Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The Wonder Years

Deeds, deeds and more deeds. I call the years between 1810 and 1840 ' The Wonder Years' because they make me wonder. Where was my John Faulkner? Who was he living with before he shows up as head of his own household in 1840 at about 30 years old? And most essentially, how and why did he get left in Anson County when nearly all of the other Faulkners had migrated away? Which leads to the question that is the spur in my saddle, who were his parents?

Nathan Faulkner first appears in Anson County about 1775, as in 1779, he swears before a Judge that it had been about 4 years since he had purchased a 34 acres tract from a Mr. Eddins,  and disappears in the early 1800's. He first shows up in Craven County, and possibly in Cumberland with Francis Faulker, Senior, his father, and Jr., his brother. Then arrives the Francis's, another brother, Asa, there's mention of Emmanuel and then his cousin, Benjamin dies in Anson, leaving a will, but no other record. There's mentions of Elijah, Elisha, Archibald, a younger Francis,  Jonathan, John,  Job, Warren, then  Joseph and James, whom we know were sons of Francis Jr., due to the well-kept records of the Kentucky Faulkners, who descend from them.

Name:James Falkner
County:Anson County
Township:No Township Listed
Database:NC Early Census Index

But first there was a James, an older James, who was on the Tax list of Anson County. As there's no indication of what 'creek', or other landmark he lived near, we don't know, at this early stage, if he lived in what is still Anson today, or another county that was part of Anson in the past. 

But after 1805, and especially 1810, there are scant mention of the Faulkners in Anson County, until after 1840, when the two remaining Faulkner men, and their families, come of age.

It was in 1800, his last census, when Nathan Faulkner sold a good deal of livestock, furniture, and personal items to Jonathan and Warren Faulkner. Warren had yet to be mentioned, so I believe he was younger. Jonathan appears in several deeds with Nathan, as a co-signer, and other things. I believe he was the last person to reside on the remaining lands of Nathan Faulkner, seen often as "John", before he finally relocated to Humphrey County, Tennesse and later to Marshall County, Mississippi. Archibald, who moved to Edgefield, South Carolina and later to Tennessee, is noted as a son of Nathan, and appears as a chain carrier in Nathan's earliest surveys, and in the 1790 census, before he moves. I believe Nathan had other sons who moved to Edgefield District, with Archibald, and I believe that is where Nathan spent his last days, passing away before 1810.
Name:Ora Folkner[]
Home in 1800 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over:1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over:3
Number of Household Members Over 25:4
Number of Household Members:6

Then there is the whole Asa/ Elijah issue. Many family trees have them merged. The deeds clearly show that Asa and Elijah were two different people. In the 1800 census, his second, Asa is shown as being over 45, meaning he was born in 1755, or before, and his wife also, in the same age group, with two young men, aged 16 to 25, in the home. We know Job was a brother of Elijah, and he was head of his own household at that time, in the same 16 to 25 age group, as was his wife. Asa was also living next to John and Isaac Stanfield, who had moved with the family from the Cumberland River to Anson. John would die in Anson County, but some of the Stanfields would follow the children of Francis Jr. to Kentucky via Blount County, Tennessee. 

Name:Asa Falkner
Home in 1790 (City, County, State):Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over:1 Asa
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16:3 Maybe 3 sons
Free White Persons - Females:3 Maybe wife and two daughters. 
Number of Household Members:7

In 1790, Asa had 3 sons and 2 daughters, living at home. If Job were his son, then so was Elijah. Job was on his own by 1800, Elijah, not yet. The third, I'm not sure, but perhaps his name was Elisha, who also appears in land records, with property near the others. 

Also, Elizabeth Huntley, daughter of Robert Huntley, was not old enough to be the wife of Asa in 1800. I belive she married Elijah, shortly after the 1800 census and her three children, Job (a younger Job), Asa W. L, and Susanna, were born in the next decade. Elijah died before 1810, when she is shown as head of household with her three children, living next to her father. She then marries John Webb, and is young enough to have children with him. Her daughter marries John Webbs son, her stepbrother, William. It was a different era.

How long did Elijah live?

Oct 18, 1805 Book M P 286 James Johnson , Coroner, of Anson County to Robert Huntley of Anson, sold 300 acres in two adjoining tracts, on Lowry's Branch and Dry Prong, sold "due to an execution" from Anson Court against Elijah Faulker, "bail of Thomas Stake" ( I believe the last name for Thomas might be incorrect),  due to suit by Rueben Pickett of Anson and because no goods or chattels found. 

So basically, Rueben Pickett had sued Thomas 'Stake' and Elijah Faulkner had went his bond and Thomas did not show up in court, so the bond was forfeited, but then Elijah didn't have any property so Robert Huntely (His father-in-law?) bought back his property to save the family from being homeless. Makes sense to me.

May 9, 1812, William Vaughan to Duncan McKenzie, both of Anson, sold property on Jones Creek at the mouth of Rocky Branch "joins Faulkner and a rock marked "LLJK", part of a tract sold by James Knotts to Vaughn and part of a tract sold to 'SAS' (Asa) Faulkner to Vaughn.  Book S p 356.

Feb. 27, 1813 William Vaughan to Duncan McKenzie, both of Anson, 100 acres on the south prong of Jones creek, begins at a stake at the end of Elijah Faulkners second line in his 200 acres tract & beginning  of his 100 acres tract, joins his second corner of land he bought of McIntyre and near Privett, granted in 1807 to Vaughn. Book S p356.

My bets are that Elijah was the son of Asa and that Elijah was the one who married Elizabeth Huntley. They've got the correct lineage, they just smashed two generations together. There's still the factor that I share more DNA with the descendants of Elizabeth Huntely Faulkner than I do with the descendants of Jonathan. 

Another deed I harken back to is dated February 24, 1801, but involves the sale of 150 acres on Cedar Branch by John Ford of Anson County to Jacob Mangrum of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The property bordered the lines of Abraham Jones and Phillip Dill, a single man with lots of land, who's interesting in his own right, and had been Granted to Richard Worthin in 1779 and sold by his heir, William Worthin to John Ford. The Witnesses were Nathan and Jonathan Faulkner and it's found in Book H2 Page 275.

Was this the deed where John Ford lightened his load?

Jonathan Faulkner is whom Thrulines on Ancestry.com had suggested as the father of my John, due to a number of individuals who have this information in their trees. It didn't take a great deal of looking into it to discover that Jonathan was not my direct ancestor, despite the fact that I share DNA with many of his descendants. I don't disregard the fact that Jonathan belongs in my family tree, just not as a direct ancestor.
So, he was worth taking a closer look at, in fact, with a magnifying glass.

