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Faison Family Papers


Herod Faison was related to some of the first settlers of Northampton County. His own land was in the vicinity of Jackson, the county seat, and included a plantation with around seventy slaves by the year 1860. Herod and his wife, Gulielma (Shepherd) were parents of at least seven children, including sons, John W. (b. circa 1838); Frank Shepard (b. circa 1846); and Paul Fletcher (circa 1840-1896), all of whom served in the Civil War as Confederate officers.Consists of correspondence, 1860-1861, and one undated antebellum letter (4 total), and miscellaneous items consisting of a bill, obituary, and commencement program (1834-1874), with the total relating primarily to the Faison Family, but a ... (more below)

Title

Faison Family Papers

Collection Number

PC.2012

Date(s)

1834-1874

Language

English

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Abstract

Herod Faison was related to some of the first settlers of Northampton County. His own land was in the vicinity of Jackson, the county seat, and included a plantation with around seventy slaves by the year 1860. Herod and his wife, Gulielma (Shepherd) were parents of at least seven children, including sons, John W. (b. circa 1838); Frank Shepard (b. circa 1846); and Paul Fletcher (circa 1840-1896), all of whom served in the Civil War as Confederate officers.

Consists of correspondence, 1860-1861, and one undated antebellum letter (4 total), and miscellaneous items consisting of a bill, obituary, and commencement program (1834-1874), with the total relating primarily to the Faison Family, but also to the allied Waddell Family. Three of the four letters were exchanged between Paul F. Faison, a cadet at West Point, and his parents, 1860-1861, with Paul's two letters reflecting his strong sense of conflict but unwavering desire to return to his home on the eve of North Carolina's secession from the Union, 20 May 1861. There is also the undated letter, antebellum period, from Mrs. Faison's niece, Annis [Anistasia Waddell] while she was a student at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, circa 1845.

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Faison Family.

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State Archives of North Carolina


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Herod Faison was related to some of the first settlers of Northampton County. His own land was in the vicinity of Jackson, the county seat, and included a plantation with around seventy slaves by the year 1860. Herod Faison (circa 1796-1865) was a son of Sarah Smith and Herod Faison (circa 1760-1815). Herod Faison, Jr. was married first in 1818 to Rebecca Boykin and married second, circa 1834, to Gulielma Mariah Shepard/Shepherd (circa 1817-aft. 1880), a daughter of Sarah Carr and Solomon Sheppherd/Shepard, born likely in Nansemond County, Virginia, but settled in Hertford County. (Others included Margaret, born circa 1809, who married John Waddell of Hertford County and Sarah/Sallie born circa 1812, who married Tilman/Tilghman D. Vann). Herod was active in politics at the county and the state level as a member of the Whig Party, serving as a senator in the Assembly of 1832-34 and 1833-34 and as a representative in the House of Commons, in the Assembly of 1836-37 and 1838-39. Herod and Gulielma Faison were parents of at least seven children, including sons, John W. (b. circa 1838-); Frank Shepard (b. circa 1846); and Paul Fletcher (circa 1840- 1896), all of whom served in the Civil War as Confederate officers.

Paul Fletcher Faison was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point until April of 1861, not long following the surrender of Fort Sumter, April 13, and the secession of North Carolina from the Union, 20 May. Faison's two letters in this collection were dated 12 April and 14 April, and written just before and while Fort Macon (Federal) was under seizure on 14 April, under the order of North Carolina Governor John W. Ellis. The letters strongly convey his conflicting thoughts, but unwavering intention to return to his home and native state. Apparently Faison enlisted in Northampton County just following North Carolina's secession and was appointed Major to rank from May 28 in the 14th Regiment, N.C. Troops (4th Regiment N.C. Volunteers). When the regiment was reorganized on 26 April 1862, Faison was defeated for reelection. Subsequently he was appointed Colonel of the 56th Regiment N.C. Troops on 31 July 1862. Based on evidence of surviving company muster rolls, Faison was accounted for or reported present through December of 1864 and he surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Va., 9 April 1865. Faison's elder brother, John W. Faison, was the Adjutant (1st Lieutenant) of the 56th Regiment and his brother-in-law, Samuel J. Calvert, was Assistant Commissary of Subsistence (Captain).

