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John Miller Faison Collection, ca. 1885-1918, undated

Manuscript Collection #1098

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Title: John Miller Faison Collection
Creator: Faison, John Miller
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: A collection (ca. 1885-1918, undated) of 55 cartes de visite and cabinet cards mounted on cardboard, a scrapbook containing 11 snapshots, a manuscript, and printed materials belonging to John Miller Faison, a North Carolina physician, Democratic Party leader, and Congressman from the N.C. Third District between 1911 and 1915.
Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet, 60 items , consisting of photographs and printed material

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July 5, 2007, 60 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1885-1918, undated) of photograph, manuscripts, a scrapbook, and printed materials belonging to John Miller Faison, a North Carolina physician and Democratic Party leader, who served as member of Congress from the third district, 1911-1915, recording members of the Faison, Pearsall, Peirce and related families, his friends and classmates at University of Virginia Medical School, his colleagues at the Central Hospital, Raleigh, NC, including Brigadier General Samson Lane Faison, who commanded the 60 Infantry Brigade of the 30th Division, American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1919. See preliminary inventory attached. Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Chapel Hill Rare Books, Carrboro, NC

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

John Miller Faison Collection (#1098), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Chapel Hill Rare Books, Carrboro, NC

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 4, 2008

  • Processed by Jennifer Gabriel, January 2012


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Dr. John Miller Faison (April 17, 1862 - April 21, 1915), a native of Faison (Duplin County), North Carolina, was born on a plantation to Henry W. and Martha Hicks Faison. His maternal grandparents were Dr. James H. and Sara Elizabeth Miller Hicks, and his paternal grandparents were Isham and Sallie Thomson Faison. John M. Faison married his cousin, Eliza Faison DeVane, daughter of Colonel William S. (C.S.A) and Laura Murphy DeVane, in 1887. John and Eliza had seven children: Louise Murphy DeVane, who died young, Laura Murphy, Henry W. DeVane, William DeVane, who all died unmarried, Isham Rowland, who married Louise Oates, John M., who married Esther Ramsdell, and Martha Hicks, who was a school teacher for a number of years. John M. Faison was educated in private schools and Davidson College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1883. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia Medical College, did an internship at the Polyclinic Hospital in New York, and received his M.D. degree in 1885. After he graduated, Dr. Faison established a large medical practice in the Faison community in 1885. He served on the board of directors of the State Hospital in Goldsboro. He also served as editor and publisher of the Faison Journal, a local newspaper, for several years. Dr. Faison was also politically active as a member of the Democratic Party, and a well-known public speaker and debater. From 1898 to 1906, he was a member of the State Democratic Committee. In 1910, Dr. Faison was elected to the United States Congress from the Third District of North Carolina. He served from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1915. Source: Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Edited by William S. Powell. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.

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This photographic collection includes fifty-five cartes de visite and cabinet cards mounted on cardboard (ca. 1875-1910, undated) of John M. Faison, his family, friends, colleagues and residences in Wallace, Faison and Rose Hill, North Carolina, and a scrapbook of eleven unidentified snapshots. Most photographs were printed by North Carolina studios, including studios in Wallace, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, Asheville, Morganton, and Goldsboro. The most common non-North Carolina studios represented were in Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City. Several photographs have penciled inscriptions or the handstamp of Dr. Faison.

Several images depict Dr. Faison himself, one presumably being his medical class from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. There are several images of Dr. Faison’s immediate and extended family, including his wife Eliza Faison DeVane, his children Martha H. Faison, William Faison, and Martha Hicks. Several photos of Dr. Faison’s friends are included, representing the Pearsall and Peirce families. Individuals of note in this collection include Jeremiah Robert Pearsall (1861-1891), a physician at Central Hospital in Raleigh, and Brig. General Samuel Faison, who served with the A. E. F. in France in 1919. In several images, places of residencies are pictured in North Carolina towns, including Faison and Wallace. There are also images of other places of interest, including a plum orchard in Wallace, and a sailboat on Lake Louise near the Morganton Asylum.

This collection also includes one handwritten manuscript and a printed wedding invitation. The manuscript is a Memoriam of Mrs. Anna Octavia Moore, composed by Mrs. F. J. Faison and Mrs. J. Arthur Powell, Committee of the Ladies Missionary Society, Beulah Baptist Church on February 23, 1912. The wedding invitation, with reply card and envelope, is from Mr. and Mrs. Champ Clark, requesting the presence of Dr. Faison and his wife, at the marriage of their daughter, Genevieve Champ to Mr. James McIlhany Thomson. Mr. Champ Clark was the Speaker of the House, 1911-1919.