Jonathan was pretty worth while looking at, and had been well researched. As he ended up in Mississippi via Tennessee, his descendants knew he had been born in North Carolina and had found him in Anson. His son John, is a grown man, and shows up in records with his Dad and his brother Calvin, while still in Tennessee, as an adult. When Jonathan starts showing up in deeds with Nathan, who I am pretty sure was his father, he was about to be, and then had just shown up as a head of his own household in Anson County. He was, at that time, a young man between 16 and 25, with a wife of the same age. So, it looks like he married in Anson County, although no bond or record has been found. His wife's name was Matilda.

It became quickly evident that Jonathan did not travel to West Tennesee alone, and that when he did, he did so via South Carolina. John Ford is a name who turns up in Tennessee with Jonathan. Jonathan recieved his grant as an assignee of Samuel Jackson, so did three other people. The Jacksons are seen in multiple deed transactions with Nathan Falkner, and Jonathan and a few others. Col. John Jackson was one of them, and his sons, Samuel and Isaac. Col. John Jackson had a daughter named Sarah, who had married John Stanfield, a Faulkner family friend. He had a daughter named Phoebe who married a man named Thomas Shaw. Thomas Shaw was also an assignee of his brother-in-law, Samuel Jackson and had migrated to Humphrey County as well. Samuel's third assignee was a lady named Polly, and at this juncture, I can't explain how she fits in, if she even does. His sister Mary "Polly" Jackson had married a White. Two of the Jackson sisters married Whites. I will look more into Polly in the future. Samuel Jackson himself, also moved to Humphrey County, Tennessee and received at least three grants, that he himself, kept. There were no shortages of Samuel Jacksons at the time, so it's a small bit of a challenge to keep him straight, but the presence of Jonathan and Thomas Shaw help keep him, his name actually, straight.

Another important tell-tale document is the one wherein James Johnson, the Coroner for Anson County in 1805, sold 300 acres on Lowry's Branch and Dry Prong to Robert Huntley.  The property had belonged to Elijah Faulkner, who had signed a bond for the bail of a man named "Thomas Stake", though I am pretty sure the 'Stake' is incorrect. Apparently Thomas owed money from a lawsuit pressed by Reuben Pickett. Pickett was an attorney who would be serving as Sheriff of Anson by 1808. Thomas must have taken off and finding that Elijah had no significant "goods or chattels",  his land was confiscated. Don't go into bonds lightly folks.

Robert Huntley purchased the land, I beleive, for his daugther Elizabeth, who had married the unwise Elijah Faulkner, and by then had had two of her three babies. Elizabeth would be left a young widow with three children, marry John Webb, a much older widower and have five or six more children. Several folks have merged Asa and Elijah into one. Land records prove that Asa and Elijah were not one person. There was an Asa, and there was an Elijah. Asa was an older man, the same age group as his brothers, Nathan and Francis, Jr. Elijah was of the younger group.I have no proof, just lots of arrows pointing to the probability that Asa was the father of Elijah. The above mentioned deed can be found in Book M  Page 286. It's like watching a suspense movie wherein they leave some details for you to figure out logically on your own. My sense of what happened here was that Robert Huntley covered for his son-in-law so his daughter and her young children wouldn't lose the farm and become homeless. 

We know Elijah died as a young man, but how long did Asa live?

On August 22, 1808, James Smith and John Smith of Barnwell District, South Carolina sold 100 acres of land bordering Jeremiah Lewis and William Thomas, on Jones Creek. The property also joined the property of "Faulkner", but who Faukner? (Book N Page 162). I'm pretty sure it was Asa.

A few months later, on Halloween, 1808, Asa Faulkner of Anson County, sold to John Buchanon, who was already his neighbor, 500 acres on Featherbed Branch, beginning at a hickory in Malachi Watts line near a drain of Featherbed Branch, joining Wisdom, Chiles, Teal, John Falkner (now take that in...JOHN Faulkner) Buchanan (the previous mentioned John Buchanan) and Robert Jarman, except 0.5 acres where THE MEETING HOUSE STANDS, includes where said Faulkner lives. 

It was signed by Asa Faulkner and witnessed by Richard C. Pattisall and M. Johnson. Witness Oath July, 1814 by Richard Pattisall, Book P page 54.

Everyone has Asa dying about 1802. Nope, he did not, but I believe he had by July of 1814 when Pattisall swore his oath. 

Now, take that in and I  follow with this deed. Book S Page 302. Dated Nov. 14, 1817, Nine years later. John Buchanon to Richard Buchanon, both of Anson, for the same price John paid, $500 for 500 acres on Featherbed Branch, beginning at that self-same hickory tree in Malachi Watts line, near the drain of Featherbed Branch, joining Wisdom, Chiles, Teal, JOHN 'FALCIONER' , Buchanon, Robert Jarman, except for that half an acres where 'the Meeting House stands' , includes the place where said John Buchanon lives. Signed John Buchanon and witnessed by Neil McLaurin and Alexander McRae, a couple of Scots.

In summary, John Buchanon had purchased the land and house from Asa Faulkner, where Asa was living in 1808, and nine years later in 1817, he sold that land, except for the half acre, where they had made themselves a little church, and now John Buchanon was living in that same house on that same land and sold it to Richard Buchanon.

I've got to try to figure out which church that may have been, if possible. But, look who is left. Asa must be dead by then if John is living in his house, the same names of neighbors are bordering, but there is John Faulkner. Elisha is gone, Elijah is gone, Job is gone and Asa is gone. All of the other names of Falkners shown in earlier deeds living on Featherbed Branch. Just John. Was this Jonathan that was connected closely to Nathan? The answer to me is clearly No. Jonathan has already moved to Tennessee. He was taxed there in 1812.

You might be interested in this previous post, which shows why Jonathan couldn't be John.

Recall from a previous post, these transcations involving Elisha (with an 'S') Faulkner. 

Elisha Faulkner File 5560 Pursuant to entry no. 926,date April 1, 1801. You are to lay off for Elisha Faulkner 500 acres adjoining Pleasant Mays on Morris Branch. July 1, 1801
Signed John Hattaway ET.

March 12, 1802  Surveyed for Elisha Forkner 500 acres in Anson Co. on head drains of Morrises Branch beginning at Pleasant Mays corner adjoing John Forkner, Asa Forkner, Will Wisdom and Chileses. Chain carriers Job Forkner, Francis Wisdom. Signed H. MarshallSur.

November 30, 1802 Elisha Forkner paid purchase money for 500 acres in Anson Co.
Signed J. Craven

Book 110 Page 234 Know ye that we have granted Elisha Forkner 500 acres in Anson Co. on drains of Morris’s Branch adjoining John Forkner, Bohannon, Asa Forkner, Wisdom and Chiles. Entered April 1, 1801 and granted Dec. 11, 1802 Signed Will White
Sec. J. Turner

There's the mention of the Wisdom, Buchanon (Bohannon) and Chiles families. There's ol' Pleasant May mentioned. John, Asa, Job and William Wisdom's son Francis is mentioned. 

