Susan Anna FLOYD
- Born: Apr 17, 1837, Morgantown, Union County, Kentucky
- Marriage: John Jay GOOD on Jul 27, 1854 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas 1624
- Died: Jan 23, 1912, Naples, Morris County, Texas at age 74
- Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Another name for Susan was Annie.
1860 Census - Dallas, Precinct No. 1 - Dallas P. O.
1328 1334 Jno J. Good 36M Lawyer MS
Susan A. (Susan Anna Floyd) 23F KY
Jno J 4M TX
George 2M TX
Letters during the Civil War, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by: Jane Sanford Keppler
Source: DeSoto Parish GenWeb
Letter From Dallas, 1864
Including an account of the Battle of Mansfield/Pleasant Hill, and the Red River Campaign
The following transcribed letter was written from Dallas County in the summer of 1864 from Fannie Patience (Floyd) Crutchfield (Mrs. James O.), who was staying at her parents' home, to her sister, Susan Anna (Floyd) Good, (Mrs. John J.), who was living at the home of her father-in-law, George Good, Moscow, Marion County, AL. Both of their husbands were in Confederate service, as was their younger brother, Tommie. Their older brother, Nathaniel Stanley Floyd, had recently died in a POW camp. The transcript is verbatim, taken from photocopies done approximately 40 years ago. (Several names had been eradicated before the originals were photocopied, and indicated here by ______).
Dallas Co. Tex. Apr. 17th 
Dear Sister Annie
I wrote you a few days since in which I promised to write you by Bro. Tom. As I have but little news to communicate, will take the privilege of lecturing you a little. I know your disposition so well, I fear you suffered more uneasinesson our account than you should have done. I know hearing from us so irregularly that dark clouds are apt to arise in your imagination. I entreat you to strive against this --- remember the old adage -- it is time enough to climb mountains when we get to them. Allways look at the bright side. Though you may hear we are surrounded by the enemy, remember we are far in the interior, remote from any water course or railroad.
Do not give yourself the least anxiety on our account. I do not think there is a safer place to be in the Confederacy than Dallas Co. You and I have great reason to be thankful that we have not suffered by this Cruel War, like thousands have. We yet have many comforts and blessings which we ought to appreciate and not grieve because we have not the society of all who are loved by us, to add to our happiness. No one would be more proud to clasp a pet sister in their arms than I would mine. But I try to be resigned to our separation. I am glad you are permitted to enjoy the society of your Husband so frequently and that your relations and friends have been so kind and attentive to you. We are more than glad to hear your health is restored, and that you have gotten along so well with your babe. Ma talks about you a great deal --- if sister Bettie and I did not love you so well, I think we might become jealous. But we permit her to talk about that dear child as much as she pleases and we never complain.
Ma give Tommie a nice supper yesterday evening the young folks enjoyed themselves very much. Miss Bessie Edminson did her best to captivate Mr. Floyd. But I hardly think she succeeded. I think his Arkansas girl has his heart. Tom seems much disappointed that he cannot visit her. The feds have possession there. Our armies are concentrating on the coast. Galveston is the point 'tis thought will be attacked. I received a packet of letters from Mr. C. [the writer's husband] yesterday evening -- his health has not been good recently -- he has neuralgia of the spine. He was at home when Tommie got in but had to return to his command in a few days. They are now camped in the vicinity of Houston. We have a fine prospect for an excelent wheat crop -- will have fruit in abundance unless we have a late frost. Pa's cherry and Damson trees are very full of fruit. I would like to help you gather some of those nice strawberries you spoke of growing at your Pa's [father-in-law]. There is constant trade from here to Sanintonia with flour for goods. Pa Crutchfield [the writer's father-in-law] is in the mercantile business -- his health is verry feble. Ma [Crutchfield] is as brisk around the counter as she use to be around the table. She talks very frequently about you and the Gen. -- says she intends to Give the Gen a big dinner when he gets home. She intended giving Bro Tom a party but did not do so on account of Bettie Lane's health, she has a son two weeks old -- her oldest died more than a year ago.
