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Faulkner Family

The Faulkner family originated in Bedfordshire, England.

John Faulkner born between 1705 and 1707 and died in 1758. He was possibly married to Elizabeth Margaret Dove born in 1702. They had one son, William who was born in 1723 in Biddenham, Bedfordshire, England and possibly died in 1803. He married December 26, 1748 in Biddenham to Elizabeth Mackerness born 1727 in England. Elizabeth was christened on March 26, 1727 in Biddenham and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Mackerness.

William and Elizabeth had a son, Thomas Faulkner born in 1762 in England. Thomas married May 28, 1787 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England to Mary Kent. Mary was born March 14, 1762 in Dean, Bedfordshire, England to Robord and Mary Kent. They had 8 children. Their son, John Faulkner was born August 28, 1796 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died in 1844 in Winnebago, Winnebago, Illinois. He married July 28, 1812 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England to Elizabeth Two. Elizabeth was born October 21, 1792 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died January 2, 1883 in Winnebago County, Illinois. See the Two family below. John and Elizabeth had 12 children. Their son George’s family is below.

(Not sure if George Faulkner and his wife, Elizabeth (Colethrop) Faulkner emigrated before 1850 (possibly 1848) to Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. They traveled on the sailing ship “William Amido” just after their marriage. Elizabeth gave birth to a child during the seven weeks it took to cross the ocean. In the 1850 Illinois State Census it shows that a George and Elizabeth Faulkner of England had a 2-year-old son, William who was born on the Atlantic and did not survive. George traded a sow and her litter of pigs for 40 acres in Seward Township, on what is now Water Street in Rockford. He lived there for many years until his death in 1873. We have been unable to locate a burial place for George, but new information says that Elizabeth was buried in Iowa.

William Faulkner, Sr.

George’s son William Faulkner, Sr. was born May 7, 1856 in Rockford. He lived in Rockford all his life on a farm on the city limits where the local high school is now situated. The house is still standing on the corner. (see below)

Anna Layng and William Faulkner

In 1880 William married Christianna (Anna) Layng, the daughter of Robert and Mary McCann Layng. (See below) Anna was born July 26, 1862 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died December 16, 1954 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.

They had the following children:

Minnie May Faulkner
Minnie Faulkner

Minnie born August 26, 1880 Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died September 27, 1909 same place. She married Vernon C. Ellis.

Etta Mae Faulkner

Etta was born May 9, 1882 Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died February 7, 1968 in Bell, Los Angeles, California. She married October 17, 1914 to John Edward O’Brien (1917-1951). They had one son, William Jay O’Brien born May 3, 1917 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California and died September 1, 1944 in Bonners Ferry, Boundary, Idaho.

George Robert Faulkner

George was born July 26, 1883 Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died May 5, 1965 same place. He never married.

Fannie Maud Faulkner

Fannie was born May 31, 1885 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died July 22, 1960 in Los Angeles County, California. She married January 29, 1903 in Winnebago County, Illinois to Adelbert Howe Maxon, Sr.. (1880-1947) They had the following children:

  • Adelbert Howe Maxon, Jr. was born February 1903.
  • Olive Lucille Maxon was born May 15, 1907 in California and died August 2, 1988 in Los Angeles County, California. She married Edward William Towne (1901-1997).
  • Homer Carl Maxon was born May 23, 1908 in California and died June 2, 1982 in Chula Vista, San Diego, California.

She married Frank Scott Hancock (1889-1951).

Alice Ann Faulkner

Alice was born October 6, 1887 Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died November 26, 1966 in Winnebago County, Illinois. She married on June 19, 1915 in Winnebago County, Illinois to Adolph Olson (1885-1957).

Oliver Carl Faulkner

Oliver was born July 23, 1892 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died October 1979 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. He married in September 2, 1914 in Boone County, Illinois to Vera Anderson (1886-1960). He next married Sadie Eleanore Louise Swenson (1898-1982).

Clara Esther Faulkner

Clara was born July 23, 1891 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died January 2, 1973 same place. She was a nurse and took care of her mother.

William Edward Faulkner

William was born October 26, 1892 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died September 24, 1980. He married Frances M. Pagel (1901-1998).

They had one daughter, Joanne Ida Faulkner born January 14, 1929 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died January 9, 2004 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana. She married July 1, 1950 in Winnebago County, Illinois to William Edward Sutton, Sr. (1928-1987).

Harry Herman Faulkner

Harry was born July 13, 1895 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died September 21, 1942 in Minonk, Woodford, Illinois. He married Dorothy L. Knodle (1905-1990).

Arthur Raymond Faulkner

Arthur was born January 13, 1894 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and and died April 24, 1973 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.

