Sarah “Sally” <I>Preston</I> Floyd


Sarah “Sally” Preston Floyd

Death 8 May 1879 (aged 76)
Burial Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 9688870 View Source
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Sally Buchanan Preston Floyd was the granddaughter of General William Campbell, who led the defeat of British forces at the Battle of King's Mountain during the American Revolution, and sister of William C. Preston (1775–1783), a senator from South Carolina.

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Bristol News newspaper, Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee
Tuesday 20 May 1879; Front Page; Column 1

An Interesting Sketch of a Notable Lady's Life
(Norfolk Landmark)

The death of Mrs. Floyd of Abingdon, on Wednesday, has been announced. Mrs. Sally Buchanan Floyd was the widow of the late General (and Governor) John Buchanan Floyd. She was the daughter of Gen. Frank Preston, of Abington, VA, who
was a member of the first three Congresses of the United States, and a citizen of great wealth, owning the Preston Salt Works, near Abington.

Mrs. Floyd was a niece of Col. James P. Preston, a gallant soldier of the War of 1812, and afterwards Governor of Virginia, who was well known in Norfolk, by having married a sister of General Robert E. Taylor, and by his son, Secretary and Senator William Ballard Taylor.

Mrs. Floyd was the last of a family of distinguished sisters -viz: Eliza, wife of Gen. Edward C. Carrington, of Halifax Co., VA; Susan, wife of Gov. James McDowell, of Lexington, VA; Sophnisba(sic), wife of Rev. Robert J.
Breckenride(sic), D. D., of Lexington, KY; Maria, wife of John M. Preston, of Washington County, VA; and Margaret, wife of General (now Senator) Wade Hampton, of South Carolina - all of them women worthy of such men.

Mrs. Floyd was the sister of William C. Preston, Senator from South Carolina, from which state he had emigrated, who was one of the most eloquent orators which the country has produced since his grand-uncle, Patrick Henry. She was
also a sister of Col. John S. Preston, the Commissioner of South Carolina to Virginia in 1861, and since much distinguished by many pubic orations.

The mother of Mrs. Floyd, and of the distinguished persons just named, Mrs. Sally Buchanan Preston, was the only child of General William Campbell, who commanded at the Battle of King's Mountain in the Revolutionary War, where a victory was won by his riflemen over a detachment of the British army and drove Lord Cornwallis into a series of movements which ended in his surrender at Yorktown.

The wife of General Campbell, and grandmother of Mrs. Floyd, was Elizabeth Henry, a sister of Patrick Henry. General Campbell died at the close of the Revolution, and Mrs. Campbell (afterwards Mrs. Russell) was the chief stay of the infant Methodist Church of the day in Southwest Virginia. His house was the home of its young missionaries, and a pulpit was a part of the furniture in her parlor at the Salt-works. She was herself renowned for her eloquence in exhortation and prayer, and she was thought to be equal to her brother Patrick himself in strength of mind, brilliancy of imagination, and silver-tongued elocution. From this grandmother Mrs. Floyd inherited the fervent devotion to Methodism which characterized her life. Through the Henrys Mrs. Floyd was a near relation of General Joseph E. Johnston, Senator Johnston, and the rest of that family of distinguished men.

Mrs. Floyd'(sic) maternal aunt married Governor John Floyd, the elder, whose son, John B. Floyd, the younger, she married. Mrs. Floyd had no children of her own, but early adopted two orphaned relatives of both herself and her husband - John Preston Johnston, afterwards a gallant young artillery officer of the army, who was killed on the field of battle at Contreras, in the Mexican War, and his
sister, Mrs. Judge Hughes, now a resident in Norfolk.

Mr. Floyd died at the ripe age of seventy-seven. A few years ago she spent a winter in Norfolk, but has ever since preferred to remain in Abington and wait for death near the grave of her husband. She leaves few behind her of more
exalted qualities of heart, mind and character.

It is well to speak of high lineage when it is the inheritance of the good. The bad who discredit an honorable descent are those who should be silent on such a

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  • Created by: S.G. Thompson
  • Added: 22 Oct 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9688870
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah “Sally” Preston Floyd (19 Nov 1802–8 May 1879), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9688870, citing Sinking Spring Cemetery, Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by S.G. Thompson (contributor 46616521) .