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Descendants of John Floyd

35. COLONEL GEORGE ROGERS CLARK6 FLOYD (JOHN5, WILLIAM4, JOHN3, CHARLES2, JOHN1) was born Bef. 29 April 1781 in KY374, and died 05 June 1823 in at home near "Cherokee Park, " Jefferson Co., KY375,376,377. He married (1) MARIA MAUPIN378 21 September 1806 in Jefferson Co., KY379, daughter of GABRIEL MAUPIN and DORCAS ALLEN. She was born 13 November 1784 in Williamsburg, VA, and died 1807 in Childbirth, probably, in KY380. He married (2) SARAH TEVIS FONTAINE381,382,383 16 April 1810 in Jefferson Co., KY384,385,386, daughter of AARON FONTAINE and BARBARA TERRELL. She was born 17 March 1787 in Louisa Co., VA387, and died Aft. 1861388.

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--These are my notes (or I credit others) which I have seen copied without reference to me. Please use them, but credit me!--

The future president General William Henry Harrison's report a week after the battle of Tippecanoe notes: "The whole of the infantry formed a brigade, under the immediate orders of Colonel Boyd. The colonel, throughout the action, manifested equal zeal and bravery in carrying into execution my orders -- in keeping the men to their posts, and exhorting them to fight with valor. His brigade-major, Clarke, and his aid-de-camp, George Croghan, Esq., were also very serviceably employed. Colonel Joseph Bartholomew, a very valuable officer, commanded, under Colonel Boyd, the militia infantry. He was wounded early in the action, and his services lost to me. Maj. G. R. C. Floyd, the senior officer, of the Fourth United States Regiment, commanded immediately the battalion of that regiment, which was in the front line. His conduct, during the action, was entirely to my satisfaction."

Letitia Preston Floyd writes in 1843 to her son Rush about Col. Floyd:

"Col. George Floyd continued in the army; he had married a second time; the young lady was Miss Sally Fountain of Louisville. At the battle of Tippecanoe Col. Floyd manifested the same undaunted courage his ancestors had been conspicuous for. He was perfectly versed in Indian warfare; expressed to Gen'l. Harrison the day before the battle "that the movements of the Indians argued some treachery". However, no heed was given to the expression. The whole army lay down to sleep on the night of the attack. Floyd was in his tent, when the war whoop was heard; he jumped up, seized his sword, and at the door of the tent cut down an Indian, who was succeeded by a warrior with an uplifted tomahawk; Floyd seized it, struck an Indian with it and killed him. All this was done in the Colonel's shirt-tail, because he had not time to put on his pantaloons.

"When Floyd returned to Louisville, all the surviving friends of his father, met him with great cordiality. In the official report of the battle of Tippecanoe Col. Floyd thought himself overlooked. He retired from service. In June of 1823, he died at Woodville and was buried near his father. There is a tombstone placed over him by his widow. He left three children, John G. Floyd the son of his first wife, who was a cadet at West Point. From his fine attainments whilst there was made principal engineer to the State of Indiana. He resides at Terra Haute in that state. He married a Miss Hager, formerly of Baltimore."

For perhaps a mention of him by his brother, see John Floyd's 1812 letter to General Stewart in Ga. posted at the governor's page in these notes. He might not be the Major Floyd noted....

George Rogers Clark Floyd is buried in the Louisville, KY, Breckinridge Family Cemetery, The Springs Shopping Center, at the corner of Breckinridge Lane and Dutchman's Lane. (Thanks to Alex Luken at <>) This cemetery was in disgraceful shape when I saw it with Alex in 2002. Sadly, I expect it will not last much longer.

