Johanna Elizabetha Sowash Faulk

Johanna Elizabetha Sowash was born 13 Jan 1751 in Rockland Township, Berks County, PA.  She was baptized 26 Jan 1751 at Mertz Church with sponsors Antonius and Anna Elisabetha Bek.  She is the only child of Heinrich and Esther for whom a baptism record has been found.

About 1771, she married Christopher Faulk, born 26 Jan 1746 in Germany.  Folck, Falck, Fulk, Foulk are alternative spellings of the name.  There are many references to the Faulk family and its variations in early Berks County, PA records.

On 28 May 1771, Christian Folen (Faulk - probably Henry's son-in-law) sold 7 acres 35 perches in Rockland Township to Henry Sowass.

On 10 May 1772, daughter Anna Elizabetha Faulk was baptized at Mertz Church in Rockland Township.  Sponsors grandparents Heinrich and Esther Sowash.  Soash_2241

On 12 Mar 1776, son John Henry Faulk was baptized at Mertz Church in Rockland Township.  Sponsors Freiderich and Catherina Haffner.

It may have been this Christopher Folck who was 1st Lieutenant under Captain Mathias Wick in Revolutionary War.  Soash_2226

On 23 Feb 1777, son Daniel Faulk was baptized at Mertz Church in Rockland Township.  He was not listed in his father's will, so he must have died young.

On 11 Apr 1779, daughter Maria Magdelena was baptized at DeLong Church in Berks County, PA.  Sponsors George Adam & Mary Magdalene Bauersax.

By 1787, the family had moved to Berkeley County, Virginia (now WV) where Christopher Foulk was listed in the tax list as well as Fredrich Foulk and George, Michael and Charles Fowck. Christopher had 2 cattle and no sons age 16-21.

On 20 Oct 1789 Henry Sowash sold his land in Berkeley County, VA to his son-in-law Christopher Fulk [Faulk] for 500 pounds. Soash_2150

Johanna Elizabetha was listed in her father Henry Sowash's will on 7 May 1795, named as Elizabeth Foltun. Soash_294

On 13 March 1793 Christopher bought 154 acres of land on Mill Creek in Berkeley County for 200 pounds from John Simons.  Soash_2240

On 11 Jan 1797 Christopher bought 176 acres of land in Berkeley County for 880 pounds from Daniel Davis.   Soash_2240  Shortly before his death, Christopher deeded this land to his son Jacob Faulk.

On 24 January 1799, Anna Maria Faulk was baptized at Saint John's Church in Martinsburg, VA (now WV). She was the daughter of John Henry Falck.  Her grandparents Christopher and Elizabeth (Sowash) Faulk were sponsors.

On 25 Apr 1812, Christopher Faulk made his will in Berkeley County.  Wife Anna Elizabeth Faulk; children Abraham, Jacob, John, Peggy, Susannah, Elizabeth Rees [sic Reed], Polly Singleton, Sarah Gebhart, Catherine Westenhaver, Hannah Keefer. Granddaughters Elizabeth & Ann Faulk. Executor George Wolf.  Polly may be Maria who married Abraham Lingenfelter in 1799 who perhaps remarried. Peggy ? perhaps Rebecca. Son Daniel was not listed so he must have died before 1812.

Christopher died 26 Jun 1812 in Berkeley County.   One source listed Johanna's death on 11 Nov 1820 in Berkeley County, but it has not been confirmed.  Their burials are unknown.

On 12 Dec 1820 the executors sold the 154 acre tract of land.

Descendants of this line are not well documented.



Anna Elizabetha Faulk Reed

John Henry Faulk/Folck

Daniel Faulk

Maria Magdalena Faulk Lingenfelter


Catherine Faulk Westenhaver  Find a Grave

Jacob Faulk Find a Grave


Abraham Faulk


Rebecca Faulk (this may be the Polly Singleton named in Christopher's will) 


Sarah Faulk Kephart/Gebhardt

Hannah Faulk Keefer/Kiefer

Susannah Faulk


Descendants of this line qualify to join Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution through her father Heinrich Sowash if they can prove their connection.