A tentative study of the person who may be the composer E. F. Williams:
WILLIAMS, E. F. This might be Eli Fletcher Williams (March 23, 1838—November 15, 1923). He was born in Russell County, Alabama to South Carolina natives Eli Williams and Mary Hollingsworth Truesdale. Williams joined Company A of 34th Alabama Infantry in 1864 and served as a Private for 11 months. He was wounded in fighting at Atlanta, Georgia. He was paroled in North Carolina at the end of the war and returned to Alabama. On March 21, 1867 he married Lucy Adaline Kidd (1841—1914) in Elmore County, Alabama. The marriage was performed by Methodist minister Robert A. Timmons. Eli and Lucy had 8 children. They buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Eclectic, Elmore County, Alabama. He is a brother of one of two possible William Lafayette Williams who composed songs for The Sacred Harp.