Louisville's First Families -A SERIES OF GENEALOGICAL SKETCHES
Author - KATHLEEN JENNINGS
Published by THE STANDARD PRINTING CO.- Louisville, KY 1920
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CAPTAIN THOMAS FLOYD SMITH
From a portrait painted when he was a young man and in his uniform of Lieutenant, Eighth Infantry, U. S. A., hanging in the home of his son, Thomas Floyd Smith, at Glenview.
The Floyd Family II. Chapter XIV.
When Col. John Floyd came out from Virginia in 1779 to take up his residence near Falls of Ohio, it is said a number of his brothers and sisters journeyed with him or followed him. His correspondence with Col. William Preston, the surveyor of Fincastle county, his lifelong friend and an uncle of his second wife, Jane Buchanan, deals repeatedly with the coming of a brother, Charles Floyd, who was with Col. Floyd at the time of his death.
The parents of the pioneers, Col. William Floyd and his wife, Abediah (or Abigail) Davis, were of Welsh descent, and the family tradition that there is a strain of Indian blood in the Davis family is sustained by old photographs of various descendants, while high cheek bones and blue black hair are noticeable in some generation of each branch of the Floyd connection. Abediah Davis Floyd, through her father, Robert Davis, who acquired vast properties in Amherst county, Virginia, trading with the Catawba Indians, according to the tradition, was a lineal descendant of Opechancanough, brother of Powhatan, Princess Nicketti, the chieftains daughter, marrying Nathaniel Davis, of Wales.
Col. William Floyd had one brother, Charles Floyd, who settled in Georgia, the forebear of Major Gen. John Floyd, of Georgia, who was the grandfather of William McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury.
Col. John Floyd married in his early manhood a Miss Burwell, of Virginia, who had one daughter, Mourning Floyd, and died shortly after the birth of her child. Mourning Floyd married Col. John Stewart, of Georgia. Ten years after the death of his first wife Col. Floyd married Jane Buchanan, a kinswoman of James Patton, the Louisville settler, according to some accounts.
Three sons were born to John and Jane Floyd, William Preston Floyd, George Rogers Clark Floyd and John Floyd, who was a posthumous child, born twelve days after his father's death. George Rogers Clark Floyd, who was the only one of the three to remain in Louisville, the other brothers going to Virginia, was an Indian fighter. His rank in the army is sometimes given as captain and sometimes as major, but it is known that he commanded a regiment at the battle of Tippecanoe. He was twice married, his first wife being Maria Maupin. Their only son, John Floyd, went to Iowa to locate.
Major Floyd's home was near Cherokee Park, where he died in 1821. His declining health was due to the rigors of the campaign against Tecumsah at Fort Harrison.
Major Floyd's second wife, to whom he was married in 1810, was Sarah Fontaine, one of the nine daughters of Capt. Aaron Fontaine.
They had two daughters, Jane and Evelyn Floyd, and the former has a grandson, living in Louisville. Clark Penn, the son of Col. George Floyd Penn, of New Albany, the only known descendant of the illustrious John Floyd, known to make his home here.
John Floyd, who went back to Virginia, married his cousin, Letitia Preston.
He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced his profession for a time. Dr. Floyd was elected Governor of Virginia in 1828. His son, John Buchanan Floyd, was Governor of Virginia in 1850, was Secretary of War under Buchanan in 1857, and was a General in the Confederate Army. The first Gov. Floyd had a daughter, Nicketti, who married John W. Johnston, United States Senator from Virginia, and she was the mother of Dr. George Ben Johnston, of Richmond, Va., whose daughters, Nicketti and Helen Johnston, often visit here at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Temple Bodley.
Charles Floyd married Mary Stewart in 1773 in the Hanover Parish church. Their children were pioneer settlers in Indiana. One son was Judge Davis Floyd, prominent in the territorial history of Indiana, while another was Sergt. Charles Floyd, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who died on the trip to the coast and was buried at Sioux City, Ia., where a handsome marble shaft marks his grave. This monument was erected by the Floyd Memorial Association, the government contributing $20,000 toward the monument and grounds, known as Floyd Park, commemorating Sergt. Floyd and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Isham Floyd, another of the brothers, was killed by the Indians on the Ohio river in 1787.
Nathaniel Floyd, the youngest brother, who married Mollie Thomas in Louisville in 1793, was a soldier in Thomas Joyes' regiment at the battle of New Orleans. After the war Floyd, with several companions, walked through to their homes. He had a farm in the neighborhood of Anchorage, but was living in Louisville at the time of his death in 1840. Two of his daughters have descendants here. Abediah Davis Floyd married Richard Meriwether, and after his death Henry Weaver, of Cincinnati, O. A daughter, Susan Floyd Weaver, married Ernest Gunter, the well-known musician. Mrs. Gunter was
much interested in the Floyd genealogy and was a member of the Floyd Memorial Association. She furnished an old letter used in establishing Sergt. Charles Floyd's connection with the Louisville family, a letter written by one of his brothers, Nathaniel Floyd, to his sister, Nancy, telling of Sergt. Floyd's death. This Nancy Floyd married George Rogers and had a daughter, Nancy, who married Judge Wesley Phelps, of Bullitt county. It is believed that the remains of Col. John Floyd repose on the Phelps farm, on the banks of Floyd's Fork, just north of the public road leading from Shepherdsville to Mt. Washington, and about one mile from the former place.
