William Floyd

William Floyd (1734 - 1821)

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General William Floyd
Born in Mastic, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Mastic, NYmap
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Died in Westerville, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Aug 2013
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Categories: Civil Service, American Revolution | American Founding Fathers | Signers of the Continental Association | Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence.

General William Floyd was a Civil Servant in the American Revolution


William Floyd was born to a family in Brookhaven, Long Island, New York. His Welsh great-grandfather, Richard Floyd had settled on Long Island about 1650. He was the second child and eldest of two sons in a family of nine. William’s parents died when he was young, he inherited the estate and the responsibility for raising his brothers and sisters.

He was active in his local community, supported the Brookhaven church, became town trustee in 1769-71 and moved up in the ranks of the Suffolk County militia, becoming Colonel in 1775. He would eventually become Major-General in the American Revolutionary War.

New York was less affected by the unrest against British colonial policy than other American colonies. New York and Georgia were the only colonies in which the patriots did not control the government. From 1774-1777 William Floyd represented Suffolk County in the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress, served in the State senate and was a member of the council of safety then returned to Congress in 1779-83.

In 1776 William Floyd risked everything to support the cause of independence, he was the only person from Suffolk County N.Y. to sign the Declaration of Independence.

In 1776, the British occupied Long Island making his home at Mastic their barracks and his wife Hannah (Jones) Floyd and family were forced to take refuge in Middletown, Connecticut. Loyalists plundered his lands and belongings. His wife died in Middletown in 1781, and when he brought his children back in 1783, he found the fields and timber stripped, the fences destroyed, and the house damaged.

He married again in 1884 to Joanna Strong and began to acquire more property, a tract in central New York and property at the headwaters of the Mohawk River followed by a grant of 10,000 or so acres in the same area which became his life’s interest.

In 1803, in his late sixties, he passed the family Long Island property to his son Nicoll, and set out with the rest of his family to make a new life on the frontier.

He built a new home at Westernville, upstate New York, where he died aged 86 on the 24th August 1821. William Floyd was buried in the local Presbyterian Cemetery at Westernville.


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On 1 Aug 2014 William Floyd wrote:

One of 56 original Signers to the Declaration of Independence.

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On 24 Jun 2016 at 04:11 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

Hi Marty, neat that Ben Tallmadge married into this family. Let's get this profile merged.

On 24 Jun 2016 at 04:09 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

Floyd-1628 and Floyd-939 appear to represent the same person because: Obviously the same man. Sources confirm.

On 22 Sep 2014 at 23:51 GMT William Floyd wrote:

There appears to be two separate genealogies with the Floyd name. One is a Northern family and the other is a Southern family. However, I'm sure that somewhere there is a family connection between the two, probably found in Wales. Richard Floyd (I), the great-grandfather of Gen. William Floyd apparently left Brecknockshire around 1650, landing in the Boston vicinity, and settled on Long Island.

On 22 Sep 2014 at 18:53 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Please open the privacy setting for this William Floyd. I want to connect David Crosby to his GGGG-Grandfather, William Floyd.

On 26 Jul 2014 at 18:50 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

More on William Floyd, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Association.



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On 28 Aug 2013 at 00:48 GMT William Floyd wrote:

My name is Zak and I am a docent at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, NY. I have been researching Floyd family genealogy for about 3 years. This would be the Floyd family of the Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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