William Parsons McCorkle papers, 1806-1922.

Creator: McCorkle, William Parsons.
Collection number: 450
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Abstract: William Parsons McCorkle (1855-1933) was an educator and Presbyterian minister in Virginia and North Carolina. The collection includes papers of William P. McCorkle and of his father, Alexander B. McCorkle (1806-1886), Presbyterian ministers, the father primarily in Talladega, Ala., and the son in Martinsville, Va., and several towns in North Carolina, espcially Burlington. Earlier papers are family correspondence, writings, and sermons. After 1910 there are some letters and writings on theological and social problems, with W. P. McCorkle expressing his views on the University of North Carolina, particularly the humanistic ideas of Howard Odum and others; the Mormon Church; Christian Science; and the Communist Party; and church participation in political activity, particularly Prohibition. Also present are papers of the family of Lutie Andrews (Mrs. William P.) McCorkle, daughter of Ezra Harnwood Andrews, a Charlotte, N.C., dentist in Charlotte, N.C., and prisoner at Point Lookout during the Civil War. Volumes include a diary of Lucilla Agnes Gamble (Mrs. Alexander B.) McCorkle, 1846-1860, chiefly concerned with religious and domestic activities. There is a large number of sermons by both ministers.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Papers of McCorkle and of his father, Alexander B. McCorkle, both Presbyterian ministers of Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina. Early papers include a diary kept by Lucila Agnes (Cambol) McCorkle of Talladega, Alabama, which contains frequent references to household slaves and relates an account of a slave insurrection in Talladega that resulted in the hanging of several slaves (1858-1860). There is also a 1932 pamphlet in Folder 198 that allegedly corrects false historical records and accounts of the attitudes of Virginia leaders toward slavery and secession.