He married September 26, 1925 to Mildred Minnie Johnson (1898-1964).

They had one son, Raymond Faulkner who was born January 25, 1928 in Rockford, Winnbago, Illinois and died March 18, 2005 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. He married about 1946 to Carol Gaffaney.

Frances Pearl Faulkner

Frances was born December 8, 1898 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died April 17, 1988 in Porterville, Tulare, California. She married December 30, 1920 to Charles Leo Jones (1879-1966). They had one daughter, June Barbara Jones born October 7, 1924 in Porterville, Tulare, California and died October 9, 1995 in Porterville, Tulare, California. In 1951 she married Harold Elwood Borum (1924-2009).

Eva Rebecca Faulkner

Eva was born August 12, 1903 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died December 19, 1970 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. She married on March 22, 1951 in Los Angeles, California to John James Thompson (1906-1972).

Two other children were born who died in infancy.

Allied Families

McCann and Layng Family

Robert Layng was born December 27, 1819 in Lancashire, England and his wife, Mary McCann was born in Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland March 23, 1823. Her parents were Arthur McCann, born in Portadown, Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland and Bessie Peck from Ireland. Arthur’s parents were Arthur McCann and Eliza Jane Davidson.

After Robert and Mary’s marriage they immigrated about 1844 to the U.S. It appears they settled in New Jersey where several of their children were born. At least for the birth of their son William they were in New York or perhaps visited there. By 1860 they were in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois where their daughter Adeline (Addie) was born. Robert died May 26, 1903 in Rockford and Mary died September 26, 1911 in Rockford.

Robert and Mary Layng’s children were:

Robert Harry Layng was born May 1, 1846 New Jersey, d: April 1, 1887 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.

George William Layng was born September 5, 1848 and died September 30, 1910 in New Jersey, married March 3, 1866 to Mary Jane Richardson, was born 1850 and died October 2, 1939. Their children:

George William (Will) Layng was born February 22, 1869 and died August 21, 1916, married 1891 to Jennie L. Wilson was born June 21, 1871 and died December 18, 1953. Their children:

  • Ivan George Layng was born April 8, 1893 and died May 29, 1893.
  • Oral William Layng was born December 28, 1893 and died October 17, 1980.
  • Gladys Emma Layng was born December 11, 1897 and died October 2, 1984 married James Corbett Mackey was born September 8, 1893 and died June 4, 1983.

Charles Henry Layng was born April 19, 1871 and died January 8, 1960, married October 3, 1895 to Ida Menti was born August 15, 1874 and died November 19, 1959. Their children:

  • Harry Charles Layng was born January 24, 1897 and died February 14, 1979.
  • Ralph R. Layng, was born December 14, 1898 and died May 5, 1975.
  • Ruth Anna Layng, was born July 1, 1901.
  • Maude Barbara Layng, was born July 4, 1904 and died March 16, 1989.
  • Roy Menti Layng, was born August 25, 1913 married Virginia Hoopes.

Madgaretta (Madge) Layng, was born 1872 and died March 31, 1906, married May 18, 1904 to Thomas McNamara.

Bessie Layng was born 1880 and died 1882.

Robert Layng (Bert) was born January 17, 1881 and died December 25, 1955, married November 21, 1902, married (1) Eva Belle Claypool, (2) Florance Robbins was born December 10, 1881 and died September 30, 1969.

Mary Elizabeth Layng married James Tait.

Emma Gladys Layng was born August 4, 1883 and died September 21, 1975, married November 9, 1901 Ethelbert Pollard was born September 12, 1876 and died March 3, 1930.

Jenny Jane Layng was born January 23, 1886 married Leroy Bowles November 7, 1907.

Georgia Hazel Layng was born July 21, 1888, married Ed Linden December 20, 1913.

Robert Layng Home
1327 Greenwood Ave.
Rockford, Illinois

William Edward Layng was born September 27, 1851 and died December 23, 1927 in New York. He married Anna Blunk who was born 1857 and died March 8, 1908. Their children:

Albert William Layng was born May 2, 1875 and died April 24, 1923. He married July 7, 1893 to Mary T. Gerlich who was born May 2, 1887 and died September 6, 1958. Their children:

Earle Layng was born August 10,1894 and died July 24, 1957 married January 9, 1918 to Camilla Margaret Timmons who was born July 16, 1897 and died April 18, 1968.

Loretta Marie Layng was born January 14, 1898 and died January 18, 1976 was married January 1, 1917 to Harry O. Wolfe who was born July 9, 1888 and died February 3, 1966.

Phyllis Adelle was born January 14, 1900 and married March 28, 1921 to Carl Lawrence Danielson (Butch) who was born June 19, 1893 and died June 14, 1963.