Then there is this, which follows a n 1812 suit between Pleasant May and John Falkner. 

William Hammond, Sheriff, to Pleasant May

This Indenture made this 19th Day of Jany. in the year of out Lord 1825, Between William Hammond, Esqr., Sheriff for the County of Anson on the one part and May Pleasant May of same county on the other part, Whereas by virtue on execution issuing from  the County Court of Anson for the sum of sixteen pounds twelve shillings which said sum was recovered by Pleasant May against John Faulkener as on record of the said Court may appear - whereas the said execution was directed and delivered to John Jennings, Esqr., then sheriff of the County commanding him that of the goods and chattles land and tenmt. of the sd. John Faulkner  he should cause to be made the aforesaid sum of sixteen pounds twelve shillings to satify the said execution with the cost thereo and the sd. John Jennings Esqr. then sheriff as aforesaid in pursuance and by virtue of his office and the aforesaid execution did seize take into his hands and custody (no goods or chattels to be found) a certain piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in the sd county of Anson bounded as follows - Beggining at a Hickory. in Benjamin Buchanons line by two hickories and one white oak pointers runs No. 40 wt. 37 chains and 50 links to a black jack by three black jack pointer then So. 50 wt. 40 chains to  a stake then So. 40 E 37 chains and fifty links to a stake then direct to the beginning. Containing 150 acres land and the said John Jennings late Sheriff as aforesaid after due advertisement as according to law did cause the said piece or parcel of land with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to be put to publick sale to the highest bidder on the 5th of October in the Year of our Lord 1804, at which time and place the aforesaid Pleasant May became the highest bidder at the sum of 16 pounds and 5 shillings for the said land and apputenances thereunto belonging - This Indenture Witnesseth that the said John Jennings late sheriff of the County aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum sixteen  pounds twelve shillings in hand paid by the said Pleasant May at and before the sealing and the signing of these presents the reciept whereof is hereby acknowledged he the said William Hammond Sheriff doth hereby bargain sell alien 'enfeoff' convey and confirm unto the said Pleasant May his heirs Execs Admins assigns forever all the aforesaid tenements and appurtenances with all rights titles claim or demand of and or unto the aforesaid peice or parcel of land with all the hereditaments and immoluments of the same belonging or anywise appurtaining. To have and to hold to him the said Pleasant May his heirs his Executors admins. and assigns forever, as in full and ample manner as he the said Sheriff is empowered by his office and further the said William Hammond Sheriff do hereby covenant promise and grant to end with the said Pleasant May his heirs execrs admins and assigns who shall and may from time to time and at all times hereafter have hold occupy possess and enjoy the said premises with all the appurtenances free and clear of and from all incumbrances had done made or committed by him the said William Hammond sheriff or by his order means or procurement and that he the said William Hammond sheriff will warrant and defend the same to  Pleasant May his heirs Exects Admins and assigns so far as his office as Sheriff and no further. In Witness whereof the said William Hammond Sheriff of the County aforesaid hereunto set and seal his hand unto the day and year above written. Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of 

Boggan Cash                                                        signed William Hammond Sh (seal)
Martin Pickett
No Carolina Anson County July Session 1815
Duly acknowledged in open Court and ordered to be registered

                                                Tod Robinson (clk)

Friday, February 3, 2023

Flipping Over the Box of Legos

I have the sweetest, most amazing Three -year -old Grandson in the world. Honestly, I do. There are no 'terrible threes' here. I call him my 'Terrific Three'. But when he gets to playing....

Every parent and grandparent cringes at the sound of an overturned box of Legos, or Matchbox cars, either one. Sometimes though, you have to take that step,  to make sense of what you want to build, or find that one missing piece of your trainset,  so the train can go around the tracks. And, y'all, I've flipped over that box of Legos. I mean, I have pieces EVERYWHERE.

Just like my grandson when he's playing.

With my Faulkner research, I haven't found that one missing piece, but with every step, with every attempt to lay things out in a time line,  to see what makes sense, and what doesn't, I feel I'm getting closer to that missing piece, or an "ahah" moment.

A little background, for anyone who doesn't keep up with my blog and might come across, this post. I have a Third Great Grandfather named John Faulkner, who lived in Anson County, North Carolina. I'm 99 percent sure he was born there. He died there around 1877. He was married twice, and had a very large and colorful family. I know who the grandparents of both of his wives were, my direct line and his first wife. Yet, I have no clue who John's parents were.

With the usual resources yeilding no fruit, I have turned to the one place where clues may emerge, DNA.

Two male descendants of two of  my John Faulkner have taken Y-DNA tests, one from his son, Azariah, who was his youngest son by his first wife, Patience, and one from Constantine, who was by his second wife, Susan, a full-sibling to my second Great Grandmother, Sarah Francis. They match each other, of course, and their other close match is to a descendant of Francis Faulkner, Jr. whose family moved to Blount County,  Tennessee,  and then to the part of Knox County, Kentucky that became Whitley County in 1818. 

Basically, I can safely assume from my DNA research that our Faulkner line descends from the group of Faulkners who lived in Queen Anne's County, Maryland in the 1700's, specifically the ones who migrated to North Carolina to Bute and Granville, then to Cumberland and from there to Anson County. The sons of Francis Faulkner Sr. But there's no narrowing it down from there.

So I have been studying each and every Faulkner who graced the Motherland of Anson in her early days and following the trails of those who left, who was almost everybody but my John, and an Asa William Luther Faulkner who married Susannah Myers, daughter of Marmaduke Myers. And yeah, I'm turning over that toy box.

The above document, just the right side, reads:

"To All Ye To Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting.

Know Ye, by virtue of part of warrant No. 227 dated the 14th of May, 1813, issued by the Secretary of this State to Samuel Jackson and entered on the 15th day of  September, 1810 by No. 5119. 

There is granted by the State of Tennesee unto: Jonathan Falkner assignee,
a certain tract or parcel of land containing 24 acres by survey bearing date the 3rd of November, 1813 lying in Humphrey County in the first district on Little Richland Creek of Tennessee River and bounded as follows to wit Beginning at a Spanish Oak and ash marked 'J' the beginning corner of said Falkners tract of land he now lives on ,(emphasis mine), runs west sixty-nine poles to a stake in the Creek thence south fifty five poles and a half to a black gum then east sixty-nine poles to a poplar then north fifty-five and a half poles to the beginning.

It was signed by Govenor Willie Blount.

So, Jonathan Faulkner was an assignee of Samuel Jackson. That meant that Samuel Jackson had assigned his rights to or interest in, the property, to Jonathan Faulkner. And who was Samuel Jackson? Where had I heard that name before?

Oh yeah, in several transactions in Anson County involving the early Faulkner family. In my recent post "The Faulkners and Their Neighbors on Featherbed Branch Part Deaux", I had posted the following observances.

