CHARLES A. FLOYD was a prominent farmer and stock raiser at Hutchins in southern Dallas County, Texas. He has been identified with the best interests of this county since 1848.
Mr. Floyd is a native of Illinois. He was born in Greene County on June 28, 1840. his parents were George and Nancy Finley Floyd. His father was born in Vermont in 1811, and ‘when a lad of eight years, he was bound out (contract with business owner for child labor). Charles left home at the age of eighteen and traveled to New York. He remained there for a period of time before joining the noted Joseph Call on the way to Illinois. That was about 1829. There he engaged in various occupations, and in that State was married to Nancy Finley, a native of Illinois, and daughter of John Finley.
John Finley had moved from South Carolina to Illinois at an early day. The grandmother of our subject was captured by the Indians and was held in captivity for several years. She was rescued, at a great expense, by her father. After his marriage Mr. Floyd purchased a farm in Greene county, and went to work on making improvements.
He continued to reside there until 1848, when he came to Texas, making the journey with horse teams and being four weeks en route, landing in Dallas county just before Christmas. Previous to this the father had come South, had taken a headright in Peters’ Colony, and had built a cabin, and when he returned, with his family, he moved into this place. He was accompanied by John Conoway, Anthony Fisher, George Martin and William Spencer and their families. Mr. Floyd at once began the improvement of his new home, and remained there farming and stock-raising as long as he lived.
He and his wife were the parents of five sons, viz.: David H., who died in 1863, at the age of thirty four years; Charles A., the subject of this sketch; Oscar, who died in Illinois during
the war, aged nineteen; Caswell B., a minister in the Christian Church, died in November, 1890; and Alfred B., a resident of Dallas county, Texas. Mrs. Floyd was a member of the Baptist Church. The father died in March, 1884, and the mother is also deceased.
Charles A. Floyd was eight years old when he cane to Texas, and on his father’s frontier farm. He was reared, receiving his education in the common schools. He remained with his
parents until the breaking out of the late war (Civil War), and in July, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Sixth Texas Cavalry, and served in the western army until the battle of Corinth. He
participated in the battle of Pea Ridge, Iuka and Corinth, and was taken prisoner. He then took the oath of allegiance and returned to his home, after being absent four years. He at
once engaged in farming, and that occupation has since claimed his attention.
January 13, 1867, Mr. Floyd was united in marriage with Miss Angelina E. Metlock, a native of Kentucky and a daughter of Absalom and Nancy Malvina (Harris) Metlock, of that State. The Metlock family came to Texas in 1852 and settled near where Mr. Floyd now lives. They had a family of five children, Mrs. Floyd being the oldest. The others are Amanda, Joseph, Eliza and Thomas A. Mrs. Metlock died in 1862, at the age of thirty-five years, and Mr. Metlock in 1865, at the age of thirty-eight.
After his marriage Mr. Floyd settled on his present farm, which he first rented and subsequently purchased. He now owns 200 acres of land, including a part of the Metlock and his father’s homesteads. He and his wife have eleven children, as`follows: Oscar M., of Greer county, Oklahoma; Lora E., wife of Joseph Boyd, also of Greer county, Oklahoma; Finley E., Augusta M., Absalom, Lannie, King David, Elvia, Eula, Donia and George.
Mr. Floyd is a member of the International Order of Foresters, Trinity Lodge, of Dallas, No. 198, and of the Caddo Tribe of I. O. R. M., Dallas, Lodge No. 8. He is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance and is vice-president of the organization at Hutchins.