Captain John Floyd, of Lynn & Malden

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John Floyd

Also Known As: "John Floyd of the Salem Witch Trials"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: of, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: February 1, 1702 (61-69)
Rumney Marsh, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Floyd and Ann //
Husband of Sarah Floyd
Father of Sarah Upham; Hugh Floyd; Lieutenant John Floyd; Joseph Floyd; Joanna Floyd and 3 others

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About Captain John Floyd, of Lynn & Malden

Captain John Floyd (c1636-1701) was living at Lynn in 1662 with wife Sarah Doolittle, daughter of John Doolittle of Rumney Marsh, when his eldest child was born; they had eight children altogether. About 1670 he moved to Malden, settling at Black Ann's Corner near the Rumney Marsh line. He was made freeman in 1674, and during the spring and early summer of 1676 served as lieutenant in Captain Henchman's company in King Philip's War. About 1680 he moved to Rumney Marsh, where he lived for the remainder of his life, retaining the farm at Malden and sharing in the sixth division of the common lands of Malden as a freeholder of that town.

John Doolittle, his father-in-law, died 24 Sept. 1681, and made Captain Floyd's children the residuary legatees of his large estate in Rumney Marsh, mentioning Sarah Floyd in his will, and making "son-in-law John Floyd" sole executor.

Captain Floyd was in Govenor Andros's expedition of 1688 against the Indians to the eastward, and in 1689 was in command of a military post on the Saco River. In 1690 he was made captain of a troop and stationed at Portsmouth, and for about three years after this he saw service against the Indians, taking part in the fight at Wheelwright's Pond, in the expedition of September 1690, under Major Church, against the enemy around Casco.

Like Captain John Alden, Jr., John Floyd's service in the Indian Wars in Maine caused him to become a target of some of the accusers in Salem Village. Some of the young girls at Salem had been orphaned during an Indian attack in 1690 at Saco, Maine. Captain Floyd and other military men had connections with some of the local Indians, often trading with them, which was seen by the young girls of Salem Village as shameful. In 1692 he was arrested and imprisoned on the charge of practicing witchcraft, and evidence was given against him in the trial of Abigail Faulkner at Salem on 11 August. No examination records survive regarding Captain Floyd, but he obviously escaped conviction.

He died at Rumney Marsh 1 February 1701/2, and was buried at Lynn. His heirs drew up an agreement for the division of his estate, which included eight slaves and was partitioned between the widow Sarah, sons Hugh, John, Joseph, and Daniel, and sons-in-law Nathaniel Upham and John Hawks (Suffolk Probate, vol. 14, p. 400). Sarah, widow of Capt. John Floyd, died 16 June 1717, aged 75, and was buried in the old Rumney Marsh burial-ground, now in Revere.


  1. Sarah Floyd (24 February 1661/2 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts - 14 October 1715) married Nathaniel Upham
  2. Hugh Floyd (10 September 1663 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts - 17 November 1730 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts), married Elinor MNU:
    1. Hannah Floyd (born 5 November 1686 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
    2. Sarah Floyd (born 28 January 1688 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts); married Francis Leath 25 March 1713
    3. Ebinezer Floyd (born 21 February 1690 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
    4. Elijah Floyd (born 12 February 1692 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts) married John Leath 30 May 1717
    5. Samuel Floyd (born c1695 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
    6. Mary Floyd (born 22 July 1698 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    7. Benjamin Floyd (born c1700 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
    8. Hugh Floyd (born13 May 1704 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
    9. Joanna Floyd, married Edward Tuttle 11 June 1706
  3. John Floyd (20 February 1664/5 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts - 7 Jan. 1723/4) married Rachel Parker (born 9 March 1664/5), daughter of Jacob and Sarah of Chelmsford:
    1. John Floyd (born 19 August 1687 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    2. Rachel Floyd (25 December 1690 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts - 23 September 1746); married Ebeneezer Pratt 27 March 1711
    3. Noah Floyd (24 May 1696 Rumney Marsh, Suffolk County, Massachusetts - 2 November 1706)
    4. Jacob Floyd (born 11 September 1703)
    5. Joanna Floyd (c1706) married Samuel Floyd 8 February 1727
    6. Abigail Floyd, married Samuel Tuttle 3 December 1713
    7. Tabitha Floyd, married James Nichols 9 July 1719
  4. Joseph Floyd (born 15 March 1666/7 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts) married Elizabeth Potter, daughter of Robert Potter, Sr., of Lynn
  5. Joanna Floyd (born 3 February 1668/9 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts)
  6. Noah Floyd (born December 1670 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  7. Benjamin Floyd (born Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts); his father was appointed administrator of his estate 16 November 1697
  8. Daniel Floyd (born 28 December 1675 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  9. Abigail Floyd (born Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)

Note: Purported daughter, Mary Floyd, given by Savage and other authorities, was more likely a daughter of John and Sarah (Barker) Flood of Boston.


Floyd is a name of Welsh origin derived from the word lloyd or llwyd, meaning grey. It was very common in London and the country round about in the early part of the seventeenth century, and several of the early settlers of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth bore this surname. John Floyd, a merchant from London, was in Scituate with wife Anne in 1640, and later removed to Boston. Joseph Floyd (often given as Flood), also from London, came to Dorchester with wife Jane in 1635 and moved to Lynn three years later. Possibly, one of these was the father of Capt. John Floyd of Rumney Marsh, but no record has been discovered throwing any light on the subject. The other early New England Floyds seem to be out of the question.


Rumney Marsh, which was then the northernmost district of Boston, became a part of Chelsea in January 1738/9, and is now the town of Revere, Massachusetts.


  • Floyd, C. Harold. The Floyd Family of Rumney Marsh. New York.
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2012. "John Floyd (?1637-1702) & Sarah [Doolittle]; ca 1661; Lynn/Malden/Boston"
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Captain John Floyd, of Lynn & Malden's Timeline

Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
February 24, 1662
Age 25
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 10, 1663
Age 26
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
February 20, 1664
Age 27
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
March 15, 1667
Age 30
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
February 3, 1669
Age 32
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
December 1670
Age 33
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Age 35
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
February 1676
Age 39
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts