"Leek", pen and ink drawing by Anne E. G. Nydam, 2004
used by permission
The leek, Ceninen in Welsh, is a traditional emblem of Wales.
It is used here to symbolize this branch of the Faulkner family that eventually connects to the Griffith family that originated in Wales.
View a chart of these Griffith Collateral Lines.
This page does not try to be a comprehensive Faulkner family site, but rather hopes to offer in-depth information from a variety of sources about one relatively short line leading down to Mary Faulkner3 who married in 1768 John Griffith. If a reader has documentable corrections or additions to this specific line, I would be very glad to hear from you via e mail to .
The Sources and Notes are together at the bottom of this page, or they can be accessed individually by clicking on the number in brackets.
There are several suggestions of the ancestry and origin of Thomas Faulkner floating around the web, none of which seem very probable, and for none of which have I seen any proof of a connection. I include them here in an effort to lay some of these "myths" to rest.
There was a Daniel Faulkner, born about 1660 in Germany. He is reputed to be a "First Purchaser", his name appearing in a list prepared by John Reed in 1774. But since there seems to be no further corroboration of this, he is assumed by the editors of the Penn Papers not to be a genuine First Purchaser.
A Daniel Falckner (perhaps the same man) was part of a group of Germans later called the "Mystics of the Wissahickon", who arrived on the ship Sarah Maria Hopewell, Captain Tanner, on 23 June 1694. Their leader was John Kelpius. One member of the group was Henry Bernhard Koester, a former Lutheran minister. Another was Daniel Falckner who in 1703 became the first Luthern pastor ordained in the province of Pennsylvania. Others were John Selig and Conrad Matthaei. They settled on "the Ridge", near where the Wissahickon Creek pours through a narrow ravine into the Schuylkill River. Daniel Falckner wrote Curieuse Nachricht von Pennsylvania ("Curious News from Pennsylvania") in 1702, which was combined with another work in 1704 by the Frankfort Company, for whom Falckner became attorney, along with Benjamin Furley, William Penn's agent. However, Daniel and his brother, Justus Faulkner, were both well-known in Pennsylvania after arriving in the colonies ca. 1700 to begin preaching. Daniel had not yet married, thus providing one proof that our Thomas Faulkner was not his son. Later, Daniel had six children, but none of them were named Thomas.[3a]
There was a Thomas Morgan Faulkner, or Sir Thomas Faulkner in the Chesapeake area, thought by some (clearly incorrectly) to be our ancestor. Where he acquired the Sir is unknown, but is most likely a confusion with the Thomas Faulkner who married Mary Catherine Fiene, of Albemarle, Virginia.
It is interesting to note that in the IGI for London & Middlesex Counties, England, there are abundant Faulkners with a variety of spellings, in the 1600s and 1700s. For example, there were a Jesse Faulkner and Thomas, in London, although any relationship has not been established. 
My documentation of this line begins with Thomas Faulkner1, [see an explanation of the National Genealogical Society's Numbering System used on this web page.] who married Marie or Mary Catherine Ferree on 30 June 1715 at the Immanual Church in New Castle, in what is now Delaware. Alternatively, that was the date the marriage banns for "Thomas Falconer and Mary Catharina Fara", were published. Mary Catherine was the daughter of French Huguenots Daniel and Mary (Warrembere or Warenbauer) Ferree (sometimes seen with the German spelling of Fuehre or French Verree).
Eleanor Edmundson has developed a plausible, but undocumented, hypothesis explaining Thomas and Mary Catherine's marriage.
Thomas Faulkner met the Ferree family while they waited [in England] for the ships to sail to NY with Gov. Robert Hunter. It is also an assumption that Richard Davis was a friend of Thomas Faulkner and that they both either signed a contract with Maria to marry her daughters or gave a pledge to her. This was in London in 1709.
The idea of a prearranged marriage has documentation in a round-about-way. In Chester Co. PA is the extant survey book of the county surveyor for Chester Co. Isaac TAYLOR. On page 33 of his book the heading reads "Lands on the River Pequea". On that page are the names of Thomas Faulkner and Richard Davis. In October of 1710, 333 acres was surveyed for each man.
Sometime in London or before Maria had contacted (?) the group of Mennonites from Switzerland who had plans to settle on the land William Penn offered along with a guarantee for religious freedom. Martin Kendig was in charge of the land distributions. He apparently met with the Queen and Penn and received a grant of 10,000 acres. However, 2,000 acres was guaranteed to be given to Maria Warenbaur.
