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Floyd, Martha

(born: 1824  -  died: February 18, 1929) Martha Floyd was a cook for U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate States President Jefferson Davis. Martha Floyd was an enslaved woman; it is not known if she was free when she was a cook for Lincoln and Davis. Floyd was born in Lexington, KY and lived near Owensboro, according to her death notice. She was said to be a widow when she died in Marion, IN.

For more see "Former slave, resident of Owensboro, age 105 dies," The Owensboro Messenger, 2/20/1929, front page; "Lincoln's cook dies in Indiana, aged 105," The New York Age, 2/23/1929, front page; and Martha Floyd, Indiana Death Certificate Registered #5791 (Ancestry).

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NKAA Source: The Owensboro messenger (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The New York age (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

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“Floyd, Martha,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 25, 2024,

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