Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Esther Ann Faulkner {Gen 3}

It started, as good quests always do, with a family tale.

Esther Ann Faulkner (Robert, Samuel, William) was born in Wayne Co, New York, February 4th 1828 to parents Robert Faulkner and his wife Sally Ann.

Esther Ann married (1) Asa West (b. abt 1820 d. UNK) about 1843 in New York. She married (2) James Ryan (b. abt 1813 d. 1876) on June 19th 1852 in Kosciusko, IN.

One child was born to Esther Ann and Asa West:
  • Sarah West b. 1843 d. UNK m. Alonzo Sherburn

Children born to Esther Ann and James Ryan include:
  • Michael Ryan b. UNK d. 29 Oct 1871
  • James G Ryan b. 1854 d. UNK
  • Esther A Ryan b. 1856 d. 31 Oct 1874
  • Mary Ryan b. 1858 d. 2 May 1873
  • John W Ryan b. 5 Jun 1859 d. 7 Feb 1937 m. Mary J Ralston
  • Alma Emily "Emma" Ryan b. 12 Apr 1865 d. 4 Oct 1910 m. Wilson E Thrush 

Esther Ann Faulkner West Ryan had a perhaps difficult life. It is not know what happened to her first husband, Asa West, but less than 9 years later she was married to James Ryan. Life with husband #2 wasn't any easier. Esther Ann is found on the 1850 census as Esther Ann West living with her parents in Indiana. Her daughter Sarah is not in the household. On the 1860 census Esther Ann Ryan is found living with the McClanahan family, again none of her children are with her. In 1870 she is living with the Leedy family, and in 1880 she is living alone, listed as divorced. Her children appear together on only one census, 1870, living with their father James. Both Esther Ann and James remained in Kosciusko Co, Indiana.

Indianian Republican 2/6/1890
Indianian Republican 2/13/1890
Her obituary 2/6/1890 Indianian Republican, noted that her death was reported a suicide from poison. It was reported that she was partially demented and on more than one occasion had tried to commit suicide. On 2/13/1890 in the Indianian Republican, her son and daughter disputed the suicide because there was no evidence.

Esther Ann Faulkner West Ryan died February 6th 1890. Her burial location remains unknown.

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