Maria's grand plan was to divide the 2,000 acres among her six childrenDaniel, John, Philip, Mary, Catherine, and Jane. Since Daniel was naturalized and Catherine's husband was naturalized they received the 2,000 acres in their name. They were to wait until the time was right before handing out 333 acres to each sibling. Since Mary and Jane were NOT married their land was surveyed for them in the names of their future husbandsThomas Faulkner and Richard Davis. It would be five more years before these two couples were to actually marry.
It can also be assumed that Thomas Faulkner and Richard Davis were British subjects as they were never naturalized. They did NOT appear on the Hunter lists which would be another indicator that they most likely were British subjects. There is no known evidence that either Richard or Thomas sailed with the Ferree family or lived with them in NY. They apparently came to the Colony of PA sometime around 1714. . . .
Immanual Church was founded in 1689, the first Anglican church in Delaware. The original building was begun in 1703 and completed in 1708. The Reverend George ROSS, the first rector of Immanuel, felt keenly his minority status among so many Quakers, Presbyterians, and Anabaptists. He made it his life's work to bring as many people in the village to Anglicanism as possible. The present building dates from 1982, built on a modernized plan of the 1820 building. The surrounding graveyard dates way back. Mary Catherine's sister Jane Ferree married Richard Davis in the original church building later in the summer, on 22 August 1715.
On 22 February 1715/6 [view an explanation of Old Style Dates] Mary Catherine's brother and brother-in-law and their wives, Daniel and Anna Maria FERREE, and Isaac and Katherine LEFEVRE, granted land in Pequea (pronounced "peck-way"), to Thomas Faulkner and his wife "Mary Katrina". The abstract reads, in part:
Whereas original patent granted to Daniel Ferree & Isaac Lefeure 2000 acres near the head of Pequea Creek, dated 10 Sep 1712, recorded Philadelphia, Book A, Vol 4, page 303, on 12 Sep 1712. Whereas by joint agreement between Fere & Lefeure, it was divided into distinct tracts. Now Daniel Ferree & Anna Maria his wife, & Isaac Lefeure & Kathrina his wife, for £25 grant to Thomas Faulkner 2 tracts: one bounded by land of Isaac Lefeure & John Ferree, also by land of Thomas Story, containing 167 cares; other tract bounded by land of Phillip John, Jane Ferree & Isaac Lefleure, containing 167 acres, part of 2000 acres. 
Thomas can be traced in the tax records. In the "Index to the 1718-1726 Tax Records of Chester County, Relating to Areas Later Part of Lancaster County," there are the following entries:
Thomas Falkner, 1714, Lands on the River Pequea, 250 acres, surveyed October, 1714;
Thomas Falkner, 1716;
Thomas Falkner is shown listed among the "Dutch Inhabitants" in the 1718 tax assessment of Conestoga township, Chester County. Conestoga became a part of Lancaster County in 1729. Pequea became a separate district in 1720 and Thomas Falkneer is shown on that assessment with a value given to his estate of £40 pounds. Daniel Ferree and John Ferree had assessments of £50 and £40 pounds respectively. The tax was at the rate of three pence on the pound. This district also became a part of Lancaster County in 1729.
The index to the tax records for Chester County continues with the following:
Thomas Faulkneneer, 1719, Conestogoe rate;
Thomas Faulknener, 1719, Conestogoe rate;
Thomas Falkner, Lands on the River Pequea-333 acres (undated entry).
Thoms Falkner, 10/0, Pequa, 1720;
Thomas Faulkener, 9/0, in Pequea Palatines at Conistogoe, 1721;
Tho:Falknoner & , 5/0 at Peque East Conestogoe, 1722;
Thomas Falknower, 2/8, Connestogoe, 1724;
Tho: Forney, non res, 3/0, Peque, 1724;
Thomas Falknoner, 3/3, Conistogoe, 1725;
Thos Falknoner, 3/0, Peque, 1726.
It is interesting to note the decrease in the assessment from ten shillings, no pence in 1720 to three shillings, no pence in 1726. Whether this represents a decrease in acreage or some other reason, is unclear. Thomas Faulkner was on the assessment-list for 1724 in Salisbury Township.
