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FLOYD, John, soldier, born in Beaufort, South Carolina, 3 October 1769; died in Camden County, Georgia, 24 June 1839. His father was Colonel Charles Floyd, who was ruined pecuniary by the Tories of the Revolution. The family removed to Georgia in 1791, and by boat building at the mouth of the St. Illa River retrieved their fortunes. John, one of several sons, received little early education, but had a bold and indomitable spirit, which soon made itself felt in the community. In 1813 he was elected brigadier general of the Georgia militia. He commanded at the battle of Autossee, Ala., against the Creek Indians, 29 November 1813, where he was severely wounded. On 27 Jan. of the next year he commanded at Camp Defiance, in battle with the same Indians. >From 1820 till 1827 he was a member of the Georgia legislature, and in 1827'9 of congress. Afterward he was major general of militia.
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