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Frances M. Faulkner Fancher

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Compiled and written by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
Niece of Frances May Faulkner Fancher
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Frances M. Faulkner was born on 10 October 1909 in St Louis, Missouri to Charles Fountain Faulkner and Lora E. Swafford.1

Frances was most likely named after her grandmother, Margaret Frances “Fanny” Mills.

Faulkner Fancher, Frances May, Missouri birth register, 1909
St. Louis City, Missouri, Registry of Births, Frances Faulkner, 10 Oct 1909.
Frances May Faulkner Fancher. From the photo collection of Frances' daughter, Judith Hatch.
Frances M. Faulkner Fancher. From the photo collection of Frances’ daughter, Judith Hatch; digital copy held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

The family soon moved to Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois and then, a few years later, on to Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.2

Frances M. Faulkner and Leonard Everett Fancher marriage

Frances married Leonard Everett Fancher on 23 November 1929 in Porter County, Indiana.3 Both worked at the telephone company; Leonard as a lineman and Frances as a clerk. The couple resided at 10827 Normal Avenue in Chicago after their marriage.4

The couple soon moved to Riverdale and spent the first years of their marriage playing pocket billiards, bowling, entertaining friends, playing cards, and going on fishing trips.5

"Mrs. Leonard Fancher Entertains Friends," news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 3 July 1936, p. 1, col. 4.
3 July 1936
"Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher Return from Fishing Trip in Michigan," news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 28 Aug 1936, p. 1, col. 4.
28 Aug 1936
"Leonard Fancher Surprised on Birthday," news article, South End Reporter (Chicago, Illinois), 29 Apr 1937, p. 9, col. 2.
29 Apr 1937
"Roseland Team Enters Women's Billard Finals," news article, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 19 May 1932, p. 20, col. 6.
19 May 1932
"Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher Return from Fishing Trip to New Augo, Michigan," news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 30 Oct 1936, p. 1, col. 4.
30 Oct 1936
"Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher and Mrs. Stanley Prymas, Local Stars of White City League Bowlers," news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 1 Mar 1935, p. 1, col. 3.
1 Mar 1935
"Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher and John Macker Return from Fishing Trip," news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 24 Jul 1936, p. 9, col. 4.
24 Jul 1936

By 1935, the couple resided at 10417 State Street and Leonard’s nephew, Gene, was living with the couple in 1940.

This was also the residence where Leonard and Frances began their own family in the early 1940s.6

Leonard and France had two daughters, Susanne (1941-1998) and Judith.

Photo: Daughters of Frances M. Faulkner Fancher and Leonard Fancher: Judith (on left) and Susanne (on right) Fancher, age 4 and 5. Photo from the photo collection of Frances’ daughter, Judith Hatch..

Daughters of Frances May Faulkner Fancher and Leonard Fancher: Judith (on left) and Susanne (on right) Fancher, age 4 and 5. Frances M. Fancher (1901-1951). Photo from the photo collection of Frances' daughter, Judith Hatch.
Daughters of Frances May Faulkner Fancher and Leonard Fancher: Judith (on left) and Susanne (on right) Fancher, age 6 and 7. Photo from the photo collection of Frances' daughter, Judith Hatch.
Daughters of Frances M. Faulkner Fancher and Leonard Fancher: Judith (on left) and Susanne (on right) Fancher, age 6 and 7. Photo from the photo collection of Frances’ daughter, Judith Hatch.
Frances May Faulkner Fancher (1909-1951)
Frances M. Faulkner Fancher. From the photo collection of Frances’ daughter, Judith Hatch; digital copy held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

Frances M. Faulkner Fancher died on 1 October 1951 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 41.7

Frances M Fancher obituary, Chicago, Illinois, 3 Oct 1951
“Frances M Fancher,” obituary, Suburbanite Economist (Chicago, Illinois), 3 Oct 1951, p 13, col 2.
Frances M. Fancher obituary, Chicago, Illinois, 2 Oct 1951
“Frances M. Fancher,” obituary, Chicago (Illinois) Tribune, 2 Oct 1951, p. 20, col. 5.
"Frances M. Fancher, obituary," South End Reporter (Chicago, Illinois), 3 Oct 1951, p. 14, col. 2.
“Frances M. Fancher, obituary,” South End Reporter (Chicago, Illinois), 3 Oct 1951, p. 14, col. 2.

