Born: December 17, 1734 at Brookhaven, Long Island
Died: August 4, 1821 (aged 86)
Spouse: Hannah Jones (m. 1760 – 1781), Joanna Strong (m. 1784 – 1821)
Children: He had 6 children
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 1st district (1789 – 1791)
Delegate from New York in the First Continental Congress (1774 – 1776)
Member of the New York State Senate (1777 – 1788)
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Facts about William Floyd
The William Floyd House, the family home, is located in Mastic Beach, is part of Fire Island National Seashore and is open to visitors. There are several places and institutions named after William Floyd. He was a strong supporter of the movement that made Thomas Jefferson the second President of the United States.
In 1776, he led a New York militia unit, and in one skirmish, his men drove off British invaders attempting to land on Long Island. When peace was made in 1783, Floyd returned to the family home in Long Island only to discover that during the seven-year occupation, British Cavalry had turned his home into a stable, and had ruined it.
On July 4, 1787, he was elected an Honorary Member of the New York Society of the Cincinnati.
William Floyd Childhood
Floyd was born in Brookhaven, New York on Long Island, into a family of English and Welsh origins, and took over the family farm when his father Nicholl Floyd died. The William Floyd Estate consists of the home, grounds and a cemetery of the Floyd family. Over the course of 200 years, eight generations of Floyds have managed the 25-room mansion and 613-acre property. Prior to the 20th century, the estate was much larger.
William’s great-grandfather Richard Floyd was born in Brecknockshire, Wales in about 1620 and settled in the Province of New York. His grandfather Richard after 1688 purchased 4,400 acres from the Tangier Smith family in the Mastic Neck of the Town of Brookhaven. His father Nicoll built a house there in 1723 that would become the birthplace of William, who was a member of the Suffolk County Militia in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, becoming Major General.
Where is William Floyd buried?
He is buried at Westernville Cemetery, New York.
How did William Floyd die?
He died on August 4, 1821, by natural cause.