Alex Luken has done considerable work on the Floyds. She notes: "The information listed in the Floyd Biographies by NJ Floyd is incorrect as far as the family of George Rogers Clark Floyd is concerned. George Rogers Clark Floyd married Maria Maupin in Jefferson Co., KY 21 or 28 September 1806. He married Sarah "Sally" Fontaine 16 April 1810. During this time period, GRC Floyd was in the army and was a veteran of the War of 1812. John Gabriel Maupin Floyd was born in 1807... George was away for most of the time. (I have found a Richard A. Maupin in Jefferson Co. at the same time. Perhaps his family raised the baby after GRC Floyd died... )"

Anna Cartlidge notes that GRC Floyd rose to a colonelcy in the 4th US Infantry and distinguished himself at Tippecanoe. And in re this, Alex Luken notes this that she found: "Roll of the Field and Staff of the Fourth Regiment of Infantry for November and December, 1811--

John P. Boyd, Colonel
Zebulon M. Pike, Lt. Colonel
James Miller, Lt. Colonel
G. R. C. Floyd, Major
Josiah D. Foster, Surgeon
Hosea Blood, Surg's Mate
John L. Eastman, A. Adjt.
Josiah Bacon, Q. M.
Nathl. F. Adams, Pay Master
Winthrop Ager, S. Major
William Kelly, Q. M. Sergt."

Again, Alex: "In looking at deeds, there was property in Jefferson Co. KY owned by John G. Floyd that was sold at sheriff's auction. In 1838, Sarah Floyd conveys property to John G. Floyd "for the consideration of the love and affection she bears him." GRC Floyd does not have a will probated in Jefferson Co., but in looking at the descriptions of the property in some of the deeds, it appears that John G. Floyd was awarded certain properties by the courts. There are numerous parcels of property sold off in Jefferson Co. by John G. Floyd through "William Brown, attorney in fact" not long after the conveyance from Sally Floyd to him. I do not know if GRC Floyd died intestate. The property that George Rogers Clark Floyd inherited jointly with his half sister, Mourning Floyd Stewart, under the terms of his father's will, a piece of property known as "Woodstock," was near Boonesborough. The property would currently be located on the outskirts of Lexington. I have not yet looked in Franklin or Fayette Co. for a will for George. GRC is buried at "Woodside," which was located near Floyd's Station and was the home of Jane Buchanan Floyd Breckinridge. This property appears to have been conveyed to the Breckinridge half siblings.

"Anyhow, back to the errors in Floyd Biographies concerning this family. According to the West Point Alumni Directory, John Gabriel Maupin Floyd matriculated at West Point in 1824 as member of the class of 1828. He did not graduate. He was enrolled as a cadet from TN, which is interesting...." (ed. note-- this probably refers to the appointment from that state, rather than his living there, necessarily.... )

There is a superb review of several units, including Floyd's, posted at <>

Also see (courtesy of Alex Luken who found it):

Gardner, Charles K., A Dictionary of All Officers who have been commissioned or have been appointed and served in the Army of the
United States, G. P. Putnam & Co., NY, 1853

George Rogers Clark Floyd (Ken-son of Colo John F. killed in Ken Indn
wars 1783) Capt 7. infy 3 May '08: Major 4. infy 4 Nove. '10: comd. his
reg in battle of Tippecanoe in frontline and disting. 7 Nov. '11: Lt.
colonel 7 infy 26 Aug. 12: resigned 30 Apr '13.

Gabriel J Floyd (Ken) Th lt 17. infy 16 Apr '13: Sec lt Oct. '14:
retained, May '15 in 3. infy: resigned 9 Oct. '18

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Burial: Woodside, near John Floyd's Home, Louisville, KY389,390

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Letitia Preston Floyd notes: "George Floyd had married Miss Maupin, the daughter of Col. Gabriel Maupin of Williamsburg. She died in the June of 1807. This event determined George Floyd to enter the army of the United States."