Mary Catherine died relatively young, sometime after the birth of her youngest child in 1726. Thomas married for a second time, Jane or Joan __. There don't seem to have been any children of this second marriage. Nor have I found a record of the marriage.
In the Pennsylvania Archives Thomas Faulkner is shown as a warrantee of land in Lancaster County. The listings show name, acres, and date of survey:
Thomas Falkner, 100, October 17 , 1736;
Thomas Falkner, 100, June 2, 1741;
Thomas Falker, 200, June 1, 1741;
Thomas Falkner, 100 & 51, June 2, 1741;
Thomas Faulkner, 400, March 18, 1748.
After the infamous walking purchase swindled the natives out of a great deal of land, extending the boundary of Bucks County north and west, European settlers began to move into the area. Dutch and Huguenots had previously settled up the Delaware River around Minisink as early as the 1720s. Then Scotch-Irish followed, establishing settlements at Weaversville, Martin's Creek, Richmond, and Williamsburg (eventually becoming the township of Mount Bethel). Next, in the 1730s came Germans up the Perkiomen and Schuylkill, crossing to the Little Lehigh and Saucon.
On 7 May 1745, Thomas and his wife Jane deeded 195 acres of the original Ferree grant to John JONES. On 15 May 1749, Thomas and Jane deeded four parcels in Lancaster County to James JOHNSON of Drumore township. These presumably were their last holdings in Lancaster County, and they moved to Bethlehem, in what was then a greatly enlarged Bucks County.
Thomas died 28 March 1752, and his will was filed in Philadelphia County. It had been signed 20 February 1752 and was proved 8 May 1752. In it Thomas identifies himself "of Bethlehem[,] Co. of Bucks, farmer", and names his wife Joan, and children Jesse, Mary, Susanna, and Eve, "nieces" Eve and Mary GREEN, and "nevoy" James McCayston Pond, or James McKay. Eleanor Edmundson points out that "niece" and "nevoy" are archaic terms for grandchildren. Son Jesse received the 200 acres on which he was already living. The executors were Thomas DOWNING and son Jesse.[17a]
A glimpse into the material lives of our ancestors is provided by "An inventory of the Goods and Estate of Thos. Faukner, Late of Bethlehem Township in ye County of Burks [sic] and Provance of Pennsylvania Deceasd." The inventory was made on 28 March 1752 by Thomas and William CRAIG, and James RALSTON. They listed the following items:
300 Acres of Land Including His Improvements £380
_10 Acres of Land in Paxtown, in Lancaster County
one gray sorral [horse?]
one Red Cow
one white faced Cow
Three old Axes and one Muell [maul] rings, wedgers, and Grubbing hoe
Two Hay forks and one Sythe
one old Saddle four old Bells, and Three Bell Collers
Two old Bridles, and Plow & Irons
one old Plow with Irons
One Iron Harrow
T____ old waggon wheels Breast _______
one old waggon Shrew, and Tarr bucket
one ________ and old Irons, also one Iron Last
Three pair of Giers [gears], and Three old Collars
Two Cages (?)
One sled, one Crow Barr, Iron
one old cutting Box & Knifes
one old Saddle, and old Boots, and Spatter Dasher [similar to gaiters]
Three Ogars [augers], one hand saw, Two Hammers, Two Chesuels, one Rasp
one old frying pan, Two Pot R_____, one old Gong_____
one Pot and Skilet, and Pot Hooks
Two Basons, & one Plate, also one Lanthorn
one Bible and Thos: Chalkleys Gurnal [Journal]
___________ ________ and a pair of Blankets
one _____ Barrel, and one Churne
one _____ bed, and Coverlid, and one pair of Blankets
one old Great Coat, Street Coat, and Vest
one ____iddle, one Saddle Bag, a Whip and old Breeches
one old Pistal, and one Meal Chiet [chest?]
