Faulkenberry Family in Texas
A few collected stories about the Faulkenberry family branch that went to Texas.
Gusher, v2,n3, September 1986
Interview with Mrs. David Faulkenberry
Born Nancy Douthit, about 1796 in Tennessee. She married David Faulkenberry on July 20, 1814, in Franklin County Tennessee. She was the daughter of Evan and Sarah (McCollugh) Douthit and the granddaughter of John and Eleanor (Davis) Douthit.
David and Nancy Faulkenberry came to Tejas with the Daniel Parker group from Springfield, Illinois in 1833. They came in ox-drawn wagons, to found the Pilgrim Church (Hardshell Baptist).
Records of Earliest Pilgrim Church: “Oct. 20, 1833. Clayton Parish, State of Louisiana. The Pilgrim Church in her travels convened on the camp ground and in order proceeded to business; 1st Received following named Brethern and sisters by letters (viz) Elder Gerrison Greenwood, Richard Eaton and Polly Eaton, his wife, Joseph Jordan, Nancy Faulkenberg, Rachel Eaton and Elizabeth Eaton”.
Written in longhand and signed Marjorie Whitescarver.
They crossed in Tejas at Logansport, Louisiana proceeding west to Grapeland, Texas and built Ft. Brown. There were many hardships. A woman had her children, washing, cooking and tending livestock
and to all this to see that the children received some education. Mostly instrucdtion from the Bible and a lot of day to day living – survival. All these responsibilities rode with a God fearing, determined Nancy as they left Fort Brown, one year later.
They stopped their wagons in Limestone County, Tejax. Building a log cabin about two miles from Ft. Parker. They carved a life out of the wilderness. Nancy had dreams and hopes for a better life.
She cherished the safety of her beloved husband and children.
Faulkenberry Family at Fort Parker
The home established and the corn planted for the spring, David and Evan, nineteen year old son, went a few miles to the Navasota River to hunt small game and fish for their next meal. The two men left Nancy and the children spreading their meager wash on bushes to dry. It can be imagined that Nancy had visions of three or four yards of new material, for the first growing girls, she had one set of twin girls and others; Elijah was growing out of his trousers and Evan a young man. She looked up, starled [sic] to see four young near naked Indians coming toward them a short distance away.
Nancy quietly and quickly called the children to her on the opposite side of the cabin by the rock and red clay chimney. Telling them to crouch there, she ran inside the cabin, grabing the ax by the door, and of course, baby Elizabeth, sleeping on a pallet on the hard dirt floor. The children following behind her like little chickens, they ran to a thicket of wild plumb trees, and underbrush. Nancy supervised their burrowing beneath the debris then hid herself, little Elizabeth in her arms. She watched as the redmen loaded their horses with their belongings and when they finally rode away the horses hoof were a few feet from her head. She had but one goal – to survive – and her instict had served her well. They were left undiscovered.
In 1835 it became so dangerous in this part of Tejas. The Mexican Army was encouraging Indians to raid and the threat of war with Mexico gathering like a cloud. David and Nancy loaded the small children in the wagon and went to East Tejas, Ft. Houston, securing safety for Nancy and the small children. David kept Evan with him and they returned to their Limestone County Cabin.
On May 19, 1836, David and Evan were in the cornfield when a rider approached. It was Luther Plummer, from Parker’s fort. “The Indians were raiding the fort.” David and Evan hurried to the fort and did assist in saving and hiding some of the Victims. All residence of this region then returned to Ft. Houston. Ft. Parker was burned by the Indians.
Excerpt: The Fortenberry Families [Faulkenberry family] of Southern Mississippi, by Adrianne Fortenberry Criminger:
“After living through the fall of Parker’s fort in May 1836, David Faulkenberry and his son, Evan, were not so fortunate on January 28, 1837. While on a hunting trip, David and evan were overcome by Indians on the west bank of the Trinity River. David died after being wounded and swimming to the east side of the river. It is not known exactly what happened to Evan. “The Indians afterwards said he fought like a demon, killing two of their number, wounded a third, and when scalped and almost cloven asunder, jerked from them, plunged into the river, and about midway sank to appear no more.” Nancy was “grief stricken” when the men returned with the horrifying news of her oldest child, Evans, fate, and the lifeless body of David. An arrow pierced his back. She gently removed his blood soaked vest and clutched it to her breast – vowing, trough streams of tears, to go on and fullfil their dreams.
David was buried there in East Texas by some elders and congretation of Pilgrim Church (with Richard Eaton probably attending).
Nancy returned to Limestone County, a widow, and settled her children on the broad acres (4428 acres they had received as a land grant on March 8, 1834). The community was growing and became very peaceful after awhile. She donated the Faulkenberry Cemetery to the area people where she is buried near the center. A century and a half has pasted [sic]. The City of Groesbeck, County Seat, of Limestone County Texas has included this 22 acre Cemetery in its limits. The spot where the little cabin stood is just outside the fence. Memories of David and Nancy live in stories told through generations of Faulkenberry decendants [sic]. Nancy was my Great-Great-Grandmother.”