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Charles Fountain Faulkner

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Compiled and written by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
Granddaughter of Charles Fountain Faulkner
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Charles Fountain Faulkner was born on 3 July 31 1881 in Nortonville, Kentucky to Hutchins Burton Faulkner Jr and Margaret Francis “Fanny” Mills.1 Charles was most likely named after his grandfather, Charles W. Mills. The Fountain middle name is believed to be from a family association with descendants of Rev. Peter Fontaine (1691-1759). The Fontaine surname was Americanized to Fountain in some geographic areas. The use of Fountain as a middle name is found in both the Faulkner and Mills lines.

Charles’ childhood was spent with his parents and siblings, Mary Elizabeth, John A., and Thomas Burton, in Hopkins County, Kentucky until his father’s death in 1888.2

Charles’ mother remarried to Philip Taylor in October 1888.3 The family moved to Nashville, then on to Louisville, Kentucky, and grew in size with additional children born: Phenaty May, Margaret, and William Miller Taylor.4 Charles served briefly in the Army in 1898.5

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.

Charles married Lora E. Swafford on 7 Mar 1908 in Shelby County, Tennessee.6 Their first child, William Melvin, was born in Tennessee. They soon moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where their daughter, Frances M., was born in St. Louis in 1909.

Charles’ mother, Fanny, died in 1909 in Tennessee.7 Following her death, Lora, Charles and their children moved to Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois and lived several years with his step-father, Philip Taylor, and Charles’ half-siblings.8 Charles and Lora’s third child, Philip Lawrence, was born in Cairo in 1916. The family soon moved to Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and continued to grow with Carl, Clarence Charles, Dorthy, Ernest L., and Abe born between 1918 and 1930.9

In Chicago, Charles operated a business, printing and distributing circulars in the Chicago area and the boys would help distribute the circulars.10

By 1937, Charles and Lora had moved to 7217 S. Stewart and Charles was working for Kane Watch Service on Wacker in Chicago in 1942.11

7217 S Stewart Ave Chicago, Illinois
7217 S. Stewart Ave, Chicago, Illinois
"3 Brothers Meet at Wedding for First Time in 4 Years," Pvt. Clarence Faulkner and Lillian Albert marriage announcement, Southtown Economist (Chicago, Illinois), 11 Feb 1945, p. 10, col. 3.
“3 Brothers Meet at Wedding for First Time in 4 Years,” Pvt. Clarence Faulkner and Lillian Albert marriage announcement, Southtown Economist (Chicago, Illinois), 11 Feb 1945, p. 10, col. 3.

Charles and Laura remained living in Chicago throughout their lives.12 Most of their children moved out of state, however some would return for visits or occasions, and Clarence Charles’ family lived nearby.13

Charles Faulkner (Chicago, Illinois) to Marshie and Gene Faulkner [grandchildren], letter, 27 Oct 1949
Charles Faulkner (Chicago, Illinois) to Marshie and Gene Faulkner [grandchildren], letter, 27 Oct 1949. (Click to open)

In 1954, Charles attempted to locate William Melvin by newspaper in Tampa, Florida, where William Melvin was living at the time.14

“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.
“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.

Charles Fountain Faulkner died on 9 October 1955 in Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois.15

Charles F. Faulkner obituary, Chicago, Illinois, 11 Oct 1955
“Charles F. Faulkner,” obituary, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 11 Oct 1955, p. 67, col 5.

Charles is buried at Evergreen Cemetery and Mausoleum.16

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Charles Fountain Faulkner,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Advenutures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/charles-fountain-faulkner-1881-1955/ : posted 2021).


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  1. Commonwealth of Kentucky, State Board of Health, Delayed birth certificate 117443, Nortonville, Hopkins County, Charles Fountain Faulkner, 3 July 1881. Note: Both parents names are spelled incorrectly on the delayed birth certificate.

  2. Hopkins County, Kentucky, Guardian Bonds 1886-1895, p. 137, 20 April 1888, Mrs. M. F. Faulkner for guardianship of Mary E., Chas. F., and Thos. B. Faulkner.

  3. Hopkins County, Kentucky, Marriage Index and Register, Taylor–Faulkner, 31 Oct 1888. Groom: P J Taylor. Bride: Mrs. M. F. Faulkner. Witnesses: L. Woodson and L.D. Smith. Where and by Whom Married: Mortons Gap by J. R. Booth. Date of Issue: 31 Oct 1888. Date of marriage: 31 Oct 1888.

