Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Almeda Faulkner {Gen 5}

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

Almeda Faulkner (James, Matthew, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Middletown, Orange Co, New York about 1847, to parents James Faulkner and Margaret Greer.

Almeda married John L Bodine (1837-1888) about 1868 most likely in Middletown, Orange Co, New York. 

The couple had five children: all born Orange Co, New York
  • Addie L Bodine b. Feb 1870 d. 17 Oct 1912 never married
  • Mary Frances Bodine b. Oct 1872 d. 14 Jan 1917 never married
  • John Leslie Bodine b. 8 Jun 1877 d. 12 Jul 1929 m. Jennie Plint no issue
  • Bertha Esther Bodine b. 10 Feb 1881 d. 7 Jul 1942 m. Martin E Bennett no issue
  • Ethel Bodine b. 5 Dec 1886 d. 3 Feb 1961 never married

Not much is known of Almeda, she had bronchial trouble, asthma perhaps. Almeda's mother died shortly after the birth of her younger brother and her father quickly remarried, soon adding 4 more children to the family. 

 Almeda and her husband belonged to the Congregational Church.

John Bodine worked for the Erie Railroad as a flagman and conductor. He was tragically killed when the boiler of a locomotive exploded. He died April 6, 1888 in Craigville, New York without a will. Burial is unknown at this time. He was just 51 years old.

Almeda Faulkner Bodine was left to raise her young family as a widow, residing near her parents and siblings. She too left the world early. Her obituary says she died "of bronchial trouble" and was "in her 51st year". Almeda did leave a will dividing the household goods and property among the children, and providing support for the children that were still minors. Almeda died in the morning of December 10, 1897 at her home, and is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown, Orange Co, New York.

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