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Notes for John Tillman Faulk
They following is courtesy of Karen Everritt, West Monroe, Louisiana:
During the War of 1812 and Louisiana threatened by a British Invasionin late 1814, John T. Faulk became part of Declouet's Regiment, Louisiana Militia in Catahoula Parish as a private in Captain R.L. Sackett's Co., 15th Reginemt. The company made it to the Louisiana capital in time to participate in the famed battle of New Orleans. Faulk was wounded by a gun shot through the left thigh and was discharged 3 Feb 1815. By the Louisiana Legislative act of 7 Jan.1819, he received a pension of $8.00 per month. Later with the passage of several Federal Statutes awarding pension and bounty lands for veterans of US military service, he applied for his rights. With his application papers, he included an affidavit from fellow soldier John Carroll who stated that their unit was marched below New Orleans near English Turn on the Mississippi River in October and remained there until 24 Dec. 1814. A large portion of the British army landed opposite them on the east side. A party of British took up quarters in a big frame house on the night of 6 Jan. 1815. Capt. Sackett called for 25 men to cross the river and give a fight to the enemy in the house. John T. Faulk and John Carroll were two of the 25 volunteers.
Faulk was sent to spy out the position. When he reported, he was sent a second time with orders to shoot a supposed sentinel. As he tried to comply with the order, be was seen by his enemy and got himself shot. He was so near the enemy fire his clothes caught fire from ensuring shots exchanged between friend and foe. One source stated that John Carroll carried Faulk to safety. However, another source noted that Faulk was wounded during the nightbattle of 28 Dec. 1814 and was found by John Kitterlin who "took himup in his arms" (Faulk being a small man) and removed him within the lines in safely. Mr. Faulk never knew his preserver until 1842, wherein Mr. Ketterlin stopped at his house on his way up (from Catahoula Parish) to the land office at Monroe to secure his land. While there, upon talking over past events and recurring to the battle of New Orleans, the discovery was made of their former opportune meeting, when their delight was mutual, and both brave men clasped hands in life-long friendship.
It was later told that Faulk's wound in the left thigh from a musketball was so large that a surgeon drew a silk handkerchief through it to clean out the powder. From that injury, he was crippled for the remainder of his life. He as all others of his unit was honorably discharged on orders of General Andrew Jackson at their encampment below New Orleans. He is listed in Ancestory.com's Military Records: War of 1812 Muster Rolls as a Private in Declouet's Regiment, Louisian Militia.
This is a copy of letter written by J. (John) T. Faulk: "La. Ouachita 18th of November 1866"
Why this long silence between you and me wife and children? I feel this day quite well in health and I now see fit to tell you from whence our family sprang and of the stock of people from which we came. We came from Europe according to the words of our forefathers. In 1671, there was a province on the river Rhine, it lies between Germany and France; there was a large number of that province, that protested against the Roman Catholic order of religion who were called by way of reproach Hughenot Protestants.
The Pope of Rome ordered them all to be exterminatd and on St. Bartholomews night, twelve thousand of the Protestant Hughenots were treacherously massacred and many more hunted up and tortured to death. All that refused to renounce the Protestant faith and return to the Romish mode of worship, were put to death. The persecution became so terrible against the Protestant Hughenots, that quite or nearly all were destroyed from the Rhine province. A number of hard battles were fought. Finally the Hughenots found their case hopeless and many of them fled to America to find a land of peace and quiet.
The ship that brought them landed at Wilmington on the coast of North Carolina, which was then only a few houses, now a city of N.C. Well with that Ship's company, there three brothers, names thus- James Faulk, Right Faulk, and Melzer Faulk. These three brothers all raised families and their familes, no doubt raised families. Now from these three brothers sprang a numerous number and have given the name to not a few. I have seen many of the names and all that I have seen, if he had been careful to inform himself all can trace their origin back to the Hughenot brothers.
And now my boys you need not be ashamed of your origin. I am satisfied that all the Faulks now in America, sprang from one or the other of these three brothers.
The record says that all of the Faulks who were in the Rhine province were put to death, but these three brothers: all for the sake of Protestant Christian faith. Mind you, these protestants were of the Lutheran faith. Luther was the first successful reformer in his time: and after the dark ages of the world. Now in conclusion, allow me to admonish and beg of you, to not fail to make sure work for the salvation of your souls. Pray earnestly to God to enlighten your understanding, read often the Holy Bible and testament. They will point you out the way to heaven. Read them to your mother, brother and sister, the same I say to all of you. Let us try to meet in heaven, Shall we know each in that happy place? Yes, surely we shall be made known to each other etc. Signed: J. T. Faulk
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