I presume the Gen would like to hear what has become of his old friends. Mr. Lane is still Cap of a Company in Chisums Reg. Col. C. resigned on account of bad health. Crill Miller is now Col. Mr. Swindells is editing the Herald. John Eakins has been a Qr Master in Ganoes Brig --- has recently been assigned to post duty at Bonham. Col. Burford has resigned -- is clerk in some department in Dallas. Stone [B. Warren Stone, who raised the 6th Texas Cavalry] has also resigned. McCoy is enrolling officer at Dallas. Dr. ______ still keeps out of the army also _______. Old ________ has not quite killed himself drinking yet. Judge ________ is scared nearly to death the feds will get here. He has sold his house and lot and a goodeal of land adjoining for 500 in specia -- is going to start to Sanintonia in a few days. I have heard a good many of your and the Gens friends say they intended to write you by Tom. But I fear you will not get many letters as he has concluded to start a few days sooner than was expected. Sister Bettie said she would write by Tom when she was down a few days ago. But we did not know then he would start in the morning. Mollie promised Grand Ma yesterday she would write two letters to her Pa. Oscar has written one -- they will write to Johnie soon. Pa is writing today I suppose he will tell you all about home. Aunt Cinda and Sallie, Mammy Julia and Loussa [Floyd house servants] all send love to you and the children. Black Mammy says tell Aunt Mima and Winnie that they need not claim her child Bennie. All are anxious to see Miss Annie's baby. We all dread for Tom and the boys to start back Ma is afraid he will be taken prisoner. Arck Cockran started to his command in Nov., was captured we have heard near the Miss River -- he started from camp in Arkansas. Jim wrote a long letter to you by him also one to Tom --- he wrote to me he thought you would be sure to get it and I almost become discouraged at times because so few of our letters reach you -- but I know your anxiety is verry great to hear from us often and I will continue to write as long as there is the least possible [chance] of a letter reaching you. The health of the country is excellent -- our health is very good. The children are all growing rapidly Georgie is as fat as every -- has never had any sickness the hooping cough never hurt him a particle. I am so glad the children have all had it. Did not I find it difficult to condense all I would like to talk to you about on paper. I have at least a dozen different things on my mind at once I wish to tell you. So you must excuse the disconnected manner in which this is written and all mistakes -- it is getting late I must close. The children join me in sending love to you all. Be sure and write often.
Your Affectionate Sister
Fannie P. Crutchfield
Dallas County Texas Aug. 1st,/64
Dear Sister Annie
Gen Darnell expects to start to his command East of the Miss in a few days & has kindly offered to carry letters for me. I gladly embrace the opportunity of sending letters to you and Tomie. We regret to learn that none of our letters had reached you except one from Pa though we have writted every opportunity. Pa has received a good many from the Gen. [Col. Good's militia title] but none from you. we have heard of the delicate state of your health and protracted illness after the birth of your babe. It has been a hard trial for Ma and all of us to be seperated from you in your afflictions. We have spent many hours of painful anxiety about you and the children, though we were confident you were with kind friends who were very diligent in attention to you during your husbands absence. Pa received a letter from the Gen. yesterday date[d] 30th of May, in which he seemed buoyed up with the hope of your speedy convalescence. I hope that ere now you are able to nurse and fondle that black-eyed little girl which I almost envy. Sister Bettie is very proud of her namesake. We are all very anxious to see the babe. I am sure Johny is proud of his lettle sister. Mollie is very desirous to see Sis Nan's little girl.
Dear Annie I am at a loss to commence to tell you the news, as I do not know if you have received any of my letters. If I should recapitulate you must excuse. I must tell the best first. Mr. C ______ is at home has a leave of absence from his command for sixty days. He is fleshier than you ever saw him -- hard service agrees with him finely. My health is good the chyildren have just got over hooping cough, didn't hurt any of them but Charlie he was quite sick with it. Georgie is nearly as fleshy as when you saw him last, talks very plainly. Pa and Ma's health is verry good. Pa weighs nearly 200 & fattens every day, he is so fleshy that it fatigues him verry much to get about this warm weather. Ma is quite active yet. She had a loom made, has learned Louisa and Julia [Floyd family servants] to weave, but still gets in the loom and plays old hundred occasionally. I have also been cloth making & have learned to weave, but haven't made any Confederate dresses yet --- think I shall this winter --- homespun dresses are much worn here Even those wear them who can afford to buy the imported goods at high prices. Calico sells at 1$ in specia or 40 in Confederate money -- goods are haul(ed) here from Mexico -- but sell at enormous prices. Crops have been fine here since you left. Jim says I make an excellent farmer. This is his second visit home since he entered the service. I am so delighted at having him home. At times I almost forget the war is going on. We are all in fine spirits since Banks defeat in Lou. The yanks thought they would have an easy job to whip us on this side -- but they found themselves sadly mistaken. They came up Red River in Transpos. & gunboats -- landed their forces at Alexandria -- marched westward, -- our army met them near Mansfield on the 7th of April -- where a terrible battle was fought -- nest day our army fought them at Mansfield where many a gallant Texan fell -- our men fought desperately against superior force & charged them so furiously that they had to retreat back to Alexandria[.] so rapid was their flight that our army captured all their trains -- ambulanches waggons & captured several thousand prisoners -- Red River fell very rapidly -- they could not get their boats below the falls, our artillery destroyed most of their boats -- when they found they had to make their exit by land the(y) made a break in the direction of Limsport -- our army persued them 46 days in which we fought 42 battles. Jim wnet through it all and escaped with only a slight wond in the side -- merely a scratch[.] our loss was light in comparison to theirs.
