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Lora E. Swafford Faulkner

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Compiled and written by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
Granddaughter of Lora E. Swafford Faulkner
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Lora E. Swafford was born on 20 July, 1888, in Bainbridge, Williamson County, Illinois to William R. Swafford and Nancy Mariah Brack.1

Williamson County, Illinois, Birth Record Vol. 1, p. 295, Lorra E. Swafford, 20 July 1888.
Williamson County, Illinois, Birth Record Vol. 1, p. 295,
Lorra E. Swafford, 20 July 1888.
Lora Swafford Faulkner, 1920s, Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull
Lora Swafford Faulkner, 1920s, Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

As a young girl, Lora’s family moved to Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Missouri where she grew up with her siblings, Dora, Joshua, Thomas, and Jessie.2 Laura also had two additional older siblings, Edward and Ada.3

1900 U.S. census, Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Missouri, population schedule, p. 79 (penned), enumeration district (ED) 17, sheet 20, family 397, Ranyall Swafford household.
1900 U.S. census, Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Missouri, population schedule, p. 79 (penned), enumeration district (ED) 17, sheet 20, family 397, Ranyall Swafford household.
Faulkner, Charles Fountain and Lora Swafford marriage license and return, 1908

Lora married Charles Fountain Faulkner on 7 Mar 1908 in Shelby County, Tennessee.4

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.

Lora, Charles and their children moved to Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois following the death of Charles’ mother, Fanny, in 1909. The family was living with Charles’ step-father, Philip Taylor, and Charles’ half-siblings, in 1910.5 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.

In Chicago, Charles operated a business, printing and distributing circulars in the Chicago area and the boys would help distribute the circulars.6 By 1937, Charles and Lora had moved to 7217 S. Stewart and Charles was working for Kane Watch Service on Wacker in Chicago in 1942.7

Charles and Laura remained living in Chicago throughout their lives.

Most of their children moved out of state, however some would return for visits or occasions, and Clarence Charles’ family lived nearby.9

Lora Swafford Faulkner, ca 1950s
Lora Swafford Faulkner, ca. 1950s, privately held by Gene Faulkner; digital copy provided to Kimberli Faulkner Hull.
Lora Faulkner with grandchildren, Marsha, Gene and Charles
Lora Faulkner with grandchildren, Marsha, Gene, and Charles. Privately held by Marsha Faulkner Nagib; digital copy provided to Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

Lora E. Swafford Faulkner died on 31 January 1964 in Burnham, Cook County, Illinois, at the age of 75. She was cremated.10

Lora Swafford Faulkner with grandchildren
Lora Faulkner with grandchildren, Marsha and Gene, children of Clarence Charles and Lillian Faulkner. Back of photo reads: “This was taken in Lillian’s living room. That is Lillian in the picture on the wall behind us. C C had it painted in Germany. Marsha has on the skates I gave her for her birthday. She is learning fine. Jene is all smiles.” Privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.
Lora Faulkner, Happy Birthday message
Lora Faulkner standing by tree. Photo caption written by Lora Faulkner: “I just dropped in to say Happy Birthday”

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, “Lora E. Swafford Faulkner,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/lora-e-swafford-faulkner-1888-1964/ : posted 2021).

Lora E. Swafford Faulkner Documentation with transcripts/abstracts
Lora E. Swafford descendant DNA matches


  1. Williamson County, Illinois, Birth Record Vol. 1, p. 295, Lorra E. Swafford, 20 July 1888.
    Note: Name is spelled as Lorra in record; she used Lora throughout her life. Also, most of the children born to William R. and Nancy Swafford, including Lora, used a variety of birth dates/years throughout their life; dates vary on documents.

  2. 1900 U.S. census, Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Missouri, population schedule, p. 79 (penned), enumeration district (ED) 17, sheet 20, family 397, Ranyall Swafford household.

  3. 1880 U.S. census, city, Williams County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) , sheet, dwelling 267, Runnels Swafford household.
    Runnels Swafford, age 24, farmer, born in Tennessee, parents born in Tennessee
    Nannie Swafford, age 21, wife, born in Illinois, parents born in Tennessee
    Eddie Swafford, age 2, son, born in Illinois
    Addie Swafford, age 1, daughter, born in Illinois, illness: chills

  4. 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.

  5. 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. Also, 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. State of Illinois, Cook County, death certificate, no. 0554 (1964), Burham, Cook County, Lora Swafford Faulkner; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.
    Note: Birth date and location are incorrect on death certificate.
    Find A Gravememorial 189702490, Lora E. Swafford Faulkner (1888–1964), cremation; memorial created by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

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