Butler-Paisley Family Papers

MC 514

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Todd E. Lewis in 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Butler-Paisley Family
Title
Butler-Paisley Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
1829-1890s
Identification
MC 514
Extent
2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Most of the letters are fragile and should be handled with extreme care. A number of them are in such poor condition that positive photocopies have been provided for research; use of originals requires special permission.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

Letters and papers pertaining to the Butler and Paisley families were donated to Special Collections by Elizabeth Paisley Huckaby, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 1984. Most of the material in the collection--family correspondence and business records--was received and saved by Emma Butler Paisley, the donor's grandmother.

Processing Information

Processed by Ethel Simpson and Nan Lawler; completed in March 1987.

Empty envelopes transferred from accession file to the collection (Box 4, Folder 21) in December 2018 by Katrina Windon.

Preferred Form of Citation

Butler-Paisley Family Papers (MC 514), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Emma Butler Paisley (1844-1887) was the daughter of Tulip, Arkansas, farmer and merchant Alexander Butler (1807-1881), and wife of William McLean Paisley (1842-1891), also a farmer and merchant.

BUTLER FAMILY

Alexander Butler, 1807-1881 (Theophilis Butler was his brother) married Mary Wyche Reavis. 1813-1890. They had thirteen children:

1. Sarah Frances, born 1833, died of burns in childhood.

2. Martha Wyche ("Mattie," "M. W. Hughes"), 1833-1912, married George Hughes and had three children: Walter (born 1855), West (died in his 80s in California), and George Reavis.

3. Henry Alexander ("H. A. Butler"), 1836-1907, married Mary E. Coulter ("Mollie") and had five children: Coulter, May, Mattie, Nannie, and George. Henry was a merchant, for many years in partnership with his father.

4. Mary Jane, 1838-1891, married the Reverend George Matthews, a Methodist circuit rider who had two sons, George and Herbert, from a previous marriage.

5. Lewis Peter, 1839-1878, married Jennie Bowman and had two children: Jessie and Willard. Lewis, a lawyer, went to California for his health, but died shortly after his arrival there.

6. George Emery, 1840-1891, married Julia Moores and had nine children: Moores, Alice, Lou, George, Anna, Julia, and three more. George was a Methodist circuit rider and emigrated with his family to California in 1870.

7. Charles Albert, 1843-1924, married Kate Colburn and had eight children.

8. Emma Eliza, 1844-1886, married William McLean Paisley ("Billy"), 1842-1891, and had nine children: John Alexander, William Butler, Emma, Henry Lewis (the donor's father), Mary Eliza, Martha Wyche, Lula Grier, Annie Orr, and James Ira. William, a merchant and farmer, married Martha Oliver Bland following Emma's death. They had a son, Edward Bland.

9. John Reavis ("Johnnie"), born 1846, married Melinda Clardy ("Kellie"). John was a merchant.

10. Anna Louise ("Annie"), 1849-1880, married Olin (Groening?) Moores and had three children: Edwin, William, and Annie. Olin Moores, brother of George Butler's wife Julia, was a merchant and drummer, and married his sister-in-law Alice after Anna Louise's death.

11. Ira Wyche, born 1852, married Fannie John Smith. Ira, a merchant, also emigrated to California.

12. Alice Palmer, 1855-1886, married Olin Moores following the death of her sister Anna Louise. They had two children: Alice and Olin.

13. James Oliver, born 1857, married Maria Moores, a sister of Olin and Julia. They had three children: Walter Hughes and two others.

PAISLEY FAMILY

The Reverend John Paisley (died 1845) married Eliza Bradshaw (died 1880) and had two children: William McLean and Mary Ann. Following John Paisley's death, Elize ("E. D. Lipscomb") married Lorenzo Dow Lipscomb ("L. D. Lipscomb," called "Father" by William Paisley). They had five children: Willis, Claude, Emma (later Emma Lipscomb Harding), Eliza, and Ella.

John Paisley's brother James married Minerva ("Aunt Minerva") and had two children: D. Lacy and J. Porter.

For further genealogical information, see Tulip Evermore.

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence pertains primarily to family matters in Tulip and elsewhere, religious concerns, business and other travel, the Civil War, emigration to California and Texas, and business matters. The business records pertain mostly to William Paisley's general stores in Dobyville and Guerdon, Arkansas.

