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Charles Fountain Faulkner

Charles Fountain Faulkner (1881-1955) with son Abe

Charles Fountain Faulkner and Abe Faulkner in Chicago


Charles Fountain Faulkner was born on 3 July 1881, in Nortonville, Hopkins, Kentucky to Hutchins Burton Faulkner and Margaret Francis "Fanny" (Mills) Faulkner

Charles' childhood was spent on the family farm in Hopkins County, Kentucky with his parents and siblings, Mary Elizabeth, Thomas B, and John A, who died as a child.²

Following his father's death in 1888,³ Charles' mother, Fanny, remarried to Philip Taylor and the family, moved to Tennessee, then on to Louisville, Kentucky.⁴

The family soon grew with children from Fanny and Philip's marriage, as Phenaty May, Margaret Ellen, and William Miller Taylor, joined their half-siblings,  Charles, Thomas, and Mary Elizabeth.

At the age of 21, Charles was working as a mechanic and living on his own in Louisville.⁵ He soon met  Lora E Swafford and they married on 7 March 1908 in Shelby County, Tennessee.⁶

Their first child, William Melvin, was born in Tennessee.⁷ They soon moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where their daughter, Frances, was born in 1909.

The family next moved to Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois and were living with Charles' step-father, Philip Taylor, when Charles and Lora's son, Philip was born.


Children of Charles and Lora Faulkner

William Melvin & family, Frances May, Phil and wife Hazel, Ernest, Clarence and wife Lillian, Abe with Charles

  • William Melvin, Bonnie and Gary Faulkner, 1950s
  • Frances May Faulkner Fancher
  • 1949 Phil and Hazel Faulkner
  • 1926 Ernest L Faulkner, age 3
  • 1950s. Clarence and Lillian Albert Faulkner in Chicago
  • Charles Fountain Faulkner and Abe Faulkner in Chicago


Between 1916 and 1918, the family moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois where the remainder of the children, Carl,10 Clarence Charles,11 Dorthy,12 Ernest,13 and Abe 14 were born. Sadly, Carl 15 and Dorthy 16 only lived a few days.

Charles and Laura remained living in the Chicago area throughout their lives. In 1918, when Charles registered for the WWI draft, the family was living at 810 E. 57th St, where the University of Chicago Medical Center is now located. Charles operated a business printing and distributing circulars in the Chicago area. The boys helped their father with the distribution. 17

By 1920, Charles, Laura and their family had moved to 70th Street S on the south side of Chicago.18 In 1930, the growing family had moved to Evans St. and had a radio for entertainment. William, Phil, Clarence, Ernie and Abe were living with Charles and Lora, as was a new granddaughter, Betty Lou. William was listed as having married in 1929-1930 and Betty Lou was born in December 1929 and presumed to be William's daughter.19

In 1942, Charles and Lora were living in an apartment located at 7217 Stewart St. in Chicago. The building was built in 1915 and was still operating as an apartment in 2017. At the time, Charles was working at Kane Watch Services at 211 Wacker in downtown Chicago. 20

7271 Stewart Street, Chicago, Illinois

Residence of Charles and Lora Faulkner in 1942

Residence of Charles and Lora Faulkner in 1942

Apartments at 7217 S Stewart Ave Chicago, Illinois where Charles and Lora Faulkner lived in 1942.

Charles F Faulkner gravesite

Charles Fountain Faulkner headstone 1881-1955



Charles passed away at the age of 74 on 10 October 1955 in Chicago, Illinois and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery and Mausoleum.²¹

Charles Fountain Faulkner obituary, 11 Oct 1955:

Charles F. Faulkner, beloved husband of Lora; fond father of Philip, Clarence, Ernest, and the late Francis Fancher; grandfather of two; loving brother of Elizabeth Jacobs of Nashville, TN. Service Wed. 1 pm at Dorchester Ave., Internment Evergreen.²²

Charles Faulkner obituary, Oct 1955

Charles F. Faulkner obituary, Chicago, IL 11 Oct 1955

Narrative by Kimberli Faulkner Hull, granddaughter of Charles Fountain Faulkner. © Cool Adventures, Chasing Light Media