In Book D, P 68, dated Jan. 29, 1795, John Stanfield witnessed a deed between Thomas Shaw and Samuel Jackson.

No, not that Samuel Jackson. This one was related to the afore mentioned Jacksons, and to the other witness, Isaac Jackson, who lived on the North fork of Thompsons Creek.

The next year, on July 19, 1796, Isaac Jackson and John Stanfield, the two witnesses,  are seen as executors to the estate of John Jackson, deceased, and sold that property to Thomas Shaw. It was described as " all but a third of said land Mrs. Jackson is to have her life in and after the death to Thomas Shaw".  It was again, on Thompson's Creek and signed by Isaac Jackson and John Stanfield.

Samuel Jackson and his brother, Isaac Jackson, were sons of Col. John Jackson and John Stanfield had married his daughter, Sarah. John Stanfield was a member to the Stanfield/ Stanfill family who had migrated with the Faulkners from the Cumberland River area. Thomas Shaw was also a son-in-law of Col. John Jackson (Sr.) and had married his daughter, Phoebe. There was a John Jackson Jr., another son, who was known as Captain John Jackson.

Samuel Jackson turns out to be another crucial key to the study.

Another clue arises with the one documented son of Nathan Faulkner the elder and son of Francis Sr., Archibald. Archibald was a chain carrier in several of Nathan's early surveys in Anson County and is head of his own household in 1790. Archibald migrates twice in his life after leaving Anson and his first arrival is to Edgefield County, or District, in South Carolina, an area that was part of Old 96. There were other Faulkners (and various spellings) in Edgefield District. Were any of them related? Especially those who named their sons Asa Elijah, and Jonathan or Nathan? Quite possibly. Nathan showed in 1800 he could have had 6 sons in the home and Archibald was already grown and moved away by then, so there could have been other, older, sons and daughters who were closer in age to Archibald. 

I found a Kizziah (also spelled Keziah, Kesiah, Kessiah or nicknamed "Kizzy") Fortner (also Forkner, Falkner, Faulkner, Forker or Falconer) in 1810, in Edgefield County, living near a Willis and a (what do you know?) Nathan Fortner/Falkner. When a woman shows up as a head of household, it's usually a single woman or a widow. Most often, a widow. Kizziah, aged between 25 and 44, and the only adult in the household, appears to have been a widow.

Name:Kizziah Fortner
Residence Date:6 Aug 1810
Residence Place:Edgefield, South Carolina, USA
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15:1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:2
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10:1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15:1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44:1
Number of Household Members Under 16:3
Number of Household Members Over 25:1
Number of Household Members:7

Now, write this down. In 1810, Kesiah (or any variant), is in Edgefield County, SC, with Archibald, known son of Nathan of Anson. Guess where she is in 1820?

Name:Keziah Fortner
Home in 1820 (City, County, State):Humphreys, Tennessee
Enumeration Date:August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:2
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over:1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture:1
All Other Persons Except Indians not Taxed:4
Free White Persons - Over 25:1
Total Free White Persons:4
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:8

Now, over 45, she's in Humphrey's County, Tennessee. Who just moved to Humphrey's County, Tennessee?

Oh yeah, Jonathan, who I believe is another son of Nathan. He was living next to Nathan in 1800, he witnessed several deeds with Nathan and in 1808, Nathan gave a bunch of personal items, like livestock and furniture to Jonathan and Warren. No, none of that says blatantly, 'this is my son', but it might be as close as we can get to the suggestion of it. 

Does this say Kesiah is a member of the same family? No, it doesn't. Does it seem to suggest she might be a member of this family? Certainly a strong possibility. Too much for coincidence? Very probably. Worth looking into further? No doubt about it. 

Land records cleary show the exodus of the family of Francis Jr. after his death. They sold property and show up in Blount County, Tennessee. This included the family of  Sampson Stanfield, (sometimes seen as Stanfill), who was in the beginning a son-in-law. John and Isaac Stanfield were neighbors of  the Faulkners when they lived along the Cumberland River in the eastern part of the State, and had followed them to Anson County, or came with them, more likely. Sampson's first wife was Easter Faulkner, and after her death, he married a Thomas girl. There's no document that states she was the daughter of Francis Jr., but all signs and arrows point towards it.

So like the fact that any evidence that Sampson Stanfield was the son-in-law of  Francis Faulkner Jr., is completely circumstantial, (ie, he moved to Tennesse and then to Kentucky with the known sons of Francis Jr; James, Joseph and Francis Ballenger Faulkner), one must take my findings as the theories that they are, and not fact. It's all based on circumstantial evidence. It's possibilities, based on facts that seem more than coincental.

By following leads on the younger generations to other states, I make discoveries. Look what name is two spaces up, that person who was living next to this other Faulkner from Anson who moved from Anson to South Carolina and then a decade later, the same person is living next to one who moved from Anson to Tennessee. 

Then there are those whose names pop up on with the removed Faulkners, whose names I recall from pouring over these old deeds, who it turns out, have children who listed Mom's maiden name as Faulkner (or any of it's various spellings). The pieces are beginning to fit.

A few things I am now sure of. One, the generations from Francis Sr to the children of A W.L. and Susan Myers Faulkner did NOT go Francis - Asa- A. W. L. Sr - A.W.L. Jr and siblings. It went Francis - Asa- ELIJAH - A. W. L. Sr to A.W.L. Jr. and siblings.

Another question I am looking at was, if Jonathan and John were one and the same, or were they two different men. I will posting on that conundrum later. 

A third project is attempting to assign the younger men to which of the two older men might be their fathers, based on whose land connected whose, who ended up living on land of the same description after the older man shows up no longer, whose name is connected to the other name most often and/or in ways that suggest a close relationship. It's all just coincidental, or maybe not. Maybe by looking closer into the generations down the road, there's an answer somewhere. Until then, I will keep flipping over those leggos.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The Faulkners and Their Neighbors on Featherbed Branch Pt Deaux


Featherbed Branch drains from a hill in southern Anson County. It flows paralell, in a manner of speaking as a stream can, to the Chesterfield Road on its west and Jarman Road on its right. It crosses Bethel Road and just before hitting Gulledge, becomes a tribuatary of to the South Fork of Jones Creek. 

To its east, another stream found in these early deeds of the Faulkner and associated families is Mill Creek, that crosses Teal Hall Road before also flowing into the South Fork of Jones Creek. In these lands lived the early Falkners, and others who bear the same surnames as these roads, Gulledges, Teals and Jarmans. 

Nathan Faulkner first shows up as a taxable in Bute County, NC in 1771. Just a few years later, other Faulkners show up, his brothers, his father, his cousins. Asa, Emanuel, Benjamin, mulitiple Francis's, Elijah, and others begin to purchase land near and around Nathan. Why did he come and why did they follow? I don't know, but the answers might be found in the areas they came from, which I will explore at a later date. 

