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Austin/Orson Floyd

Also Known As: "Orson Floyd", "Orsson Floyd", "Oyston Floyd"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northampton County, now Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
Death: between 1840 and 1850 (84-95)
Horry County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ann Floyd
Husband of Unknown 1st wife of Austin Floyd and Unknown 2nd wife of Austin Floyd
Father of Unknown daughter #1 of Austin and 1st wife Floyd; Unknown son #1 of Austin and 1st wife Floyd; Unknown son #2 of Austin and 1st wife Floyd and Unknown daughter #2 of Austin and 1st wife Floyd
Half brother of Moses Floyd; James Rowland Floyd, I; Francis Floyd; Samuel Floyd; Frederick Hardee Floyd and 1 other

Managed by: Susanne Floyd
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About Austin/Orson Floyd

Austin/Orson Floyd is one of several brothers who moved from North Carolina before the American Revolution to the Horry County, South Carolina area (then part of Georgetown District). There is some question regarding parentage of the brothers, whether it is Andrew Johnson Floyd and Ann Roland or an elder Samuel Floyd and unknown wife of Samuel Floyd. It is hoped that DNA testing will answer the question in the future. Johnson and Rowland/Roland are family names in various lines and each line has a Samuel or Andrew appear, often more than once in a generation, which can lead to confusion. Ann is another common name in the Floyd family for women. Given the timeline, for now, the illusive Andrew and Ann are the listed parents, unless disproved.

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From genealogist Marty Grant:

Orson Floyd (a.k.a. Austin Floyd) was born 10 Jun 1755 according to his Revolutionary War Pension File (# R3620). In the his pension application he stated he was born in "Hartford" County, North Carolina. That would be Hertford County, but it didn't actually exist until 1759 when it was created from parts of Bertie, Chowan and Northampton Counties.

His parents are unknown, nor is it known how he relates to the other Floyds of Horry County. He almost has to be related to the other Floyds in Horry, but the exact nature of the relationships are unknown. The answer to some of those questions might be found in Hertford Co., NC records.

"he entered the Service in 1779 as a drafted militia-man under Capt. Martin Caswell for three months at Kingstown on Neuse River No Car where he was stationed during the whole time. Shortly after the expiration of this term of service, he was drafted again and served at the same place and in the same capacity three other months under the same officer for the year 1780..." He served several more three month terms in the same place under Capt. Daniel Waties, Capt. Samuel Caswell.

Later in the year 1780 he enlisted under Capt. Thomas Evans in the Continental service for the remainder of the war and was stationed at Kingston for two years and three months. He was not in any battles but had some skirmishes with the Tories. (Revolutionary War Pension File # R3620).

Austin Floyd is listed on the 1780 Dobbs Co., NC tax list in Davis District which is present day Greene Co., NC. He was taxed for land valued at $175. (1780 Dobbs Co., NC tax list, online at USGenWeb). He was the only Floyd on the 1780 tax list in Dobbs.

On 4 Apr 1786 Oyston Floyd entered 50 acres of land in Dobbs County. The land was on the east side of the northeast prong of Bear Creek on head of Spring Branch joining Micajah Parker, William Ham, William Faircloth and his own lines. This land is in present day Greene County. (NC Land Entry Book 4 page 88 from State of North Carolina Entries of Claims for lands within the County of Dobbs 1778-1790, William L. Murphy, Jr. 1984)

Sometime between ca Apr 1784 and Apr 1789 Orson Floyd made a deed to William Waterer in Dobbs Co., NC. Only the index survives, so I don't know what was deeded. (Dobbs Co., NC Deed Book 13, page 282 online at NC Grantor/Grantee Index of Johnston, Dobbs and Lenoir Counties).

Orson Floyd married someone, name unknown, probably before ca 1790. She was born ca 1755/65 per her ages on the 1800 and 1810 census.

It isn't known when they moved to what is now Horry Co., SC, but sometime after 1784/1789.

I was unable to find Orson Floyd on the 1790 census in Georgetown Dist., SC or Dobbs Co., NC or anywhere else. I looked for him with various spellings of his given name.

He was listed on the 1800 census in Georgetown District:

1800 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1800 Georgetown Dist, Kingston Co., SC pg 778/392 Osten Floyd 20010-11010-0-0
Analysis:

  • 1 Male(s) 26-44 (1755-1774) Orson Floyd (1755)
  • 2 Male(s) 0-9 (1790-1800) 1-Son? (1790/1800)
                                    2-Son? (1790/1800)

* 1 Female(s) 26-44 (1755-1774) Wife? (1755/65)

  • 1 Female(s) 10-15 (1784-1790) Daughter? (1784/90)
  • 1 Female(s) 0-9 (1790-1800) Daughter? (1790/1800)

On 15 Mar 1809 a plat was made for Austin Floyd and Frederick Floyd Junr. of 188 acres north east side of Drowning Creek on the Island and Ridges adjoining James Floyd. (Horry Co., SC Plat Book A, page 75b online at Horry County Historical Society)

From the SC Archives:

Floyd, Austin And Frederick Floyd, Jr., Plat For 188 Acres On Islands And Ridges Of Drowning Creek And Drowning Creek Swamp, Horry District, Surveyed By Josiah Lewis. Date: 1/20/1810 204353
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People in this record: Floyd, Austin Also: Floyd, Frederick Jr.; Floyd, James; Lewis, Josiah
Places in this record:
Drowning Creek; Horry District
Topics in this record:
Record details:
Date: 1/20/1810
Series: State Plat Books (Charleston Series) (S213190)
Document Type: Plat
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Identifiers:
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0037 Page: 00214 Item: 002

This shows that Orson and Frederick, and Frederick's father James were all well acquainted and probably closely related. Orson and James could certainly be brothers.