During the course of the war, Paul was wed on 3 November 1863 to Anna (Annie) Haywood (Badger) Bryan (b. circa 1841), widow of Dr. Bryan, and a daughter of Delia (Haywood) Williams Badger and former U.S. Senator George Edmund Badger of Raleigh. The couple was married by Dr. Richard Sharpe Mason, rector of Christ Church, Raleigh and later became parents of several children, including Paul Fletcher Faison, Jr., born circa 1882 (a graduate of the University of North Carolina, a lawyer, and U.S. Vice Consul and Consul in China during the period following World War I).

Sources:

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 United States Federal Census;  Alumni History of the University of North Carolina. 2nd ed., 1924. p.192; John L. Cheney, Jr., ed.  North Carolina Government, 1585-1979 (Raleigh: N.C. Dept. of Secretary of State, 1981) 298, 300, 307, 309; Louis H. Manarin and Weymouth T. Jordan Jr., comps.,  North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, 13 vols. to date (Raleigh: Division of Archives and History, Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1966-), 5:394; 13:592; Matthew M. Brown and Michael W. Coffey, comps.,  North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster: Junior Reserves (Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, Dept. of Cultural Resources, 2009), 17: 228; North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, and Marriage Collection, 1741-2000


Herod Faison was related to some of the first settlers of Northampton County. His own land was in the vicinity of Jackson, the county seat, and included a plantation with around seventy slaves by the year 1860. Herod Faison (circa 1796-1865) was a son of Sarah Smith and Herod Faison (circa 1760-1815). Herod Faison, Jr. was married first in 1818 to Rebecca Boykin and married second, circa 1834, to Gulielma Mariah Shepard/Shepherd (circa 1817-aft. 1880), a daughter of Sarah Carr and Solomon Sheppherd/Shepard, born likely in Nansemond County, Virginia, but settled in Hertford County. (Others included Margaret, born circa 1809, who married John Waddell of Hertford County and Sarah/Sallie born circa 1812, who married Tilman/Tilghman D. Vann). Herod was active in politics at the county and the state level as a member of the Whig Party, serving as a senator in the Assembly of 1832-34 and 1833-34 and as a representative in the House of Commons, in the Assembly of 1836-37 and 1838-39. Herod and Gulielma Faison were parents of at least seven children, including sons, John W. (b. circa 1838-); Frank Shepard (b. circa 1846); and Paul Fletcher (circa 1840- 1896), all of whom served in the Civil War as Confederate officers.

Paul Fletcher Faison was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point until April of 1861, not long following the surrender of Fort Sumter, April 13, and the secession of North Carolina from the Union, 20 May. Faison's two letters in this collection were dated 12 April and 14 April, and written just before and while Fort Macon (Federal) was under seizure on 14 April, under the order of North Carolina Governor John W. Ellis. The letters strongly convey his conflicting thoughts, but unwavering intention to return to his home and native state. Apparently Faison enlisted in Northampton County just following North Carolina's secession and was appointed Major to rank from May 28 in the 14th Regiment, N.C. Troops (4th Regiment N.C. Volunteers). When the regiment was reorganized on 26 April 1862, Faison was defeated for reelection. Subsequently he was appointed Colonel of the 56th Regiment N.C. Troops on 31 July 1862. Based on evidence of surviving company muster rolls, Faison was accounted for or reported present through December of 1864 and he surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Va., 9 April 1865. Faison's elder brother, John W. Faison, was the Adjutant (1st Lieutenant) of the 56th Regiment and his brother-in-law, Samuel J. Calvert, was Assistant Commissary of Subsistence (Captain).

During the course of the war, Paul was wed on 3 November 1863 to Anna (Annie) Haywood (Badger) Bryan (b. circa 1841), widow of Dr. Bryan, and a daughter of Delia (Haywood) Williams Badger and former U.S. Senator George Edmund Badger of Raleigh. The couple was married by Dr. Richard Sharpe Mason, rector of Christ Church, Raleigh and later became parents of several children, including Paul Fletcher Faison, Jr., born circa 1882 (a graduate of the University of North Carolina, a lawyer, and U.S. Vice Consul and Consul in China during the period following World War I).