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Where Charles F Faulkner lived

1881: Nortonville, Hopkins, Kentucky

1900-1908: Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky

1908: Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee

1909: St Louis, St Louis, Missouri

1910-1916: Cario, Alexander, Illinois

1917-1955: Chicago, Cook, Illinois

1955: Blue Island, Cook, Illinois


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Charles Fountain Faulkner: Sources and Documents (attached below)


1. 1881 BirthCharles applied for a delayed birth certificate in 1942 and received the document from Nortonville, Kentucky. Notes: Charles was the son of Hutchins Burton Faulkner and Margaret Frances "Fanny" Mills. Philip Taylor, listed on the certificate, was Charles' stepfather, Fanny's second husband.

Document: Delayed birth certificate. Transcript: Commonwealth of Kentucky, County: Hopkins, City of Nortonville. File No 117443. Full name of child: Charles Fountain Faulkner. Sex: Male. 4) Legitimate: Yes. 7) Date of Birth: July 3, 1881. 8) Father's Name: Burton Hutchen Faulkner. 9) Post office at time of this birth: Nortonville, KY. 10) Race: White. 11). Age at time of this birth: 16. 12) Birthplace: Cadiz, KY 14) Mother's Maiden Name: Margaret Frances Mills. 15) Post office at the time of this birth: Nortonville, KY 16) Race: White 17) Age at the time of this birth: 26, 18) Birthplace: Nortonville, KY. Affidavit/signature: Charles F Faulkner. AddressL 7217 Steward Ave. Sworn on: 28th of Feb 1942. Abstract of Supporting Evidence: 1) Aff. of Philip Jackson Taylor step-father age 79, 3-2-42. 2) Wm L Moore MD non-relative age 75, 3-4-42. 3) Metropolitan Life Ins, Co. Policy #72383407, 12-21-23.

Source: Commonwealth of Kentucky, Registrar of Vital Statistics, File No 117443 (1942), Charles Fountain Faulkner, Copy in possession of granddaughter, Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Boston, MA.


2. 1880 US Census for parents and siblings, Hutch B Faulkner, Margaret  F Faulkner, Mary E. Faulkner and John A. Faulkner. The family was living on a farm in Curtail, Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Document: 1880 US Census. Transcript: Hutch B Faulkner, United States Census, 1880, Page No 46, Sheet Letter: B, Sheet Number: 287, Volume: 1, Supervisor District No 1, Enumeration Dist No 190. Inhabitants of Curtail Legis Distm in the County of Hopkins, State of Kentucky. Enumeration date: 26 & 30 June 1880. Dwelling 319.

Line 10: Name: Faulkner, Hutch B. Race: W. Gender: M. Age: 24. Marital Status: Married. Occupation: Farmer. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 11: Faulkner, Margaret F. Race: W. Gender: F. Age: 21. Relationship: Wife. Marital Status: Married. Occupation: Keeping House Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 12: Faulkner, Mary E. Race: W. Gender: F. Age: 1. Relationship: Daughter. Marital Status: Single. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 13: Faulkner, John A. Race: W. Gender: M. Age: 0. Month of birth: Oct. Relationship: Son. Marital Status: Single. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 14: Oates, Lew E. Race: W. Gender: F. Age: 18. Relationship: [Blank]. Marital Status: Single. Occupation: Student. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Note: Lue Ella Oates, an 18-year-old student, was the daughter of George L. and Nannie Dobbins Oates (both were deceased in 1880), and was living with the Hutch B Faulkner family in 1880. She married James Ellington Dillingham in 1882 and died in Hopkins County in 15 Aug 1949.

Source: "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYBH-3VF?cc=1417683&wc=QZ27-R3D%3A1589403276%2C1589403613%2C1589405043%2C1589394814 : 24 December 2015), Kentucky > Hopkins > Curtail > ED 190 > image 39 of 39; citing NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


3. April 1888Charles was named in a Guardian's Bond filed by his mother, Margaret Frances Faulkner in April 1888. Hutch and Fanny's son, John, was not listed with the other children in the bond.

