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Abe Faulkner

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Compiled and written by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
Nephew of Abe Faulkner
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It is believed Abe Faulkner was the youngest child of Charles Fountain Faulkner and Lora E. Swafford Faulkner.

The birth and death dates for Abe are unknown.1

According to what appears to be the handwriting of Lora Swafford Faulkner on the back of the photo, Abe is the little boy sitting on Charles’ lap.2

Abe was not enumerated with the family in the 1930 census. Lora was 42 in 1930, so it is possible she gave birth to him after the census or Abe could have been missed on the census.3

In 1940, an enumeration for the entire family was not located.4 Abe was also not found elsewhere in 1940.5

The daughter of Clarence Charles Faulkner stated some people called her father Uncle Abe” when she was young. However, my father, Ernest L. Faulkner, would speak of “his younger brother Abe” and also of “his brother, Clarence,” who was older than Ernest, so it is believed they were two different people.

Charles and Abe Faulkner in Chicago, ca 1930
Charles Fountain Faulkner (1881-1955) and Abe Faulkner, ca. 1930, Chicago, Illinois; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull. Back of photo reads “Dad and Abe.” Handwriting of Lora Swafford Faulkner.

Abe was not found attending Tilden Technical High, the high school of Phil and Ernie Faulkner, nor Parker High School, the school Clarence Faulkner attended.6 Abe was not found in news articles in Illinois between 1924-1944.7 Abe was not included as a brother in Frances Faulkner Fancher’s 1951 obituary, but neither was William Melvin, who had moved away and was believed to not be in contact with the family.8 When asked what happened to Abe, Ernest Faulkner would state he didn’t know.9

Possibilities for the mystery of Abe include:

  • Abe was simply missed on the 1930 census, moved away at an early age, and has not been located.
  • Abe died young; this is unlikely as Ernest Faulkner did not state that Abe died, just that he didn’t know what happened to him.
  • Abe wasn’t really a son of Charles and Lora. Perhaps Abe was a relative or neighbor that lived with the Faulkner family and Charles and Lora treated him as a son.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Carl Faulkner,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/abe-faulkner/ : posted 2021).


  1. Searches for Faulkner, Falkner, Fawkner, Fakner, Falknor, Falconer, Faulconer 1924-1934, of:
    “Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935,” Ancestry
    Notes: Only first and last name of child are listed, if Abe was a middle name it will not be found; parents also not listed in index. Faulkner child born with no first name, cert no. 6050096, Cook County, Illinois, [no first name] Faulkner, birth 9 Nov 1925 was a son of Leo Bernard Faulkner and Lucille Vines.

    “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949,” Family Search
    Note: Parents listed for almost all records; nothing found.

    Cook County Vital Records, Family Search
    Birth certificates only available through 1922

  2. Charles Fountain Faulkner (1881-1955) and Abe Faulkner, ca. 1930, Chicago, Illinois; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull. Back of photo reads “Dad and Abe.” Handwriting of Lora Swafford Faulkner.

  3. 1930 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Block no. 136, population schedule, ward 8, p. 5 (stamped), enumeration district (ED) 16-341, sheet 5-A, dwelling 46, family 113, Charles Faulkner household.
    – Charles Faulkner, age 49, married, born in Kentucky, both parents born in Kentucky, occupation: circular disp in the advertising industry
    – Lora Faulkner, age 52, married, born in Illinois, both parents born in Illinois
    – William Faulkner, age 24, son, married, born in Tennessee, occupation: automobile mechanic
    – Phillip Faulkner, age 14, son, single, born in Illinois, attended school
    – Clarence Faulkner, age 10, son, single, born in Illinois, attended school
    – Ernest Faulkner, age 7, son, single, born in Illinois, attended school
    – Betty Faulkner, age 4 months, granddaughter, single, born in Illinois, both parents born in Illinois Note: Betty Faulkner was the daughter of William Melvin.

  4. No census enumerating the Charles and Lora Faulkner family has been located for 1940.
    Charles and Lora moved to 7217 S. Stewart Ave before 1937, as it was the address listed on Charles’ social security application. They were living at the same address in 1942 when he registered for the WWII draft, so it is probable they were living at the same address in 1940. 7217 S. Stewart Ave is near the corner of w. 72nd Street and S. Stewart Avenue, near Hamilton Park.
    In 1940, address 7217 S. Stewart was enumerated in enumeration district (ED) 103-1128, sheet 12 A. The Faulkner household was not listed.

  5. Search of “1940 United States Federal Census,” records, Ancestry. 71 males with the surname Faulkner, born between 1924-1934 in Illinois were found. None appeared to have ties to Charles and Lora Faulkner.

  6. Yearbook searches for Tilden Technical High School and Parker High School.

  7. Newspaper article searches for “Abe Faulkner” and “Abraham Faulkner,” 1924-1944, in Illinois on Newspapers.com, NewspaperArchive, and GenealogyBank.

  8. Frances M. Fancher,” obituary, Suburbanite Economist (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), 3 Oct 1951, p 13, col 2. Also, “Wanted, One Man, Elderly Chicago Man Trying to Locate William M. Faulkner, 47,” newspaper notice, The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Florida), 6 Sept 1954, p. 9, col. 2.

  9. Conversation between the author and her father, Ernest L. Faulkner.