I had noted some pertinent deeds in my previous post, The Faulkners of Featherbed Branch, that you can find at the following link.

The Faulkners of Featherbed Branch

The post was getting unwieldly, so I broke it in two. I had covered the deeds involving Nathan and some of his kin, from 1777 to about 1790, a period of 13 years. 

In the only mention of Emanuel Falkner, in Book C2, Page 124, dated August 10, 1792, Sheriff Thomas Wade executed a sale of property to William May Carpenter (I believe this was a reference to his occupation, and not his name, to differentiate him from another William May, as I have seen it before.), 150 acreson SW side of Pee Dee River, beginning at a second corner stake of a 200 acre grant to William May on the middle prong of Jones Creek, joined Melton (Nathan Melton) and crossed the branch, sold on August 10, 1786 to William May, Jr.  by his friend, William May, Carpenter due to an execution from Anson County Court against Emanuel Falkner for 7.19 l, and cost due to suit by William May carpenter, land sold because no goods or chattels found. Both William Mays were mentioned as grantees of the deed.Thomas Wade, sheriff. 

There was an earlier court record with problems between the Mays and Francis Falkner. This may be a tract inherited by Emanuel after the death of Francis. 

I will pick back up with some deeds involving the Stanfields, sometimes seen as 'Stanfill', a connected family who had migrated with the Falkners from Cumberland County, NC, to Anson, and I believe were intermarried with at some point and manner. 

On March 3, 1789, a Jonathan Jackson of Anson County sold 320 acres on both sides of Thomason Creek, that had been granted to Benjamin Jackson in 1749. This deed was found in Book B2, P 390, and witnessed by Thomas Shaw, John Jackson , & John White.

Book B2 p 387 dated Nov. 16, 1790, Govenor Alexander Martin had granted to John Standfield Grant 4915 of 150 acres that bordered the property of Benjamin Jackson and 'where John "Stanfull" now lives. It bordered a Booth, crossed Meltons Branch (a Nathan Melton keeps coming up) and "Stanfulls" old line. Signed by the Govenor Martin and Secretary J. Glasglow.

Book B2 P 388, the very next deed, dated April 16, 1791, James Falkner shows up, witnessing a deed between John West and Charles West, ancestors of my husband Btw.

 James was a son of Francis Jr, who died about 1794 in Anson County, who ended up migrating with several (most) of his siblings, and a few of the younger Stanfields, to the part of Knox County, Kentucky, that would become Whitley County in 1818.

Book C2, p 350, High Sheriff William May sold to Richard Wallace, two tracts on Mill Creek and Wilkes Mill Creek that bordered John Stanfield property, 'where he lived', meanting John Stanfield was living in the same general area as the Faulkners, although he later bought or inherited through his wife, land on Thompson Creek. This action was due to execution in Anson County court against William May, Sr.  and another from Hillsbourough Superior Court and the Govenor, for taxes that were in arrears. I think many early settlers made the migrations to start anew and avoid debts from other counties. 

In Book D, P 68, dated Jan. 29, 1795, John Stanfield witnessed a deed between Thomas Shaw and Samuel Jackson.

No, not that Samuel Jackson. This one was related to the afore mentioned Jacksons, and to the other witness, Isaac Jackson, who lived on the North fork of Thompsons Creek.

The next year, on July 19, 1796, Isaac Jackson and John Stanfield, the two witnesses,  are seen as executors to the estate of John Jackson, deceased, and sold that property to Thomas Shaw. It was described as " all but a third of said land Mrs. Jackson is to have her life in and after the death to Thomas Shaw".  It was again, on Thompson's Creek and signed by Isaac Jackson and John Stanfield.

In Book C2 p 436 dated April 24, 1795 James and Joseph Falkner sold to William Johnson, 180 acres that began at a hickory on William Fieldings 350 acre survey, crossed Crawley's line, joined Murphy's great branch. Joseph signed with an "O" and James signed with an "X". Witness was William Bennett.

James and Joseph are seen together, and despite being related, are not seen in deeds with the other Falkners. I believe this to be a sale of property after the death of Francis Jr., after which they removed in a group to Blount County, Tennessee and would eventually relocate to Kentucky. The known  children of Francis Jr, brother of Nathan Falkner were: Joseph , Francis III , James, Edith (Price) and Prudence (Fox).

In January of 1795, there's another deed involving the Estate of Colonel John Jackson naming John Stanfield "Yeoman" and Isaac Jackson "Yeoman" as executors. The Will of Col. John Jackson, following, shows that John Stanfield was married to his daughter, Sarah.This Deed is found in Book C2 P 392.

Anson Co., North Carolina Will Book A, Pg 32, Last Will and Testament of John Jackson 
In the name of God Amen. The twenty eight day of March and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four I John Jackson of Anson County and in the State of North Carolina, being weak in body tho of a perfect mind and memory, thanks be unto almighty God, therefore call unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is princibly and first of all I give my Soul to God that give it and for my body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian Manner at the Discretion of my Executors, nothing Doubting but I shall Receive The same again at the general resurrection by the mighty power of God and as Touching Such things as it has pleased God to bless me with in this Life.
I Give Devise and Dispose in the following manner: first for My Lawfull Debts to be paid out of my Estate by my Executors and then I give to my Dearly Beloved Wife a childs part of my Estate, I give to my daughter SARAH Stanfill five pounds and to my son JONATHAN Jackson one hundred and thirty pounds upon ISAAC Jackson account and to my son SAMUEL Jackson five Shillings and to my Daughter HULDA Hill five Shillings and to my Daughter PHEBE Shaw five Shillings and to my Daughter MARY White five Shillings and to my Daughter ELIZABETH White thirty pounds and to my Daughter REBECCA Jackson forty pounds paid by my Executors at the time of her being eighteen years of age and My will and Desire is that all my Estate Should Be sold by my Executors and after the above Legices is paid Remainder to be Devided Equally amongst all my children. Lastly I constitute and make and ordain Isaac Jackson and John Stanfill my sole Executors of this my last will and Testament and Do Disalow and Revoke all other wills and testament, Ratifying and confirming no other but this my last will and testament in witness where of I have hereunto Set my Hand and affixed my Seal the Day and Year first above written. John Jackson (Seal)
Signed in the presence of William Gulledge and Elias Haney, October Court 1794

So John Stanfield married Sarah Jackson and James Stanfield married Mary Cox. I also know that Sampson Stanfield was married first to a lady named Easter, probably Easter Faulkner and second to Nancy Thomas.

The New Era

At the turn of the century, 1700's to 1800's, the Faulkners seemed more rooted, just before they were to pull up roots.

