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 W Joe Echols

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W Joe Echols

Birth
Carroll County, Mississippi, USA
Death
1928 (aged 83–84)
Drew County, Arkansas, USA
Burial
Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID
62749424 View Source

ECHOLS (on top of stone)
Father - W. Joe
1844 - 1928

Mother - Hattie
1846 - 1928

Contributed by: E M Smith

William Joe Echols was born in Carroll County, Mississippi to Thomas Eckles and Rebecca Southerland. In 1848 or 1849, Thomas Eckles moved his family to Rough-and-Ready in Drew County, Arkansas.

After his parents died in 1852 in a smallpox epidemic, William Joe Echols was raised by Jesse Newton of Spring Hill Township.

When the Civil War began, Joe was 16. He enlisted in Co. F, Dixie Guards of the 9th Arkansas. He fought at Shiloh.
The following year, enlistment age was raised to 18 so Joe was sent home for being underage. In October, 1862, he joined the Monticello Battery of light artillery. He was at the fifteen day siege at Yazoo City, Miss. Then he was transferred to heavy artillery, and he was posted to Old Spanish Fort in Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico. Here he was struck on the bridge of the nose by a ball which passed before both eyes. It left a scar on his face. His unit was forced to evacuate Old Spanish Fort by the Federals shortly before the end of the war. Family lore says that he walked home barefoot from Mississippi. On his trek homeward, he and other soldiers would roust sleeping cows in the early morning so they could warm their feet on the ground where the cows had been laying. He arrived home in April, 1865.

William Joe Echols returned to farming the Newton place. In 1867 he married Mary Owens. They had two children before she died in 1872. On 12 January 1875, he married Harriet Ann "Hattie" Hankins. They had seven children.

William Joe attended a reunion of Confederate Veterans in Dallas in April 1902.

William Joe Echols raised cotton, grain, sugar-cane, sweet potatoes, etc. He also raised stock. The Echols house was a two-story building which had been a public inn and stage stand before the war. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, a life insurance group in Monticello. He and his wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In politics he was democratic.

William Joe Echols died in 1928.

ECHOLS (on top of stone)
Father - W. Joe
1844 - 1928

Mother - Hattie
1846 - 1928

Contributed by: E M Smith

William Joe Echols was born in Carroll County, Mississippi to Thomas Eckles and Rebecca Southerland. In 1848 or 1849, Thomas Eckles moved his family to Rough-and-Ready in Drew County, Arkansas.

After his parents died in 1852 in a smallpox epidemic, William Joe Echols was raised by Jesse Newton of Spring Hill Township.

When the Civil War began, Joe was 16. He enlisted in Co. F, Dixie Guards of the 9th Arkansas. He fought at Shiloh.
The following year, enlistment age was raised to 18 so Joe was sent home for being underage. In October, 1862, he joined the Monticello Battery of light artillery. He was at the fifteen day siege at Yazoo City, Miss. Then he was transferred to heavy artillery, and he was posted to Old Spanish Fort in Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico. Here he was struck on the bridge of the nose by a ball which passed before both eyes. It left a scar on his face. His unit was forced to evacuate Old Spanish Fort by the Federals shortly before the end of the war. Family lore says that he walked home barefoot from Mississippi. On his trek homeward, he and other soldiers would roust sleeping cows in the early morning so they could warm their feet on the ground where the cows had been laying. He arrived home in April, 1865.

William Joe Echols returned to farming the Newton place. In 1867 he married Mary Owens. They had two children before she died in 1872. On 12 January 1875, he married Harriet Ann "Hattie" Hankins. They had seven children.

William Joe attended a reunion of Confederate Veterans in Dallas in April 1902.

William Joe Echols raised cotton, grain, sugar-cane, sweet potatoes, etc. He also raised stock. The Echols house was a two-story building which had been a public inn and stage stand before the war. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, a life insurance group in Monticello. He and his wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In politics he was democratic.

William Joe Echols died in 1928.


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