FALKNER Family

First Generation

1. Henry Joseph1 Falkner (#15399) was born 10 Feb 1875. Henry died 5 Mar 1937 in Gate City, Jefferson Co., Al, at 62 years of age. His body was interred in Union Hills Fbc Cem., Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al.

He married Dora Theola Isbell 13 Dec 1911. (Dora Theola Isbell is #15398.) Dora was born in Shelby Co., Al 19 Jan 1888. Dora was the daughter of Godfrey 'Bud' Daniel Beauregard Isbell and Nancy Elizabeth 'Nan' Brasher. Dora died 15 Jul 1926 in Bear Creek, Shelby Co., Al, at 38 years of age. Her body was interred in Union Hills Fbc Cem., Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al. At 24 years of age Dora became the mother of Euna Odessel Falkner in Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Nov 1912. At 26 years of age Dora became the mother of George Thelbert Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 19 Mar 1914. At 28 years of age Dora became the mother of Gracie Lavern Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 6 Feb 1916. At 30 years of age Dora became the mother of Maudie Odell Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 14 Mar 1918. At 32 years of age Dora became the mother of Lottie Mae Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 8 Jan 1921.

At 37 years of age Henry became the father of Euna Odessel Falkner in Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Nov 1912. At 39 years of age Henry became the father of George Thelbert Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 19 Mar 1914. At 40 years of age Henry became the father of Gracie Lavern Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 6 Feb 1916. At 43 years of age Henry became the father of Maudie Odell Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 14 Mar 1918. At 45 years of age Henry became the father of Lottie Mae Falkner in Shelby Co., Al, 8 Jan 1921. Birth and death dates from tombstone. Willie Jean Vann (Mrs. Braxton B.) said that Henry was the son of William Gulledge Falkner and Fedora whose surname may have been Cloud. She (lives Irondale, phone 956-5092) said it has come down in he r family that Fedora was a Cloud Indian, but when I talked to her on 27 October 1999 she said that someone told her there were no Indians by that name. Willie Jean is unable to help me right now because her husband is evidently bedridden and sh e is caring for him. She sounded stressed out. In her book on her father's life, Willie Jean wrote "Her (Fedora's) father and mother were killed by white men, so Henry's grandpa and his wife took Fedora and her sister into their home to live wit h them and their children....Fedora grew to be a beautiful girl and married a Mr. McDonald. It wasn't long until he had to go off to war. Months passed and she had a letter from him saying he was in Kentucky, had been wounded and was on his wa y home. He never returned to his wife and two children, having died on the way home. Not too long afterwards William's wife passed away. Later he married Fedora."

Henry, who was a farmer, was married the first time to Mary Ellen Johnson (2 Jan 1878 - 28 Jul 1911 tombstone). Their children were Bertie O. (27 Mar 1895-29 Aug 1912), William "Homer" (9 May 1897-16 Sep 1972), Audie O. (2 Sep 1900-17 Nov 19 09), Vera, Vida, Zadie, and Zora who married a Parker. Willie Jean said her father, Homer, was born and raised next to Falkner School. He went to Newton High School, and then on to Samford College. Homer was a Southern Baptist minister who wo n a lot of people to the Lord. He was a substitute teacher mainly in Banks High and Fairfield High Schools. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Fairfield, Jefferson County. Homer married Mary Ann Martin. Note from Deb Collins 7/26/2000: "Lois Barger, who is descended from Henry Joseph and Mary Ellen Johnson Falkner, and Amos Lee and Vida Eldora Falkner Brasher, her mother was Jewell Brasher, said to e-mail her and chat. Her e-mail is: will barg9@yahoo.com. She is a very knowledgeable and fascinating lady. I think the two of you will find lots to talk about."

!CENSUS-AL-SHELBY-1910: Vandiver, Pct 14, Vol 101, ED 118, page 3A, 37/38, May 5 Falkner, Henry J. 35 AL AL AL mar 16 yrs " Mary E. 32 AL AL AL mother of 7, 6 living Six children listed.

Willie wrote "August 1912, the death angel reached down into this home again, taking their beautiful eighteen-year-old sister, Bertie, who was sick with typhoid fever. Bertie was to have become a happy bride in two weeks. Her dreams and pla ns never became true. She went home to be with the Lord. She along with Daddy had been saved that summer and baptized in Tunnel Branch near Vandiver." Henry married second to Dora T. Isbell and third Cora Henderson. He and Cora separated after a short time, but never divorced. Henry and Lottie were living with Homer when he died.

Henry Joseph Falkner and Dora Theola Isbell had the following children:

