Biography of Robert K. Faulkner
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Faulkner, Robert K., the son of William and Sarah J. Faulkner, was born October 6, 1842, at South Dansville, Steuben county, N. Y. William Faulkner, the father, was a native of Steuben county and was born October 1, 18th, at South Dansville, and died January 12, 1875. Sarah J. Killbury, his wife, a native of South Dansville, is living at the age of seventy four, a woman of decided character, and, from her, the subject of this sketch inherited his rare force and executive ability. They were the parents of nine children, eight of whom are still living. Robert K., the oldest son, was educated in the common schools and at Ames's Business College at Syracuse; he followed farming for about two years in South Dansville, and in 1867 removed to Hornellsvills where he engaged in the flour and feed business. He soon after became associated with W. H. Willett, under the firm name of Faulkner & Willett, in the wholesale and retail grocery business; the firm having a wide and favorable reputation in this business and as proprietors of an extensive creamery establishment. Mr. Faulkner also owned and managed, during the latter years of his life, a valuable farm, and dealt in live stock. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and for several years chief of the Hornellsville fire department. He took a decided interest in public affairs and was prominent in local and county politics, and was one of the acknowledged leaders of the Republican party in his section. In 1883 and 1884 he was president of the then village of Hornellsville, and in 1886 he was elected county clerk and served for three years, and at his death he was president of the Hornellsvills city sewer commission. He died April 23, 1892, leaving his forceful stamp on these offices. In 1865 he married Celia E., daughter of J. B. and Eliza J. Phelps. Mr. Phelps was a native of South Dansville and was a farmer by occupation. He was born June 27, 1815, and died February 13, 1887. Eliza J. Haskins, wife of J. B. Phelps, was born in the town of Galway, Saratoga county, N. Y. Her father, Samuel Haskins, came to Steuben county in 1827. Mrs. Robert K. Faulkner, who is now living in Hornellsville, is the only surviving child of this union, a son, Joseph W. Phelps, having died October 27, 1886, at thirty four years of age, leaving a widow and one child, Gertrude.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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