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The Falkners

Joel Williamson

in William Faulkner and Southern History

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780195101294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101294.003.0002
The Falkners

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This book begins with the detailed description of the ancestry of the Falkners. According to family tradition, William C. Falkner, the first Mississippi Falkner, entered Pontotoc, a village thirty miles east of Oxford, in 1842. William Falkner was born in 1825 near Knoxville, Tennessee, the first child of Joseph Falkner and Caroline Word. The past with the Hindmans is also told in this chapter. The Hindmans were great slaveholders who settled in the vicinity of Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1860, it was recorded that William Falkner's occupation was “Atty at Law.” In the middle 1850s, Falkner also tried politics, not as a Democrat, but as a “Know-Nothing.” William C. Falkner, contrary to popular myth, was never a great slaveholding planter. During the 1850s, William C. Falkner enjoyed an astonishing prosperity.

Keywords: Falkners; William C. Falkner; Pontotoc; Oxford; Knoxville; Tennessee; Hindmans; Joseph Falkner; Caroline Word

Chapter.  15102 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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