Sources:

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 United States Federal Census;  Alumni History of the University of North Carolina. 2nd ed., 1924. p.192; John L. Cheney, Jr., ed.  North Carolina Government, 1585-1979 (Raleigh: N.C. Dept. of Secretary of State, 1981) 298, 300, 307, 309; Louis H. Manarin and Weymouth T. Jordan Jr., comps.,  North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, 13 vols. to date (Raleigh: Division of Archives and History, Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1966-), 5:394; 13:592; Matthew M. Brown and Michael W. Coffey, comps.,  North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster: Junior Reserves (Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, Dept. of Cultural Resources, 2009), 17: 228; North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, and Marriage Collection, 1741-2000


[Identification of item], PC.2012, Finding Aid of the Faison Family Papers, 1834-1874, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Received as a gift from Minor T. Weisiger, Richmond, Va., November, 2010.


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Consists of correspondence, three letters, 1860-1861; one undated antebellum letter (circa 1845); and miscellaneous items consisting of a dental bill, obituary of John R. Waddell, a kinsman who died in September 1861 just before entering Civil War service, and commencement program, with the total relating primarily to the Faison Family, but also to the Waddell Family. Three of the four letters were exchanged between Paul F. Faison, a cadet at West Point, and his parents, 1860-1861, with Paul's two letters reflecting his strong sense of conflict but unwavering desire to return to his home on the eve of North Carolina's secession from the Union, 20 May 1861. The other dated letter, 15 June 1860 is from Paul's mother, Gulielma Faison and refers to political events, severe weather, crops, family news, including illness, and pride and hope in her son's future. The undated letter was written by Mrs. Faison's niece, Annis [Anistasia Waddell] a native of Hertford County. Composed while Annis was a student at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, circa 1845, it reveals a young lady's views of boarding school life far from home. The obituary is that of her brother, John who died of typhoid in September 1861 before he could enter service as a lieutenant in a North Carolina regiment.

Series include Correspondence: 1860-1861 and undated [circa 1845]; and Miscellaneous Materials: 1834-1874.

Arranged by type of material or topic and arranged chronologically thereunder.


Consists of correspondence, three letters, 1860-1861; one undated antebellum letter (circa 1845); and miscellaneous items consisting of a dental bill, obituary of John R. Waddell, a kinsman who died in September 1861 just before entering Civil War service, and commencement program, with the total relating primarily to the Faison Family, but also to the Waddell Family. Three of the four letters were exchanged between Paul F. Faison, a cadet at West Point, and his parents, 1860-1861, with Paul's two letters reflecting his strong sense of conflict but unwavering desire to return to his home on the eve of North Carolina's secession from the Union, 20 May 1861. The other dated letter, 15 June 1860 is from Paul's mother, Gulielma Faison and refers to political events, severe weather, crops, family news, including illness, and pride and hope in her son's future. The undated letter was written by Mrs. Faison's niece, Annis [Anistasia Waddell] a native of Hertford County. Composed while Annis was a student at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, circa 1845, it reveals a young lady's views of boarding school life far from home. The obituary is that of her brother, John who died of typhoid in September 1861 before he could enter service as a lieutenant in a North Carolina regiment.

Series include Correspondence: 1860-1861 and undated [circa 1845]; and Miscellaneous Materials: 1834-1874.


  • Faison family.
  • Shepherd family.
  • Waddell family.
  • Girls--Education--United States--19th century.
  • St. Mary's Hall (Burlington, N.J.)
  • Storms--19th century.
  • Students--19th century.
  • Teenage girls--Southern States--History--19th century.
  • United States Military Academy.
  • Wesleyan Female College (Murfreesboro, N.C.).
  • Women--North Carolina--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Hertford County (N.C.)
  • Jackson (N.C.)
  • Northampton County (N.C.)
  • Northampton County (N.C.)--Economic conditions--19th century.
  • Faison, Gulielma Shepherd.
  • Faison, Paul Fletcher.
  • Waddell, John R.

