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The Faulkner name has been interpreted and spelled several different ways: Fortner, Folkner and Falkner. David Henry Faulkner, Sr.’s divorce decree and marriage license states the name as Fortner. However, Fortner does not appear on the Muster Roll. The names David H. Folkner, Jr. and David H. Folkner or Falkner, Sr. appear on the roll. I have used the spelling in this document that was used in the document from which the information was taken.
David "Henry" Faulkner, Sr.’s birth date is questionable. There were several instances where his age did not coincide with previous dates from other documents. The best that I can assume is that he was born in 1815, in Tennessee. He was most frequently referred to as D. H. or Henry. In this document, I will refer to him as Henry, unless quoting from another document.

Henry was married to Anna Jane Vickery (Victory or Dickery). The son, "David" Henry Faulkner, Jr., was born January 6, 1842. Anna Jane ran off with a rebel soldier during the second year (1862) of the Civil War.

The controversy begins with the second wife, Louisa Jane Foy Fortner. She stated that David's name should have been Fitzgerald, because he was the son of the first wife, Anna Jane (Victory) Fitzgerald Fortner.

Anna Jane (Victory) was married to John Fitzgerald, May 23, 1839. Anna Jane had one son, Enoch, and possibly another by John Fitzgerald. In a codicil to John Fitzgerald’s will, dated Sept. 9, 1861, it stated, "I give and bequeath to my son Enoch which is by my second wife Jane, One Dollar as his part of my estate..." John married the third time in 1844.

According to Louisa, Henry married Anna Jane about 1861. However, David, claimed her as his mother and stated that he was the only son of David Henry Fortner, Sr. He also stated that he had lived all his life on the farm with his father until signing up for the army. A statement made by the Captain of their regiment, James Ledgewood, said that he knew David Fortner and Isaac Fortner also called Isaac Fitzgerald, one a son and one a stepson.

I believe David is the son of Henry and Anna Jane, especially since he was named after him. I am not convinced of Louisa’s credibility, memory or knowledge.

"He (Henry) was always a healthy man until he went into the army. He never drank. He worked in a cooper shop and made wood work for wagons. (A cooper makes or repairs vessels made of staves and hoops, such as casks, barrels, tubs, etc.) He was regular at his work. He worked every day and had no sickness," according to David.

Henry (about age 47), David (age 20), Enoch J. Fitzgerald Falkner (about age 22), Henry’s step son, enlisted in Company F 3rd Tennessee Infantry Volunteers as Privates at the same time on February 14, 1862 at Flat Lick, KY. Isaac Fitzgerald Fortner, Henry’s cousin and brother in law, served in Company G 2nd Tennessee Cavalry as a blacksmith.

For six months after they left home (till Aug. 1862), they laid over at Flat Lick without blankets or tents. An acquaintance, J. C. Chiles* recalled, they had only a plank to sleep on. Henry told Louisa, "We were greatly exposed to the elements, especially the time I stood picket in knee deep water. This exposure plus carrying my knapsack on hard marches produced my disease of bronchitis." Henry and David were on picket, "ring guard" and marches together.

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Faulkner Family Tree
Updated October 26, 2000

Katherine Koch
5935 Caruso Forest
Houston, Texas 77088
A-United States

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