November 21, 1798 John Turner sold to Jeremiah Gaddy 2 tracts of land on the Morris Branch of Jones Creek. The second tract mentioned in this transaction bordered "Fieldings Old Survey", which was mentioned in a prior deed involving Asa Faulkner and having had mentioned a Birmingham Rudd. This deed names instead a George Loundsdell Rudd's line, 'joins mouth of Morris's Branch, Falkner's Mill Seat, a row of trees marked by Asa Falkner & James Farr, Bexley John Lambden & William Fielding". Signed John Turner and witnessed by Ph May & H. Marshall. Book G P. 137

Book G P 134 Dated March 23, 1800 certified that Martha Weaver was 'invested with full power' to sell and recieve pay for a "tract on the main road where John Weaver was killed and all other property." The quotes in this transcation seem to be from the words of Nathan Falkner, as it states that "Martha Weaver, wife of John Weaver, saw cause to sell & John Weaver said he was well satisfied with her trading" Signed Nathan Falkner and witnessed by Noah Rushing

I wondered what the relationship was between Martha and John Weaver and Nathan Falkner, as I have yet to find one. 

The mention of Noah Rushing was interesting, however. Noah Rushing was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War. He was born about1758 and was married to Chloe Huntley. Some trees have Nathan's wife, Sarah, as a Rushing. I've not yet found evidence of that.

There's nothing to be found on John and Martha Weaver at that time in Anson County, making me wonder who they were, exactly. There's a John in 1830 and again in 1850, cropper, in Morven. In 1794, in Book C2 P 279 Martha Weaver had sold to James Moultrie on Cedar Creek of Thompsons Creek, 300 acres that met Fords line, Abram Allquise's line, Dills line and John Mitchells line. The tract had been surveyed for John Granade in August of 1772. Testator was Phillip Gathings. 

This leads me to believe that the Weavers were tied to the following individuals in the following 3 transactions in Book C2, pages 78, 80, and 81. Dated 1792, Page 80 was a transfer of property from Elizabeth Forehand to John Weaver of land on Cedar Creek and joined Dill's old line and Nehemiah Forehand sold by Hugh Johnson to James Forehand and was witnessed by Nathan Faulkner and Stephen Jackson.

Page 78 was again involving Elizabeth Forehand and John Weaver, part of  a 450 acre tract that had been granted May 1, 1769 to Phillip Dill, and by 'diverse converyances' had ended up in the hands of Elizabeth Forehand, which she had became vested in a power of attorney to dispose of the land. and was connected to a deed from 1789 between John Johnson and James Forehand. Witnesses were Nathan Falkner and Samuel Jackson.

Page 81 was a transaction between Daniel McRae and John Weaver that originated with John Granade, and bordered the property of Abram Allguire and Ford on ' Thomsons' Creek. Testators were Nathan Falkner and John Brooks. 

Also related was July 1792 deed Book C2 p 85 between James Forehand and Nehemiah Forehand, land on Cedar Creek, Witnessed by William Rushing and James McDuffie.

The Wisdoms were another family that were neighbors and associates of the Faulkners in Anson County. 

There's a 1790 deed in Book B2 Page 194 between Bartholemew Chunning of Anson and George Chunning of Darlington County, South Carolina. It was witnessed by William Wisdom and Thomas Wisdom.

April 1792, Nathan witnessed a transaction between John Lowry, Anson planter of Benjamin Buchanon, Sr. of Chatham, concerning Charles' Booths land

April 16, 1792 A transcation between Thomas Vining and John Cason of Richmond County on the South Fork of Jones Creek. Neighboring properties mentioned were that of Jason Meadors, James Knotts and Lewis Lowery. Witnessed by Nathan Faulkner and James Boggan. Proved by Nathan Faulkner April 1793. Book C2 P 158.

July 15, 1792 Francis Van Landingham sold to Richard Odom, 100 acres on a Fork Creek and witnessed by Nathan Falkner and Lucy Shumaker.

Sept. 1793, Nathan Faulkner witnessed a transcation between Burilingham Rudd and Robert Wallace, planters of Anson County. Lowry's Branch, Millers and the 'Dry Prong mentioned, along with Thomas Dickson, William Vaughn, Odom and Meadors. Book D P 219.

Oct 3, 1793 Ricard Farr Jr. and wife Lucy of Anson to John Turney, also of Anson, 2 tracts, one on Morris's Branch of Jones Creek, joined William Owens, William Johnson, George Reed, Crawley and included William Fieldings survey, granted by the King to William Fielding on Nov. 22,1771 and sold by him to William Owens who sold it to George Loudsdell Rudd in 1783. Second tract was on Jones Creek, ran along Rudd's line, to the mouth of Morris's Branch where "Acey" Faulkner's mill seat was, met James Farr, Bexly John Lamdan and William Fieldings beginning.  Witnesses were Richard Farr and James Farr. Book C2 P187.

Nov 13, 1794 Isaac Jackson and John 'Stanfill', executors of John Jackson, deceased, estate to Thomas Shaw.  On Thomasons Creek, bordering Benjamin Jackson. Witnessed by Thomas Gulledge and Nathan Falkner.  Book D P 61.

September 16, 1794, William May, high sheriff to Richard Wallace land on the Great Branch of Mill Creek, on the side of a hill, joins Wilkies Mill Creek, John Stanfields home line of land where he lives, William May's home, where he formerly lived, land sold for arrarages in taxes.C2, P 350.

Book E Page 40 concerns a property sold by Stephen Pace, Esquire to Thomas Lewis. William May and Isaac Stanfield mentioned. Oct 22, 1795

Book E Page 450, May 1796 Asa Faulkner of Anson to John Crawford of the same sold 50 acres on Jones Creek, bordering George L. Rudd, Thomas Jones, Bexley Lamden, Asa Faulkner, and John Crawford, including Asa's Mill Seat. Witnessed by Benjamin Duckworth and Richard F. Crawford. 

Sept 3, 1796, Richard Odom sold property to William Rushing on Rushing's Creek, bordering Richard Worthen and 'Blunder' Curtis. Witnessed by Nathan Falkner and Eli Rogers.

This next deed I consider one of the most important, so I will show it word for word. 

Book H2 P 250   Anson County deeds, Dated December 2 1800

"Know All Men by these Presents that I, Nathan Faukner of the State of North Carolina in the County of Anson hath this day sold and made over unto Jonathan and Warren Faulkner of the same place all my stock of cattle and hogs, three feather beds and Furniture and all my other household furniture and my crib of corn for the consideration of one hundred and sixty Spanish milled dollars and that I the said Nathan Falkner doth furthermore and hereby warrant and defend the said premises from any claim right or title by or from any person or persons as witness my hand and seal this second day of December 1800.

Signed Nathan Faulkner (Seal)

Testators : Noah Rushing & Wm Rushing

Anson Court, Jany 1802, ordered to be sealed. 