child 2 i. Euna Odessel2 Falkner (#10879) was born in Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al 4 Nov 1912. Euna died 21 Dec 1985 in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, at 73 years of age. Her body was interred in Dunnavant Com. Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. She married twice. She married Edgar 'Ed' Lynn. (Edgar 'Ed' Lynn is #15400.) Edgar was born 14 Sep 1905. Edgar died 6 Apr 1939 at 33 years of age. His body was interred in Union Hills Fbc Cem., Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al. (See Edgar 'Ed' Lynn for the continuation of this line.) She married Richard Madison 'Rich' Isbell 21 Jan 1933. (Richard Madison 'Rich' Isbell is #10880.) Richard was born in Shelby Co., Al 22 Mar 1890. Richard was the son of Ezekiel R. 'Zeke' Isbell and Rebecca 'Becky' Chaney. Richard died 29 Mar 1963 in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, at 73 years of age. His body was interred in Dunnavant Com. Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. At 21 years of age Richard became the father of Mary Ruth 'Ruthie' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 30 Aug 1911. At 24 years of age Richard became the father of Alfred 'Fred' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 12 Jul 1914. At 28 years of age Richard became the father of Blanche Virginia Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 1 May 1918. At 29 years of age Richard became the father of Edward Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, Aug 1919. At 31 years of age Richard became the father of James Jackson 'Red' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 1 Nov 1921. At 34 years of age Richard became the father of Lula 'Mae' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 26 Feb 1925. At 40 years of age Richard became the father of Willie Richard Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 11 Apr 1930. At 43 years of age Richard became the father of Helen Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Nov 1933. At 44 years of age Richard became the father of Richard 'Kelly' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Feb 1935. At 46 years of age Richard became the father of Harry Edward Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 31 Aug 1936. At 48 years of age Richard became the father of Doris 'Theola' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 10 Jun 1938. At 50 years of age Richard became the father of Malcolm Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 13 Aug 1940. At 52 years of age Richard became the father of Kenneth Everett Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 12 Aug 1942. At 54 years of age Richard became the father of Dewayne Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 31 May 1944. At 56 years of age Richard became the father of Delford Ray Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 14 Aug 1946. At 57 years of age Richard became the father of Thelma 'Carolyn' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 8 Jan 1948. At 69 years of age Richard became the father of Donna Gay Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 30 Dec 1959. (See Richard Madison 'Rich' Isbell for the continuation of this line.)

At 21 years of age Euna became the mother of Helen Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Nov 1933. At 22 years of age Euna became the mother of Richard 'Kelly' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Feb 1935. At 23 years of age Euna became the mother of Harry Edward Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 31 Aug 1936. At 25 years of age Euna became the mother of Doris 'Theola' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 10 Jun 1938. At 27 years of age Euna became the mother of Malcolm Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 13 Aug 1940. At 29 years of age Euna became the mother of Kenneth Everett Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 12 Aug 1942. At 31 years of age Euna became the mother of Dewayne Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 31 May 1944. At 33 years of age Euna became the mother of Delford Ray Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 14 Aug 1946. At 35 years of age Euna became the mother of Thelma 'Carolyn' Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 8 Jan 1948. At 47 years of age Euna became the mother of Donna Gay Isbell in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 30 Dec 1959. Birth date taken from tombstone. She was previously married to a Lynn and had one son.

child 3 ii. George Thelbert Falkner (#15450) was born in Shelby Co., Al 19 Mar 1914. George died 2 Aug 1914 in Shelby Co., Al, at less than one year of age. His body was interred in Union Hills Fbc Cem., Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al. Birth and death date taken from tombstone. His was a crib death.

child 4 iii. Gracie Lavern Falkner (#15451) was born in Shelby Co., Al 6 Feb 1916. Gracie died 13 Dec 1981 at 65 years of age. She married Marshall Parker. (Marshall Parker is #15452.) (See Marshall Parker for the continuation of this line.) Her birth and death dates taken from FTM; also name of spouse. They had three children. Grace was four years and ten months old when the 1920 census was taken which would make her birth year 1915.

child 5 iv. Maudie Odell Falkner (#15456) was born in Shelby Co., Al 14 Mar 1918. Maudie died 21 Jul 1951 at 33 years of age. Her body was interred in Union Hills Fbc Cem., Vandiver, Shelby Co., Al. She married A. V. Grimes. (A. V. Grimes is #15457.) (See A. V. Grimes for the continuation of this line.) Birth and death dates taken from tombstone. Names of children given by Willie Jean Vann, Homer Falkner's daughter. She said Maudie died when the three boys were quite young and their father could not take care of them. So he put them in th e children's home in Eldridge.

child 6 v. Lottie Mae Falkner (#15463) was born in Shelby Co., Al 8 Jan 1921. Lottie died 25 Oct 1986 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Al, at 65 years of age. Her body was interred in Vandiver Cem., Shelby Co., Al. She married A. C. Isbell 26 Jul 1938. (A. C. Isbell is #15464.) A. was born in Shelby Co., Al 14 Jul 1915. A. was the son of Hugh Manual 'Mannon' Isbell and Catherine 'Callie' Minor. A. died 3 Apr 1970 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Al, at 54 years of age. His body was interred in Mt. Olive Fbc Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. At 23 years of age A. became the father of Joe Larry Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 25 Aug 1938. At 24 years of age A. became the father of Loretta Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 9 Jun 1940. At 27 years of age A. became the father of Alice Fay Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 17 Jul 1942. (See A. C. Isbell for the continuation of this line.)

At 17 years of age Lottie became the mother of Joe Larry Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 25 Aug 1938. At 19 years of age Lottie became the mother of Loretta Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 9 Jun 1940. At 21 years of age Lottie became the mother of Alice Fay Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 17 Jul 1942. Believe the following to be Lottie's obituary: "Mrs. Lottie Mae Isbell, 65, of Leeds, died Saturday, Oct. 25. Funeral was at Dunnavant Faith Baptist Church, 2 p.m, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., with burial in Vandiver Cemetery, Kilgroe-Leeds directing . Survivors include one son, Joe Isbell of Leeds; two daughters, Mrs. Loretta Whatley, Pinckneyville, Ill. and Mrs. Alice Fay Melvin, West Frankfort, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Zora Lindsey of Birmingham and Mrs. Vera Weldon of Pell City; six grandch ildren and six great grandchildren." Lottie died in Baptist Montclair Hospital.

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