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John B. Floyd

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Warfield, Logan County, Virginia (Present West Virginia), United States
Death: April 15, 1935 (80)
Home of daughter Mrs. Marie Ford, Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. George Rogers Clark Floyd and Ellen Floyd
Husband of Clara Floyd
Partner of Louisa Runyon
Father of Rose Marie Ford
Brother of George Kirk Floyd; Sally Buchanan Floyd; Ellen N. Floyd; Laetitia Preston Floyd; Nickiti Buchanan Floyd and 1 other
Half brother of B. Rush Floyd; Mary Columbia Wiles and George Rogers Clark Floyd

Managed by: Thomas Martin Harrigan
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About John B. Floyd


John B. Floyd (1854-1935) was a West Virginia politician. He served in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1881-1882, and again in 1893-1894. Floyd also served in the West Virginia Senate in 1883-1885.[1]



ID: I07604

  • Name: John B. Floyd 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 NOV 1855 in Warfield, Logan Co., WV 4 5
  • Death: 15 APR 1935 in Charleston, WV
  • Reference Number: 7604
  • Note:
    • Studied law, history and literature at UVA, 1870s.
    • He was a lawyer, politician and real estate trader in the Charleston WV area.
    • He is listed in the GRC Floyd home in Hardee, Logan Co. in the 1880 census as a student at law.
    • He served in the State House as both a delegate and a senator. Elliott Hatfield, The Hatfields (Stanville, KY: Big Sandy Valley Historical Society, 1974), 72-73.
  • Note:
    • Floyd, whose uncle and grandfather both had been governors of Virginia, was born in Logan County in 1855.
    • Educated at Rock Hill College in Maryland and the University of Virginia, Floyd studied history, literature, and international and constitutional law.
    • Floyd first went to the state legislature in 1881 as Delegate from Logan and then in 1883 as state senator. "John B. Floyd," in George W. Atkinson and Alvaro F. Gibbens, Prominent Men of West Virginia, (Wheeling, WV: W. L. Callin, 1890), 720-721.
  • Father: George Rogers Clark Floyd b: 13 SEP 1810 in Christianburg, Montgomery Co., VA
  • Mother: Ellen Meade b: ABT 1835 in IN

Marriage 1 Louisa Runyon b: 1856

  • Event: Friends 1874


  • 1. William Troy Floyd
    • b: 13 AUG 1876 in Mingo Co., WV, then Logan Co.

Marriage 2 Clara Jamison b: ABT 1860 in Wheeling, WV

  • Married: ABT 1882


  • 1. Rose Marie Floyd
    • b: 1884
  • 2. John Julian Floyd
    • b: 1886
  • 3. George Jamison Floyd
    • b: 1888


  • Title: John Frederick Dorman, "The Prestons...," Filson Club, 1982, which cites many valuable sources
    • Repository: Media: Book
  • Title: The New York Freeman's Journal and Catholic Register, June 8, 1895
  • Title: 1880 Logan Co., West Va. census
    • Repository: Media: Book
  • Title: He is 24 in the 1880 GRC Floyd household. Since I have seen his birth in both 1854 and 1855, I will choose that closer to the census.
  • Title: "prominent Men of West Virginia," George W. Atkinson, 1890, courtesy of Erin O'Connell, Feb., 2003


From The Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), April 16, 1935:

John B. Floyd taken by death: Funeral of former mayor and state senator to be held today

John B. Floyd, 81, former member of the legislature and former mayor of Charleston, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Marie Ford, after an illness of several days.

Funeral services are to be held at ten o'clock this morning at Sacred Heart church. Burial is to be in Mount Olivet cemetery. The body is at the Owen and Barth funeral home.

Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Ford; two sons, George J. Floyd of Charleston and John Julian Floyd of Calgary, Canada; one sister, Mrs. Nichatie Kelly of Washington, and one brother, W.P. Floyd of Huntington.

Pall bearers are to be W.W. Wertz, Hugh Jarrett, Dr. L.E. Wray, Garnet Brown, M.S. Hodges, and E.D. Yewell.

Born in Logan County

Mr. Floyd, who was born November 13, 1854, at Warfield, Logan County, came to Charleston in 1885 from Wheeling, when the state capitol was moved here the second time. He was a grandson of a governor of Virginia.

After attending Rock Hill College in Maryland and studying law at the University of Virginia, he entered the practice of the law.

He was elected to the house of delegates from Logan County in 1881 and in 1883 was elected to the state senate, of which he was the youngest member.

He was appointed mayor of Charleston May 17, 1900, to complete the term of C. Summers, who died in office. He served until March 18, 1901. He was a law partner of William A. MacCorkle, before the latter was elected governor.

Mr. Floyd's wife, Mrs. Clara Jamison Floyd, who died in January, was a member of a prominent Wheeling family.

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John B. Floyd's Timeline

November 13, 1854
Warfield, Logan County, Virginia (Present West Virginia), United States
March 1884
Age 29
West Virginia, United States
April 15, 1935
Age 80
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States