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Lora E Swafford

Lora E Swafford 1888-1964

Lora E Swafford Faulkner

Lora E Swafford was born on 20 July 1888, in Bainbridge, Williamson County, Illinois, to William R Swafford and Nancy (Brack) Swafford.¹

As a young girl, her family moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri where she grew up with her siblings, Edward, Ada, Dora, Joshua, Thomas, and Jessie.²

Lora married Charles Fountain Faulkner on 7 March 1908 in Shelby County, Tennessee.³ Their first child, William Melvin, was born in Tennessee.⁴ They soon moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where their daughter, Frances, was born in St. Louis in 1909.⁵ The family next moved to Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois and were living with Charles' step-father, Philip Taylor, ⁶ when Charles and Lora's son, Philip was born. ⁷ The remainder of the children, Carl,Clarence Charles,⁹ Dorthy,¹⁰ Ernest,¹¹ and Abe,¹² were born after the family settled in the Chicago, Cook County, Illinois area. Sadly, Carl¹³ and Dorthy¹⁴ only lived a few days.

Children of Charles and Lora Faulkner

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

  • William Melvin, Bonnie and Gary Faulkner, 1950s
  • Frances May Faulkner Fancher
  • 1949 Phil and Hazel Faulkner
  • 1950s. Clarence and Lillian Albert Faulkner in Chicago
  • 1942 Ernest L Faulkner, Augusta, Georgia
  • Charles Fountain Faulkner and Abe Faulkner in Chicago


Charles and Laura remained living in Chicago 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.¹⁵

By 1920, Charles, Laura and their family had moved to 70th Street S on the south side of Chicago.¹⁶ 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.¹⁷

In 1942,  Charles and Lora were living in an apartment located at 7217 Stewart St. The building was built in 1915 and was still operating as an apartment in 2017.¹⁸

7217 Stewart St., Chicago, Illinois

Residence of Charles and Lora Faulkner in 1942

Lora Swafford Faulkner with her grandchildren

Lora Faulkner with her grandchildren



In addition to raising her family, by profession, Lora was a nurse.

Following Charle's death in 1955, Lora resided with her son, Clarence Charles, and his family in Calumet City, Cook County, Illinois.

Lora Swafford Faulkner died of cancer on 31 January 1964 in Burnham, Cook County,  Illinois, at the age of 75. She was cremated. ¹⁹


Narrative by Kimberli Faulkner Hull, granddaughter of Lora E Swafford. © Cool Adventures, Chasing Light Media


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1888: Bainbridge, Williamson, Illinois

1890s -1908: Poplar Bluff, Butler, Missouri  

1908: Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee

1909: St Louis, St Louis, Missouri

1910-1916: Cario, Alexander, Illinois

1917-1955: Chicago, Cook, Illinois

1955-1964: Calumet City, Cook, Illinois


Lora E Swafford: Sources and Documents

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Lora  E Swafford: Sources and  Documents (attached below)

1. 1888 Birth: Lora was born in Bainbridge, Williamson, Illinois to William R and Nancy Brack Swafford.  Lora's birth on 20 July 1888 was recorded in the Williamson County, Illinois birth register.

Document: Williamson County, Illinois Birth Register. Transcript: No:(blank).Date of return:(blank). Name of child: Lorra E Swafford. Sex: Female. No. of Child of this Mother: 7. Race or Color: White. Date of Birth: July 20 88 Place of Birth: Bainbridge, Ill. Nationality of Father: USA. Place of Birth: Tenn. Age: 36. Nationality of Mother: USA. Place of Birth: Ill. Age: 30. Full Name of Mother: Nancy M Swafford. Maiden Name of Mother: Brack. Residence of Mother: Bainbridge Prec. Full Name of Father: William R Swafford. Occupation: Farmer. Name and Address of Medical Attendant/Name and Address of Person making certificate/Returned by: Da

Source: "Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940," (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9KF-XW42),  Lora E Swofford, 20 July 1888; Birth, citing Marion, Williamson, Illinois; FHL microfilm 965,407, Film # 007621326. Page 264, Image 325.


