Following is a post I put on the Fortner Family Genforum. I was hoping copy and paste would save me some typing time. Please forgive my laziness. I was so happy to find this list and do hope someone out there will be able to help me.
Hopefully, some or all of the folks who have been working on these Hardin County, Tennessee people will see my post and will email or post here and we will be able to collaborate to get the best record together as can possibly be.
John Andrew "Red" Falkner, b 1795 Virginia was my gggrandpa. His father is unknown to me if he is not the Ezekiel as recorded a little later here. John md Catherine Pence 13 May 1818, Madison Co, Alabama, as recorded in their marriage records. John d ca 1860 in Washington Co, Missouri. I have not found a burial place for him, but would surely like to know where he was buried so I could visit the site.
John and Catherine's children as I know them:
1)Elizabeth Ann Falkner, b Apr 1827, Clark Co, Ala; md 5 Sep 1847 to Thomas Asher, he died; then md 10 Nov 1870 to John D. Prince; d 7 Apr 1911 at the home of her dau Malinda Derryberry (sources are their marr recs, census, Civil War Pension Record, personal knowledge Malinda, Blanche, Ida and Velma Derryberry, all now Deceased)
2)Permilia "Emily" Falkner, b ca 1829,Clark Co, Ala, md Jesse Sanders 22 May 1846, Washington Co, MO, he b ca 1785 North Carolina, he d she did not remarry (sources marr recs Washington Co, census
3)John Andrew Jr. Falkner, b 1832 Clark Co, Ala, md 1852 in Tennessee to Nancy LNU, she b Tenn 1832, he d and was bur in MO (sources oral family history, census)
4) Martha Falkner b 1834 Clark Co, Ala, I have not been able to find further info on her, perhaps she d as a child, maybe someone knows more about her and can kindly share
5) James Jefferson Falkner (this fam has several James Jeffersons, I have worked hard to keep them separated), b Dec 1835 Clark Co, Ala, he d in MO and is bur at Old Sumpters Cem, on Neils Creek, Iron Co, MO, md 1)Caroline Asher 8 Dec 1851 Washington Co, MO, she d ca 1888,then md 2) Martha Ann Sumpter ca 1891 Harmony Twp, Washington Co, MO,(sources marr recs, census, Old Sumpter Cem, A History of Genealogy of Osage Twp, Dent Co, Mo)
6)William Henry Falkner b 1836 Alabama, d 5 Dec 1862 Civil War, St. Louis, Missouri, bur Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, md Jane Strickland 16 May 1855 Harmony Twp, Washington, MO (sources marr recs, census, Civil War recs)
7)Jacob Falkner b 1839 Alabama, he was listed on cen as being deaf and dumb, was listed with bro George family, never md.
8) George Wesley Falkner b 15 July 1840 Hardin Co, Tennessee, md 1866 to Jane Strickland his bro widow, he d and is bur in MO.
Some questions I need help with: John was b in VA and I would think moved with his father to TN or AL; later he md Catherine Pence in Madison Co, Al, did his father live there, anybody know? I believe his father was Ezekiel Falkner/Forkner. Has anybody searched land recs in Madison Co? Ezekiel Falkner/Forkner was b as reported by him in his American Revolutionary War Pension Papers on 10 Oct 1760 Cumberland Co, North Carolina.
Madison Co, Al is in north central Al, then Elizabeth was reported as having been born in Clark Co, Al. All the other ch except George Wesley were b in Al, specifically Clark Co. What was the draw strong enough to take them to Clark which is down in south west Al? Maybe land? Some kind of homesteading? I don't know, open to suggestions.
Then George Wesley was b 1840 in Hardin Co, TN. This is another long geographical move for the fam, what caused this? Were they wiped out by a hurricane, maybe, I haven't found any schedules of hurricanes for those early days. Was it land? More likely, or was it family? Much more likely? In 1840 Ezekiel would have been 80, did the fam in Hardin Co send word they needed help and Johns family, ready for a change, answered the call for help by moving all the way up to Hardin Co, TN? That is a long move, Hardin Co, TN being north and a tiny bit west of AL. The pull of fam can be very strong. Does anybody know any better than I, please speak up. I need help filling in gaps, especially in Ezekiels fam, I want to know what was going on. What has any body else found in the records?
There is a Dickinson (Dickerson) and a Lewis in those early recs of Hardin Co, TN, how do they play into the Falkner fam? How do we separate them out, or tie them together? Any help any body can contribute will be greatly appreciated.
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