Document: Guardian's Bond. Transcript: The Commonwealth of Kentucky. Whereas Mrs. M F Faulkner has been appointed by the County Court of Hopkins County, Guardian of Mary E., Chas. F and Thos B Faulkner. Now, we, Mrs M F Faulkner as principal, and E L Bradley, his sureties, do hereby covenant to and with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, that the said Mrs M F Faulkner will faithfully discharge the trust of Guardian to said minor, in all respects as required by law. This 20th day of April 1888. – signed M F Faulkner and E L Bradley. Attest. Jno F Adams, County Clerk. 

Source: Hopkins County, Kentucky, Mrs. M. F. Faulkner Guardian's Bond, 20 April 1888, Hopkins County Kentucky Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989, page 137.


4. 1900:  At 19, Charles was living with his brother, Thomas, his mother, stepfather and three half-siblings, Phenaty, Maggie and  William.

As with the 1888 Guadian's bond,  his brother, John was not listed on the 1900 census. It is believed he died sometime before 20 April 1888 (Guardian's bond date).  On the census, Fanny states she had given birth to 8 children, of whom 6 were living. It is unknown whether the other child that had died was during her Faulkner marriage or while she was married to Philip Taylor.

Additionally, the first two children born in the Taylor marriage were born in Tennessee, implying the Taylor family moved from Hopkins County, Kentucky sometime between October 1888, when Fanny and Philip were married, to Nashville, Tennessee where Phenaty was born in 1900.

They moved again to Louisville, Kentucky between 1891, when Maggie was born, and 1897, when William was born.

Document: 1900 US Census.Transcript: 1900 United States Federal Census for Philip J Taylor, State: Kentucky, County: Jefferson, Magisterial District 8, Sheet B, Supervisor's District No 5, Enumeration District No 143. Enumeration date: 7 June 1900. Household number 1702. Address: 118 A Street. Family no. 132.

Line 67: Taylor, Philip J. Relationship: Head. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth Month: Mar. Birth year: 1862. Age: 38. Marital status: M. Years married: 11. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky. Occupation: Finisher Ax Handler. Months not employed: 0. Can Read: Yes. Can Write: Yes. Can Speak English: Yes. House Owned or Rented: R. Farm or House: H

Line 68: Taylor, Fanny M. Relationship: Wife. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth Month: July. Birth year: 1858. Age: 41. Marital status: M. Years married: 11. Children given birth to: 8. Children living: 6. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky. Occupation: [Blank]. Can Read: Yes. Can Write: Yes. Can Speak English: Yes.

Line 69: Taylor, Phenaty M. Relationship: Daughter. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth Month: July. Birth year: 1890. Age: 9. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Children given birth to: [Blank]. Children living: [Blank]. Birthplace: Tennessee. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 70: Taylor, Maggie E. Relationship: Daughter. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth Month: Aug. Birth year: 1891. Age: 8. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Children given birth to: [Blank]. Children living: [Blank]. Birthplace: Tennessee. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 71: Taylor, William M. Relationship: Son. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth Month: Apr. Birth year: 1897. Age: 3. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 72: Faulkner, Charles F. Relationship: Stepson. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth Month: July. Birth year: 1881. Age: 18. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 73: Faulkner, Thomas Relationship: Stepson. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth Month: Apr. Birth year: 1883. Age: 17. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Line 74: Goatley, Mary. Relationship: Servant. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth Month: Oct. Birth year: 1859. Age: 40. Marital status: W. Years married: [Blank]. Children given birth to: 2. Children living: 2. Birthplace: Kentucky. Father's Birthplace: Kentucky. Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.

Source: 

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M94T-BH6 : accessed 9 February 2019), Charles F Faulkner in household of Philip J Taylor, Magisterial District 8, Precinct 41 Louisville city Ward 12, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 143, sheet 7B, family 132, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,533.


5. 1902: Louisville, Kentucky City  Directory listing for  Charles F Faulkner: Faulkner, Chas F, machinist, 18th SE cor A

Document: Louisville, Kentucky directory listing.

Source: "U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995", indexed database and digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 January 2019), page 195, Charles Faulkner entry; citing "Louisville, Kentucky City Directory, 1902 (Louisville, Kentucky, Image 207 of 972)."



