Stoker, William Elisha

William Stoker, detail

William Elisha Stoker was an ordinary Texas farmer who found himself caught up in the turmoil of the Civil War. Stoker was born in Alabama in 1837 and lost his father when he was only a small child. His mother remarried to a man named McKissack, and the extended family soon moved to Georgia and then east Texas where they farmed and owned slaves. In his early twenties, Stoker met and married a young woman named Elizabeth or Betty. In 1860, they had a daughter Priscilla born just after the presidential election that resulted in Abraham Lincoln's victory. The records are unclear, but the couple may have also had a son named Enoch who died as an infant in 1862. That was the year that William Stoker entered the Confederate army, but again, the records are uncertain and appear to suggest that he had been drafted into the 18th Texas Infantry, Company H during the spring of 1862. Stoker’s unit was part of General John Walker’s Texas Division which soon developed a reputation as one of the toughest fighting forces in the Trans-Mississippi region. Stoker saw action during the Vicksburg and Red River campaigns and was apparently mortally wounded at the Battle of Jenkins Ferry in 1864. Confederate Private William Stoker left behind a collection of more than thirty letters that vividly described his wartime experiences and repeatedly expressed his deepest desire to return to his wife and daughter in Upshur County. (By Matthew Pinsker)

Life span
05/06/1837—05/15/1864
Dickinson Connection:
Flavel C. Barber (Class of 1850) was a Confederate soldier and diarist who also served in the Vicksburg campaign and other engagements in the western theater

Life Summary

Full name
  William Elisha Stoker
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Estimated
Death Date Certainty
  Estimated
Gender
  Male
Race
  White
Sectional choice
  South
Origins
  Slave State
No. of Spouses
  1
Family
 
Elizabeth Stoker (wife), Priscilla Stoker (daughter)
Occupation
  Military
  Farmer or Planter
Relation to Slavery
  Slaveholder
Military
  Confederate Army

Census Snapshot

Household Size in 1860
  3
Children in 1860
  1
Occupation in 1860
  Farmer
Residence in 1860
Marital status in 1860
  Married

Note Cards

Documents

Author
 
Date Title
08/27/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, August 27, 1862
09/07/186209/08/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, September 7-8, 1862
10/03/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, October 3, 1862
10/12/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, October 12, 1862
11/04/186211/05/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, November 4-5, 1862
11/15/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, November 15, 1862
12/06/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 6, 1862
12/13/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 13, 1862
12/21/1862 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 21, 1862
01/22/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, January 22, 1863
02/04/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, February 4, 1863
02/28/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, February 28, 1863
03/30/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, March 30, 1863
04/12/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, April 12, 1863
05/22/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, May 22, 1863
05/29/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, May 29, 1863
06/17/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, June 17, 1863
07/14/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, July 14, 1863
07/18/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, July 18, 1863
07/29/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, July 29, 1863
08/08/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, August 8, 1863
08/26/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, August 26, 1863
09/16/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, September 16, 1863
10/02/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, October 2, 1863
10/20/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, October 20, 1863
12/15/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 15, 1863
12/28/1863 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 28, 1863
01/03/1864 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, January 3, 1864
04/06/1864 William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, April 6, 1864

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