Nathan is ridding himself of his stock, furniture and produce. This sounds like a man about to be on the move, or either, close to death. Herein is the mention of Johnathan and Warren Faulkner. I believe them to be sons of Nathan. 


The Faulkners that show up in the 1800 census were Nathan, Jonathan, Job, Francis and Asa.

On this page, Jonathan Falkner and Nathan Faulkner are very close, with Betsy Franklin between. Daniel and Stephen Jackson, seen in some Falkner involved deeds, are nearby, as is John Cason. Job Faulkner is just up a few spaces.

Asa is found living near the Rushings and the Stanfields. Thomas Wisdom and James Chiles, mentioned in a number of deeds involving both Nathan and Asa. Asa in sandwiched between Rowlin (or Rowland) and Jason Rushing and near both Isaac and John Stanfield.

And Francis is living next to David and Nancy Hildreth, who I know lived several miles south of Wadesboro.Sampson Stanfiled, who would migrate with this Francis, son of Francis, who died about 1794, to Knox/Whitley County, Kentucky via Blount County, TN, is living nearby. The Mays, who are mentioned in several deeds along with Faulkners, are in a grouping just above. 

The Very next deed after H2 Page 250, wherein Nathan Faulkner sells personal property to Jonathan and Warren Falkner, page 251, involves Francis 'Falkner', and his brother, Joseph Faulkner, although dated January 20, 1795, the year after Francis the elder (Francis Jr, in actuality) supposedly died. 

Jan 20 1795, Joseph Falkner of Anson to John May, 38 acres on Wilkeys Mill Creek, bordering Robert Edwards, John May & Francis Falkner, sold to 'Me" (Joseph) by Robert Hall. signed by Joseph and witnessed by Ezra Bostick.

Featherbed Branch off of Teal Hall Road 

In 1799, Asa Faulkner gave oath on a transaction witnessed by himself, his brother, Nathan Faulkner and William Wisdom, that had beed granted to Robert Jarman and transferred to Marianne Jarman.

In 1796, an interesting deed involving Featherbed Branch of Jones Creek, was when Attorneys Lanier and Johnson , for John and Hugh Waddell transferred to John Cason 185 acres on the branch. Book F, P 163.This may have been the property were the cemetery is located now. 

In 1795, John Stanfill witnessed a transcation from John White, blacksmith, to Archelus Blake, Planter, that crossed the road to "New Town", being a remnant of 300 acres of property once owned by John Jackson, Esquire, and sold by his executors, of which John Stanfill (Stanfield) was one. Two of John Jackson's daughters had married Whites, per his Will, so John White must have been his son-in-law, as was John Stanfill. Book F. P 164.

December 6, 1799 The Govenor granted to James Chiles, 1555,100 acres  and 200 acres at Richard Wallaces, and Thomas Wisdoms corner, on the East side of Gun Branch, joined Francis Wisdom, crossed Camden Road, joined the heads of Featherbed Branch, witnessed by B. Williams and Will White.Book G p 14.

A few days later, James Chiles recieved another Grant from the Govenor, # 1593, for 200 acres beginning at Benjamin "Duck's" corner Book G P 14, as well. 

In November of 1804 James and Lydia Liles sold to James Miller Tindle, their share of the estate of Elizabeth Chiles at Grassy Islands, 'being land that fell to us from John Chiles estate', found in Book M, p 356, meaning they were heirs of John and Elizabeth, probably Lydia being a daughter and James, her husband.

In December of 1798, James Chiles witnessed a transaction between Elisha Brealer of Winton County, South Carolina and Thomas Jones, of Anson, concerning land on the South Prong of Jones Creek, joining Robert Jarmen, and a grant to Elisha Brealer, and a tract he had bought of Emory Jerman. Book E P 323

Elisha Brealer and Emory Jerman may have further tales to tell. 

Land records weave together to form a story, which in the beginning seems nothing more than a puzzle, but you can see people moving in and around, transferring property before they take off to other lands, or just ridding themselves of inheritances they are not going to use. Some fall ill in their later years and can no longer tend to large properties, and thus transfer it to those they are close to, in exchange for being cared for in their older years. The lands speak, if one will listen. 

Next, what happens when the century turns?

Monday, January 30, 2023

The Falkners and Neighbors of Featherbed Branch: The 1800's


For the past several months now, I've been trying to make head and tails of the land records involving the early Falkners who lived along Jones Creek, Featherbed Branch and Wilkey's Mill Creek, in Anson County, NC. I've yet to find mention or a definate connection to my ancestor, John L. Faulkner, who was born between 1807 and 1812. I know from DNA that he was related to them, although I have yet to connect the dots. I've found hide nor hair of him with any mention of a parent, or even a sibling, although I have discoverer his two wives and their parents, and even grandparents. 

In this post, I will continue on with the deeds of the early Faulkners, and some focus on connected families, like the Wisdoms, the Mays, the Buchanons and Chiles, whose property adjoined theres, and the Stanfields, who had migrated from Cumberland County, NC with them.

I begin with one mentioned in the last post dated Dec 2, 1800, Book H2, 250, wherein Nathan Faulkner, who was one of the older Falkners, sold his personal property, includind livestock, furniture and a corn crib, to Jonathan and Warren Falkner. Witnesses were Noah and William Rushing. This is worth noting because some people have Sarah, the wife of Nathan, as being a Rushing. I know her name was Sarah, as she and Nathan witnessed the Will of Benjamin Falkner, said to be his cousin, in 1783. His widow Elizabeth, appears only in the 1790 census, with her two small sons, John and Henry. I have no idea what happened to any of them. 

On Oct.14,1799, Nathan Faulkner, Planter, of Anson, sold to Richard Graves, of Chesterfield Couny, SC, 50 acres on Cedar Branch, which had beed granted to Phillip Dill in 1769 and through various conveyances , had came into the hand so Nathan Faulkner, or in the words of the document, "vested in" Nathan. Witnesses were John Cason, Richard Meeks, and Reddin Meeks. Below is a photo of Featherbed Branch, as it appears off of Teal Hall Road. Just past it is the old Cason Cemetery, where John Cason is buried.

As for Richard and Reddin Meeks, they're not in the 1800 census of Anson, taken just months after this transaction, but there is a Brtton Meeks and Frank Meeks, living side by side, right near Nathan and Jonathan Faulkner and next to John Cason, with Job Faulkner just above. The two were brothers, son of Francis Marion Meeks and wife Deana Darcus. Like John Cason, they were out of Pitt County, NC. Francis "Frank" Jr. would end up in Emmanuel County, Ga and Britton would end up in Baldwin County, Georgia. They had a brother named Reddin (and Britton had a son named Reddin, who wasnt' born yet), who had settled in Bladen County and had ended up in Dale County, Alabama. This could have been him, down for a visit, or traveling through. Richard had to have been related in some manner, but I'm not sure how. He may have been a family member who had slipped through the cracks. This is just one example of the diaspora that was taking place at the time, that makes it so difficult to determine who belongs to whom.