6. 1908 MarriageCharles and Lora were married in Shelby County, Tennessee on 7 March 1908. Lora's name is misspelled as Nora. 

Multiple marriage documents: Marriage license, receipt, record.

Source: "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKH9-Q1W1 : 22 December 2016), Chas F Faulkner and Nora Swafford, 07 Mar 1908; citing Shelby, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,148,825.



7. Birth of son, William Melvin. William Melvin Faulkner was born to Charles and Lora Swafford Faulkner on 24 Feb 1908 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee. See William Melvin Faulkner.

Note: 1908 William Melvin Faulkner's application for a delayed birth certificate dated 24 Jul 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee in Tennessee lists aunt, Lois Swafford Harned, age 50 of Collinsville, IL, as a witness. Lois (Birdsell) Harned was Bonnie Harned's mother and mother-in-law to William Melvin Faulkner. She signed William's delayed birth certificate application as his aunt, in the name of Lois Swafford Harned. William's mother was Lora Swafford - there is no evidence Lois was her sister. It is believed she could not attest in person as his mother-in-law (as she would not have been present at the birth) and signed as his "aunt." Other inaccuracies: Father, Charles, was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, not Paducah per his own delayed birth certificate.

Document: William Melvin Faulkner delayed birth certificate Transcript: State of Tennessee. Delayed Certificate of birth. 1) Full name: William Melvin Faulkner. 2) Place of Birth: County: Shelby, City: Memphis 3) Date of Birth: February 24, 1908. 4) Sex: Male 5) Color: White. 6) Were parents married: Yes, Father full name: Charles F Faulkner, Birthplace: Paduka, Kentucky . 7) This was the 1st child of the mother:. 8) Mother Maiden Name: Laura Swafford, Birthplace: Marion, Illinois. Date filed July 24 1941. Affidavit: State of Illinois, County of Madison. I hereby certify on oath that I am present 50 years of age, and that I had actual knowledge of the facts as stated in this record of birth at the time the birth occurred, and know them to be true and that I am related to this person as Aunt. Signature: Lois Swafford Harned, Address: Collinsville, Illinois, Subscribed to and sworn before me this 20th day of June 1941. - Dorothy White


Source: State of Tennessee Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics, William Melvin Faulkner, 20 June 1951, Copy in possession of niece, Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Boston, MA.



8. Birth of daughter, Frances. Frances May Faulkner was born to Charles and Lora Swafford Faulkner on 10 Oct 1909 in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. See Frances May Faulkner.

Document: 1909, St. Louis, Missouri, Registry of births - City of St. Louis. Frances Faulkner's birth listed on right page, 3rd line under October 1909. Transcript: 10, Faulkner, Frances M, F, W, 2722 Olive, Chas F, KY, Laura IL. [Initials unreadable] Meredith.

Source: Ancestry.com. Missouri, Birth Registers, 1847-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007, image 358. Original data: Missouri Birth Records [Microfilm]. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives.



9. Birth of son, Philip. Philip Lawrence Faulkner was born to Charles and Lora Faulkner in Cairo, Alexander, Illinois on 26 July 1916. See Philip Lawrence Faulkner.

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2014. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.


10. 1918: Birth of son, Carl. Carl Faulkner was born to Charles and Lora Faulkner on 19 July 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. See Carl Faulkner.

Birth record:   Ancestry.com. Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009. Illinois. Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922. Illinois Department of Public Health. Division of Vital Records, Springfield.


11. Birth of son, Clarence Charles. Clarence Charles Faulkner was born to Charles Lora Swafford Faulkner on 10 Jan 1920 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  See Clarence Charles Faulkner.

Source: "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23M-QWT7 : 18 May 2016), Charles Clarence Faulkner, 10 Jan 1920; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 64422, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL



12. Birth of daughter, Dorthy. Dorthy Faulkner was born to Charles and Lora Swafford Faulkner on 21 Mar 1922 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  See Dorthy Faulkner.

Source: "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7Q8-W4M : 18 May 2016), Dorthy Faulkner, 21 Mar 1922; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 11221, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,379,106.



