named John, died while a young man, leaving two children,—James and Samuel. These boys were reared by a paternal uncle called “Robin,” who removed to Kentucky. James Crawford, recently mentioned, who died in 1798, is said to have been a brother of John and Robin. Colonel Crawford was a lawyer in Staunton for many years. After retiring from the bar to his farm, he was an efficient justice of the peace, president of the county court, etc., etc. His first wife was a sister of Erasmus Stribling, and his second, the widow of his cousin, John Crawford. Captain Samuel Crawford, brother of James, was the Lieutenant Crawford of the war of 1812. His wife was a daughter of Rev. William Wilson.
The first Floyds in America were two brothers who came from Wales to Accomac county, Virginia. William Floyd, a son of one of these brothers, married Abilcah Davis, of Amherst county, who was of Indian descent. John Floyd, a son of this couple, was born about 1750. At about eighteen years of age he married a Miss Burwell, or Buford, who was fourteen years old, and died in twelve months. Soon after his wife’s death young Floyd went to the new county of Botetourt and engaged in teaching school. When not thus engaged he wrote in the office of Col. William Preston, the County Surveyor, and acted as deputy for Col. William Christian, the High Sheriff. He lived with Col. Preston at Smithfield till 1773, then in Fincastle county. Col. Preston was surveyor of Fincastle, which embraced all of Kentucky, and, in 1775, appointed Floyd one of his deputies and sent him to survey lands on the Ohio river. Returning to Smithfield, Floyd formed a matrimonial engagement with Jane Buchanan, daughter of Col. John Buchanan, grand-daughter of Col. James Patton, and second cousin of Col. Preston. After the Declaration of Independence, several gentlemen, including Dr. Thomas Walker, Edmund Pendleton, and Colonel Preston, purchased a schooner, had it fitted out as a privateer called the Phœnix, and gave the command to Floyd. The schooner started on a cruise to the West Indies, and soon captured a merchantman with a rich cargo. Thinking his fortune made, Floyd retraced his course, and when about in sight of the capes of Virginia, was over-hauled and captured by a British man-of-war. He was taken to England in irons and confined in prison nearly a year. The jailor’s daughter obtained the keys and let him out. Begging his way to Dover he found a clergyman, who as his habit was in such cases, concealed him and procured a passage for him to France. The French people gave him bread and grapes, and Dr. Franklin, at Paris, furnished him means to return to America.
Floyd arrived at Smithfield to the surprise and joy of his friends, just after Miss Buchanan had agreed to marry Col. Robert Sayers; but she broke off that engagement and married Floyd in November,
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