Consists of four letters, with three dated 1861-1862 and one undated, circa 1845. Three of the four letters were exchanged between Paul F. Faison, a cadet at West Point, and his parents, 1860-1861, with Paul's two letters reflecting his strong sense of conflict but unwavering desire to return to his home on the eve of North Carolina's secession from the Union, 20 May 1861. The undated letter, circa 1845, was from Mrs. Faison's niece, Annis [Anistasia Waddell] while she was a student at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey.

Box: PC.2012.1  
Folder: 1  
G. M. Faison [Gulielma] to son, Paul F. Faison at U.S. Military Academy, West Point
June 15, 1860

Scope and Content

Written at home, Jackson, N.C. She discusses politics including the Whig Convention, mentioning various local and other political figures, including William W. Peebles and Matthew W. Ransom of Northampton County and her husband's poor health that was preventing him from active participation. She describes recent severe weather or storm that was destructive of area farms and crops; economic conditions (difficulties of the family and others); family matters and travel with a reference to her daughter Juliett; reference to Annis [Anistasia] and Mag [Margaret] in Norfolk, Va. She expresses a strong desire to see her son, but implies that she is willing to forego seeing him for a while. She is consoled in anticipation of the recognition of kinsmen and their pride (and implies her own pride) when Paul has completed his course of study.

Folder: 2  
Paul [Faison] to Father, [Herod Faison]
April 12, 1861

Scope and Content

Written from West Point, N.Y.

Folder: 3  
Paul [Faison] to Father, [Herod Faison]
April 14, 1861

Scope and Content

Written from West Point, N.Y.

Folder: 4  
Annis [Waddell] to aunt, Gulielma Faison, undated, circa 1845

Scope and Content

Written from St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, an Episcopal boarding school founded around 1837 and thereafter attracted young women from all over the eastern United States. (Still in existence as a co-ed college preparatory academy, Doane Hall.)

The given name of Annis was Anistasia/Annistasia Waddell. She was one of two daughters of Gulielma's sister, Margaret Shepherd (d. before 1850) who married John Waddell, Sr. (b. circa 1791). Anistasia, the eldest, was born circa 1827 and Margaret was born circa 1829. The letter includes descriptions of boarding school life, names of faculty members, religion, and the environs; includes challenges faced by the teenage girl such as homesickness and a case of the French measles; and references to family members and friends, apparently in Northampton and Hertford counties.

The miscellaneous items consist of a dental bill (1835), an obituary of John R. Waddell, September 1861, and commencement program, 1874

Folder: 5  
Dental bill charged to Col. [Herod] Faison by S.M. Shepherd, Dentist
21 April 1834

Scope and Content

It is uncertain as to whether the dentist, S.M. Shepherd, was a member of Herod Faison's wife's family.

Folder: 6  
Obituary of John R. Waddell, age 39, who died in Warrenton, N.C.
September 1861

Scope and Content

Waddell was the son of Gulielma Faison's sister, Margaret, and her husband John Waddell, Sr. of Hertford County and the brother of Anistasia and Margaret.

The clipping does not show an exact date and newspaper masthead. The obituary states, in part:  "The deceased was a native of Hertford County, N.C. and at the time of his death a resident of Florida. Anxious to defend the rights of the South, he had returned to his native county, and with the co-operation of others succeeded in raising a volunteer company to repel the invader's approach. During his earnest and laborious efforts in forming and preparing this company for active service, in which he accepted the office of first Lieutenant, he was much exposed to the heat and changes of the season; and whilst on a visit to his two only sisters, sojourning for a short time in Warrenton, in search for health, he was stricken down by typhoid fever of which he soon after died."

Folder: 7  
Wesleyan Female College, Murfreesboro, N.C., Commencement Program
June 17, 1874

Scope and Content

The relationship of this program to these papers is not clear. It may have marked the graduation of one of the granddaughters or nieces of Herod and Gulielma Faison.