13. Birth of son, Ernest. Ernest L Faulkner was born to Charles and Lora Swafford Faulkner on 16  July 1923 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. See Ernest L Faulkner.

Document: Ernest L Faulkner birth certificate, 16 July 1923, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Transcript: 

State of Illinois Certificate of Birth Registered No. 29362. 1) Place of Birth: County of Cook. Registration Dist No. 3104. Primary Dist No. 3104. City of Chicago. Street and Number: 6316 Harper Ave. 2) Full name of child: Ernest L Faulkner. 3) Sex of child: Male. 6) Legitimate? Yes 7) Date of birth: July 16, 1923. 8) Father full name: Charles Fountain Faulkner 9) Residence: Chicago, Illinois. 10) Color: White 11) Age at last birthday: 42 years. 12) Birthplace: Nortonville, Kentucky. 13) Occupation: Advertising. 14) Mother Full maiden name: Laura Swaffort 15) Residence: Chicago, Ill. 16) Color: White. 17) Age at last birthday: 40 years. 18) Birthplace: Marion, Illinois. 19) Occupation: Housewife. 20) Children born alive and now living: 5. 21) Born alive and now dead: 2

Source: State of Illinois Department  of Vital Statistics, Registered No. 29362 birth certificate (1923), Ernest L Faulkner,  Copy in possession of daughter, Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Boston, MA.



14. Birth of son, Abe. Ernest L Faulkner spoke about his younger brother Abe and a photo exists of Abe with his father, but no other records have been located. See Abe Faulkner.

Source: E.L. Faulkner, brother of Abe Faulkner, personal communication, 1970-2015.



15. 1918: Death of son, Carl. Carl Faulkner died after living only two days.

Document: Faulkner death certificate 21 July 1918, (Illinois birth index lists name as Carl.) . Transcript: State of Illinois, State Board of Health, Certificate of Death No. 19410, Place of Death: Cook County. City: Chicago. Address: 810 E 57th Street. Full name: Faulkner. Sex: Male. Race: White American. Date of Death: July 21, 1918. Date of Birth: July 19, 1918. Age: 2 days. Occupation: At home. Birthplace: Illinois. Name of Father: Chas. F Faulkner. Birthplace of father: Kentucky. Maiden name of Mother: Lora Swafford. Birthplace of Mother: Marion, Illinois. Cause of death: Blue baby [?], [Unreadable]. Source: "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," Certificate 19410, (1918). FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3WQ-GB6 : 9 March 2018), Faulkner, 21 Jul 1918; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,852,628.

Source: "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," Certificate 19410, (1918). FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3WQ-GB6 : 9 March 2018), Faulkner, 21 Jul 1918; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,852,628.



16. Death of daughter, Dorthy. Dorothy Faulkner died after living 10 days.

Document: Dorothy Faulkner death certificate.  Transcript: Dorothy Faulkner State of Illinois Death Certificate. Registration Dist No 3105, Registered No 8910. Orignial. Transcript: 1) Place of Death: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Address: Illinois General Hosp. Ward: 7. 2) Full name: Dorothy Faulkner 12, Residence: 6333 Dorchester Ave., Ward: 7. 3) Sex: Female 4) Race: White 5) Single 6) Date of Birth: March 21, 1922 7) Age 10 days 8) Occupation: Baby 9) Birthplace: Chicago, Ill 10) Name of Father: Chas F Faulkner 11) Birthplace of Father: Kentucky 12) Maiden Name of Mother: Lora Swafford 13) Birthplace of Mother: Marion, Ill 14) Informant: Mrs. Chas F Faulkner, 6333 Dorchester Ave 16) Date of Death: 4/1, 1922 17) Attended deceased 3/28, 1922 to 4/1, 1922. Last seen alive on 3/31, 1922. Cause of death: Pneumonia 18) Operation: No. 19) Place of Burial: Oakwood Cemetery. Date of Burial: 4-3, 1922

Source: "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3TK-RYM : 9 March 2018), Chas.F. Faulkner in for Dorthy Faulkner, 04 Mar 1922; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,877,158.



17. 1918 World War I draft registration: Charles and Lora were living on 57th St in Chicago he registered for the WWI draft at the age of 37.