one Bond payable by James Johnston this 16th of May 1752
one Ditto Do: payable the 16th Day May 1753
One Bond Ditto Payable by Hugh Wilson May the 30th 1752
One Do: Payable by Christopher Waggenor Novbr 18th 1752
one Do:______ Simon Grissbach (?) and four hundred foot of Board 
What insights might we glean from this assemblage of objects? Thomas was considered the owner of it all; under feme covert, the wife and her property were subsumed into the single legal personage that a married couple was presumed to beand that person, of course, was male. So, Thomas's possessions included farm equipment and livestock, wood working tools, his clothing, bedding, but surprisingly, no furniture, two books, and "paper" obligations, as well as kitchen items (such as skillet, frying pan, pot hooks, a single plate, and churn) which presumably Thomas himself never used. We see the axes and grubbing hoes for clearing the land. A pistol doesn't seem like the weapon of choice for hunting game, though. We see the plow and harrow for preparing the soil, and the scythe and hay forks for harvesting. We see the old things, broken but perhaps still useful, that any prudent homesteader would keep. Although nowhere have I found an indication that Thomas joined Friends, it is interesting that he owned a copy of Thomas Chalkley's Journal, as well as the Bible. Chalkley (1675-1741) was a Friends' minister, whose journal, published posthumously, was widely read by Friends.
Because there were no banks, people developed financial instruments to meet their needs. Nearly everyone borrowed and loaned money to their neighbors. Estate inventories give us the best glimpse into this informal, unregulated, but well understood economy. Presumably the bond that James Johnston owed was a mortgage on the land Thomas had sold him on 15 May 1749.
Shortly after Thomas's death Northampton was separated from Bucks County. On 16 June, 1752 the first session of the new county court was held at Easton. There were about 600 people living in Bethlehem Township. So in about a dozen years the settlement had grown from a Moravian mission into a regular village.
When the Great War for Empire between France and Great Britain spilled over into the frontier in Pennsylvania, the French encouraged their Indian allies to attack outlying settlements. The first victim in Northampton County was the peaceful Moravian settlement at Gnadenhutten. After several other seemingly random attacks on settlers, some 522 men formed into a dozen militia companies. One Captain Foulk had 46 men in his. This is probably no relation to our Faulkners, who presumably were no longer living in the County.
Children of Thomas and Mary Catherine (Ferree) Faulkner, all born in either Chester or Lancaster Counties, depending on their birth dates. Lancaster County was formed out of Chester County May 10, 1729. None of the children's birth dates have been documented thus far.
a) Abraham Heard
a) Eve Green
b) Mary Green
a) William Griffith, b: 13 OCT 1742 in Sadsbury, Chester Co.
b) Elizabeth Griffith, b: 1745 in Menallen Twp., York (now Adams Co. )
c) Susanna Griffith, b: ABT 1749 in , York Co.
d) Mary Griffith, b: 1751 in Menallen, York Co.
e) Rebecca Griffith, b: 1755 in Sadsbury, Lancaster Co.
f) Eve Griffith, b: 1757 in Sadsbury, Lancaster Co.
g) Thomas Griffith, b: 1759 in Menallen Twp., York Co.
h) Ann Griffith, b: 17 MAR 1761 in , Chester Co.
i) Jesse Griffith, b: 1763 in , York,
j) John Griffith, b: 8 JAN 1748 in Menallen Twp., York Co.
a) James McKay
Jesse Faulkner2 was born in 1718. He died in Frederick County, Virginia. He married Martha SMITH, "of Monallen, York County," Pennsylvania.
Martha was born in 1724 and died early in 1786. The marriage is said to have taken place at Holy Trinity (Old Swede's) Church in Wilmington, Newcastle County, in what became Delaware.
By an Indenture dated 28 December 1754 and recorded 22 October 1755 Jesse and Martha sold 150 acres 9 perches to Samuel LEFEVRE for £585. This parcel was part of the original 2000 acres granted to the son and son-in-law of Marie Warembere.
It would appear that sometime after their marriage in 1744 and before 1759, Jesse and Martha must have joined Friends and probably were members of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting. On 30 August 1759 Exeter Monthly Meeting of Berks/Chester County, received a Certificate of Removal dated 5 September 1757 for Jesse Faulkner and children from the Sadsbury Monthly Meeting (which is located in Lancaster County near Christiana). It is unclear to me why there was such a delay between the granting of the certificate by the old meeting and it being received by the new meeting.
On 31 January 1760, the Robeson Preparative Meeting located near Birdsboro, Berks County (part of Exeter Monthly Meeting) reported that Jesse requested a Certificate of Removal for himself, his wife and his children to Warrington Monthly Meeting located in York County, Pennsylvania. On 26 June 1760, Jesse, his wife, and children received permission from Exeter Monthly Meeting of Friends to transfer to Warrington Monthly Meeting. "Jesse Falkner" and wife and children (unnamed) removed from Exeter Monthly Meeting to Warrington Monthly Meeting. The Exeter Certificate, dated Sixth Month 1760 warned their new meeting "that we fear his wife has been so unguarded as to drink spiritouous liquors to some degree in excess though not to have deserved public censure we thought a private hint to you incumbent. Signed by: Anthony LEE, Ellis HUGHS, Moses STARR, James BOONE." Warrington Friends received the certificate on 10 Eleventh Month 1760.
