Monday, May 11, 2020

30 Mothers in 30 Days: Susie

This post on Susan Webster Faulkner is a fishing expedition. Let's get this out there from the start.

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She's a brickwall for me, and one of my second Great Grandmothers. It's quite frustrating, because I at least know the parents of most of my Great Great Grandparents, if not their Great Great Grandparents. Am I asking too much? But for Susie and her husband, John Faulkner, it stops with them.

I know Susie, as she was called, was John's second wife. He had at least 3 older children, who are too old to be Susie's children, who named their mother as "Patty". Perhaps her name was Martha, or perhaps Patricia.

 So I am hoping, somewhere out there is someone who knows from whence and from who, John and Susan Faulkner came.

Name:Susan Falkner
Birth Year:abt 1825
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Lanesboro, Anson, North Carolina, USA
Attended School:Y
Line Number:5
Dwelling Number:1075
Family Number:1076
Household Members:
John Falkner27
Susan Falkner25
Osburn Falkner17
Martina Falkner14
Martha Falkner10
Golden Falkner13
Eseniah Falkner8
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The first census the family shows up in is the 1850 census of Lanesboro, in Anson County. The first thing you notice is that the older children are waayyy to old to be thier children. Golden names his mother as this mysterious Patty on his marriage license. Asariah (Eseniah) is named as the son of Susan Webster Faulkner. Perhaps. But the unnamed newborn was most likely hers. John was labeled a cropper, I take that to mean sharecropper. No one in the neighborhood shared their surnames of Faulkner or Webster.

You would think with names like Golden and Asariah, their line could be easily traced, at least back one more generation, but NO.

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Lanesboro is in Mid-West Anson

Name:Susan Folkner
[Susan Falkner] 
Birth Year:abt 1831
Birth Place:North Carolina
Home in 1860:Lanesboro, Anson, North Carolina
Post Office:Wadesboro
Dwelling Number:416
Family Number:376
Cannot Read, Write:Y
Household Members:
John Folkner48
Susan Folkner29
Martha Manus25
Golding Folkner19
Azariah Folkner15
James Coleman15
Luanna Coleman10
Constantine Coleman8
John D Coleman5
Ellen Coleman3
Barbara Coleman2
Marshall Coleman2/12

Now here they are in 1860. Notice how Susan should have aged 10 years, but she has only aged 4, and John has jumped 20 years, to a more accurate age. Martha Manus, listed her as a servant, was Martha Faulkner Manus, his married (widowed?) daughter by Patty. And because one son, James Coleman, was listed with his middle name, the transcribers ran with it and made all the younger children Colemans, but they were not. John is labeled a farmer, but they owned nothing. This was a poor family. And it would get larger.

Name:Susan Falkner
Age in 1870:43
Birth Year:abt 1827
Birthplace:North Carolina
Dwelling Number:167
Home in 1870:Lanesboro, Anson, North Carolina
Post Office:Wadesboro
Occupation:Keeping House
Inferred Father:John Falkner
Household Members:
John Falkner63
Susan Falkner43
Constantin Falkner16
Ellen Falkner13
Barbra Falkner12
Joseph Falkner7
George Falkner6
Silvia Falkner4
Sarah Falkner 

By 1870, my Great Grandmother Sarah Frances Faulkner has made her appearance. She's the infant. Many of the older children have gone out on their own. John is working as Farm Labor for a Caulde family.
The Caudles of Anson County, NC
The Caudles- Pathway to Ascension

By 1880, they are gone, but the children aren't. However their records are spotty. I don't know where John and Susie are buried, or from whence they came. They had an enormous family of  14 children, and John had at least 4 more by his first wife, Patty. All of Susan's children who lived to have death certificates, and there were many,  named her as a Webster. Webster was not an Anson County name.

My line, Sarah Frances, aka Fanny, would marry William A. Turner in Anson County in January of 1887. He would die young and she would remarry to Brantley M. Thompson. Some of her sisters also married into the Turner Family, who lived near Red Hill Church, close to Ansonville.

29032766_122092094166 Luther Constantine Faulkner
Luther Contantine "Tine" Faulkner, son of John and Susan

So here's the deal - if anyone else descends from this family, or knows anything about John Faulkner and his first or second families, from whence he came, or about Susan, and any Websters in Anson County, especially Lanesboro, please contact me via this blog.

RIP Grandma Susie. Hope I find you.

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