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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M88- 75
Creator: Floyd, Samuel A., b. 1846.
Title, Dates: Diary, 1872.
Amount: 1.00 folder
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Biographical/Historical:     Samuel A. Floyd was born March 17, 1846 in Camden County, Georgia.  He enlisted into the 2nd Florida Infantry at age 16 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Samuel was the nephew of Robert Floyd who served in the Florida Legislature in the 1840's and 1850's.  Before coming to Apalachicola, Floyd worked in the lumber trade in Jacksonville and along the Georgia coast.  Floyd was appointed log and timber inspector for Franklin County in 1872.  He served as a Franklin County representative in the Florida House of Representatives in 1877.  In 1883 he was elected Sheriff of Franklin County.
Summary:     The collection contains a photocopy of a personal diary kept by Samuel A. Floyd from January 1, 1872 to November 28, 1872.  It appears that Floyd reread the journal at a later date and then entered some editorial comments on his earlier entries.
    The diary contains observations on the people and places involved in Floyd's daily life in Franklin County, Florida.  He commented extensively on the social, religious, economic, and political aspects of life in Apalachicola and Franklin County during the late nineteenth century.  Particularly valuable are Floyd's descriptions of his work in the lumber business.  Floyd also observed then Secretary of State Jonathan C. Gibbs at a meeting on July 20, 1872, and makes several interesting comments about Gibbs, who was a black man serving in Florida's Reconstruction government.
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Reproduction Note: Photocopies.
Location of Originals/Duplicates: Original held by donor.
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Ownership/Custodial History: The donor is a descendant of S. A. Floyd.
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Subject Access Fields: Lumber trade Florida
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Franklin County (Fla.)
Apalachicola (Fla.)
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