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Emma Echols papers

Identifier: MS0228

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and other material by and about William Leonidas Faulkner and his descendants. It also includes writings by Emma Echols, as well as poetry written by her aunt, Rosemma B. Hunter. (Except for a few typescripts of Mrs. Echols’ own writings, the collection consists entirely of photocopies of original documents still owned by Mrs. Echols.)


  • Creation: 1790 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Craigsville (Lancaster County), S.C., on February 20, 1825, William Leonidas Faulkner became a Deputy Surveyor in SC on October 15, 1849. Faulkner served in the 17th South Carolina Volunteers, Company I, during the Civil War. At the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864, Union forces captured Faulkner. He was listed on a roll of POW's at Point Lookout, Md on August 5, 1864. From there, he was sent to Elmira, NY POW camp on August 12 and died there of typhoid fever on September 7, 1864. His effects were one pair of shoes, one hat, and one pocket book. The last letter his wife, Isabel, received was written shortly before his capture, dated July 23, 1864. He was buried in the Elmira cemetery, grave no. 309. Faulkner first married Elizabeth Rebecca Baker (d. 1854), who died five months after the birth of their daughter, Martha Lucinda "Lucy or Sis" Faulkner. He then married Elizabeth Isabella “Isabel” Craig (1831-1910) in 1858. [Some records have listed her as Issa Craig, affectionately called "Lizzy"] They had a son, Samuel "Buddy" Davis Faulkner, born May 1, 1861. Following her husband's death in the war, Isabel Faulkner married Samuel Calvin Reid (1822-1898) and moved to Mecklenburg County, N.C. They had two sons, including John Calvin Reid (1869-1952), the father of Emma Reid Echols (1903-2002). [Echols is the granddaughter of Isabel Faulkner Reid]. For additional family information, see the memoir by Eloise Reid Orr, "Better Then? Or Now? A Daughter Remembers" (Lima, Ohio: Express Press, 2000) F264 C453O77 2000.


.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Primarily photocopies and transcripts of the antebellum and Civil War papers of William Leonidas Faulkner, who served in Company I, 17th South Carolina Volunteers and died in a Union prison camp. The letters discuss typical concerns of a soldier, such as troop movements, reports of sickness and news of friends and relatives. Places represented in the correspondences include four or more locations in each of the following: NC, SC, Miss. and Va. Also includes papers and genealogical information about related families and stories by Echols.


The Emma Echols Collection is organized into a single, alphabetical folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Emma Echols, 1996.

Related Materials

William L. Faulkner Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.

Processing Information

Processed by Jeff Forret, 1997.

Emma Echols papers
Jeff Forret
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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