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Alex Luken, <>, wrote Terry Honan, 26 Oct 1999: "Sallie Fountain Floyd is really Sarah "Sallie" Fontaine, daughter of Aaron Fontaine and Barbara Terrell. Barbara Terrell is the daughter of Terrell V, Duke of Richmond. Sarah was born in Louisa Co., VA March 17, 1787. She married George Rogers Clark Floyd on April 16, 1810 in Jefferson Co. Ky. The marriage was performed by Nathan H. Hall. (Marriage Book 1 page 67). The Fontaine family moved to KY in 1798. Sarah is one of 12 children born to Aaron and Barbara Overton Terrell Fontaine, and has 4 half siblings from Aaron's marriage to Elizabeth Thruston Whiting Thruston, widow of John Thruston of "Sans Souci," Jefferson Co., KY. Barbara Terrell Fontaine died en route to KY of ill health. The Fontaines lived in the vicinty of Harrods Creek until 1814, when Aaron Fontaine purchased property as part of a purchase made by his son-in-law, Fortunatus Cosby. The property purchased was on the Ohio River, just south of the Falls of the Ohio. Along with the property Aaron Fontaine purchased a ferry franchise, and the family operated the ferry service until the first bridges were built across the Ohio River. The property remained in the family until 1889, when it was developed as one of the first amusement parks.... Fontaine Ferry Park remained open until 1969... Sarah and her sisters were referred to as "the beautiful Fontaine sisters" and made excellent marriages. Their husbands were prominent, influential and wealthy men of the time. Alex Luken"

Alex also adds, Dec., 1999: ".... Sally and GRC Floyd had at least two daughters, Georgiann M. Floyd and Jane Buchanan Floyd. On 1 July 1830, Georgiann married William B. Carrell. On 21 May 1840, Jane married James Penn. Both of these marriages took place in Jefferson Co., KY. It appears possible that between 1840 and 1850, Jane and James Penn may have divorced and remarried, as there is a remarriage for James and Jane Penn recorded in Jefferson Co., KY. NJ Floyd's biography states that the Penns resided in Iowa, near the home of the bride's father. GRC Floyd died in 1821 and is buried in Louisville, KY. Iowa is not a possible location.

"In September of 1861, Sally Fontaine filed a petition to have her pension as a widow of a Veteran of the War of 1812 changed from Louisiana to Kentucky. In it, it states "She was a native of Kentucky where she (together with nearly all of her relatives) always resided, until a few years back when her only living daughter married and removed with her husband to the state of Louisiana, where this affiant accompanied her; but this daughter has since deceased, and this affiant being old and helpless, returned to Jefferson Co., KY, her native place, to spend the remnant of her days amongst her kindred and friends, with no expectation, no desire of ever again leaving the home of her youth and womanhood, and the grave of her husband and kindred. When she left Kentucky, Louisiana was not yet a loyal state of the United States of America."

and.... "Sally T. Floyd widow of George R. C. Floyd who died on the 5th of June 1823 of----- in the state of -----who was a Lt. Col. in the-----command by Captain----of the-----command by ----- in the ------Kentucky Militia. Inscribed on the Roll of Louisville at the rate of 30 Dollars no cents per month to commence on the 4th day of November 1853.

"Certificate of Pension issued the 7th day of February 1854 and sent to Hon. W. Preston Ho. Reps. Recorded by GL Getty Book A Vol. 1 Page 200

"No. 17,007 November 14, 1850 Sally T. Floyd widow George R. C. Floyd dec'd. Lt. Col. 4th Regt. US Infantry Enlisted in 1808 Resigned in 1813 War of 1812"

Her pension might not have been obtained in the normal fashion as there is a Bill in the Senate of the US... December 11, 1851, filed by Mr. Underwood and reported to the Committee on Pensions December 15, 1851: "A Bill granting a pension to Sally T. Floyd, widow of George R. C. Floyd, late a lieutenant-colonel in the army of the United States. Be it enacted ....that the Secretary of the Interior be directed to place the name of Sally T. Floyd, widow of George R. C. Floyd, who died of disease contracted while in the military service, on the pension roll, at the rate of half the pay of a lieutenant-colonel of infantry, for five years from and after the passage of this act." (Alex Luken found this; my thanks!)

