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County History

Floyd County Virginia's history begins in Southwest Virginia in the 1700's with the arrival of traders, trappers and hunters. Trader's Path is the earliest known travel way through Floyd County. It ran East to West, over the Roanoke River where Back Creek comes in, by John Mason's, R. Poage's, the waters of Back Creek and Southwest over Bent Mountain. The trail continued westward through the Little River area to the Lead Mines. First known attempts to settle Floyd County, appear to have been made during the 1740's. James Patton, in 1745, was granted by the Virginia Council, 100,000 acres on the New River and westward flowing waters. In 1749, the Royal Company of Virginia received a grant as well, on the westward flowing waters. This put the two companies in competition with each other to settle the area.

January 15, 1831, the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act creating what is now Floyd County, out of Montgomery County. The new county got its name from the Governor at the time, John Floyd. In 1834, the courthouse was completed. A portion of Franklin County was given to Floyd County in 1870.

Floyd County's county seat was first called Jacksonville, in honor of Andrew Jackson the 7th President of the United States. First incorporated in 1858, Jacksonville was re-incorporated on February 19, 1892, in order to enlarge the town boundaries. The General Assembly passed an Act on January 23, 1896, officially changing the name to Floyd, from Jacksonville.

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Website updates
Nov 2014 : Sutphine Obit, 1850 Post Offices
Mar 2014 : 1883 Pensioners
Oct 2012: 1890 Veteran's Censuses: Indian Valley, Locust Grove, Little River, and Burks Fork, Nathaniel Henry Obituary
Mar 2012:Register of Children of Colored Persons
Jan 2012: Isaac Eldridge Huff, M. D. Biography

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