Jesse is shown on the List of Taxables for York County, for both 1762 and 1763, residing in Hellam Township. On 4 June 1765, Jesse and Martha, of Hellam Township, sold 120 1/2 acres to Michael FIRESS and David MEYERLE, but on 30 October 1765 Jesse purchased 142 3/4 acres from Philip BENTZ. Part of the acreage was then sold to Friess and Meyerle. There may have been an unrecorded deed prior to the June date. On 16 June 1766, Jesse and Martha of York County sold 30 acres and 9 perches to George Shaller. This land was part of the acreage purchased from Philip Bentz the year before. On 17 March 1770, Jesse sold 21 acres in York County (now Adams County) to Finley McGREW. I don't know why Martha did not participate in that sale, as was customary.
The family, especially Jesse, were active members of Warrington Meeting, as shown by their attendance at various marriages. Their signatures on the certificates enable us to document their presence. On 16 March 1762, Jesse was a witness to the marriage of William UPDEGRAFF and Sarah DAY at the house of Nathan HUSSEY in the town of York, in the County of York. On 12 October 1762, Jesse and Martha witnessed the marriage of James SMITH and Mary JONES at the meeting house in York. On 19 October 1763, Jesse witnessed the marriage of Solomon SHEPERD and Margreat BLACKBURN at Menallen Meeting. On the same day and place he was present at the marriage of William GRIFFITH and Sarah HAMMOND. On 27 March 1764, Jesse was a witness to the marriage of Joseph GREGG and Mary COLLINS in York. Jesse Faulkner subscribed on 1 First Month 1766 to contribute to the building fund for a meeting house for the newly established York Meeting at York, the county seat of York County.
Martha continued to have a drinking problem for which she was eventually disowned 13 Twelfth Month 1766. Shedding light on the nature of a Friends disownment, which was quite different from an Amish or Old Order Mennonite shunning, it is interesting to note that Martha continued to attend Friends marriages and sign marriage certificates with the other witnesses. On 24 September 1767, Jesse and Martha witnessed the marriage of Jesse COOK and Mary WIERMAN at Huntington Meeting, York County. On 30 September 1767, Jesse and Martha witnessed the marriage of John WRIGHT and Elizabeth HAMMOND. The location was not specified in Warrington's records. On 3 November 1767, Jesse was a witness to the marriage of William NEWLAN and Margaret MORTON at Menallen Meeting. On 11 November 1767, he witnessed the marriage of Nathan McGREW and Rachel BLACKBURN at Menallen Meeting. On 11 October 1768, Jesse and Martha were witnesses to the marriage of their daughter Mary to John GRIFFITH, Jr. at the Menallen Meeting House. Jesse was identified as being from Menallen Township, York County.
On 2 Tenth Month 1770 "Jesse Falkner" and 7 unnamed children (his wife having been disowned) requested a certificate to Hopewell Meeting from Warrington/Menallen. It was received and recorded by Hopewell on 4 Sixth Month 1770, noting that the certificate was for "Jesse Faulkner & children, David, Jesse, Ruth, Robt., Martha, and Hannah" from Warrington to Hopewell.
During the April 1775 term of civil court in York County, arbitrators found Jesse as being "... justly indebted to the Plaintiff in the sum of sixteen Pounds eighteen Shillings and eight Pence lawful money of Pennsylvania with costs of court." The plaintiff was Solomon Ferree as represented by Matthew Patton. The action is shown as a foreign attachment in debt which suggests Jesse was no longer in the county, as in fact he was living in Virginia. This begs for more research, as Friends would not have given Jesse a certificate of removal back in 1770 if he had had any outstanding debts at that time. So it appears that this must have been an obligation he incurred after he moved to Virginia. Presumably Solomon Ferree was a relative of Jesse's mother.
