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Charles Word

Male Bef 1710 - 1792  (> 81 years)


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  • Name Charles Word  [1
    Birth Bef 14 May 1710  New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Baptism 14 May 1710  St. Peter, New Kent, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Death 1792  New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I2253  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2024 

    Father John Word 
    Family ID F1967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah 
    Children 
    +1. John Word,   b. 22 Sep 1738, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1 Aug 1821, Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 82 years)
    Family ID F871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2024 

  • Notes 
    • GX5 grandfather of William Faulkner:

      Charles Word (1710-1792) = Sarah
      Charles Word (1740-1780) = Elizabeth Adams
      Thomas Adams Word (1768-1831) = Justiana Dickinson (1776-1865)
      Caroline Word (1798-1862) = William Faulkner (also Forkner, etc.) (d. 1842)
      Col. William Clark Falkner (1825-1889) = Holland Pearce (c1830-1849)
      John Wesley Thompson Faulkner (1848-1922) = Sarah "Sallie" McAlpin Murry (1850-1906)
      Murry Cuthbert Faulkner (Falkner) (1870-1932) = Maud Butler (1871-1960)
      William Faulkner (Falkner) (1897-1962)

      Note that according to William Faulkner and Southern History by Joel Williamson (Oxford University Press, 1993), Faulkner's Charles Word ancestor was born in Landaff, Glamorganshire, Wales. Two things about this, though.

      First, Williamson's citation for this is an item in the Ripley Public Library, Ripley, Mississippi, called "A Genealogy of the Word Family Written by James Word, December 23, 1882," which was provided to the Ripley library on an unknown date by one Eleanor MacDonald of Farmington, New Mexico. The Ripley library "has collected a vast amount of highly valuable relating to Ripley and Tippah County, the original seat of the Falkners in Mississipi." This does not suggest that Williamson's source represents the latest scholarship.

      Second, most online Word genealogies appear to agree that the original Word immigrant came from Llandaff, but they push that immigrant back a couple more generations to a John Word supposedly born in Llandaff around 1650. A subset of these trees claim that the Words were originally from Scotland and merely sailed from Llandaff.

      It does appear, at any rate, that there was indeed a Charles Word in Virginia, who died about 1792; who was married to a woman named Sarah; whose son Charles died in the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780; who had another son named Cuthbert who died in 1781 as a prisoner of the British on board the ship New Jersey; and who had a son named John who married Fannie Collins. We tentatively take this person to be both Patrick's ancestor and Faulkner's, wherever he was born.

      Further note: Joseph Gaston Baillie Bulloch's 1901 A History and Genealogy of the Habersham Family (citation details below) also states that this Charles Word "came from Llandaff, Glamorganshire, Wales."

      Also, GX7 grandfather of Taylor Swift:

      Charles Word (1710-1792) = Sarah
      Charles Word (1740-1780) = Elizabeth Adams
      Thomas Word (1768-1831) = Justiana Dickenson (1776-1865)
      Caroline Word (1800-1875) = William Forkner (d. 1842)
      James Word Faulkner (1834-1937) = Helen Hancock (b. 1841)
      Sally Faulkner (1874-1950) = Sanford Hewitt Morrow (1855-1912)
      Cora Lee Morrow (1900-1962) = Elmer Heinrich Moehlenkamp (1897-1972)
      Marjorie Moehlenkamp (1928-2003) = Robert Bruce Finlay (1920-2003)
      Andrea Gardner Finlay (1958- ) = Scott Kingsley Swift (1952- )
      Taylor Alison Swift (1989- ), 7th cousin once removed to PNH

  • Sources 
    1. [S7052] A History and Genealogy of the Habersham Family by Joseph Gaston Baillie Bulloch. Columbia, South Carolina: The R. L. Bryan Company, 1901.

    2. [S1069] Selden and Kindred of Virginia by Edna Mae Selden. Richmond: Virginia Stationery Company, 1941.

    3. [S1081] Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia, 1653-1812 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond, 1897.

    4. [S1305] www.mchaney.org, via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

    5. [S3629] Find a Grave page for Charles Word., month and place only.

    6. [S3629] Find a Grave page for Charles Word.