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Frances May Faulkner Fancher,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Advenutures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/frances-m-faulkner-fancher-1909-1951/ : posted 2021).

  1. St. Louis City, Missouri, Registry of Births, Frances Faulkner, 10 Oct 1909.

  2. 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.
    Francis, age 1, born in Illinois, both parents born in Tennessee
    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.
    Francis, age 10, born in Missouri

  3. State of Indiana, Indiana Commission on Public Records, Indianapolis, Marriage Records, Porter County, Leonard E. Fancher–Frances M. Faulkner, 23 Nov 1929. Groom: Birth 16 April 1904, first marriage parents Vernon Fancher and Alice Parvis. Bride: Birth: 10 Oct 1909, first marriage, parents Charles Faulkner and Laura Swafford.

  4. 1930 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 16-381, sheet 7A (penned), p. 36 (stamped), dwelling 93, Walter Scowcroft household, Leonard and Frances Fancher boarders.
    Leonard Fancher, boarder, age 25, age first married 25, born in Illinois, occupation: lineman for telephone company, parents born in Illinois.
    Francis Fancher, boarder, age 20, age first married 20, born in Illinois, occupation: clerk for telephone company, parents born in Illinois.

  5. “Mrs. Leonard Fancher Entertains Friends,” news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 3 July 1936, p. 1, col. 4
    “Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher Return from Fishing Trip to New Augo, Michigan,” news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 30 Oct 1936, p. 1, col. 4.
    “Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher and Mrs. Stanley Prymas, Local Stars of White City League Bowlers,” news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 1 Mar 1935, p. 1, col. 3.
    “Leonard Fancher Surprised on Birthday,” news article, South End Reporter (Chicago, Illinois), 29 Apr 1937, p. 9, col. 2.
    “Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher and John Macker Return from Fishing Trip,” news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 24 Jul 1936, p. 9, col. 4.
    “Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fancher Return from Fishing Trip in Michigan,” news article, The Pointer (Riverdale, Illinois), 28 Aug 1936, p. 1, col. 4.
    “Roseland Team Enters Women’s Billard Finals,” news article, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 19 May 1932, p. 20, col. 6.

  6. 1940 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103-588, sheet 8A, dwelling 166, Leonard Fancher household.
    Address: 10417 State Street, same residence in 1935.
    Leonard Fancher, age 35, married, born in Illinois, occupation: teletype man for telephone company
    Frances Fancher, wife, age 30, married, born in Missouri
    Gene Fancher, nephew, age 4, born in Florida
    Also, address listed by Leonard at time of WWII draft in 1942. United States World War II Draft Registration Card, Leonard E. Fancher, serial no. T-1463, local board no. 92, Chicago, Illinois.

  7. Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Deaths, Frances M. Fancher, 01 Oct 1951, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Address: 8224 Woodlawn Ave. Age: 41. Married. Occupation: Housewife. Birth: 10 Oct 1909, St Louis, Missouri. Parents: Charles Faulkner and Lora Swafford. Spouse: Leonard J. Fancher.
    Also, three obituaries:
    “Frances M Fancher,” obituary, Suburbanite Economist (Chicago, Illinois), 3 Oct 1951, p 13, col 2.
    “Frances M. Fancher,” obituary, Chicago (Illinois) Tribune, 2 Oct 1951, p. 20, col. 5.
    “Frances M. Fancher, obituary,” South End Reporter (Chicago, Illinois), 3 Oct 1951, p. 14, col. 2.
    Also, Find A Grave, memorial 195007241, Frances May Faulkner Fancher (1910–1951), cremation; memorial created by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

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