2. 1900: In 1900, Lora was living in Poplar Bluff, Missouri with her parents and siblings, Dora (20), Joshua (16), Thomas (14), and Jessie (9).

Document: 1900 US Census. Transcript: 1900 United States Federal Census for William R Swafford, State: Missouri, County: Butler. City: Poplar Bluff Township. Enumeration date: 28 June 1900. Supervisor's District No 12, Enumeration District No 17, Sheet: B 79. Family number 397.

Line 74: Swafford, Randall. Relationship: Head. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth month: Aug. Birth year: 1852. Age: 47. Marital status: M. Years married: 22. Birthplace: Tennessee. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Tennessee. Occupation: Farmer. [Illegible]-a-(0-1-5). Months not employed: 0. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes. Own or rent: R. Farm or house: F. Number of farm schedule: 194.

Line 75: Swafford, Nancy. Relationship: Wife. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth month: Nov. Birth year: 1857. Age: 42. Marital status: M. Years married: 22. Number of children given birth to: 10. Number of children living: 7. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Illinois. Mother's birthplace: Illinois. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes.

Line 76: Swafford, Dora. Relationship: Daughter. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth month: Feb. Birth year: 1880. Age: 20. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Number of children given birth to: [Blank]. Number of children living: [Blank]. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Illinois. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes.

Line 77: Swafford, Joshua. Relationship: Son. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth month: Dec. Birth year: 1883. Age: 16. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Illinois. Occupation: Farm laborer. Months not employed: 0. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes.

Line 78: Swafford, Thomas. Relationship: Son. Race: W. Sex: M. Birth month: June. Birth year: 1885. Age: 14. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Illinois. Occupation: At school. Attended school in months: 4. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes.

Line 79: Swafford, Lora. Relationship: Daughter. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth month: July. Birth year: 1887. Age: 12. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Illinois. Occupation: At school. Attended school in months: 4. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes.

Line 80: Swafford, Jessie. Relationship: Daughter. Race: W. Sex: F. Birth month: Nov. Birth year: 1890. Age: 9. Marital status: S. Years married: [Blank]. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Illinois. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Speak English: Yes. 

Source: "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3HY-X1Q : accessed 29 January 2019), Lora Swafford in household of Randall Swafford, Poplar Bluff Township (north part excl. Poplar Bluff city), Butler, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 17, sheet 20B, family 397, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,844.




3. 1908 Marriage: Charles 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.


4. 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.


5. 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.



6. 1910 Following the death of Charles' mother, Fanny, Charles and Lora moved to Cairo, Illinois to live with Charles' step-father, Philip Taylor. On the 1910 US Census,  Lora is listed as Flora and widowed, Melvin is listed as Milton, and Charles is not listed at all. Most of the birthplaces are incorrect for everyone.

Document: 1910 CensusTranscript: 1910 United States Federal Census for Philip J Taylor, State: Illinois, County: Alexander. City: Cairo City. Enumeration date: 24 April 1910. Supervisor's District No 16, Enumeration District No 16, Sheet: B 79. Ward of City: Part of Ward 7. 6399. Family number 162. Address: 3303 Park Avenue.

Line 71: Name: Taylor, Phillip. Relationship: Head. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 48. Marital status: Widow. Birthplace: Ohio. Father's birthplace: Ohio. Mother's birthplace: Ohio. Speaks: English. Occupation: Blacksmith. Industry: On shop. Out of work on April 15, 1910: Emp. Number of weeks out of work in 1909: [Blank]. Read: Yes. Write: Yes. Own or rent: Own. Owned free or mortgage: M. Farm or house: H.