Jesse soon became active in Hopewell Monthly Meeting. He was on the lists of Hopewell Meeting Committee members, 1759-1776, and 1791-1811. On 3 Sixth Month 1771 Jesse was one of six men appointed by Hopewell to visit Friends around Smith Creek, a small meeting that seems to have flickered in and out of existence several times. It was in what is now Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties of Virginia. They were unable to help the local group decide on a place to build a meeting house. Another committee was appointed the next year, which did reach a decision, Jesse signed the marriage certificate of Isaac LUPTON and Elizabeth KIRK on 17 Third Month 1774 at the meeting house. He signed the certificate for Thomas BROWN, son of Daniel and Susanna Brown, and Mary WHITE, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary on 17 Eleventh Month 1774 at Hopewell. He signed the marriage certificate for Jacob SMITH, son of Joseph and Rachel, and Patience BALLINGER, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Ballinger on 15 Eighth Month 1776, at the meeting house. Jesse was the only one from his immediate family to witness these marriages.
Ten years after her disownment Martha acknowledged her error and requested and received a certificate to Hopewell, on 10 Twelfth Month 1776. That was seven years after the family had moved, but the only way to become a member of a new meeting was to clear up her old business with the previous meeting.
On 4 Third Month 1778 at Middle Creek Jesse and Martha's son David married "Judith THORNBRUTH of Berkly County". This certificate was signed by Jesse and Martha, and David's siblings Thomas, Ruth, and Robert, and Thomas's wife, Jean/Jane. There were signatures of six Thornbrughs, and 17 other witnesses, including 9 Ellises. 
Jesse and Martha signed their daughter Ruth's marriage certificate on 5 Fourth Month 1780 at Middle Creek. Ruth "Forknere" married Stephen THATCHER of Berkeley County. Other Faulkners who witnessed it were Ruth's siblings and spouses Thomas, Jesse Jr., Robert, Jean (wife of Thomas), Judith (David's wife), and Martha. Mary Thatcher, Jr. was Stephen's only surname relative present. There were 21 additional witnesses.
The Faulkners turned out for the marriage of Elizabeth THORNBROUGH, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (dec'd) to Thomas BARRETT, son of Benjamin (dec'd) and "Eloner" on 4 Twelfth Month 1783 at Hopewell. The certificate was signed by David, Robert, Martha, Jesse, but not Judith.Presumably this was Judith's sister, and David signed in her place with the immediate family. It seems likely to me that the Jesse and Martha who signed were not the parents, but siblings of the other Faulkners who signed.
At Hopewell Meeting 5 Fourth Month 1784 Friends received a shipment of books to distribute among the different meetings for the edification of Friends. They included 7 dozen copies of William Penn's Tender Counsel, 5 of Phipps, 5 of Penn's Epistles, and "6 dozen and 3 German books" because of the large numbers of Germans who were moving into the greater Winchester area.
Jesse and Martha's youngest son Robert married Elizabeth PAINTER, daughter of John and Susannah Painter of Frederick County on 14 Fourth Month 1784 at the Crooked Run Meeting house. The certificate was signed by Martha, Jane, Judith, Martha, David, Jesse, and Thomas Faulkner, and John, Susannah, Hannah, Phebe, Jacob, and David Painter. There were 25 additional witnesses who signed the certificate. Elizabeth transferred her membership to Hopewell from Crooked Run meeting on a certificate dated 2 Eighth Month 1784.
Next, Jesse and Martha's daughter Martha married David PAINTER, son of John and Susannah Painter of Frederick County, brother of Elizabeth who had married Robert Faulkner two years earlier. The marriage took place on 8 Second Month 1786 at Middle Creek. The certificate was signed by her father Jesse, and siblings and their spouses Thomas, David, Judith, Hannah, and Ruth Faulkner, Ruth Thatcher, Martha Griffith, four Painters, Mary Hastings, and 16 others. The mother of the bride was not identified as being deceased, although she may have been ill. She did not sign the certificate, and may have died soon afterwards.
Jesse signed the marriage certificate for Hugh SIDWELL and Mary HASTNGS on 7 Sixth Month 1786 at Middle Creek.
Martha died early in 1786. Jesse Faulknere, Sr. of Berkeley County married Mary HASTINGS of the same County on 8 Eleventh Month 1786 at Middle Creek. Their marriage certificate was signed by Jesse Faulkner, Jr., but none of their other children, either Faulkners or Hastings, and no Reeses or Smiths or Hackneys, either. There were 14 additional signatures. Two years later Mary "Falknier" [sic] signed the marriage certificate of Samuel ELLIS and Keziah WORRELL on 21 Fifth Month 1788 at "Middlecreek."
