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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN A. C. FLOYD, who carries on general farming on section 22, Carbondale Township, Jackson County, was born March 27, 1844, in the neighborhood of his present home. His parents, Nathaniel W. and Nancy (Bush) Floyd, were both natives of Kentucky, and in that state their marriage was celebrated. About 1841 they came to Illinois, settling northwest of Carbondale, and later removed to Rockwood, Randolph County, where the father carried on a wood-yard. During the Civil War he was a member of the Home Guards. He met his death by accident about twenty years ago. His wife still survives him, at the age of eighty, and makes her home with our subject, who is the only survivor in a family of eleven children. Mrs. Floyd is a member of the Christian Church, and her husband was one of its ministers for thirty years. In politics he supported the Republican party.

Under the parental roof John Floyd was reared, and in the schools of Rockwood he was educated. Responding to the country’s call for troops July 1, 1861, he became a member of Company A, Seventh Illinois Infantry. He was the first man in Jackson County to enlist in the Union army. With his regiment he was sent to Ironton, and to Pilot Knob after Jefferson Thompson. He then aided in building Ft. Holt, and afterward participated in the battles of Ft. Henry and Ft. Donelson, and was chased by the enemy to Clarksville. Subsequently, Mr. Floyd was under fire at the battles of Nashville, Shiloh and Corinth, and after a thirty days’ furlough spent at home; he rejoined his regiment at Corinth and then moved on to Pulaski. After the battle of Tuscumbia, he went with the army to Florence, Ala. His brother, Armistead, was taken prisoner, and died in Andersonville Prison. Only four of the company escaped capture after a hard run. This was followed by a battle against General Hood’s forces at Altoona Pass, where our subject was wounded in the neck and in the left shoulder. He was then sent to the hospital at Rome, Ga., later to Chattanooga Hospital, thence to Nashville, and on to Evansville, Ind., where he was discharged May 8, 1865, after three years and ten months of hard service, during which he spent one year in the mounted infantry. He was always found at his post, faithful to his country and the Union cause. He now receives a pension of $24 per month.

Mr. Floyd was married January 19, 1865, to Eliza Boren, who was born in Jackson County, September 22, 1841, and is a daughter of James and Sarah (Wingett) Boren, the former a native of Tennessee, and the latter of South Carolina. Her parents were married and came to Illinois in 1829, locating on section 26, Carbondale Township, being among the first settlers of the community. His death occurred at the age of eighty-four, and his wife passed away at the age of seventy-two. To Mr. and Mrs. Floyd were born four children, of whom two are yet living: Alfred T., who married Elizabeth Timpner, by whom he has one child; and Sarah L. They are also rearing three orphan children.

Upon his marriage, Mr. Floyd located in The Glades, and after two years located upon a fruit farm, where he also spent two years. He then bought the old homestead of seventy-nine acres, on which he has since made his home. His land is under a high state of cultivation and well improved, and the owner is regarded as one of the representative agriculturists of the community. He takes an active interest in politics, and is a warm advocate of Republican principles. He belongs to the Grand Army post, and has served as Officer of the Day for three terms. He and his wife and both children are members of the Christian Church, and are people of generous and benevolent impulses, highly respected by all.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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