Line 72: Name: Taylor, May. Relationship: Daughter. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 19. Marital status: S. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Ohio. Mother's birthplace: Ohio. Speaks: English. Occupation: None. Read: Yes. Write: Yes.

Line 73: Name: Taylor, Margaret. Relationship: Daughter. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 17. Marital status: S. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Ohio. Mother's birthplace: Ohio. Speaks: English. Occupation: None. Read: Yes. Write: Yes.

Line 74: Name: Taylor, William. Relationship: Son. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 12. Marital status: S. Birthplace: Illinois. Father's birthplace: Ohio. Mother's birthplace: Ohio. Speaks: English. Occupation: None. Read: Yes. Write: Yes

Line 75: Name: Faulkner, Lora. Relationship: Boarder. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 22. Marital status: Wd. Birthplace: Tennessee. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Tennessee. Occupation: Saleswoman. Industry: Dry goods. Out of work on April 15, 1910: No Emp. Number of weeks out of work in 1909: 0. Read: Yes. Write: Yes.

Line 76: Name: Faulkner, Milton. Relationship: Boarder. Sex: M. Race: W. Age: 3. Marital status: S. Birthplace: Ill. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Tennessee. Occupation: None.

Line 77: Name: Faulkner, Francis. Relationship: Boarder. Sex: F. Race: W. Age: 1. Marital status: S. Birthplace: Ill. Father's birthplace: Tennessee. Mother's birthplace: Tennessee. Occupation: None.

Source: "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKH9-9JW : accessed 30 January 2019), Flora Faulkner in household of Phillip Taylor, Cairo Ward 7, Alexander, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 16, sheet 8B, family 162, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 230; FHL microfilm 1,374,243.


7. 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.



8. 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.



9. 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 microfilm .



10. 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.

(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.


11. 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.



12. 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.



13. 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. 



14. 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.


15. 1918 World War I draft registration for Charles: Charles and Lora were living on 57th St in Chicago when 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.



16. 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.


17. 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.


18. 1942 World War II draft registration of Charles Faulkner: 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.).


19. Death: Lora E Swafford Faulkner died on 31 January 1964 in Calumet City, Illinois. She was cremated.

Document: Death certificate. Transcript of Lora Swafford Faulkner Illinois Medical Certificate of Death: Registered number: 0554. District 16.0.  Original 1) Place of Death: a: Illinois, b: Cook County, c: Burnham, e: Length of stay: 1 mo 27 dys, f: Hospital or Institution: Homestead Nursing Home 2) Usual Residence: a: Ilinois, b: Cook County, c: Calumet City, e: 8 1/2 years, f: Residence Address: 284 Paxton Ave. g: Did decedent reside on a farm: No 3) Name of Deceased: Lora Faulkner. 4) Date of Death: Jan 31, 1964. 5) Sex: Female 6) Race: White 7) Widowed 8) Date of Birth: July 15, 1883 [Note: Birth date is incorrect. S/B 1888 according to birth record] 9) Age 80 years 10) Usual Occupation: Nurse. 10b) Kind of Business: Practical nursing. 11) Birthplace: Missouri [Note: Birthplace was Bainbridge, Williamson, Illinois according to birth record] 12) USA Citizen. 13) Father's full name: Reynolds Swafford 14) Mother's maiden name: Unknown 15) Was deceased in Armed Forces? No 16) Social Security Number: Unknown 17)Informant: Clarence C Faulkner. 17b) Address: 284 Paxton Ave., Calumet City 17C) Relationship: Son. 18) Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Colon, 6 months. Metastasis to liver and glands, 6 months. Hypostatic pneumonia, 2 days. 21) Attended deceased: 12/4/1963 to 1/31/1964. Death occurred at 10AM. 22) Disposition: Mt Hope, Worth, Illinois. Cremation 2-3-64.

Source:  Illinois Medical Certificate of Death, Registered number: 0554 (1964), Lora Faulkner, Copy in possession of grandaughter, Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Boston, MA


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