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Floyd, John

Planter, former Georgia militia general, and former congressman John Floyd died in Camden County, Georgia on June 24, 1839. Born in 1769, Floyd successfully fought the Creek Indians on Georgia’s western frontier during the early 1800s. During the War of 1812, his forces joined those of Andrew Jackson in fighting the Upper Creeks in Alabama. In 1813, Gen. Floyd led a detachment of 950 members of the Georgia Militia into Alabama and killed several hundred Creek Indians in surprise attacks at Autossee and Tallassee. Because of these military successes, the Georgia legislature created and named Floyd County in his honor in 1833.