A daughter of Susan Floyd Gunter is Carrie Gunter, who lives in Ivanhoe Court. Ernest Gunter, her brother, makes his home in Kansas City, a civil engineer.
Ann Eliza Floyd, who married George W. Bowling, is the ancestress of Louisville people. Her son, J. W. Bowling, was the father of Pearl Bowling (Mrs. Clay McCandless), and of Blanche Bowling. Mrs. Emma Garvin Harlow, whose mother was Mary Bowling, is the mother of Edna and Nora Harlow and Floyd Preston Harlow.
Elizabeth Floyd, an elder sister of Col. John Floyd, married in Virginia, Charles Tuley,
of a prominent family of Farquier county. The Tuleys decided to make their way to the new settlement and arrived in Louisville in September, 1783. The Tuley family found the other side of the Ohio to their liking, and the family was one of the most prominent and influential in New Albany. The oldest son, William Floyd Tuley, married Jane Bell, daughter of William Bell, of Louisville, having a son, John Wesley Tuley, who married Phoebe Woodruff, daughter of Judge Seth Woodruff, of New Albany. Their son, Enos Seth Tuley, came to Louisville to locate in 1857, and was postmaster of Louisville. He married Mary Eliza Speed, of the pioneer Speed family, and their children in Louisville are Philip Tuley, Dr. Henry Enos Tuley and Thomas Speed Tuley.
Another descendant of the Floyds through the Tuley line is Rose Tuley, who married Charles Earl Currie, of Louisville. Her brothers are Lawrence and Walter Tuley of New Albany.
One sister, Abigail Davis Floyd, married in Fincastle, Va., Thomas Smith, a Virginian, who was killed by the Indians in 1786 at the storming of Brashear's Fort, near Beargrass creek. Their son was Major Thomas Floyd Smith, born in 1784. He was ensign of rifles in 1813 after serving as a second lieutenant in 1812, but he
particularly distinguished himself in the indian wars. He was adjutant to Gen. E. P. Gaines and led the storming party in attack at Ft. Erie. He was breveted major and retired from the army in 1837, living in St. Louis, where he died in 1843.
Major Smith married Emilie Chouteau, a Creole, and one of the daughters of Col. Auguste Chouteau, surveyor of Louisiana, who as a youth of 14, landed at the site of the present city of St. Louis, in charge of the first party of colonists. Col. Chouteau, who superintended the building of the first house in St. Louis, owned an enormous tract of land in the heart of the city at his death, part of which was presented to St. Louis as a park by his grandson, Capt. Thomas Floyd Smith.
Capt. Thomas Floyd Smith, born in 1832 at a Little Rock army post, was appointed a lieutenant in the Eighth Regiment, United States Infantry, in 1855, but resigned in 1858. He was captain of Washington Guards in St. Louis and served under Gen. Frost in the campaign against Kansans in 1861. His home was at Pewee Valley, and his wife was Blanche Weissinger, a descendant of the Bullitts, and his children, who live in Louisville, are Mayor George Weissinger Smith, who married Nell Hunt; Thomas Floyd Smith, president of the
Board of Trade, whose wife was Mary Bruce before their marriage; Amanthus Smith Jungbluth and Nannie Smith, Mrs. Frank Carpenter.
Capt. Smith's brother, Louis Chouteau Smith, of St. Louis, married his cousin, Mary Bullitt, daughter of Alfred and Minerva Beckwith Bullitt. Minerva Beckwith Bullitt was the daughter of John W. Beckwith, of Shepherdsville, and Mary Floyd Smith, the sister of Major Thomas Floyd Smith.
Capt. Smith's sister, Philomena Smith, married Col. Charles P. Larned,U. S. A.
In the possession of Thomas Floyd Smith are a number of papers which belonged to his grandfather, Major Smith. One of these is a letter written October 11, 1839, by Gen. Edward Pendleton Gaines, to Major and Mrs. Smith, "respectfully requesting them to accept a portrait of Edward Pendleton Gaines as a slender token of friendship and in remembrance of unceasing admiration, cherished for twenty-five years, of repeated acts of gallantry by which the then Lieut. Smith, of the First Rifle Regiment, signalized himself and did honor to his corps and his country's service in the defense of Ft. Erie— surpassed by none in the heroic enterprise, displaying the untiring chivalry of a true-hearted patriot."
Another letter, beginning "Dear Capt.," was written by Gen. Zachary Taylor at Louisville on January 4. 1824, to Major Smith, dealing with Indian wars, with the political situation and of Major Smith being detailed to command a rendezvous to be established at St. Louis or Belle Fontaine.
The Floyd monument in Shelbyville, which is a fine white marble shaft, bears this inscription. "Erected by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in Memory of Fourteen Brave Soldiers who Fell Under Capt. John Floyd in a Contest With the Indians in 1783."
Although Col. John Floyd was killed April 12, 1783, his will was not probated until 1794, owing to the delay in having survey made of his lands—from the Virginia government. He gave all his lands on the north side of Beargrass to his wife. To his son, Willian Preston Floyd, he gave 2,000 acres on the south side of the creek; to his son, G. R. C. Floyd, a tract of 4,000 acres in Fayette county, and to his unborn son (Gov, John Floyd) he left 1,400 acres on Harrod's creek, ordering the property to be held until the children were of age, and a division of his slaves to be made.
To his brother, Isham, he left 200 acres of Floyd's Fork, and to his brothers, Charles and Robert, 400 acres in any part of his lands they
might select on the condition that they complete his surveys and secure patents on all his lands, and with this an equitable division of surveying fees.