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Floyd County

Kentucky, USA

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Floyd County is located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The county is named for Colonel John Floyd (1750–1783). Floyd County was formed in 1800 when the legislation became effective on June 1, 1800.  The county was made from parts of Fleming, Montgomery, and Mason County, Kentucky. The county seatwas Preston's Station, later renamed Prestonsburg.  The first court house burned down on April 8, 1808, destroying all the early records, so the earliest records of government activity come from the year 1808.  Counties that lie adjacent to Floyd are: Johnson County (north);  Martin County (northeast);  Pike County (east);  Knott County (southwest); and Magoffin County (northwest).

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Robert Brown his wife and children migrated west from Russell County, Virginia to Kentucky around 1797.  It is most probable that he settled near the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River in what is now Floyd County.  The 1810 census documents the Robert Brown’s his first wife and their five children.  After his first wife died sometime between 1810 and 1815 he married Jemima Walker on February 18, 1816 in Floyd County, Kentucky.  To this union at least four off-spring were born in Floyd County between 1817 and 1824.  They were Solomon Walker (1817), Elizabeth Walker (1819), David Walker (1820) and Sarah Walker (c.1824).  Floyd County Land Records show that Robert Brown purchased 50 acres along the Big Sandy River* on July 9, 1817.  The 1820 U.S. Census records show Robert Brown still residing in Floyd county.   About 1826 Robert moved his family from Kentucky to Edgar County Illinois where he is recognized as one of the original settlers of Paris Township.

* Reference to the Big Sandy River would include both the Tug Fork and the Levisa Fork as such it is most probable that this transaction refers to property on the Levisa Fork as the main course of the Big Sandy River does not run through Floyd County..



Around 1792 William Walker of Montgomery County, Virginia migrated with his family to that area of Kentucky now in Floyd County.  It appears that William settled where Beaver Creek joins with the Levisa River near present day Allen, Kentucky.  This area was in Mason County until 1798.  It was herein that two of his children were born, Elizabeth in 1794 and Moses in 1795.  When his daughter Jane was born in April 1799 the Walker property was then in Fleming County as it was created in 1798. Two years later in 1800 Floyd County was created. William’s daughter Jemima Walker married Robert Brown in Floyd County on February 18, 1816.  William Walker continued to live in Floyd County until his death in 1818.  Around 1826 the Walker Family began to leave Floyd County for better land and opportunities in the west.  Eventually William’s son Moses Walker, as well as daughters Jemima Walker and husband Robert Brown, Jane Walker and husband Richard F. Giddens, Rhoda Walker and husband Milton Lesley all eventually removed to Edgar County Illinois. 

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LOCATION:  Country: United States;  State: Kentucky;  County: Floyd;  Coordinates/Map: 37.667778, -82.758889

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NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Prestonsburg is a city in and the county seat of Floyd County. It lies in the eastern part of the state, along the banks of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. It was founded in 1797 by Col. John Preston—for whom it was named—along with Solomon Stratton, Matthias Harman and Andrew Hood. Prestonsburg was originally known as Preston's Station. It was renamed Prestonsburg in 1799 when it was made the seat of the newly formed Floyd county. The first post office opened in 1816 as Floyd Court House.  Also located in Prestonsburg is the May House. Built in 1817, it is the oldest brick house in the Big Sandy valley.  The Floyd County Justice Center is located at 127 S. Lake Drive in Prestonsburg.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):  Prestonsburg, Kentucky - Wikipedia

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LOCATION:  Country: United States;  State: : Kentucky;  County: Floyd;  Coordinates/Map: 37.613333, -82.725833