Document: WWI draft registration card. Contents: Charles Fountain Faulkner, 810 E 57th St, Chicago, Cook Illinois. Age 37. Date of birth 3 July 1881. White. Native born. Occupation: Circulating Distributor, own business. Very tall. Slender build. Light blue eyes. Black hair.

Source: "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K68H-1MK : 13 March 2018), Charles Fountain Faulkner, 1917-1918; citing Chicago City no 15, Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,439,747.



18. 1920By 1920, Charles, Laura and their family had moved to 70th Street S on the south side of Chicago. Lora had just given birth to Clarence Charles.

Document: 1920 US Census. Transcript: 1920 United States Federal Census for Charles Faulkner, State: Illinois, County: Cook. Name of Incorporated Place: Chicago. Ward 7. Enumeration date: 10 January 1920. Supervisor's District no 1, Enumeration District No 444, Sheet: 4 A. House number: [Blank], 70th St., Family number 71.

Line 3: Name: Faulkner, Charles. Relationship: Head. Home owned or rented: R. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 38. Marital status: M. Attended school since 1919: [Blank]. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Place of birth: Kentucky. Father's place of birth: MS. Mother's place of birth: Kentucky. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: Distribution circulars.

Line 4: Name: Faulkner, Lora. Relationship: Wife. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 37. Marital status: M. Attended school since 1919: [Blank]. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Place of birth: Illinois. Father's place of birth: Illinois. Mother's place of birth: Illinois. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: None.

Line 5: Name: Faulkner, William. Relationship: Son. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 13. Marital status: S. Attended school since 1919: Yes. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Place of birth: Tennessee. Father's place of birth: Kentucky. Mother's place of birth: Illinois. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: None.

Line 6: Name: Faulkner, Francis. Relationship: Daughter. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 10. Marital status: S. Attended school since 1919: Yes. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Place of birth: Missouri. Father's place of birth: Kentucky. Mother's place of birth: Illinois. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: None.

Line 7: Name: Faulkner, Phillip. Relationship: Son. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 3. Marital status: S. Attended school since 1919: [Blank]. Read: [Blank]. Write: [Blank]s. Place of birth: Illinois. Father's place of birth: Kentucky. Mother's place of birth: Illinois. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: None.

Note: Clarence Charles, born in January 1920 is not listed.

Source: "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ34-5J9 : accessed 30 January 2019), Charles Faulkner, Chicago Ward 7, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, United States; citing ED 444, sheet 4A, line 3, family 71, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 316; FHL microfilm 1,820,316.


19. 1930By 1930, the growing family had moved to Evans St. and had a radio for entertainment. William Melvin, who was listed as married, Phil, Clarence, and Ernie, were living with Charles and Lora, as was a new granddaughter, Betty Lou (presumed to be Melvin's daughter as he was listed as married and the only son old enough to have a daughter). Abe appears to have been missed on the census.

Document: 1930 US CensusTranscript: 1930 United States Federal Census for Charles Faulkner, State: Illinois, County: Cook, Ward: Eighth. Block No: 136. Enumeration date: Apr 5, 1930. Supervisor's District No 29, Enumeration District No 16-341, Sheet: 5 A. Family number 113.

Line 36: Faulkner, Charles. Relationship: Head. Rent or own home: R. Monthly rent: $35.00. Radio: R. Live on farm: No. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 49. Marital status: M. Age at first marriage: 24. Attended school since 1929: No. Read and write: Yes. Birthplace: Kentucky Birthplace of father: Kentucky. Birthplace of mother: Kentucky. Code A stat or M.T.: 80 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank]. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: Circular Disp. Industry: Advertising. Code: 7782. Class of worker: O. Employment: Yes. Veteran: No

Line 37: Faulkner, Lora. Relationship: Wife. Live on farm: No. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 52. Marital status: M. Age at first marriage: 24. Attended school since 1929: No. Read and write: Yes. Birthplace: Illinois Birthplace of father: Illinois. Birthplace of mother: Illinois. Code A stat or M.T.: 61 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank]. Speaks English: Yes.

