Rev. 5 Jan. 2009, Gen. 201
DESCENDANTS OF DEBORAH GRAVES AND JOSEPH FAULKNER OF FRANKLIN CO., MA
Deborah Graves (1) was born about 1760, died 28 Dec. 1841, and was buried in Christian Hill Cem., all in Colrain, Franklin Co., MA. She was called “or Shelburn” in the vital records. She married Joseph Faulkner, son of Joseph Faulkner and Lydia Taber, on 4 May 1785 in Colrain, MA. He was born 14 April 1756 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI, and died 17 April 1836 in Colrain, MA. Deborah was head of household in the 1840 census for Colrain, Franklin Co., MA, with no males, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 40-50, and 1 female 70-80 (herself). (R‑1)
Children – Faulkner
+2. Elihu Faulkner, b.c. 1786, m. Sarah Purrington, 19 Jan. 1809.
CHILDREN OF DEBORAH GRAVES (1) AND JOSEPH FAULKNER
Elihu Faulkner (2) was born about 1786 in Colrain, Franklin Co., MA. He married Sarah (“Sally”) Purrington on 19 Jan. 1809 in Colrain, MA. She was born about 1791 in Colrain. (R‑1)
Children – Faulkner
+3. Almira Faulkner, b.c. 1835, m. John Merrifield, c. 1855.
CHILDREN OF ELIHU FAULKNER (2) AND SARAH PURRINGTON
Almira Faulkner (3) was born about 1835 in MA, probably in Colrain. She married John Merrifield, son of Robert Merrifield and Mary Faulkner. He was born about 1821 in Colrain, Franklin Co., MA, and died in 1880. The 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses for Colrain, MA, all showed Robert Merrifield with wife Sarah, not Mary. John and Almira were in the 1860 and 1870 censuses for Colrain. He was a farmer. All their children were born in MA, probably all in Colrain. (R‑1)
Children – Merrifield
4. Arvilla Augusta Merrifield, b.c. 1857.
5. Fred L. Merrifield, b.c. 1862.
6. Robert S. Merrifield, b.c. 1864.
7. Sarah E. Merrifield, b.c. 1867.
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 Colrain is a town in central Massachusetts, north of Springfield, and close to the Vermont border. It was named for Lord Colraine of Northern Ireland, and the name was often spelled with the letter e at the end in early records.