Col James Faulkner

Col James Faulkner

Birth
Wallkill, Ulster County, New York, USA
Death 19 Apr 1869 (aged 89)
Grass Lake, Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Burial Grass Lake, Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Plot Lot 1 Blk 3
Memorial ID 42581153 · View Source
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Col. Faulkner was a citizen of Orange Co. N.Y., previous to his residence here. In the War of 1812 he was in command of a regiment stationed on Staten Island. Afterward he was an officer of the State Militia. He was elected to the Legislature for several terms, and supported the measures of Gov. Clinton, particularly for the construction of the Erie canal. This course gave offense to his constituents, but later years justified its wisdom and value. In 1833 Col. Faulkner removed to Michigan, at that time and for four years afterwaRd a territory. He located at Grass Lake, then a wilderness. For a number of years he pursued a retired life, though not indifferent to the events of the time.

When the late national conflict came upon the country, though past 80 years of age, he comprehended the issues and committed himself upon the side of freedom. His life covers almost the whole period of our history as a nation - extending to within three years of the Declaration of Independence. Col. Faulkner was a man of more than common physical and mental vigor. He was self reliant, independent, cheerful and deliberate. His parents were members of the Presb. Church O. S. His ancestors were from Scotland. For a number of years past he was a constant reader of the Bible, and gave evidence that he had found comfort and peace. The present generation are deeply indebted to these men on the past. We inherit the valuable fruitage of their wisdom, toil and self sacrifice.

Obituary: Jackson Daily Citizen Tuesday May 4, 1869

From Pioneer Families of SE Michigan-Jackson Co by Helen Lewis: Faulkner, James Col entered for land in Grass Lake Twp Jackson Co Michigan on 15 Jan 1836 in the same section as Nelson Faulkner. When James entered for land there on 10 Jun 1838, he stated he was from Orange Co NY. Though the sketch states he was born 2 Jul 1779, his age was given as 67 b NY in the 1850 census. He had married Caroline (McBride) born NY, and they had settled in Grass Lake Twp as early as 1833. Caroline died in 1845. There were 10 children, all names not stated. Known daughter, Fannie Ann (m Joseph C Watkins and d 20 Apr 1845); and he listed the following in his household in the 1850 census: Caroline age 33, Nancy M b 12 Jun 1822 (m after 1850 or 1860 to ? Soper, may be she in the 1860 census in the John Riley household; Anson age 25; Antoinette age 18 all b NY; & Diantha age 14 b Michigan in the household. Also in the household was David age 81 b NY possibly a brother? In the 1860 census, he was age 81 and had Caroline, Anson, Antoinette and also Henrietta, age 24 and Janthia (Diantha) age 22 in the household. Col James d 24 Apr 1869.
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Please note that James Faulkner's wife could not appear in the 1850 or 1860 if she died in 1845. Anson, Henrietta & Antoinette's death certificates all state their mother was Martha McBride. I believe that Caroline is his daughter, not his wife.
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From Portraits & Biographies of Governors of Michigan (on the bio of Charles Cassidy): Remaining a bachelor until twenty-nine years of age Mr. Cassedy was then married December 10, 1861, to Miss Henrietta Faulkner. This lady was born in Orange County, N. Y., May 1,1831, and is the daughter of Col. James and Martha (McBride) Faulkner, who were also natives of Orange County, N. Y. They emigrated to Michigan in 1833 during its territorial days and the father took up six hundred acres of Government land in Grass Lake Township, embracing that on which Mr. Cassedy now lives.
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Mr. Faulkner was a man of more than ordinary ability and learned surveying early in life, which profession he followed in his native county, laying out many of its lines and boundaries. He did gallant service as a Colonel in the War of 1812, and for several years was at the head of the New York State Militia. In politics he affiliated with the Democrat party and represented his native county in the New York Legislature one term. As a business man he was careful and conscientious in his dealings and one who enjoyed in a marked degree the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens. After a long and well spent life, he departed hence at his home in Grass Lake Township, April 21, 1869, when eighty-nine years old. Col. Faulkner built the first frame house in Grass Lake Township and cut the first stick of timber on his land. The wife and mother had preceded her husband to the silent land many years, her death taking place about Christmas time, 1845, when she was probably fifty six years old. There had been born to them eleven children, eight daughters and three sons, nine of whom are living and mostly residents of this State.
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Name: James Falkner
Death date: 19 Apr 1869
Death place: Grass Lake, Jackson, Michigan
Gender: Male
Age at death: 89 years 9 months
Estimated birth year: 1780
Birthplace: New York
Marital status: Single
Father's name:
Mother's name:
Occupation:
Film number: 2363448
Digital GS number: 4207816
Image number: 1321
Reference number: p 292 rn 607
Collection: Michigan Deaths 1867-1897
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NOTE!: burial info from the book "Soldiers Of War 1812" Roster of soldiers buried in Michigan; V.1; compiled by Mrs. Lynn D. Miller 1940 Lists original plot as Lot 7 Blk 6 Grass Lake Village Cemetery!
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Gravesite Details Burial records destroyed by fire. Added to GL East because his daughter Henrietta and family are here.

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  • Maintained by: Ancestor Archaeology
  • Originally Created by: Deb Hayes-Wolfe
  • Added: 1 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42581153
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col James Faulkner (2 Jul 1779–19 Apr 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42581153, citing Grass Lake East Cemetery, Grass Lake, Jackson County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Ancestor Archaeology (contributor 47796549) .