He was listed on the 1810 census in Horry. No children were at home.

1810 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1810 Horry Dist., SC pg 144 Oston Floyd 00001-00001-0-0
Analysis:

  • 1 Male(s) 45 and up (bef 1765) Orson Floyd (1755)
  • 1 Female(s) 45 & up (before 1765) Wife (1755/65)

On ?? Dec 1814 a plat was made for Henry Elliott for 910 acres on the north east side of Drowning Creek on Back Swamp adjoining Henry Elliott, Austin Floyd, Austin & Frederick Floyd and Patrick Lewis. (Horry Co., SC Plat Book B, page 51 online at Horry County Historical Society)

On 17 Feb 1815 a plat was made for Orsson Floyd for 100 acres on north east side of Little Pee Dee in Back Swamp adjoining Henry Elliott, William Lewis and Orsson Floyd. Chain bearers were James Parker, Henry Pitman and Jacob Grice. (Horry Co., SC Plat Book B, page 56 online at Horry County Historical Society)

On 27 Feb 1815 a plat was made for Henry Elliott for 242 acres on north east side of Drowning Creek on Juniper Bay and Cow Bog Bay adjoining James Floyd, Austin & Frederick Floyd, Austin Floyd and Henry Elliott. (Horry Co., SC Plat Book B, page 57 online at Horry County Historical Society)

They are listed on the 1820 census in Horry.

1820 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1820 Horry Dist., SC pg 134/7 Austin Floyd 011201-00001-0-0 Analysis:

  • 1 Male(s) 45 & up (before 1775) Orson Floyd (1755)
  • 2 Male(s) 16-25 (1794-1804) 1-Son? (1794/1804)
  • 2-Son? (1802/1804)
  • 1 Male(s) 16-17 (1802-1804) * (Same as one of the above)
  • 1 Male(s) 10-15 (1804-1810) Son? (1804/10)
  • 1 Female(s) 45 & up (before 1775) Wife? (1755/65) (or 2nd wife (1770/80)

They are listed on the 1830 census in Horry. Mrs. Floyd appears to be a different person than the wife of the 1800 and 1810 census (born ca 1755/65). The apparent wife listed in 1830 is aged 50-59, or born ca 1770/80. Her 1840 entry agrees with that so this is clearly not the same wife from the 1800 and 1810 census. She could be the same wife from the 1820 census. The name of the second Mrs. Orson Floyd is also unknown.

1830 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1830 Horry Dist., SC pg 260 Austin Floyd 1000100001000-1000100100000 Slaves=000000-000000
Analysis:

  • 1 Male(s) 70-79 (1750-1760) Orson Floyd (1755)
  • 1 Male(s) 20-29 (1800-1810) Son? (1804/10)
  • 1 Male(s) 0-4 (1825-1830) Son? (1825/30)
  • 1 Female(s) 50-59 (1770-1780) Wife? (1770/80)
  • 1 Female(s) 20-29 (1800-1810) Daughter? Daughter-in-law? (1800/10)
  • 1 Female(s) 0-4 (1825-1830) Daughter? (1825/30)

Orson Floyd was living in neighboring Marion District in 1836 when he applied for his Revolutionary War Pension. The application was rejected because his name couldn't be found on any militia rolls. I'm not surprised considering his ever changing given name. He appeared before the Marion District Court of Common pleas on 15 Nov 1836 and declared he was 81 years old, "he was born in Hartford County, No. Ca. on the 10th day of June 1755 as his parents informed him - does not know that there was ever any record of his age. Orson Floyd signed his declaration with a mark that looks like the letter O. Moses Smith, a Clergyman, made an affidavit on the same date that he knew Orson Floyd and that he is reputed and beloved in the neighborhood where he lives. William H. Grice witnessed. (Revolutionary War Pension File # R3620)

Orson is listed on the 1840 census in Horry.

1840 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1840 Horry Dist., SC pg 325 Orson Floyd 0000000000100-0000000010000 Slaves=000000-000000
Analysis:

  • 1 Male(s) 80-89 (1750-1760) Orson Floyd (1755)
  • 1 Female(s) 60-69 (1770-1780) Wife? (1770/80)

Orson Floyd appears to have died in the 1840's for he was not listed on the 1850 census in Horry or elsewhere as far as I could find. I didn't find an apparent widow listed in 1850 either who could have been his wife.

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Austin/Orson Floyd's Timeline

1755
June 10, 1755
Northampton County, now Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
1784
1784
1790
1790
1790
1790
1840
1840
Age 84
Horry County, South Carolina, United States