Most of the family correspondence (series 1 and 2) consists of letters written to and from members of the Butler and Paisley families. Other correspondents include Emma's cousins Mattie Phillips and Sallie Kittle ("Cousin S") and her friend J. A. Elliott.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Stout Lumber Company Materials include:

Butler-Paisley Photograph Albums, MC 632

Jonathan K. L. Smith Map of Tulip Ridge, MC 633

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in three series by topic:

  1. Series 1. Letters, mostly to Emma Paisley, published in Tulip Evermore.
  2. Series 2. Family correspondence not published in Tulip Evermore.
  3. Series 3. Business and other papers.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

series 1: Letters, mostly to Emma Paisley, published in Tulip Evermore,

1857-1887

Boxes 1-3

Letters written to Emma Paisley by relatives and friends, as well as letters written by Emma to her husband William Paisley. These letters, some of them edited, were published in Tulip Evermore, and are arranged in the same order as in the book, the range of dates given for each folder. Included are a few items that are not, strictly speaking, family correspondence. A number of letters are represented by copies only. In all cases but one, these were letters taken to Korea by one of the Butler-Paisley descendants and lost there during the Korean War. Fortunately, copies were made of the letters before they were lost. The one exception is a copy of a letter of Emma's, made by William Paisley some ten years after the original was written. The letters touch on national events (the Civil War, the Centennial of the United States), family matters, religious concerns (many of the Butlers and Paisleys were clergymen), and travel (for business, to visit family, or as part of the general move westward).

series I Box 1 Folder 1

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 12 March 1857-24 November 1862

series I Box 1 Folder 2

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 30 December 1862-17 March 1864

series I Box 1 Folder 3

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 9 June 1864-15 February 1865

series I Box 1 Folder 4

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 16 February 1865-19 June 1866

series I Box 1 Folder 5

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 25 June 1866-[25 February 1867]

series I Box 1 Folder 6

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 27 February 1867-5 June 1867

series I Box 1 Folder 7

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 24 June 1867-7 November 1867

series I Box 1 Folder 8

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 9 November 1867-[15 April 1868]

series I Box 1 Folder 9

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 19 April 1868-22 July 1868

series I Box 1 Folder 10

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 21 August 1868-2 October 1868

series I Box 1 Folder 11

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 2 October 1868-2 December 1868

series I Box 1 Folder 12

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 9 December 1868-26 March 1869

series I Box 1 Folder 13

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 28 March 1869-3 June 1869

series I Box 1 Folder 14

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 3 June 1869-22 December 1869

series I Box 1 Folder 15

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 24 January 1870-4 May 1870

series I Box 1 Folder 16

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 4 May 1870-6 September 1870

series I Box 1 Folder 17

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 8 September 1870-[22 April 1871]

series I Box 1 Folder 18

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 3 May 1871-[11 December 1871]

series I Box 2 Folder 1

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 5 February 1872-12 September 1872

series I Box 2 Folder 2

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 17 September 1872-23 June 1873

series I Box 2 Folder 3

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 23 June 1873-28 May 1874

series I Box 2 Folder 4

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 29 May 1874-16 February 1875

series I Box 2 Folder 5

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 2 March 1875-30 August 1875

series I Box 2 Folder 6

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 15 October 1875-16 April 1876

series I Box 2 Folder 7

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 20 April 1876-1 November 1876

series I Box 2 Folder 8

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 5 December 1876-19 March 1877

series I Box 2 Folder 9

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 21 March 1877-28 September 1877

series I Box 2 Folder 10

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 7 November 1877-27 February 1878

series I Box 2 Folder 11

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 17 March 1878-19 May 1878

series I Box 2 Folder 12

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 31 May 1878-6 May 1879

series I Box 2 Folder 13

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 21 July 1879-27 July 1880

series I Box 2 Folder 14

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 29 July 1880-15 April 1881

series I Box 2 Folder 15

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 18 April 1881-24 November 1881

series I Box 2 Folder 16

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 19 [December] 1881-19 April 1882

series I Box 2 Folder 17

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 23 April 1882-27 June 1882

series I Box 3 Folder 1

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 28 June 1882-20 March 1883

series I Box 3 Folder 2

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 8 June 1883-22 February 1884

series I Box 3 Folder 3

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 1 March 1884-5 October 1884

series I Box 3 Folder 4

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 25 October 1884-4 March 1885

series I Box 3 Folder 5

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 26 March 1885-6 September 1885

series I Box 3 Folder 6

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 20 September 1885-22 January 1886

series I Box 3 Folder 7

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 23 January 1886-7 May 1886

series I Box 3 Folder 8

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 7 May 1886-13 August 1886

series I Box 3 Folder 9

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 26 August 1886-27 October 1886

series I Box 3 Folder 10

Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 8 November 1886-20 January 1887

series 2: Family correspondence not published in Tulip Evermore,

1829-1887

Boxes 3-4

Family correspondence that was not included in the book, Tulip Evermore. For the most part, the correspondents and subject matter are much the same as in Series 1. The letters are arranged in chronological order, with the range of dates given for each folder. All of the folders include letters from William and Emma Paisley. Other correspondents (or, less frequently, recipients) are listed following the dates for each folder.