William A. Layng, was born November 9, 1902 and died January 4, 1976. He married November 16, 1929 to Mabel Boyce was born July 16, 1905 and died February 6, 1968.

Robert August Layng was born March 17,1876 and died September 6, 1965. He married April 3, 1899 to Agnes Amorette Orr was born July 6, 1881 and died October 3, 1951. Their children:

Robert Roy Layng, was born July 11, 1900 and died January 20, 1986 and was married January 5, 1924 to Eleanora Anna Margit Krause who was born February 2, 1905 and died February 10, 1989. Some of their children are still living.

Ralph Kenneth Layng was born March 1901 and died December 19, 1902.

Mildred Gladys was born August 18, 1904 and died June 26, 1959.

Raymond Laverne Layng was born June 7, 1907 and died January 27, 1983, married November 17, 1929 Mildred Lydia Whitmer was born December 8, 1910 and died July 18, 1980. Some of their children are still living.

Alice Marian Layng was born June 1, 1909 and died June 21, 1971 married (3) January 1938 Herbert Edelbert Cordell was born September 2, 1895 and died January 26, 1966. Most of their children are still living.

Vera Irene Layng was born March 21, 1912 and died April 22, 1996, married September 6, 1930 to Lewis Stratemeier Price was born June 3, 1906 and died December 19, 1990. Most of their children still living.

Merle Agnes Layng was born March 12, 1922 and died January 15, 2000 married Frank Leombruni, was born September 23, 1923 died August 3, 1998. Their children still living.

George T. (Teddy) Layng was born January 6, 1878 and died November 11, 1940. He married Lottie.

John William Layng (aka William John and Billy) was born December 23, 1879 and died March 19, 1913. He married Elin Sofia Peterson. Children:

Valeria Mae Layng was born April 29, 1900.

Son Layng was born about 1903.

Mary Etta Layng was born February 25, 1857 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey and died January 18, 1908 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. She married William Sprague Tunison. Sr. who was born August 4, 1853 in New York, New York and died December 18, 1929 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. Their children:

Arthur W. Tunison was born 1874, married Nettie Lockwood. Four children: Margaret, Edna, Frances and Arthur

Eugene G. Tunison was born March 17, 1876 and died January 22, 1904.

Maggie Tunison was born August 11, 1878 married November 20, 1899 to Ed Griffith was born July 6, 1873. Their children: Marian, Dorothy, Margaret, Edward, Hettie and Arthur.

Clara Tunison was born 1880

William Samuel Tunison born 1870 married Bessie Williams then Minnie. One child, Leota?

Adeline H. Tunison was born March 19, 1882 and married February 3, 1909.

Madge R. Tunison was born March 19, 1882 and married John Schellenbarger.

Bessie Tunison was born 1884 and died 1945 and married Steven Shipman.

Raymond E. Tunison was born 1886 and married Kate Krouskey.

Joseph Edward Tunison was born February 17, 1890 and died September 23, 1959, married December 2, 1914 to Sophia Miller who was born September 30, 1880 and died July 5, 1979.

Mary Tunison was born 1855 and died 1908.

Hazel Tunison was born 1895 and married Bob Roberts.

William remarried to a woman named Mansella F.

Margaretta (Madgretta/Madge/Maggie) L. Layng was born September 25, 1857 in Bethlehem, Lehigh, Pennsylvania and died November 20, 1946 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. In 1870 she married Calvin M. Messenger who was born in 1853 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois and died October 17, 1926 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. They had the following children:

May Messinger was born 1876.

Calvin Arthur Messinger was born January 26, 1882 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died January 17, 1962 in Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona.

Bessie Esther Messinger was born March 19, 1883 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died January 15, 1966. She was married June 4, 1902 in Warren, Illinois to Edward “Eddie” Halsey Miles who was born February 25, 1864 in Knox County, Illinois and died September 14, 1941 in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois.

Fred Edward Messinger was born May 30, 1886 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died December 11 1938 in Rockford Winnebago, Illinois. He was married November 25, 1909 in Winnebago County, Illinois to Eva Ann/Alice Martin. She was born June 26, 1891 and died May 1981.

Bertrand Earl Messinger was born January 1, 1888 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died November 4, 1968 in Winnebago County, Illinois. He was married to Lillie Maude Key who was born April 1, 1891 and died September 6, 1966.

Margaretta married in 1898 to Francis Marion Green who was born August 19, 1848 in Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin and died May 2, 1920 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and had the following children:

Francis Alonzo Green was born September 1, 1899 and died December 22, 1984 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.

Edna Green

James F. Green

Cora Green

Latecia (Tisha) Layng was born 1858 in New Jersey and died April 1923 in Elgin, Illinois. She never married.