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Series 1:
Photographs
  • Box 1#1098.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1098.1.a
      Faison Family Photographs
      • Faison, John Miller (Dr.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: J. H. Van Ness [studio] Charlotte, NC. Pictured wearing sash with left hand on chair.  (item #1)
      • Faison, John Miller (Dr.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: J. H. Van Ness [studio] Charlotte, NC. Pictured wearing sash with right hand on chair.  (item #2)
      • Medical Class - Dr. J. M. Faison (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: J. H. Van Ness [studio] Charlotte, NC.   (item #3)
      • Faison, J. M. (Mrs.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed: "Party at home of Dr. Henry Faison."  (item #4)
      • Faison, Martha H., Faison, NC (9 months of age) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: S. E. Hough [Portraits] Winston-Salem, NC.  (item #5)
      • Faison, Martha H., Faison, NC [as an infant] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Also inscribed: "Roscoe DeVane."  (item #6)
      • Hicks, Martha [as an infant] (2/28/1891) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed: "Feb. 28, 1891 Little Martha Hicks."   (item #7)
      • Faison, Georgie (9/29/1891) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed: "Uncle Johnnie - Aunt Eliza Sept. 29th 1891. Georgie Faison." Stamped: "Dr. Jno. N, Faison, Faison, N.C."   (item #8)
      • Faison, Nehemiah [?], Turkey, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #9)
      • Faison, Samson Lane (Gen.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Pach Bros, 935 Bdway, NY. Brigadier General Samuel Lane Faison (1860-1940) commanded the 60th Infantry Brigade of the 30th Division of the American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1919, during World War I.   (item #10)
      • Faison, William (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: C. M. Bell [studio] 463 & 465 Penn Ave., Washington, DC.   (item #11)
      • Faison, Winnie (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed "For Sis Eliza and Johnnie with best love. H. H. C." Stamped: "Dr. Jno. N, Faison, Faison, N.C."   (item #12)
      • Photones Scrapbook (undated) 1 item. 14 p. Note: Includes 11 photographic snapshots of family friends, all unidentified (2.25" x 2.25") pasted into 5.5" x 4.5" scrapbook.   (item #8)
    • Folder b#1098.1.b
      Faison Family Relative Photographs
      • DeVane, Duncan (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Orris Hunt, Photographer, The San Francisco R R. Studio Car. Inscribed: "For Henry from Roscoe - Roscoe DeVane - son Duncan DeVane." Stamped: Dr. Jno. M. Faison, Faison, NC."   (item #1)
      • DeVane, Laura (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Orris Hunt, Photographer, The San Francisco R R. Studio Car. Inscribed: "For 'Grandmother' from her little girl."  (item #2)
      • Murphy, Annie Bell (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: E. Berkeley [studio] Staunton, VA.  (item #3)
      • Murphy, Dr. (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Thuss Photographers, 532 Fourth Ave., Louisville, KY. Inscribed: "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (108)."   (item #4)
      • Murphy, James R. (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Taylor & Gibson [Studio] Asheville, NC. Inscribed: "For Sis Laura."   (item #5)
      • Murphy, May (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Howanstein [studio] Morganton & Marion N.C.   (item #6)
      • Murphy, P. L. (Dr.) - Ross (Dr.) - Pearsall, Matt, Sproul, Fan - McGumber, (Dr.) - Mott, T. S. (Dr.) - Pearsall, Kate - Taylor, J. M. (Dr.) - Murphy, Mae - Faison, Marnie - Taylor, Sue [Group Portrait] (undated) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #7)
      • Murphy, William F. , Wallace, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: R. O,. Clement [studio] Wallace, NC. Inscribed: "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (108)."   (item #8)
    • Folder c#1098.1.c (1 item  digitized)
      Faison Family Friends Photographs
      • Pearsall [No first name] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Alderman [studio] South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC. Stamped: "Dr. Jno. M. Faison, Faison, N. C."   (item #1)
      • Pearsall, [Hall J.] (9/1/1899) 1 item. 1 p. Note: H. S. Clark [studio] Moultrie, GA. Autographed & inscribed: "House Party - Morganton, N.C. State Hospital. Sept. 1 1899."   (item #2)
      • Pearsall, B. F., Kenansville, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: K. L. Clements [Studio], Wallace, NC. Inscribed: "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (108)."   (item #3)
      • Pearsall, J. R. (Dr.) (4/1/1885) 1 item. 1 p. Note: R. Holyland [studio] 231 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD. Inscribed: "Yours with love J. R. P. 4 - 2 - '85." Stamped: "Dr. Jno. M. Faison, Faison, N.C."   (item #4)
      • Pearsall, J. R. (Dr.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
      • Pearsall, J. R. (Dr.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Blessing & Company [Studio], Baltimore, MD.  (item #6)
      • Peirce, Faison (undated) 1 item. 4 p. Note: Harris & Ewing [studio] 1311 F Street, Washington, DC. Inscribed: "For Aunt Eliza from H. N. P." Stamped: Dr. Jno. M. Faison, Faison, N.C."   (item #7)
