Faulkner Family Papers

A Guide to the Faulkner Family Papers, 1737-1954
Call Number Mss1 F2735a FA2

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Faulkner family


Papers, 1737–1954


12,000 (ca.) items

Biographical Note

Of Berkeley County, W. Va. Represented in the collection are James Faulkner (1776–1817) of Martinsburg, Va. [now W. Va.], merchant; lawyer Elisha Boyd (1796–1841), a friend of James Faulkner; lawyer Charles James Faulkner (1806–1884), who served in both houses of the Virginia legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives for both Virginia and West Virginia; and Charles James Faulkner, Jr. (1847–1929) of "Boydville," Berkeley County, lawyer and West Virginia circuit judge, and U.S. senator, 1887–1899.

Scope Note

Chiefly papers, 1826–1884, of Charles James Faulkner (1806–1884), consisting of correspondence concerning his legal and political career; records of his law practice, including materials concerning the disagreement between Virginia and West Virginia over the counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, and materials concerning the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company; political files relating to his activities in the Whig and Democratic parties and including campaign materials for Virginia elections and for the presidential election of 1856, papers relating to his U.S. ambassadorship to France, 1859–1861, and materials concerning the West Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1872; and miscellaneous items relating to the Martinsburg & Potomac Railroad Company and the Berkeley County Agricultural & Mechanical Association.

Also included are papers, 1866–1915, of Charles James Faulkner, Jr. (1847–1920), consisting of correspondence, financial records, and legal documents concerning his law practice and his service in the U.S. Senate, 1887–1899; papers, 1793–1816, of Martinsburg, Va. [now W. Va.], merchant James Faulkner (1776–1817), including records of his service in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812; papers of lawyer Elisha Boyd, including correspondence with Richmond, Va., lawyer John Wickham; and records of Boyd's father-in-law, merchant Andrew Waggener of Berkeley County, Va. [now W. Va.]


Gift/purchase of Dr. Thornton Tayloe Perry, Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Barclay K. Read, McLean, Va., in 1984. Formerly a part of the collections of Thornton Tayloe Perry II of Charles Town, W. Va.