Line 38: Faulkner, William. Relationship: Son. Live on farm: No. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 24. Marital status: M. Age at first marriage: 22. Attended school since 1929: No. Read and write: Yes. Birthplace: Tenn. Birthplace of father: Kentucky. Birthplace of mother: Illinois. Code A stat or M.T.: 81 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank]. Speaks English: Yes. Occupation: Mechanic. Industry: Automobile. Code: 7623. Class of worker: W. Employment: Yes. Veteran: No

Line 39: Faulkner, Phillip. Relationship: Son. Live on farm: No. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 14. Marital status: S. Age at first marriage: [Blank] Attended school since 1929: Yes. Read and write: Yes. Birthplace: Illinois Birthplace of father: Kentucky. Birthplace of mother: Illinois. Code A stat or M.T.: 61 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank]. Speaks: English

Line 40: Faulkner, Clarence. Relationship: Son. Live on farm: No. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 10. Marital status: S. Age at first marriage: [Blank] Attended school since 1929: Yes. Read and write: Yes. Birthplace: Illinois Birthplace of father: Kentucky. Birthplace of mother: Illinois. Code A stat or M.T.: 61 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank]. Speaks: English

Line 41: Faulkner, Ernest. Relationship: Son. Live on farm: No. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 7. Marital status: S. Age at first marriage: [Blank] Attended school since 1929: Yes. Read and write: Yes. Birthplace: Illinois Birthplace of father: Kentucky. Birthplace of mother: Illinois. Code A stat or M.T.: 61 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank].

Line 42: Faulkner, Betty. Relationship: Grand-daughter. Live on farm: No. Sex:F  Race: F. Age: 4/12. Marital status: S. Age at first marriage: [Blank] Attended school since 1929: No. Read and write: [Blank]. Birthplace: Illinois. Birthplace of father: Illinois. Birthplace of mother: Illinois. Code A stat or M.T.: 61 Code B Country: [Blank. ]Code C: [Blank] Nativity: [Blank].

Source: "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS2R-LC7 : accessed 30 January 2019), Charles Faukner, Chicago (Districts 0251-0500), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 341, sheet 5A, line 36, family 113, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 428; FHL microfilm 2,340,163.


20. 1942 World War II draft registration: When Charles registered for the draft at the age of 60, he was working at Kane Watch Service in downtown Chicago.

Document:World War II draft registration (1942) card: Transcript:  Charles F Faulkner. 7217 S Stewart Ave. Chicago, Cook, Ill. Telephone: Aberdeen 0144. Age: 60. Date of birth: 3 July 1881. Place of birth: Nortonville, Kentucky. Next of kin: Mrs. Lora Faulkner. Employer: Kane Watch Service, 211 Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL.

Source: "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V1VB-TVM : 9 March 2018), Charles F Faulkner, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


21. 1955 Death:  Charles died on 9 Oct 1955 in Cook County, Illinois.

Transcript: Charles Faulkner Illinois, Cook County Deaths index, 1878-1994. Name: Charles Faulkner, Event Type: Death, Event Date: 09 Oct 1955, Event Place: Blue Island, Cook, Illinois, United States, Address: 12140 S Ashland Ave, Gender: Male, Age: 74, Marital Status: Married, Race: White, Occupation: Ticket Taker, Birth Date: 03 Jul 1881, Birthplace: Kentucky, Funeral Home: Thos E Corcoran, Burial Place: Evergreen Park, , Illinois Cemetery: Evergreen, Informant's Name: Joan Dagenais, Entry Number: 289

Source: "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MH-RR23 : 17 March 2018), Charles Faulkner, 09 Oct 1955; citing Blue Island, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm




22. 1955 Burial: Charles Fountain Faulkner is buried in Evergreen Cemetery and Mausoleum Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois. 

Source: Charles F Faulkner, indexed database, Find A Grave, (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/169083032/charles-f-faulkner accessed 30 January 2019), Evergreen Cemetery and Mausoleum Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois, Memorial #169083032 with headstone photograph.



Missing documents

1910 US Census: Lora, Melvin and Francis were listed on Charles' step-father's census; Charles was missing.

1940 US Census

1955 Death certificate. Ordered from Cook County, Illinois in Dec 2018.



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