||John Floyd, an early surveyor and military figure in Kentucky, was born in 1750 in
what is now Amherst County, Virginia. He is the son of William and Abadiah (Davis)
Floyd. His father, of Welsh descent, was a small but apparently successful
planter. Floyd's educational background is unknown, but his penmanship and spelling
were above average for his time. John Floyd served a term in a British prison.
|In the fall of 1779 the couple, with an infant son and other family members, set out
overland for the falls of Ohio, where Floyd surveyed 2,000 acres in 1774 and had purchased
the rights to it. There he established Floyds Station, one of six fortified stations
along the middle fork of Beargrass creek, and in January 1781 was placed in command of all
Jefferson County militia units. Floyd was fatally wounded in an Indian ambush on
April 9, 1783, on the way to a militia gathering at Bullit's Lick, near Slat River in
present-day Bullitt County.
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