  4. Charles’ half-sister, Phenaty May Taylor, was born in 1990 in Nashville, Tennessee. Commonwealth of Kentucky, certificate of death, no. 6478, Lexington, Fayette County, Mrs. Phenaty May Johnson, 22 Mar 1939. Birth: 13 July 1890, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Also, In 1900, Charles was living in the household of his stepfather, Philip J. Taylor, and his mother, Fanny at 1702 A Street in Louisville, Kentucky. 1900 U.S. census, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, population schedule, ward 11, p. 7 (penned), enumeration district (ED) 143, sheet 290-B, family 132, Philip J. Taylor household; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 533.
    Charles F. Faulkner, stepson to head of household, age 18, born July 1881 in Kentucky, occupation: machine hand Spoke Mfgr

  5. Veterans Affairs form 3-7202a, Army, claim number 16546317, Charles Fountain Faulkner, Charles Taylor index card; Veterans Affairs master index, prior war file, 76193916, RG 15, Falkenburg, Herman Grant – Fayard, Walter Joseph, dup roll 68A, pt. 3 of 4, 1917-1940.
    Faulkner, Charles Fountain, Taylor, Charles. Army. 8603 Vincennes Ave., Chicago, Ill. Born: 7 3 81. Enl. 2 1 98. Dis 8 25 98. C [claim number] 16546317.

  6. Shelby County, Tennessee, Marriage Licenses 1 Jan-30 Apr 1908, marriage license with return, Faulkner–Swafford, 7 Mar 1908. Also, Shelby County, Tennessee, Marriage Licenses and Bonds, B1:530, marriage bond, Faulkner–Swafford, 7 Mar 1908.
    Shelby County, Tennessee, Marriage license: Chas. F. Faulkner and Mrs Nora Swafford, 7 Mar 1908; return same day. Marriage by Justice of Peace. Marriage Book B 1, p. 530. Note: Lora’s name was spelled as Nora instead of Lora and it states her title was “Mrs.” No other previous marriages have been found for Lora Swafford.

  7. Davidson County, Tennessee Board of Health, death certificate, file no.674 (1909), Mrs. Margaret Francis Taylor, 24 June 1909; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

  8. 1910 U.S. census, Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 8-B, family 162, Philip Taylor household. Notes: All of the birth locations and parent’s birth location are incorrect. Lora was listed as widowed; she would have been married in 1910. William Melvin is listed as Milton and Charles was not enumerated with the family.

  9. Charles and Lora were living at 810 E. 57th St. in Chicago when Charles registered for the WWI draft. United States World War I Draft Registration Card, Charles Fountain Faulkner, serial no. 679, Local Draft Board no. 15, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
    Also, 1920 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, ward 7, enumeration district (ED) 444, sheet 4-A, dwelling [blank], family 71, Charles Faulkner household.
    Also, 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. Also, personal knowledge of the author’s father, Ernest L. Faulkner, son of Charles and Lora Faulkner, as told to Kimberli Faulkner Hull. Also, 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.
    Children’s birth date and locations are documented on each of their profile pages.

  10. Ibid.

  11. Charles’ address and employment when registering for both social security and the WWII draft.
    Charles Fountain Faulkner, SS no. 360-09-0104, 12 Dec 1937, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration.
    Also, United States World War II Draft Registration Card, Charles F. Faulkner, serial no. 1891, Local Draft Board no. 29, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

  12. Ibid. Also, personal knowledge of the author’s father, Ernest L. Faulkner, son of Charles and Lora Faulkner, as told to Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

  13. 3 Brothers Meet at Wedding for First Time in 4 Years,” Pvt. Clarence Faulkner and Lillian Albert marriage announcement, Southtown Economist (Chicago, Illinois), 11 Feb 1945, p. 10, col. 3.
    Also, Charles Faulkner (Chicago, Illinois) to Marshie and Gene Faulkner [grandchildren], letter, 27 Oct 1949; privately held by Marsha Faulkner Nagib, digital copy provided to Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

  14. “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.

  15. State of Illinois, Medical Certificate of Death, no. 42094, Blue Island, Cook County, Charles Faulkner, 9 Oct 1955; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.
    Also, Charles F. Faulkner,” obituary, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 11 Oct 1955, p. 67, col 5.

  16. Headstone reads: Charles F. Faulkner / 1881 – 1955
    Find A Grave, memorial 169083032, Charles Fountain Faulkner (1881–1955), Evergreen Cemetery and Mausoleum, Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois; memorial created by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).



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