On 4 May 1789, Jesse deeded to his sons David and Jesse (Jr) any interest he, Jesse, may have had in the property of his father, Thomas Faulkner, deceased, which "may be found in either the said Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland". As far as I know, no such property ever turned up, but it does give a clue as to where the Faulkner family originated.
On 12 Eleventh Month 1789 Jesse signed the marriage certificate of his granddaughter Martha Griffith and Joseph MORGAN, son of John (deceased) and Mary of Frederick County, Virginia. Ruth and Hannah Faulkner also signed it, Ruth directly under Jesse in the family column.
At this point Jesse's signatures on marriage certificates ceased. I have not yet found his date of death, nor seen a will for him.
Children of Jesse and Martha (Smith) Faulkner:
a) Alice Griffith
b) Susanna Griffith, b: JAN 1779 in , York, Penna.
a) Samuel B. WRIGHT, m. Elizabeth HARVEY, and had a son: William H. WRIGHT b. 16 March 1812, in Butler Township, Adams Co., Penna., and d. in 1884; m. 27/3m/1834, in Warrington Meeting house, Jane COOK (1809-1870) daughter of Henry & Mary (WAY) Cook. William and Jane were active in the underground railroad and abolition work.
a) Martha, not included in their cert. from Hopewell;
g) Solomon Faulkner, , reported to Leescreek M 17/12m/1825 m to Ruth BEALS.
a) William, req membership in Hopewell MM 2/3m/1795;
b) Thomas, req membership in Hopewell MM 2/3m/1795; child of Jesse Faulkner, cert from Hopewell to Miami, Oh, 3/11m/1806;
c) Martha req membership in Hopewell MM 2/3m/1795; rem from Hopewell to Miami 4/8m/1806;
d) Eleanor req membership in Hopewell MM 2/3m/1795; "Ellen" rem from Hopewell to Miami 1/9m/1806;
e) Hannah, child of Jesse Faulkner, cert from Hopewell to Miami, Oh, 3/11m/1806;
f) Jane Faulkner, child of Jesse Faulkner, cert from Hopewell to Miami, Oh, 3/11m/1806.
a) Martha Thatcher, b. 19/1m/1781;
b) William Thatcher, b. 7/3m/1783;
c) Jesse Thatcher, b. 1/12m/1784; removed 1/12m/1806 to Miami (Ohio) on a cert. from Hopewell
d) Thos. Thatcher, b. 22/9m/1787; removed 1/12m/1806 to Miami (Ohio) on a cert. from Hopewell
e) Mary Thatcher, b. 19/1m/1790; removed 1/12m/1806 to Miami (Ohio) on a cert. from Hopewell
f) David Thatcher, b. 5/7m/1792; removed 1/12m/1806 to Miami (Ohio) on a cert. from Hopewell
g) Jos. Thatcher, removed 1/12m/1806 to Miami (Ohio) on a cert. from Hopewell
h) Ruth Thatcher. removed 1/12m/1806 to Miami (Ohio) on a cert. from Hopewell;
When she was nineteen Mary "Falkner" requested a certificate to Sadsbury Monthly Meeting, 13 Fourth Month 1765. She stayed there a little over a year. It is possible that while there she met John Griffith. On 10 Fifth Month 1766 Mary Falkner was received back to Warrington Meeting on certificate from Sadsbury.
On 10 Ninth Month 1768 "Mary Falkner and Jno. Griffith" of Uwchlan Monthly Meeting stated their intention to marry. Friends gave them liberty to proceed in marriage, which was accomplished 12 Eleventh Month 1768. After the wedding Mary applied for and received a certificate of removal to her husband's meeting at Uwchlan.
Later they removed to Apple Pie Ridge, Frederick County, Virginia. Mary died on 2 Twelfth Month 1781 at the age of 34, leaving four minor children. One son, named for Mary's father, had already died at the age of six months.
On 2 Second Month 1784 John was granted a certificate from Hopewell to Crooked Run Meeting to marry Mary ELLIS. The marriage took place on 10 Third Month 1784 at Crooked Run Meeting house. Mary's step children ranged in age from 6 to 15. She and John had no additional children.
Children of John and Mary (Faulkner) Griffith:
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