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William Falkner
Birth: Jul. 6, 1825
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 1889
Ripley
Tippah County
Mississippi, USA

Novelist. Colonel William Falker, the great-grandfather of the author-William Faulkner, was born in Tennessee in 1826 and came to Ripley at the age of 17. He stabbed and killed Robert H. Hindman with a Bowie knife in 1849 and shot and killed Erasmus Norris in 1851. On November 5, 1889, Col. Falkner was himself shot and killed by a former partner of the Ripley Railroad. He wrote several novels, of which "The White Rose of Memphis" was the most popular. He was the great-grandfather of two other novelists--Nobel Award Winning author William Faulkner who lived in Ripley as a child and John Faulker who was born in Ripley in 1901. Col. Falkner's violent death in 1889 furnished William Faulkner with material for "Sartoris" and "The Unvanguished", in which he was the model for Col. John Sartoris. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Holland Pearce Falkner (____ - 1849)*
  Elizabeth Houston Vance Falkner (1833 - 1910)*
 
 Children:
  John Wesley Thompson Falkner (1848 - 1922)*
  William Henry Falkner (1853 - 1878)*
  Willett Medora Falkner Carter (1856 - 1918)*
  Thomas Vance Falkner (1859 - 1861)*
  Lizzie Manassah Falkner (1861 - 1861)*
  Fannie Forrest Falkner Dogan (1866 - 1929)*
  Effie Falkner Davis (1868 - 1957)*
  Alabama Leroy Falkner McLean (1874 - 1968)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Murdered
 
Burial:
Ripley Cemetery
Ripley
Tippah County
Mississippi, USA
 
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Record added: May 09, 1999
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