series II Box 3 Folder 11

Frances C. Butler, Alexander Butler, George E. Butler, Henry A. Butler, R. G. Westmore, Mollie Butler, J. A. ("Louie") Elliott, 29 October 1829-26 December 1866

series II Box 3 Folder 12

Mattie Phillips, John R. Butler, 1 January 1867-30 December 1867

series II Box 3 Folder 13

Alexander Butler, Albert S. Butler, 2 January 1867 [1868]-19 August 1868

series II Box 3 Folder 14

Mattie Phillips, 22 August 1868-26 April 1869

series II Box 3 Folder 15

Henry A. Butler, Annie Butler, Julia Moores Butler, 27 April 1869-3 March 1870

series II Box 3 Folder 16

Henry A. Butler, Mattie Phillips, Mary Butler, 7 March 1870-11 September 1870

series II Box 3 Folder 17

Henry A. Butler, Mary Butler, Ellen Phillips, [15] September 1870-26 November 1871

series II Box 3 Folder 18

Henry A. Butler, Mary Butler, [March 1872]-3 July 1873

series II Box 3 Folder 19

Henry A. Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, Alice Butler, Lewis P. Butler, Mary Butler, J. E. Caldwell, Maggie Jones, Mary Wyche Butler, 16 July 1873-26 September [1874]

series II Box 3 Folder 20

Russell Carothers, Henry A. Butler, Annie Butler Moores, Alice Butler, Mary Butler, Alexander Butler, 10 November 1874-8 August 1876

series II Box 3 Folder 21

Henry A. Butler, Emma Lipscomb Harding, Alexander Butler, Annie Butler Moores, Mattie Butler, Hughes, 11 August 1876-20 April 1877

series II Box 4 Folder 1

Annie Butler Moores, Mattie Butler Hughes, 1 August 1877-21 February 1878

series II Box 4 Folder 2

Sallie Smith, P. Wm. Provenchere, Alice Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, Ira Butler, Annie Butler Moores, 22 April 1878-6 May 1879

series II Box 4 Folder 3

Alice Butler, Mary Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, 7 June 1879-4 April 1880

series II Box 4 Folder 4

Henry A. Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, John R. Butler, Alice Butler, 21 June 1880-31 January 1882

series II Box 4 Folder 5

Ira Butler, L. D. Lipscomb, Mary Wyche Butler, Mollie Butler Hughes, 6 February 1882-29 March 1883

series II Box 4 Folder 6

Alice Butler Moores, Mary Butler Matthews, 30 March 1883-2 February 1884

series II Box 4 Folder 7

James O. Butler, Henry A. Butler, Ira Butler, Mary Wyche Butler, John Carothers, Mary Butler Matthews, 5 February 1884-4 November 1884

series II Box 4 Folder 8

Mrs. R. M. Smith, Ira Butler, Alice Butler Moores, Mary Butler Matthews, Mary Wyche Butler, Emma Paisley (daughter), November 1884-1 February 1886

series II Box 4 Folder 9

Dr. Charles H. Cargile, 3 February 1886-17 May 1886

series II Box 4 Folder 10

John Paisley (son), Emma Paisley (daughter), 20 May 1886-17 July 1886

series II Box 4 Folder 11

Ira Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, Mary Wyche Butler, Mary Butler Matthews, 12 August 1886-14 August 1887, n.d.

series II Box 4 Folder 21

Empty envelopes from Butler family correspondence, 1884-1887, n.d.

series 3: Business and other papers,

1867-1887

Box 4

Most of these papers pertain to William Paisley's general store (in partnership with James Doby from 1867 until about 1870) first in Dobyville, later in Gurdon, Arkansas. He apparently also bought and sold (or acted as agent for the sale of) locally-grown cotton.

series III Box 4 Folder 12

Memorandum, account books, notebook, n.d.

series III Box 4 Folder 13

Articles of Copartnership; business correspondence, bills, receipts, 1867

series III Box 4 Folder 14

Business correspondence, receipts, bills, accounts, 1868-1875

series III Box 4 Folder 15

Business correspondence, receipts, bills, accounts, 1876-1887, n.d.

series III Box 4 Folder 16

Business index sheets, March 1877-June 1878

series III Box 4 Folder 17

List of real estate and accounts, 1887

series III Box 4 Folder 18

Business advertising, cards, circulars, catalog, n.d.

series III Box 4 Folder 19

Miscellaneous correspondence; list of grand jury, 1866-1883

series III Box 4 Folder 20

Church-related correspondence and petition, 1885-1887

END OF COLLECTION

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