Adeline (Addie) Layng was born March 5, 1860 and died June 26, 1933 in Illinois. She married Charles Henry Hitchcock who was born in October 1856 and died October 9, 1929. Their children:

Clarence Hamilton Hitchcock was born in 1882 and died July 17, 1935 in Winnebago County, Illinois. He married in 1907 to Mildred Penfield Hitchcock. She was born in 1885 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died October 6 1950 in Winnebago County, Illinois.

Frank Artemus Hitchcock was born January 6, 1886 in Elgin, Cook, Illinois and died November 11, 1946 in Vienna, Fairax, Virginia. He married in 1916 to Helen B. Clawson who was born in 1882 in New York and died March 13, 1946.

Eleanor M. Hitchcock was born in May 1889 and died in 1957 in Hardwick, Massachusetts. She married Albert Wesley Altenbern was born May 4, 1885 in Lena, Stephenson, Illinois and died January 12, 1967 in Ossiee, Caroll, New Hampshire.

Morris Leroy Hitchcock was born November 8, 1896 in Wisconsin and died August 19, 1949. He was married to Hazel Farman who was born August 12, 1896 in Wisconsin and died May 4, 1980. Both are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Anna Layng

Christianna (Anna) Layng was born July 26, 1862 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died December 16, 1954 same place. She married June 29, 1880 to William Faulkner. She was a tiny woman with great personal strength and graciousness. See more about her family above under William Faulkner.

Two Family

The Two family can also be spelled Tew and Thew.

Richard Two was born in 1703 in St. Andrew, Holborn, London, England and married Ann who was born 1707 same place. Their son, Thomas Two was born July 20, 1729 in St. Andrew Holborn, London, England and died in March 1772 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England. He married on July 23, 1758 in Moretaine Parish to Eliz(s)abeth Battin who was christened on May 19, 1745 in Northhampton, St. Sepuchre, Northamptonshire, England and died April 1840 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. Her parents were Edward and Esther Battin. Thomas and Elisabeth were the parents of James Two.

James Two was born December 20, 1767 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died 1824 in same place. He married November 21, 1788 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England to Mary Dicks. Mary was born March 5, 1769 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died January 1859 same place. Their children were:

  • Thomas Two was born 1789 in Bedfordshire, England and died March 1855 same place.
  • James Two was born 1791 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died March 1873 in Bedfordshire, England.
  • Elizabeth Two was born October 21, 1792 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died January 2, 1883 in Winnebago County, Illinois. She married John Faulkner (see above)
  • Anne Two was born January 4, 1795 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died 1835 same place.
  • Martha Two was born July 30, 1797 and died September 1, 1797 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England.
  • Stephen Two was born September 2, 1798 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died March 21, 1872 same place.
  • Joseph Two was born October 25, 1801 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died 1848 in Bedfordshire, England.
  • John Two was born December 30, 1804 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died 1807 same place.
  • David Two was born December 25, 1809 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England and died June 1853 same place.

Isaac Dicks/Dix was born 1688 in Millbrook and married October 7, 1713 in Millbrook to Joanna Sanders born 1692 in Millbrook. Their son Thomas Dicks/Dix was born February 23, 1732 in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, England and married July 14, 1767 in Kempston, Bedfordshire to Anna Peacock who was baptized June 16, 1747 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England.

Anna Peacock’s parents were John Peacock who was born in 1721 and Elizabeth Kendall who was born in 1725 in Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England. They married October 1, 1741 in Harrold, Bedford, England. John’s parents may have been John Peacock Sr. and Sarah. He may have been baptized June 28, 1724 in Cheshire, England. He may have died March 21, 1780 in Great Budworth, Cheshire, England.

The steamer GREAT BRITAIN was built in Prescott, Ontario, Canada, by the New Yorker David Brown in 1830. 147 x 23 feet (length x breadth). She became a storage hulk in 1840, and in 1845 was rebuilt as the bark ELEANORA (registered 18 February 1846): 431 45/95 tons; 159 x 26.9 x 12.4 feet (length x beam x depth of hold); 1 deck, carvel build, square stern, no quarterdeck, scroll stem. She was wrecked at or near Burlington, Ontario, Canada, in August 1848 [Sources: The Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Registry Ship List; The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, The New Mills’ List: Registered Canadian Steamships 1817-1930 over 75 feet (John Mills, Canadian Coastal and Inland Steam Vessels 1809-1930, no. 1740); Canadian Ship Information Database] – [Posted to the Emigration-Ships Mailing List by Michael Palmer – 13 August 1998].

Sources

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
192,686,202 records
Index to selected England births and christenings. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

List of Faulkner Descendants by Malinda Jackson

Last Updated on September 18, 2021 by rootie

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