Earlier, Alex Luken found: "... a book in the library and copied it to send to you -- "The Tuley Family Memoirs: A Historical, Biographical and Genealogical Story of the TULEYS and the FLOYD FAMILY Connection in Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana" by William Floyd Tuley, 1906. This is the line of Charles Tuley and Elizabeth Floyd, John's sister.... There is a tidy summary on the Floyd family at the end. Mentions that one of GRC Floyd's daughters married James C. Penn of New Albany, IN and was the mother of Col. George Floyd Penn. The other daughter was the wife of Edward Ford of New Albany and Allegheny, PA. Jane Buchanan Floyd married James C. Penn, and Georgiann M. Floyd married William B. Carrell, and died at age 20, 18 months after her marriage. This "other" daughter is perhaps the mysterious Matilda, although I have also seen an "Evelyn" listed in one tree. Matilda would be more in keeping with family names."

An 1851 letter is in the Shelby Family Papers, 1850-1853, Folder 16, University of Kentucky Manuscript Collection, Call Number 54W3 from "your old aunt" Sarah to Isaac Shelby, 1822-1896, asking for assistance in delivering her a bed. She passes her regards to "Mary and Elizabeth" who are undoubtedly his sisters of that name... and she notes a visit from Isaac's grandfather (who must be the former Kentucky House Speaker Edmund Bullock) and "Sister Pope...."

In July 2005 Alex wrote that "Sarah Terrell Fontaine is actually Sarah Tevis Fontaine. There a letter at the University of KY in the Shelby collection that she signed with her full name." Alex added that "....I did see the letter. It was written before she married, and she
signed it with her full name. Sarah Tevis Fontaine. " Pending more on this surprise, I will add both names to the data. Note also that Tevis was not an uncommon surname, for example Henry Lloyd Tevis (in these notes) married Mary Pindell Shelby of the Kentucky family.
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81. i.   JOHN GABRIEL MAUPIN7 FLOYD, b. 1807; d. 1868.
  ii.   GEORGIANN M.7 FLOYD391, b. Abt. 1812392; d. 1832392; m. WILLIAM B. CARROLL392, 01 July 1830, Jefferson Co., KY; b. Abt. 1810; d. 1837392.
Alex Luken, op. cit., notes that

"George Rogers Clark Floyd and Georgiann Floyd Carrell are buried in the Breckinridge Family Cemetery on what was Woodville, the home of John Floyd. The property passed to the Breckinridge family after the death of Jane Buchanan Floyd Breckinridge. Georgiann died shortly after her marriage. I believe her husband was a riverboat captain who died of yellow fever in La. in 1837.

"Sally and GRC Floyd actually had 3 daughters according to census information, but one must have died young. I cannot find bible records for this family. Jane Floyd Penn supposedly had at least 2 children, but I can find no record of them. John Gabriel Maupin Floyd was admitted to West Point as a cadet from Tennessee. I suspect he was raised by Floyd family members in TN as GRC and Sally spent time in LA during the war of 1812. Sally's application to have her pension transferred from LA to KY in 1861 states that she was living for some time with her daughter in LA and after the death of the daughter, moved back to KY to be with remaining family.

"I'm researching Fontaine. Would love to know more about John Gabriel Maupin Floyd. Believe he went back and forth between Terre Haute and Rhode Island. He was left a great deal of property in Jefferson Co., KY by Elizabeth Maupin, which he sold. He also sold all Jefferson Co. property that came to him from his father."

Burial: Breckinridge Cemetery, Jeferson Co., KY

A steamboat captain on the Ohio and Mississippi. (Alex)

82. iii.   JANE BUCHANAN FLOYD, b. Abt. 1814, KY; d. 1859.
  iv.   MATILDA POPE FLOYD393, b. Abt. 1816.
Alex Luken kindly sent this information, July 2001, which certainly implies a daughter Matilda!

Louisville Public Advertiser, Volume 7 No. 21, Saturday, September 3, 1825: The land of George RC Floyd, deceased, will be sold September 23. John Floyd, Gergiann Floyd, Jane B. Floyd and Matilda P. Floyd are the heirs. Sarah T. Floyd asks for her dower of 400 acres of land. Source: Crowder, Lola Frazer, Early Louisville Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts 1806-1828, pg. 167

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