I have written more on this subject than I had intended. We are all so elated at our success on this side. We have so much good news from the east. We are sanguine the war will close soon. God grant that it may be true. Dallas is greatly changed since you left. There is a great number of refugees here from other states. I believe Texas prairies is the safest place in the Southern Confederacy. We have not been molested here in the least. We are so remote from navigation that I do not think we will be disturbed. I hope things will get quiet so you can come home this fall. We all miss you so much -- & Tomie I do not expect we would recognise if he were to step in I hear he has grown so large. He wrote to us he visited you lasst winter. I was glad he got to see you -- poor Boy it was the least of his expectations to have staid from home so long. He went into it as a frolic, little expecting what a gigantic war we were to have. Ma and Pa would visit you if it were possible for them to do so. Tell Jonnie Oscar & Mollie are learning to write. I think they will be able to write him a letter soon. Mollie went to school in Dallas last scession. Oscar and Charle went from home.
Now for a surprise -- Cousin Mattie Wicklif and William Carooth were married about two weeks ago. He you know was looked upon as a confirmed old batchelor. Wat and Annie are not married yet. Annie says she wont marry while the war lasts. There has been verry few marriages amongst our acquaintenances since you left. Bro. John D. is in the service of Ganoes Brigade - Indian Department -- he is at home on threshing detail at present -- his health is verry good. John B is stationed at Dallas for a while -- until needed in the field. Camp life agrees with him much better than I expected. Sister Bettie is keeping house yet. Please excuse this desultory letter -- have nothing of interest to communicate and will close. J. O. C. sends his best respects to Mrs. Good & all thie little goodies -- The Children wish to be remembered to Johnie & Ben and say kiss the baby for them. Accept of my love and tender my kindest regards to the Gen.
Your affectionate Sister
Fannie P. Crutchfield
P. S. I like to have forgotten to tell you about sister Betties baby. She has a little girl calls her Nannie is as proud as an old hen with one chicken. John B. is the proudest man you ever saw. They pet it a great deal. She has black eyes and dark hair and is a very pretty child. I must not keep you in suspense any longer -- Mrs. Slack requested before her death that Sister Bettie should raise her baby. The Dr. has given it to them.
Bro. John D. has not been in the army yet -- been detailed to thresh wheat -- Dallas is a military depot -- more officers than any thing strutting around.
May this cruel bloody war close speedily -- you and family be permitted to return soon is my earnest desire --
from your devoted sister
Fannie P. Crutchfield
P.S. Dear Annie I came up to Ma's this morning. The Gentleman is not ready to start. Ma sugest that I should tell you how we are getting along cloth making. Ma has had over 200 yds. made Julia and Louisa have learned to be excellent spinners. I have had near 70 yds manufactured -- made my husband a suit of grey -- which he is very proud of. I wove it myself -- cut and made the suit. He says when asked where he got his nice suit his proud reply is a My wife made it.
Goods of all kinds are enormously high here Calico sell at 10 to 14 cents per yard. Corn 5 to 6 cents -- everything else high. Ma has bought 2 dress patterns form you . Pa has about 800$ in all collected for you a portion of it is money from Bro. estate -- none but the loose property is sold -- Pa divided it equaly amongst the children -- would be glad to send yours to you -- Ma and Pa send love and kisses to you and the children -- Black Mammy and all the negrows all -- all wish Miss Annie to come home.
Your Sister Fannie
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Noted events in her life were:
• Migration: Moved to Dallas, 1853, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. On 25 July 1854, he married Susan Anna Floyd, who had moved to Dallas with her parents in 1853 from Kentucky. The Nathaniel C. Floyd family had come to Texas by excellent carriages. Their move was due to a visit from their daughter, Fanny Floyd Crutchfield and her husband, Jim (son of the proprietor of the Crutchfield House in Dallas), who had already moved to Texas. The deciding factor in the Floyd's move to Texas was a box of soil Jim carried with him on their visit from Dallas. On arriving in Dallas, Mr. Floyd bought 800 acres northeast of the town of Dallas. A large part of the acreage is occupied today by the Lakewood County Club house and golf course.
Susan married John Jay GOOD, son of George GOOD and Unknown, on Jul 27, 1854 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.1624 (John Jay GOOD was born on Jul 12, 1827 in Columbus, Monroe County, Mississippi, died on Sep 17, 1882 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.)