      • Peirce, Harry Faison [portrait] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Harris & Young [studio]  (item #8)
      • Peirce, Sallie - Anna Peirce - John Peirce - Winnie Peirce (undated) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #9)
      • Peirce, T. B. (Dec. 1901) 1 item. 1 p. Note: W. C. Ellis [Studio], 414 Market St., Wilmington, NC. Inscribed: " Sallie Peirce from Papa, Xmas, 1901." "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (108)."   (item #10)
      • B. F. Pearsall  (item #24)
    • Folder d#1098.1.d
      Photos of Identified People
      • Blount, (Dr.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: J. F. Miller [studio] N. C. Inscribed: "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (109)."   (item #1)
      • Carroll, J. N. (Dr.) (undated) Note: Inscribed: "2 x 3" oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (108)."  (item #2)
      • Crosely, Jenny - Mary Lou Kerr - Nell Downie (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Roberts [Studio]   (item #3)
      • Hines, Eugene (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: R. A. Miller [studio] Goldsboro, NC.   (item #4)
      • Houston, G. M. (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Also marked: "Dr. William [Warren ?]. Jeffres [Studio], 106 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Inscribed: "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (109)."   (item #5)
      • Kerr, Janie (undated) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #6)
      • Weatherby, Carlton (undated) 1 item. 2 p.   (item #7)
      • William, Jim (Dr.) (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Also marked: "Dr. William [Warren ?]. Jeffres [Studio], 106 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Inscribed: "2 x 3 oval 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (109)." Condition: torn.   (item #8)
      • Wortherly, Vernon (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: L. A. Miller [Studio] Greensboro, NC.   (item #9)
    • Folder e#1098.1.e
      Photos of Unidentified People
      • Boy in White Suit [Unidentified] (undated) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #1)
      • Elderly Man with tie pin [Unidentified] (undated) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #2)
      • Girl [Unidentified] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Kempf's Art Photography, 185 & 627 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY   (item #3)
      • School children, [possibly Wallace, NC] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscription: "This may have been taken when Martha taught in Wallace."   (item #4)
      • Woman [Unidentified] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: E. Berkley [studio] Staunton, VA.   (item #5)
      • Woman on Horseback [Unidentified] (undated) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #6)
      • Wounded Soldier [Unidentified] (ca. 1918) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #7)
    • Folder f#1098.1.f
      Photos of Residences
      • Clement, R. W. Residence, Faison, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Roberts [studio] Wallace, NC. Inscribed: "4 x 6 120 Sq. J. M. Faison (109)."   (item #1)
      • Clement, S. W. (Prof) Residence, Wallace, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: A. O. Clements [studio] Wallace, NC. Inscribed: "6 x 4 120 Sq. J. M. Faison (109)."   (item #2)
      • Jones, Marshall Residence (1898.) 1 item. 1 p. Note: American View Company [studio], Charlotte, NC 1898. Inscribed: "3 x 4 120 Sq. John M. Faison."   (item #3)
      • Middleton, S. O. Residence (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed: "3 x 4 sq 120 Scr. J. M. Faison (108)."   (item #4)
      • Pearsall, B. R. (Mr.) Residence (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: A. O. Clements [studio] Wallace, NC. Inscribed: "3 x 4 120 Sq. John M. Faison."   (item #5)
      • Williams, James Christopher, Residence, Rose Hill, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed: "3 x 4 120 Sq. John M. Faison."   (item #6)
    • Folder g#1098.1.g
      Photos of Places
      • DeVane, Laura (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Photograph of sailboat on a lake. Inscribed: "Morgantown Asylum & The Lake Louise & the Little Alex."   (item #1)
      • Hotel [Illegible Name] (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscription illegible. Water stains.  (item #2)
      • Murphy, W. F. (Mr.) Plum Orchard, Wallace, NC (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed: "3 x 4 120 Sq. John M. Faison."   (item #3)
Series 2:
Printed and Handwritten Material
  • Box 1#1098.1
    • Folder h#1098.1.h
      Miscellanous Documents
      • Moore, Anna Octavia (Mrs.) In Memoriam, Turkey, NC (2/23/1912) written by Mrs. F. J. Faison & Mrs. J. Arthur Powell, Committee of the Ladies Missionary Society, Beulah Baptist Church. Holograph. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #1)
      • Clark, Champ (Mr. & Mrs.) [6/30/1913] Invitation to attend the marriage of the daughter Genevieve Champ to Mr. James McIlhany Thomson, Bowling Green. MO; with reply card & envelope. Printed. 3 items. 4 p. Note: Hon. Champ Clark (D-MO) was Speaker of the House, 1911-1919.  (item #2)

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