Archibald Henderson Faulkner
Archibald Henderson Faulkner ( Fortner/Falkner) was born the 3rd of October 1824 in Knoxville, Tennessee. His parents are not known, but it is believed he was the grandson of David Falkner, Revolutionary War soldier or Henry Falkner, also a Revolutionary War soldier. Both of these men were living in Knox County in 1830.
Archibald enlisted in the Mexican war on the 20th June 1846 at Knoxville. He fought in the battles of Veracruz and Cerro Gordo. He was discharged on the 31st of May in 1847 in New Orleans.
On the 8th of June 1848, he married Elendor Tinker. Ellen's parents were William and Margaret Robison Tinker, who were among the first settlers of Tennessee. On the 8th of June 1849, Arch and Ellen's first daughter, Margaret, was born in Knoxville. Between June of 1849 and 1850 the family moved to DeKalb County, Alabama, where the rest of their children were born and where Arch and Ellen later died.
Margaret Faulkner married Lewis Caswell "Luke" Stout on the 21st of June 1875. Their children were: Wheeler, James, Thomas, Elizabeth, Walter, Adelaide and Alice. Margaret died in 1919 and is buried at Mt. Hermon Cemetery.
Other children of Arcibald and Ellen's were: Mary Elizabeth, Eliza Jane, Hester A., William Henderson, S. Tennessee, John, Marietta and Wiley Franklin.
Mary Elizabeth, born 29 August 1851, married Joel Guest on the 10th August 1873. They had one dauhter, Miranda Arlina and one son Berry Oscar. Mary Elizabeth died 12th January 1910 and is buried in Duck Springs Cemetery, Etowah County, AL.
Eliza Jane, born the 17th of October 1853, married Matthew M. Isbell on the 14th July 1878 in DeKalb County, AL. Her children were Doc Green Faulkner, Ida and Effie. She died on the 7th November 1937 in Ft. Payne, AL.
Hester A. was born on the 24th November 1855 and died the 23rd May 1873. She was not married.Cause of death unknown.
William Henderson was born the 27th of April 1859, married his first wife, Ruthie Samply on the 7th December 1884. After her death he married Susan Norrell Brown on the 28th April 1895. He died on the 8th of November 1931 and is buried in the Antioch Cemetery, DeKalb County. His children were daughter Haler, Archibald H., J. William, Wallace B., Ruth and Lennie.
S. (which is thought to be Serena, named for her mother's sister) Tennessee was born on the 12th October 1862 and died on the 15th of January 1871. The cause of death was measles.
John was born on the 7th October 1863. He married Rebecca Chavers on the 29th of January 1893 in Ft. Payne, AL. Their children were: Ruben, Lily M., Henry Oscar, Minerva, Bonnie E., John F., Mary Bet and Jessie Lee. John died on the 13th December 1951 in Ft. Payne from injuries received in a car accident.
Marietta was born on the 29th October 1866 in Ft. Payne. On the 10th March 1889 she was married to Daniel Parker. They were the parents of one child, Mary Dan. Daniel died in an accident in 1889 and Marietta married James Holliday Emsley Guest on the 18th of August 1894. Marietta and James had one son, Archibald William McKinley (Mack) Guest. She died on the 27th of January 1917.
Wiley Franklin was born the 18th March 1868 in Ft. Payne. He married Rosie Belle Parker on the 11th January 1893. Rosie Belle and Daniel Parker, Marietta's first husband, were brother and sister. Rosie and Wiley's children were Mary Ellen, Tourie C.,who died as a young child from burns, Josie, (my mother), Floy Inez, Wiley Leon, Hardy Lewis, Daniel Henry, and Than. Wiley died on the 10th May 1951 and is buried in the Town Creek Cemetery at Rainsville, AL.
Josie married Limuel David Walls (my father) on the 11th of March 1917 in DeKalb County. The family moved to LaFayette, Georgia and to Chattanooga in 1921. Josie died in March 1979 and L.D. died in 1987. They are buried in Lakewood Memory Gardens South.
During the Civil War, Archibald served in Company B, 49th Alabama Infantry. He fought in some of the bloodiest battles of that war; Shiloh, Vicksburg, Corinth ( Mississippi), Baton Rouge, and Port Hudson, Louisiana. While in Port Hudson this unit was captured and exchanged. It was sent to Dalton, Georgia and fought in the battle of Atlanta where many were sacrificed. This regiment was reduced to a few and was assigned to General Hood and fought in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee. No doubt Archibald's experience in the Mexican War helped to keep him alive when so many of his unit were killed.
When he returned to DeKalb County, he became one of that county's most respected citizens. He was a man of considerable means and the home, which was built in 1853 in Wills Valley, was demonlished so a shopping mall could be established on the grounds. It had been the oldest cabin in DeKalb County at the time it was destroyed. Many family members were saddened and angry that it could not be saved.
Ellen Tinker Faulkner died on the 9th of July 1895. Archibald died on the 15th October 1897.
Archibald, Ellen, Eliza, Hester, Tennessee and Marietta are all buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Ft. Payne.