuel Floyd own land on Pigbasket Creek? That’s where Federick’s property was.
One more thing. I recall finding a Parraman Floyd in Georgia but I can’t remember the county. I’ll try to locate those notes if you don’t have that information.