Jonathan Falkner appears in the 1800 census living near Nathan. Warren does not appear in the census. I believe he may have been living with Nathan. 

Name:Nathan Folkner[]
Home in 1800 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:2
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15:2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:1 Warren
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over:1 Nathan
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10:1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44:1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over:1 Sarah
Number of Household Members Under 16:5
Number of Household Members Over 25:3
Number of Household Members:9

Warren may have been the young man between 16 and 25 living with Nathan. 

Name:Jonathan Folkner[]
Home in 1800 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:1
Number of Household Members:2

Jonathan was already married and had a child, and head of his own household, near that of Nathan.

October 16, 1801, Book H2 P 249, a listing just before page 250 William Wisdom of Anson sold to his son, Thomas Wisdom 100 acres on the middle prong of Jones Creek to the mouth of Gum's Branch, first line of William Wisdom's 300 acre survey and was witnessed by neighbor James Childs and other son, Francis Wisdom.

The Wisdoms appear in may Faulkner related deeds. 

November 20, 1801, Nathan Falkner of Anson sold to Malcolm McCusick 74 acres on Cedar Creek for $160. Began at a persimmon tree on Rosses line, joins Cedar Creek and the upper corner of 'said' Falkner's Plantation, sold by Hugh Johnson to James Forehand. It was signed by Nathan Falkner and witnessed by Malcolm Campbell and Jonathan Falkner.  Oath Jan. 1802 by Jonathan Falkner.

In April of 1801,  Elijah Falkner witnesseed a transaction between Clement Lanier and Henry Marshall over the sale of a slave woman named Guander and her two children, in conjunction with Nathaniel Dabbs. So Elijah, who did not appear in any census, was still in Anson in 1801. Also, these were new names, not otherwise seen with the Faulkners.

On Dec 15, 1798, David Collins of Anson sold to Elijah 'Falkoner' two tracts. One was on the east side of Lowry's Branch near the mouth of the Dry Prong and the other mentioned Ready Branch, Lowry's and Collins new survey.  Witnesses were Job "Folkour", Merit Meek, and Jonathan Forkner. Book L Page 8.

On Oct 19, 1803 Elisha Falkner sold to Francis Wisdom, 500 acres, that he had been granted, on Morris's Branch. Witnesses were Elisha B. Smith and Job Falkner. Book L P 13.

Featherbed Branch and the trees around it, through a cow pasture 

February 17, 1806, Francis Wisdom to Asa Faulkner, both of Anson, 500 acres, beginning at Pleasant May's corner pine at the head drains of Morris's Branch. It joined the properties of John Falkner, Buchanon, and Asa Falkner. This property had been surveyed in 1802 for Elisha Faulkner, who had sold it to Francis Wisdom. It was signed by Francis Wisdom, witnessed by John Jackson and Elijah Faulkner, and recorded in January of 1809.

The Childs or Chiles family was another neighbor to the Faulkner collective. In Book M, P 356, we find a deed wherein James and Lydia Liles sold all of their share of the estate of Elizabeth Chiles, deceased, to James Miller Tindle, 'being land which fell to us from John Chiles estate".

On December 5, 1800, the Govenor, in Raleigh, granted (#1639) 100 acres to William Wisdom that joined his own line and that of Asa Faulkner. 

The Wisdoms were another family closely tied to Nathan, Asa, and the other associated Faulkners. William Wisdom would die just a few years from this transaction, leaving a will in Anson County, naming several children, including sons Thomas and Francis, who are mentioned in the transactions.

Book H2, p 275, dated June 16, 1801, John Ford, of Anson to Jacob Mangrem of Chesterfield County, SC sold 150 acres on Cedar Creek, bordering Abraham Jones,  Phillip Dill, that had been granted to Richard Worthen in 1779 and sold by William Worthen to John Ford. Witnesses were Nathan and Jonathan Faulkner. 

John Ford may have been a Faulkner relative. There were Ford and Faulkner connections harkening back to Maryland. Nathan's supposed Grandmother, Sarah, had been born a Ford and married a John Faulkner. They were the parents of Francis Faulker, Sr. 

Name:John Ford
Home in 1800 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44:1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:1
Number of Slaves:1
Number of Household Members Over 25:1
Number of Household Members:3

In 1800, John Ford was living next to Abraham Rushing and near Robert Huntley, William Wisdom and several of the Gulledge family.

In Book M, Page 286,  We find a transaction between Anson County Coroner, James Johnson, and Robert Huntley. He sold 300 acres of land that was included in two tracts. The two tracts we're located bordering each other and on Lowery's Branch and Dry Prong. The property was sold due to an execution from Anson County court against Elijah Faulkner, for the bail of Thomas Stake $8.19 due to suit by Reuben Pickett of Anson. Land sold because of no goods or chattels found. Witnesses were A.H.S.R. McGregor and Lawrence Moore. 

According to "The Letter" which I posted about previously,  Elijah Faulkner was the son-in-law of Robert Huntley. The question remains, was Elijah and Asa the same person. This was late 1805. 

The Letter

Four months later in February of 1806, Francis Wisdom sold to Asa Faulkner 500 acres at the head drains of Morris's Branch, that he had not long before bought of Elisha Faulkner, with an 'sh', which was Elisha's Grant. It bordered the property of John Faulkner, the Buchanan's, Asa Faulkner and had been surveyed on March 1802 by Elisha Faulkner.  Witnesses were John Jackson and Elijah Faulkner, with a 'j'. 

This was the last deed involving this generation of Faulkners, with the exception of John, and Elijah's widow, Elizabeth Huntley Faulkner. 

John, who is aka Jonathan,  has a lawsuit against him by Pleasant Mays in 1812. He then migrates the same year to Humphrey County, Tennessee. I will post more on Jonathan later.

The next deeds involving Faulkners are a few decades later and involve Asa, which is not the older Asa mentioned in the late 1700's and early 1800's. This is Asa William Luther Faulkner, born about 1802, who married Susan Myers, daughter of Marmaduke Myers. Later deeds involve his heirs and the distribution of his property, including a son named Elijah and another named Asa W. L. Jr.

My theory is that Elijah Faulkner, who was the same generation as Jonathan, was the father of Asa W. L. Sr, Job II and Susanna Faulkner Webb, not older Asa, son of Francis Sr.  Asa W L Faulkner, Sr., said as much in the letter to his Uncle, Job, who moved to Georgia and then Alabama. Job is a young man under 25 in 1800. Asa was an older man over 45. 

Job and Elijah were brothers. Asa and Nathan were brothers, and brothers of Francis Jr. Job and Elijah may have been sons of either Asa or Nathan. But Asa and Elijah were two different people.

Elizabeth Huntley Faulkner Webb next to her father, Robert Huntley in 1810.